Congratulations! You have just decided to purchase your first camera. There are many different and wonderful cameras out there, and a large and heavy DSLR is not always the best choice and will not always give you the best image quality. From compact and mirrorless cameras to DSLRs, here are all the best cameras for each price point!
Entry Kit - $1000
If you have only $1000 to invest in your camera, I do not recommend a DSLR at all. For the price of a cheap DSLR kit, you can get yourself a quality compact which will be much more convenient than a Canon Rebel and have image quality to match. My favourite (and most used) camera is my compact Sony RX100 V. I use that camera as my only camera while traveling, as well as my backup camera for professional photoshoots. The disadvantage of this type of camera is that you cannot change the lens on the camera, you are stuck to a 24-70mm lens. However, most people who purchase a DSLR never purchase any additional lens anyway.
As of July 2018, you now have the option to purchase this camera with a 24-200mm lens by ordering the new Sony RX100 VI. What an incredible time to be alive in!
Enthusiast Kit - $3000
You want to step into the world of professional photography, wither it be landscape photography, family portraits, or even weddings. You have $2000 to spend towards a camera and a lens. We recommend a full frame Canon, Sony, or Nikon camera. No matter which way you go, all of these companies make a great camera. Our recommended vote goes towards the Sony Alpha a7 II Mirrorless Digital Camera. The advantages of going with a mirrorless camera over a traditional DSLR is the eye autofocus guaranteeing all shots are perfectly sharp, silent shutter so you do not disrupt a performance or an awards ceremony you are photographing, and they are typically smaller and lighter than DSLRs. You should also have enough money left over for an all purpose Sony 24-105mm lens or a selection of portrait lenses.
Professional Kit - $5000
The best all around professional camera hands down and with no competition at the moment is the Sony Alpha a7 III. This camera is quicker to autofocus than either the Canon 5D Mark IV or Nikon 850, has eye autofocus, silent shutter, longer battery life, and all the other benefits of mirrorless cameras. The camera also pairs great with the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens.
The a7 III's combination of solid image quality, versatile autofocus and impressive 4K video quality make it extremely competitive, and for those reasons we've selected it both as our top choice for shooting people and events, and our overall top pick for a professional camera.