What video cameras do professionals use

Big camera comparison: 8 professional cameras at a glance

Camera comparison for professionals | The following camera comparison is aimed at users who not only practice photography as a passionate hobby, but in most cases make a living from it. We will introduce you to the respective manufacturers individually, highlight the advantages and disadvantages and show you the latest models for professional photography. Ready for the crème de la crème?



Camera comparison: professional cameras

The best autofocus, the fastest processor, a high frame rate, protection against water and dust, this is what the respective top models from the manufacturers stand for. Professional cameras have to meet the highest demands, after all, you dig deep into your pocket for them. We present 8 professional cameras that we have put through their paces in our DigitalPHOTO test laboratory.

The cameras presented are beyond your budget? Do not worry! Here you will find 8 cameras for beginners.

Canon and Nikon currently offer the largest product portfolios, Fujifilm, Panasonic, Olympus and Sony have shown themselves to be more innovative in recent years.

- Lars Kreyssig, editor

The manufacturers at a glance

The Nikon system

  • Pro: Wide range of cameras and lenses, lots of accessories, only two bayonet connections (F, Z)

  • Cons: In some cases there are not enough differences to the previous model when it comes to innovations (e.g. D5500, D5600)

The Canon system

  • Pro: Extremely versatile and broadly based, extensive selection of lenses and accessories

  • Cons: Four bayonet connections (EF, EF-S, M, R), some of them slow in development (e.g. EOS R)

The Fujifilm system

  • Pro: Unique X-Trans sensor structure with its own "look", first-class lens constructions

  • Cons: So far only APS-C models, a model with a full-frame sensor is missing; therefor GFX medium format series

The Leica system

  • Pro: The Leica myth is alive and well and still has a strong charisma and fascination today

  • Cons: The price-performance ratio. All other manufacturers usually offer more for the money here

The Olympus system

  • Pro: Classic design, high-quality workmanship, very compact construction

  • Cons: The size of the Micro Four Thirds sensor has physical limitations

The Panasonic system

  • Pros: Great variety of functions in all models, innovative modes (e.g. 4K photo), price / performance

  • Cons: Only a comparatively short camera history, in 2018 Panasonic celebrated ten years of Lumix

The Pentax system

  • Pro: Pentax fulfills the needs of outdoor photographers. Including specialties such as the Astrotracer

  • Cons: In terms of image quality, Pentax usually lags behind comparable competitor models in the test laboratory. Small camera portfolio

The Sony system

  • Pro: High innovation density in practically all models. Market leader for mirrorless full format

  • Cons: Comparatively young history, the 7 series has only been on the market for five years. Mostly high purchase price

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