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The 9 Best Professional Cameras For The Modern Photographer

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“What is the best professional camera?”

It’s certainly a loaded question – even to a tenured camera salesman. The answer is nuanced; like when evaluating what makes a great photo, what sets each camera apart are the nitty gritty details.

Finding the best camera isn’t always the best place to start. For instance, the best camera far exceeds your budget. The best place to start in your search for a camera is to ask yourself “What is the best camera for ME?”.  

Read on to check out our list of the 9 best professional cameras for photography. Each camera stands out among the thousands of camera options out there whether you’re a beginner looking to beef up your professional portfolio or a seasoned photographer in search of that game changing feature. 

Nikon D3500

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Specs:

  • Sensors: 24.2MP APS-C CMOS
  • Screen: 3.0 inch fixed; 921k dots
  • Burst-Shooting: 5fps
  • Autofocus: 11-point AF
  • Video: 1920 x 1080/60p
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth
  • Battery Life: 1550 shots
  • Weight: 415 g
  • Price: AUD 599.95 on Ted’s Cameras

If you’re an enthusiast looking to transition into professional photography, the Nikon D3500 may be the camera for you. While it’s not the flashiest in the market, it’s easy handling, excellent image quality and affordable price is hard to beat for the price-conscious beginner.

It may be an entry level camera but the D3500 packs a 24.2MP APS-C sensor and 5fps continuous shooting speed, miles better than other cameras in its price range. On the flip side, the D3500 doesn’t shoot video in 4k but it can take quality outtakes in full HD 1920×1080. 

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What makes the D3500 unique is its Guide Mode. If you’re trying to take a great shot of moving objects, a night landscape or closeup, the guide mode helps configure the optimal settings. It’s like having training wheels to taking the perfect shot.

You’ll immediately notice that your photos are in a different league from the ones you take on your smartphone or point-and-shoot camera. The lightweight and easy-to-use D3500 will be the catalyst to help you start a professional portfolio and level up your Instagram game. 

Fujifilm X-T30

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Specs:

  • Sensors: 26.1MP back-illuminated X-Trans APS-C CMOS
  • Screen: 3.0 inch vari-angle touchscreen; 1.037m dots
  • Burst-Shooting: 8fps (up to 20 fps with electronic shutter)
  • Autofocus: 91-point Hybrid AF
  • Video: 4k to 30p
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, WiDi, USD 3.1, HDMI
  • Battery Life: 380 shots
  • Weight: 383 g
  • Price: AUD 1,499.95 on Ted’s Cameras

Fujifilm’s X-T30 carries a ton of features that you will love. Its sophisticated autofocus system and ability to take gorgeous photos under low-light conditions make shooting at any time of the day a breeze. With superior face detection and burst-shooting capability than previous Fujifilm models, the X-T30 is a dream when shooting moving subjects. 

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The X-T30’s vari-angle screen simplifies the process of taking photos at unique and experimental angles. The touchscreen allows you to seamlessly zoom into photos, swipe through your album real-time and set the focusing point with a tap of a finger. On top of that, the X-T30 has a slew of connectivity options from Bluetooth and Wifi to USB 3.1 and HDMI. You won’t need to worry about packing extra wires or finding a good connection especially when shooting remotely.

For a mirrorless camera at a fraction of the price point of other Fujifilm cameras, X-T30 is the ideal lightweight companion for outdoor photography whether you’re shooting street fashion or taking footage of an event for a corporation.

Nikon D850

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Specs:

  • Sensors: 45.7 MP back-illuminated CMOS
  • Screen: 3.2 inch diagonal tilting LCD; 2.359m dots
  • Burst-Shooting: 9fps 
  • Autofocus: 153-point AF
  • Video: 4k to 30p
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, WiDi, USD 3.
  • Battery Life: 1840 shots
  • Weight: 915 g
  • Price: AUD 4,599.59 on Ted’s Cameras

The Nikon D850 one of the most flexible cameras on the market and is the modern photographer’s dream partner. For outdoor photography, its weather-sealed hardware keeps it protected in different environments and its natural white balance ensures optimal photos in any type of outdoor lighting. The D850’s exceptional autofocus and burst shooting make it possible to capture any moving subject, even a usable photo of a speeding train. 

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Nikon’s D850’s high resolution results in photos previewed in crystal clear detail. Studio shots are on a different level, every details of the clothing and the facial expression and emotion of the model.

The D850 stands out for its signature Quiet Mode. In either single shot or continuous mode, the snap of the shutter is completely silent, the preferred volume for capturing shots of nervous wildlife for National Geographic or a sensitive model for the next big make-up brand. 

On paper, this camera packs a serious punch in terms of it’s vast array of features. However, this comes at the cost of a rather hefty weight of 915 grams. Is it worth the weight? We think so!

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

 

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Specs:

  • Megapixels: 30.4 MP CMOC
  • Screen: 3.2 inch full-time touchscreen; 1.62m dot
  • Burst-Shooting: 7fps
  • Autofocus: 61-point AF, Dual Pixel AF
  • Video: 4k
  • Connectivity: WiFi, NFC
  • Battery Life: 900 shots
  • Weight: 800g
  • Price: AUD 3,999.95 on Ted’s Cameras

The EOS 5D Mark IV is Canon’s latest addition to the EOS camera line and a technical upgrade from its predecessors; however with it’s hefty price tag, is it worth the investment for the modern photographer?

It’s undoubtedly a fantastic camera. 30.4MP full frame sensors, 61-point autofocus, 7 fps continuous shooting, DCI 4k video, the Mark IV has got the basic necessities covered. You’ll be able to take great shots even at night and in low light conditions with improved ISO capabilities. 

 

 

 

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The Mark IV has Dual Pixel Autofocus and Dual Pixel Raw technology that take your photos and videos to a different stratosphere by allowing you to fine-tune even the smallest of details. Dual Pixel Raw enables you to shift the focus by mere millimeters in your photography which can take the frustration away when trying to get the perfect product or fashion photo. Dual Pixel Autofocus makes it easy to shift the focus between moving subjects whether shooting a commercial or footage of a live sporting event. 

For a professional, this upgrade is worth the investment for its features and quality results.

Canon EOS-5D Mark III

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Specs:

  • Sensors: 22MP Full Frame CMOS
  • Screen: 3.2 inch fixed touchscreen; 1.040m dots
  • Burst-Shooting: 6fps
  • Autofocus: 61-point AF
  • Video: 1080p 
  • Connectivity: USB, HDMI
  • Battery Life: 950 shots
  • Weight: 860g
  • Price: AUD 1,799.95 on Ted’s Cameras

The Canon EOS-5D Mark III is the camera of choice for many professionals looking for a hardworking DSLR at an affordable cost. Despite the initial camera launch in 2013, this classic holds a place in many photographers’ toolkit because it can shoot almost anything. 

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Its 61-point autofocus and high burst rate of 6 fps make shooting moving subjects effortless. The silent shutter mode is a fitting match for shooting events like intimate wedding ceremonies. What makes the Mark III truly stand out is its ability to shoot great images despite poor light conditions.

Its gapless microlens allows more light to reach the sensor’s pixels and produce fantastic images even in low-light conditions. Expect frame-worthy photos whether shooting in the day or night. The Mark III remains as a go-to all-around camera.

Sony A9

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Specs:

  • Sensors: 24.2MP Full-frame stacked CMOS
  • Screen: 2.95 inch tilt LCD, 1.440m dots
  • Burst-Shooting: 20 fps
  • Autofocus: 693-point phase-detection AF
  • Video: 4k
  • Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC
  • Battery Life: 650 shots
  • Weight: 673g
  • Price: AUD 4,799.95 on Ted’s Cameras

 

It’s hard to imagine that a mirrorless camera can replace a DLSR in a photographer’s arsenal, but the Sony A9 is challenging that notion. Sony released the A9 with the professional photographer in mind. It’s lightweight body (a feathery 673 g) is easy to carry around when shooting weddings, sporting events and wildlife in the great outdoors. The A9’s 693-point autofocus can capture clear photos of even a jaguar running at a blistering pace.

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What is powerful about the A9 is its silent shutter and continuous shooting at 20 fps. Combined with its autofocus, you can slink through events without being noticed and score photos that will be cherished for the next 50 years. 

The 2.95 inch tilt screen, which makes it easy to shoot at hard-to-reach angles, and easy-to-customize setting are just added bonuses. If you’re looking to expand your skill set, the A9 takes clear and crisp 4k UHD videos. Even at the steep price of $4799.95, the mirrorless Sony A9 is a recommended game-changer.

 

Nikon D750

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Specs:

  • Sensors: 24.3MP Full Frame CMOS
  • Screen: 3.2 inch tilting; 1.2m dots
  • Burst-Shooting: 6.5 fps
  • Autofocus: 51-point AF
  • Video: Full HD 1920×1080
  • Connectivity: WiFi, HDMI
  • Battery Life: 1230 shots
  • Weight: 840 g
  • Price: AUD 2,199.95 on Ted’s Cameras

 

The Nikon D750 is a wallet-friendly option for a photographer seeking a full frame DSLR. The D750 has all the features you need to shoot professional-grade photographs. 51-point autofocus and continuous shooting at 6.5 fps for moving subjects. Check. Dust and weather sealed lightweight body for portability. Check. Large and tiltable screen to capture hard-to-take shots. Check.

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What lifts the D750 above other cameras in its price point is its highlight-weighted metering. This feature allows you to meter light across the frame to prevent overexposure. You’ll have more control over the highlights of the subject matter under the spotlight and uneven natural lighting coming from a window or skylight when shooting real estate. 

While the D750 can be used across industries, it’s the optimal option if you’re in the business of real estate or house and gardens photography. You’ll soon realize that the D750 is a definite bang for your buck when you start producing sharp and superb images. 

Sony A7III

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Specs:

  • Sensors: 24MP Full Frame BSI CMOS
  • Screen: 3 inch, 921k dot
  • Burst-Shooting: 10 fps
  • Autofocus: 693-point Hybrid AF
  • Video: 4k/24p UHD
  • Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth, USD 3.0
  • Battery Life: 710 shots
  • Weight: 650 g
  • Price: AUD 3,210 on Amazon

 

An affordable hybrid camera like the Sony a7III is hard to come by. The a7III’s impressive 693-point AF has multiple options like wide, center, lock-on autofocus for tracking a subject. The AF joystick makes it so easy to go through one of the thousands of autofocus points in the frame. 

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The high-ISO capabilities makes shooting in the dark possible. ISO can go as high as 12800 and the camera can still produce usable shots. What’s even more jaw-dropping is that even in the dark, the a7III’s autofocus capability works in top form. 

From ultra wide to high definition vivid shots, autofocus is just as effective on video. For cuisine photography, the a7III enables you to take photos and videos under any light condition. Perfect for those slow motion saliva-inducing food shots.

 

Nikon D500

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Specs:

  • Sensors: 20.7MP APS-C (DX-format)
  • Screen: 3.2 inch tilting touchscreen 
  • Burst-Shooting: 10 fps
  • Autofocus: 153-point AF (with 99 cross-type points)
  • Video: 4k UHD
  • Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth, USD 3.0
  • Battery Life: 710 shots
  • Weight: 650 g
  • Price: AUD 1599.95 on Ted’s Cameras

 

The Nikon D500 was made for taking action shots that come to life. The D500’s fast 153-point autofocus combined with the 180,000 pixel RGB metering sensor make for popping visuals whether shooting on-the-run wildlife or athletes doing their warm ups. 

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Exposure and lighting is automatically taken care of with the D500. It’s white balance feature ensures that photos aren’t overexposed due to unwarranted natural light. The D500 has got you covered when shooting indoors with its anti-flicker functionality designed to sync with the flicker from artificial light. This will allow you to capture those winning basketball shots amidst fluorescent lighting. 

With the D500, you can simply input an external mic and headphones and use the AF joystick to focus and lock-on moving subjects.

 

The Camera for YOU

There are many options for excellent cameras on the market no matter what your budget is. We suggest doing research online, test the cameras out in store and see which works best for you before making the big purchase. 

Once you’ve acquainted yourself to your new camera, the next step is to put the camera to work. Whether you’re a new photographer looking to go professional or a business owner seeking more clients, why not consider listing your business on LinkU.

We connect you with customers looking for professional photographers in your local area – and it’s completely free to list your services!

 

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