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The outer nylon is fully water-resistant. And the zippers have a rubber coating so no water seeps through. The Duo Daypack is a camera bag masterpiece.

You can read our full review of the Wandrd Duo Daypack. Camera messenger bags are a great way to carry your camera. They are comfortable and casual.

And your camera is always in easy reach near your hip. The Peak Design Everyday Messenger V2 is our top recommendation in this category. It has a smart yet casual design, coming in Black and Ash Grey. The build quality is fantastic, with weatherproof nylon making it a weatherproof camera bag.

With a 13 L capacity, you can get a surprising amount of gear inside. The three FlexFold dividers protect your equipment while keeping everything organized.

It also has an easily adjustable strap with a well-padded shoulder section, giving you a comfortable fit. Lowepro makes highly functional camera bags. And this is a great example.

It has plenty of access points for grabbing your gear on the go. The bag is split into two main sections. The upper section opens at the front, providing free storage space for personal items. The lower section has padded dividers for keeping your camera and lenses safe.

This section opens at the rear, letting you grab gear without removing the bag. If you want to check out more bags like this one, read our list of the best camera sling bags.

The Think Tank Airport Essentials looks smart and respectable. It keeps your gear safe on your journey. The efficient use of space is one of the best things about the bag. You can customize the interior using the removable dividers.

Even though it only has a 15 L capacity, you can get loads of gear inside. Security is always an issue when traveling with camera equipment. But the Airport Essentials has strong, lockable zippers. It also has a built-in cable lock with a three-digit code lock. Plus, the outer material is water-repellent.

And the bag comes with a rainproof cover for even more protection in bad weather. You can read our full and thorough review of the Think Tank Airport Essentials if you want to learn more about this excellent camera bag.

Tripods are one of the most common camera accessories. They give you smooth, shake-free footage without the need for dollies and tracks. The table below gives you an introduction to each tripod and stabilizer. But we go into more detail on each product if you scroll down a bit further.

A tripod is always useful for shooting landscape, product, portrait, or food photography. Long-exposure and time-lapse tripods are essential camera accessories for photographers.

The Manfrotto Befree Advanced is a top-quality aluminum tripod at a reasonable price. Each leg has three sections that can be expanded or contracted to adjust the size.

The legs lock into position with the quick-release flip locks. And the feet have added grip for more stability on slippy ground. The ball head gives you smooth panning and tilting. You can firmly lock it into position. The Befree Advanced also has a fluid head, making it one of the best video tripods.

The Winston 2. With a staggering max load capacity of 88 lb 40 kg , this tripod can carry almost anything! You can adjust each leg thanks to the telescopic design. The leg sections are securely held in position with the twist locks. The legs also have rubber feet for extra grip.

You can also remove the central column and use it as a monopod for more mobile shooting. Tripods are excellent for giving you more stability.

But they do restrict your movements when shooting. A monopod, on the other hand, gives you stability while letting you move more freely. The Altura Photo Camera Monopod is a great choice for anyone from beginners to more experienced photographers. You can carry it anywhere.

But it has the strength to hold a 5 lb 2. It has a super-simple design, with four telescopic leg sections that fix into position thanks to the flip locks.

The foot has a ball joint. You can lean in all directions. And it has a spike for added grip when shooting outdoors. You can see more in our article reviewing the best camera monopods. The camera picks up every shake and vibration, which is why many videographers use camera stabilizers.

The FLYCAM RedKing Camera Stabilizer is our favorite. It can support camera setups weighing up to 15 lb 7 kg , which is enough for any of the best videography cameras.

Once balanced, you can shoot handheld for smooth moving and tracking shots. You can see all the best camera stabilizers in our full article. Gimbals are starting to overtake stabilizers in the videography community. They offer exceptional stability while you shoot handheld.

Plus, their smaller frames and lighter weight make them easier to use. The DJI RS 2 is the best gimbal stabilizer there is. It has advanced controls for professional film recording.

The color touchscreen helps you find the controls you need. Plus, it gives you three-axis stabilization, always keeping the camera balanced.

This makes shooting handheld a dream. Our full post has a large selection of the best camera gimbals. Storage is an essential part of being a photographer. And as camera sensors become more powerful with bigger resolutions, file sizes increase, too.

This means you need bigger and better devices for storing your photos. So make it a good one. The SanDisk Extreme Pro is the best there is.

But you can get it in many other sizes, from 32 GB to 1 TB. If you want more memory card options, check out all the best camera SD cards. An SD card reader is the quickest way to get images from your memory card to your computer.

And the ProGrade Digital XFexpress Card Reader is our top recommendation. It supports the most common memory card types. It also delivers fast reading and transferring times, giving you a time-efficient experience.

Check out the best SD card readers article if you want to see more options. Losing a memory card is heartbreaking, and it could mean losing income. The Kiorafoto Professional Memory Card Case gives you excellent security.

It also has enough storage space for 12 SD and 12 microSD cards. And it has a metal clip to attach to your camera backpack. Plenty of other excellent options are available, and you can see them all in our best memory card cases article. And it has a storage capacity of up to 4 TB, which is a lot of RAW files.

You can find cheaper hard drives. But considering how important reliable storage is, we recommend the SanDisk. Check out all the best external hard drives we recommend to save your photos.

The Altura Photo Professional Cleaning Kit has everything you need to keep your camera in tip-top shape. It has an air blower for removing dust without touching sensitive components. You get two soft-bristled brushes. And the kit includes non-abrasive microfiber cloths and pre-moistened wipes.

Our full article on camera cleaning kits has other excellent cleaning options. Modern camera sensors can detect even tiny specks of dust. And when they build up, it can have a really detrimental effect on image quality.

The LensPen SKLK-1 Sensor Cleaning Kit is the best for targeted sensor cleaning. The pack includes a unique LensPen, an illuminated loupe, and an air blower. See all the best sensor cleaning kits in our full article.

An air blower, like the Giottos AA Rocket Air Blaster , is a simple tool for keeping your camera clean. Cloths and brushes can damage sensitive components. But with an air blower, you can remove dust and dirt without actually touching the camera.

Light is one of the fundamental elements in photography. And as a photographer, the more control you have over light, the better. You can use it for everything from product photography to portraits.

It has plenty of different modes and lighting options to give you full creative control. This NEEWER flash is compatible with Canon EOS cameras. You can also buy similar NEEWER flashes for Nikon cameras. And you can read our full article on the best camera flash guns. Ring lights have become one of the most popular forms of photography lighting in recent years.

They give you even, consistent lighting, which removes harsh shadows. The kit also comes with a tripod and two mounts. You also get a Bluetooth remote and a carry case. See more of the best ring lights for photography in the full article.

LED light panels give you fantastic creative lighting options. And the Lume Cube RGB LED Panel is our pick of the bunch.

You get white, green, red, and blue light without filters or diffusers. It also has a strobe mode and four scene modes for more lighting options. Check out all the best LED light panels for photography we recommend.

Reflectors are an excellent tool that gives you more control over natural light. They redirect the light you have available rather than creating new light. And that lets you subtly manipulate the light in your scene in a controlled way. We recommend the NEEWER 5-in-1 Circular Light Reflector.

It has five different reflective surfaces, each giving you a different lighting effect. You have white, black, silver, gold, and transparent. That gives you incredible control over natural light. A ringflash attaches to the end of your camera lens, giving you even lighting when shooting close-ups.

That means they are the best lighting accessories for small products and macro photography. The Godox MF-R76 Macro LED Ring Flash Speedlite is our top choice. Plus, it has eight ring adapters to attach to almost any lens.

If you need a ringflash for your macro photography, see our full write-up on the best ringflashes. But they are a fantastic tool for creating interesting moods and atmospheres in your studio.

They are a great lighting tool for vloggers and live streamers, too. You get The back has an adhesive to easily stick them to the wall or furniture. You can also separate the strip into 15 sections to decorate large spaces with just one set.

You control the lights using the Govee smartphone app. With it, you can change the light colors, set sequences, or have the lights synch to music. Check out all the best LED lights for photography in our full article. Camera filters are a simple yet effective way of improving your photography.

Do you want more contrast in your landscapes or perfectly exposed long exposures? Do you want more detail in your night sky photography? Lens filters are the answer. These are some of our favorite camera lens filters. But you can also read our full post on the best camera filters for photography.

A polarizing filter blocks polarized light. It deepens and saturates colors while increasing contrasts. And it also reduces reflections, which increases light transmission in the lens. This gives you better detail. The Tiffen 77CP Circular Polarizer is the place to start with polarizing filters.

Read our review of the best polarizing camera filters for more top picks. These filters reduce the amount of light passing through without affecting color quality.

This lets you keep your shutter open for a long time without too much light flooding it. The optical quality is excellent. And the AGC glass has a multi-layer coating that protects and improves picture quality. It has an optical density rating of ND , about 10 stops of exposure compensation.

You can keep the shutter open without ruining the image. Check out all the best Neutral Density Filters in our full review.

A variable neutral density filter is like a standard ND filter. But it has a variable optical density. A standard ND filter has a fixed optical density. In contrast, a variable filter lets you change the intensity by turning the outer ring. The Neewer MRC Variable ND2-ND ND is a high-quality photography filter.

It has a layer coating that protects and improves image quality by reducing flare and vignetting. And it also has a three-stop optical density range. You can read our full article listing the best variable ND filters.

Light pollution is a big problem when shooting Milky Way photography, especially in urban areas. But light pollution filters block light from artificial light sources, giving you a clearer view of the night sky.

The optical quality is fantastic due to the crisp glass and multi-layer coating on both sides. And it comes in several different sizes. You can see all the best light pollution filters in our full list. If you want to learn more about capturing the stars above, see our full article on filters for astrophotography.

All the filters featured on this list have been circular filters that screw onto the end of your lens. But you can also get square or rectangular filters that mount to the front of your camera lens.

The LEE Filter Holder is the best filter holder on the market. It has three modular filter-guide blocks for holding one, two, or three filters at a time. The line between photographers and videographers has never been so blurred. Read more: Best studio lighting kits. If you need to photograph small objects for your online shop or auction sites, a light tent is perfect.

The design means you can use just a single light — a regular desk lamp is suggested — shone through the diffusion side of the tent, with the reflector creating a fill light on the opposite side of your subject.

Read more: Best light tents for photography. Reflectors are super-simple tools for bouncing light back on to your subject. A double sided, reversible cover gives you a traditional selection of gold, silver, white and black colour options. Read more: Best reflectors.

Photo editing software has revolutionized the creative effects we can apply to photos on our computers, tablets and smartphones, but there are still some things only a physical camera filter can do, and here are some examples. Polarizers are perfect for intensifying blue skies and subduing reflections off glass, water, painted or glossy surfaces.

This HD nano Mk II filter is a simply superb circular polarizer. Build quality is epic, the glass is toughened and the nano structure coatings are hard as nails.

Read more: Best polarizing filters. Graduated filters are a standard tool for landscape photographers, who frequently need to reduce the intensity of bright skies. This filter set comprises three densities - 1, 2 and 3 stops - so they'll cater for a wide variety of lighting conditions — and come with a choice of transitions soft, medium, hard and extra hard.

Read more: Best ND grad filters. ND filters are used to reduce the amount of light passing through the lens, to allow ultra-long exposures which blur water and skies in landscape shots. They can also be had in three sizes: P-size 84xmm , Z-Pro xmm , and X-Pro xmm. Read more: Best ND filters.

Variable ND filters are used mostly by videographers, who need to control the amount of light without changing the shutter speed or altering the lens aperture — both will change the 'look' of the footage. Read more: Best variable ND filters for video.

Astrophotograhy is difficult near to centers of population because of the light pollution from artificial lighting. Read more: Best light pollution filters for astrophotography. Some filters attach directly to the lens's filter thread, but most are designed to fit square filter holders where they can be used in combination.

Filter holders come in different sizes, but mm is the most common. The LEE Holder is one of the best and features a multi-function locking dial that not only securely locks the holder in place, but also locks the angle of the filter holder to protect your composition.

Read more: Best filter holders. Almost any camera phone or camera can shoot video these days, but to get the best results you need to be using the right accessories. Here are some gadgets and add-ons to take your video to the next level.

Video isn't just about video! You need good quality audio too, which almost always means using an external microphone. The RØDE VideoMic Go II is arguably the ur-example of a simple, high-quality shotgun mic — it's a straightforward directional mic that you point at the thing you want to record.

Mount it to your camera's hotshoe, and it'll record the audio from whatever you're filming. Couldn't be simpler. What's more, this updated version has a USB output, making it much more versatile in terms of the devices you can plug it into.

Read more: Best microphones for video. You don't have to use an external microphone when recording video — you can use a separate audio recorder and merge the audio with the video later. The bargain Zoom H1n portable recorder is a great choice, featuring an onboard stereo microphone that lets you easily record two tracks of high-resolution audio in the palm of your hand.

Filmmakers will enjoy the H1n's ability to capture clean, distortion-free speech. And like other H-series products by Zoom, you can hold it in your hand, attach it to a mic stand or tripod, and even mount it to a camera via the shoe mount sold separately. Read more: Best audio recorders for video.

There will be times when transporting a bigger LED light around is simply not an option and in these situations, the Manfrotto Lumimuse 8 could well prove to be your saviour. The tiny light can attach to the hotshoe mount of your camera and can be controlled over Bluetooth by your iOS smartphone.

Eight LED lights produce illumination of LUX at 1 metre , making the Manfrotto unit suitable for vlogs or product videography. Read more: Best video lights. If you shoot run and gun style video, you will almost certainly need a gimbal. DJI's Ronin-SC has been specifically designed for mirrorless camera setups up to 2kg in total weight.

Each axis can be individually locked, making initial balancing much easier, and, and the SC folds surprisingly compact. In fact a lot about the DJI Ronin-SC is surprising, as we noted in our review, it's both cheaper and more capable than you first expect.

Read more: Best gimbals for video. Serious filmmakers will need a bigger tripod, but for vlogging, a smaller tripod like this Manfrotto may be all you need. The BeFree Live Lever-Lock tripod kit uses three-section aluminum legs that are clamped down using lever locks. There is a different version available using twist-lock legs, too.

And even a lighter carbon fiber version but that costs significantly more. Read more: Best video tripods. For serious video work it's likely you'll need a bigger screen than the monitor on the back of the camera and higher-powered capture and storage capabilities.

The Atomos Ninja V is the gold standard in on-the-go external monitors that double up as video recorders, earning the highest possible score in our review for its ability to improve the quality of footage captured.

Read more: Best on-camera monitors and recorders. You need a way of storing your digital images and video, both in your camera during capture, on your computer or while you're travelling from one location to another.

Here are some of our top recommendations. There are A LOT of SD cards on the market, but we think this one offers a great combination of speed, capacity and affordability. This SanDisk comes in capacities ranging from 32GB to a staggering 1TB and an impressive UHS Speed Class 3 rating.

Read more: Best memory cards. CFexpress is the latest, best and fastest memory card format, and SanDisk has hit the ground running with its new Extreme Pro CFexpress cards. The card format is being rapidly adopted by high-end cameras, such as the Canon EOS-1D X Mk III , Nikon D6 , Nikon Z6 and Z7, as well as the Panasonic Lumix S1 and Lumix S1R.

We're confident we'll be seeing a lot more of this fantastic format in the future, with prices continuing to fall as a result. Portable hard drives are perfect for storing images and video when you are on the move, and for boosting the often limited capacity of a laptop computer.

This latest WD My Passport design comes in black, white, red, blue, orange and yellow colour options. Read more: Best portable hard drives. Portable SSDs are much more expensive than regular hard drives, but they are also smaller and lighter and WAY faster.

This is not SanDisk's top-of-the-range portable SSD - that honour currently goes to the Extreme Pro Portable SSD V2, but this cheaper non-Pro version is still the one to go for. That's because almost no computer currently available can fully exploit the extra speed offered by the Extreme Pro, so in real-world use it's barely faster than this SSD.

Capacities come in GB, GB, 1TB and 2TB, but it's the GB option that makes most sense unless you definitely need more space, as prices pretty much double in line with capacity. If you just need a backup or storage disk for your desktop computer, you don't need to pay a fortune.

Seagate's no-frills desktop hard drive comes in capacities from 4TB to 16TB, with the 6TB and 8TB options currently being best value and spacious enough for around 1. The drive's fast USB 3. Just bear in mind the included USB Type-A cable may need a cheap adapter to convert it to a Type-C plug that'll fit a modern MacBook.

Read more: Best external desktop drives. NAS drives make your images available online via your own private Internet connection. Some NAS drives can be intimidating, but the beauty of the WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra is how easy it is to set up and use, with no unnecessary or confusing initial settings to navigate.

The My Cloud EX2 Ultra is already equipped with hard drives, so there are no unpleasant extra costs to be incurred. The deals we've got are for the base 4TB capacity, which is plenty for most users, but you can spec up to 16TB of space if you're a heavy user.

The built-in software allows you to use the drive as an FTP server, and the drive can also be set to make automatic backups. Read more: Best NAS drives.

As photographers and videographers, we spend half as much time in front of our computers as we do behind the camera! Here are some kit suggestions to make this computing time faster, more effective and more efficient. The only issue with that is few XPS 15 configs come with this display, and they're inevitably at the pricier end of the range.

The extra cash does also buy you plenty of performance courtesy of a 11th-gen, 8-core Intel Core i9 processor, and you can choose from 16GB right up to a whopping 64GB of RAM, though we'd only recommend the latter if you'll be editing high res video as well as images.

The selection of ports is also pretty good, with Thunderbolt 4, USB-C 3. Read more: Best laptops for photo editing. If you haven't already fainted at the price, you'll find a lot to like about the Acer ConceptD 7 Ezel Pro laptop.

Its clever dual-hinged design is more than a gimmick; it provides a host of positioning options that allow you to be really flexible with your working setup. As we noted in our review, it synergies well with the supplied Wacom EMR pen, making this a great options for those who like to use a stylus to touch up their images.

That 4K display is pretty excellent too. Read more: Best laptops for video editing. Your monitor is how you judge the color, contrast and sharpness of your images as you edit them, so it has to be good. The BenQ PhotoVue SWC screen has a inch panel size with a 4K UHD native resolution of x pixels.

As the name implies, it's designed for viewing and editing photos, and as such it also boasts the usual bit colour depth, equivalent to more than a billion colours.

In our review, we praised the colour accuracy and quality — the only sticking point is the price. Read more: Best monitors for photo editing. Its multimedia features make it an ideal primary display for most creatives, while true and consistent color and brightness across the entire panel mean in some ways the Studio Display is on a par with that of Apple's Pro Display XDR.

But as a companion to any recent Mac, the Studio Display is hard to beat. Read more: Best monitors for video editing. The best monitors come with their own calibration systems, but for other monitors you might need a separate calibration tool. The result is a claimed increase in calibration accuracy, especially in the lightest and darkest image regions, and a subminute calibration time, making this the fastest Spyder calibrator ever.

Read more: Best monitor calibration tools. Every computer needs a mouse unless you are happy with your laptop's trackpad , so you might as well make it a good one! The MX Master is the flagship of Logitech's office mouse range, with a highly ergonomic sculpted shape and twin thumb buttons placed directly beneath a secondary thumb-operated scroll wheel.

The primary scroll wheel uses Logitech's clever MagSpeed Electromagnetic scrolling to provide precision when rotated slowly, or hyper-fast scrolling when flicked at speed. A DPI laser sensor gives supreme pointer precision. Read more: Best mouse for photo and video editing. If a mouse seems an unnatural way to paint selections and strokes, consider using a graphics tablet instead.

The Wacom One was launched right at the start of , and is the best all-round entry-level graphics tablet that Wacom has ever produced. With a inch surface area, it is a long way for being the biggest graphics tablet you can get — but that does mean that this is an peripheral you can take along with your laptop when away from the home or office.

Built-in feet allow you to place the surface at a slight angle, if you don't want it flat on your desk. Read more: Best drawing tablets. As a photographer, you can rely on online print services, or you can make your own prints yourself with a photo printer like this one.

The Pro uses dye rather than pigment inks, aiming for exceptionally smooth output on glossy paper. Read more: Best photo printers. If you still like to shoot film, or you've got drawers full of old slides and negatives, you'll need a film scanner that can do them justice.

The OpticFilm i SE costs more than the company's model but has in infra red scanning channel for dust removal — highly recommended!

There is also a Plustek OpticFilm i Ai available, a flagship model that adds color calibration software into the package, that is useful for color transparency scanning - albeit at a higher cost.

Read more: Best film scanners. We all know when we need to upgrade our kit, but what about our software? You may already have what you need, but if you're still trying to find the perfect program, here are some ideas.

Photoshop is slick, powerful and constantly improving, and despite its reputation for complexity, Photoshop actually offers a very clean, slick interface. Read more: Best photo editing software. Professional videographers will use a program like Adobe Premiere Pro, but for amateurs or those just starting out, Premiere Elements is much cheaper and simpler — and doesn't come with a subscription.

Premier Elements can be bought as a standalone product or bundled with Adobe Photoshop Elements as a twin pack. Its Guided Mode can even teach you the basics of video editing and act as a personal instructor, but you can switch between Guided Mode and Expert Mode at any time.

Read more: Best video editing software. Read more: Best camera apps for smartphones and tablets. It's not the most glamorous side of photography, but camera kit does need periodic cleaning and maintenance, and here are some bits and bobs to make this easier.

Sensor spots are the downside of interchangeable lens cameras, and sometimes you have to resort to manual sensor cleaning. This is a tiny torch that slots on to the top end of a swab and shines downward, so wherever you clean, the light always follows.

Read more: Best camera sensor cleaning tools. These pre-moistened lens wipes, on the other hand, are extremely handy. Each wipe comes in a small 5cm-square sealed sachet and unfolds to 15x12cm — just the right size for cleaning a front or rear lens element.

Read more: Best camera lens cleaners. At DCW, we test camera accessories of all types. Our team of expert photographers and videographers look at how photo gear performs out in the field, as well as in controlled lab setting where applicable, and measure how well the product's performance measures up to the manufacturers' claims.

We use their findings to inform our comments in buying guides. Learn more about how we test and review on Digital Camera World. The best camera deals, reviews, product advice, and unmissable photography news, direct to your inbox!

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications.

He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more.

Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo. com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop. Sign in View Profile Sign out. US Edition. Subscription offers News Reviews Features Tutorials Buying Guides Magazines The Photography Show Digital Camera PhotoPlus N-Photo Digital Photographer Australian Camera Australian ProPhoto Photography Week About us.

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Leg sections: 4. Max height with head : cm. Folded height: 57cm. Weight with head : 2. Reasons to avoid - Lacks swing-up legs. Peak Design Travel Tripod. Our expert review:. Specifications Material: Carbon fiber or aluminum alloy.

Extended height: cm. Folded height: 39cm. Weight: 1. Feet: Pads spikes optional extra. Leg sections: 5. And as noted, it's cheaper than the Z9 — which in turn is cheaper than the Sony A1 and Canon EOS R3. So in terms of bang for buck, it really can't be beaten.

Read our full Nikon Z8 review. Want the ultimate in medium format resolution in a body so small and steady that you can use it for street photography? Meet the Fujifilm GFX II, a marvel of photographic achievement that packs a MP medium format sensor into a body about the size of a bulky DSLR.

It even possesses in-body image stabilization — which, despite having to stabilize a gigantic medium format sensor, is actually on par with the IBIS systems on Sony's smaller full-frame sensors. While it lacks the vertical grip of the ten-grand Fujifilm GFX , which our reviewer thinks is a good thing , it otherwise boasts newer and more powerful capabilities squeezed into a much smaller and much cheaper body — though Fujifilm's medium format lenses mean that this is still far from a compact system.

The image quality is simply spectacular; for ultimate stills shooting, this is almost unbeatable. It even shoots very good 8K 30p video, too!

Read our full Fujifilm GFX II review. Don't be fooled by its smaller APC-C-sized sensor, the Fujifilm X-H2S is a real powerhouse when it comes to professional photography.

The new flagship camera in the Fujifilm X-mount range, the X-H2S has it all, with a chunky pro-spec body and handling, a top-mounted status panel, and a fifth-generation sensor offering four times the speed of its predecessor.

The X-H2S can shoot at 40fps with minimal screen blackout, capture 6K video or 4K at up to p, has in-body stabilization, a flip-out vari-angle screen, and a 5.

This camera is the most expensive in Fujifilm's X range but is still a nice saving over a lot of the other cameras on this list.

Read our full Fujifilm X-H2S review. If mirrorless cameras just don't work for you, there's still life left in the DSLR — and as far as I'm concerned, the D is the best mirrored camera for all-purpose professional work.

Where the Nikon D6 is built for sheer speed, durability, and responsiveness, the D is built for resolution — though it can still capture images at 7fps, or 9fps with the optional battery grip.

Some people say that the Z8 is the mirrorless D; I prefer to say that the D is the DSLR version of a Z8. Read our full Nikon D review. The Panasonic S5 II X is effectively in a class of its own when it comes to a camera capable of content creation, videography and filmmaking.

In fact, short of a cinema camera, its closest rival is the camera for which it's an upgrade: the Panasonic S5 II. My colleague Jon Devo has spent much more time using the two cameras than I have, so I'll quote his five-star review: "With its most direct competition coming from its stablemate, the more specialized S5 II X faces some fundamental challenges from a consumer perspective.

The extra features, such as SSD recording, HDMI RAW output, All-I compression, Apple ProRes , and Streaming functionality, make it an enticing proposition. This is especially true if the all-black design appeals to you.

Read our full Panasonic Lumix S5 IIX review. Jack of all trades, master of most, there's nothing that the A1 can't shoot.

Check, with its unreal 30fps continuous shooting. Fine detail? Check, with its Check, with its 8K recording capability. This all-round performance comes with a few caveats, however, the first one being cost. It's more expensive than the MP medium format Fujifilm GFX S, for example — apples and oranges, we know, but the very comparable Nikon Z8 and Z9 also come in considerably cheaper.

The 30fps burst isn't always achievable sometimes topping out at fps, which is still impressive but less impressive than the spec sheet , but for my money the biggest oversight is that this uber-powerful machine only has a tilting screen.

I know not everyone likes full articulation for stills, but an 8K camera with a non-articulating screen is a bit of an oversight. Overall, though, if you want a camera that can take on any possible assignment, this is it. Read our full Sony A1 review. A camera so good that I went out and bought one myself, the EOS R5 is an absolute beast for stills.

Its Dual Pixel AF CMOS II is nothing short of a cheat code for wildlife and sports photography, especially combined with its 20fps top burst speed.

And if its pixel-packed 45MP resolution isn't enough for you, it's capable of capturing incredible MP yes, four-hundred megapixel photographs. For stills, then, I rank it as Canon's best camera. For the best stills performance, though, I genuinely think the R5 stands alone.

Read our full Canon EOS R5 review. While the world is increasingly a mirrorless one, a huge number of pro photographers still use DSLRs.

This is partly because professionals are less interested in spec-chasing than enthusiasts; cameras are simply tools to do a job, and DSLRs are still excellent tools.

So workhorses like the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III , Canon EOS 5D Mark IV , Nikon D and Nikon D6 are still very often seen in the hands of the pros. That said, when it does come time for a professional to upgrade, they invariably go mirrorless. It depends on the photographer, and on the profession.

Fine art photographers, archival photographers, and many commercial photographers deliver their work in the highest quality and resolution possible. This often takes the form of medium format cameras , such as the MP Phase One XF IQ4 MP Camera System , or the MP Fujifilm GFX S and Hasselblad X2D C.

Picking the best professional camera is not just about picking the one with the best or most enticing specifications. You have to look at the system as a whole, its lenses, its other models, and what is set to be released in the future.

Before making a choice, it's worth asking yourself a series of questions:. If this is the case, it's well worth looking into whether there's any potential for compatibility between your existing and new system i.

using lens mount adapters. Think about the kind of work you need and the lenses you need for it, and check whether the system you're considering can meet those needs. Lens guides can be useful here, such as our guides to the best Canon lenses or the best Nikon lenses.

While it does sometimes feel like mirrorless is taking over the world, the best DSLR cameras do still have their advantages and some, like the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III, are breaking new ground.

Read our guide to DSLR vs mirrorless cameras if you're still not sure. Are you shooting videos as well as stills? While both DSLRs and mirrorless cameras can and do produce excellent video, mirrorless currently has the edge here, so if the video is part of your portfolio then it's worth factoring this into consideration.

We test camera resolution, dynamic range, and noise under scientifically controlled conditions using two key testing tools: Imatest Master and DxO Analyzer.

All DSLRs and mirrorless cameras are subjected to these tests and, in some instances, high-end compact cameras. We use these real-world testing and lab results to inform our comments in buying guides.

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