The best professional camera for you will be dependent on what you shoot. If you’re a fashion, portrait or beauty photographer you’ll want a camera with a high resolution so you can crop in and print images large scale. Sports and news photographers should be more concerned about things like burst rates and tracking capabilities while professional landscape photographers will need a camera with excellent weather sealing as well as lots of megapixels.
There are a handful of cameras that can do all of these things, but they cost a fortune. Often the key to finding the right camera for you is figuring out what you need out of your kit. If you’re a videographer (or you regularly shoot a video for your work), for example, then you’ll be looking for a whole other set of features, with uncropped capture, codecs, and frame rates becoming far more important than autofocus modes and sensor size.
If you are primarily a videographer, then you may want to check out our dedicated Best 4K cameras for video(opens in new tab) guide, or check out the best cameras for vlogging(opens in new tab). Serious filmmakers may be best off looking at our guide to best cinema cameras(opens in new tab).
To help you find the best professional camera for your purposes, we’ve divided this guide into six different brands. After all, when you purchase a camera, you’re also buying into the entire lens ecosystem – so, you want to make sure that the camera has the glass you’ll need.