As you approach the $2000 price point you’ll find flagship APS-C and Four Thirds cameras, built for speed and durability. You’ll also find a handful of full-frame ILCs and DSLRs, with their own unique selling points. Even though they cost more, we’ve considered the Canon EOS R6 and Panasonic DC-S5 in this group because their specs and performance are consistent with their ~$2000 peers.
Our pick: Canon EOS R6
The Canon EOS R6 is the most expensive camera in its class but also perhaps the most well-rounded, making it worth spending more than $2000. Like all cameras in this class it offers excellent image quality, and it has an AF system that’s both powerful and easy-to-use.
Its video performance is also very good, albeit with some rolling shutter and some concerns about overheating with intensive usage, again with very good AF and attractive footage. In all it adds up to a really solid enthusiast camera that will do a bit of whatever’s asked of it.
Budget option: Fujifilm X-T4
The Fujifilm X-T4 costs hundreds less than the EOS R6, and it’s also very capable at both stills and video capture. It’s built around an APS-C sensor, so there are situations in which its full-frame rivals can offer significantly better image quality, but few match it for high-end video performance and cross-discipline usability.
Fujifilm has some of the most attractive JPEG color options in the industry and backs this up with 10-bit video and 4K/60p capture in an image-stabilized body. Autofocus is good, rather than great, but the camera as a whole is very capable. Many photographers enjoy its traditional control layout, but it also offers one of the best interfaces for switching back and forth between stills and video.
While we’ve given our top recommendations above, keep reading this buying guide to see if another camera might be the right one for you.
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