These are the best cameras of 2017

The camera market has shifted dramatically in the last decade, and smartphones are no longer just "good enough" to be your go-to camera—in many cases they're just as good. But our favorites go above and beyond that, delivering the kind of image quality smartphones still can't even dream of.

That may change in the future, but for now dedicated cameras still have the upper hand. Our favorite models are fast, accurate, generally compact, and can outperform even professional-grade models from a few years ago. These are our favorite cameras of 2017.

The Nikon D500 isn't the fanciest camera in Nikon's stable, but pound-for-pound we still think it's the best. Offering stunning image quality, a raft of professional-grade features, and excellent durability, the D500 is the goldilocks of Nikon's lineup.

Point-and-shoots may not be the hot gadgets they once were, but one thing has remained constant: Canon still makes some of the best. The Canon G9 X Mark II delivers a best-in-class combination of features, image quality, and ease of use for a price just under $450 on sale.

Though a point-and-shoot isn't the right fit for everyone, the G9 X Mark II makes an excellent case for itself. If you're replacing an old PowerShot or you just prefer the simplicity of an "old fashioned" digital camera, the G9 X Mark II is our favorite.

Cameras come in all shapes and sizes, but the classic DSLR still has an iconic feel to it. The Nikon D5600 delivers that, first-rate image quality, and plenty of high-end features are a price comfortably under $1,000.

Simply put, the Panasonic GH5 is the best all-around camera for shooting video we've ever tested. Though it's still a great camera for still photography, it truly come into its own when capturing 4K video.

We absolutely adore Fujifilm's line of Instax film cameras. They're fun, easy to use, affordable, and instant film has an immediate sense of charm that digital photography lacks—especially in the Snapchat/Instagram age.

 

November 17, 2017

Sources:` USA Today

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