A potelyt.com – Photography & Imaging Resources
ad
PW

The best Canon cameras

Canon is the market leader for digital cameras. The company was already a major player in the analog photographic equipment industry and has further developed and strengthened its market position since digital technology became dominant. Canon provides a broad range of models, including digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras, mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, and compact cameras that come with a built-in lens. It also uses a variety of imaging sensors in its models, ranging from full-frame, over APS-C and One-inch, to small 1/2.3-inch sensors.

Canon system
Canon camera system

The choice of a particular type of camera depends very much on the intended use. A professional wedding photographer has different requirements than a casual family holiday shooter, and a sports reporter has different needs than a landscape artist. The importance of individual preferences and selection criteria means that the question which camera is best is not easy to answer. That said, general camera rankings can give a useful overview of the overall capabilities of various camera models and thereby provide the basis for more use-specific model comparisons and assessments.

The highest rated Canon cameras

Top Elo
Camera with highest Elo: Canon R5

The Camera Elo represents a comprehensive rating that takes the body, sensor and feature characteristics of digital cameras into account. It is based on the outcomes of thousands of pair-wise comparisons undertaken via the CAM-parator app.

The Canon R5 is currently the top-ranked Canon camera with a Camera Elo of 3194, followed in second place by the Canon R3 with a rating of 3177. The table below lists the 20 highest ranked Canon cameras in descending order of their Elo. It also reports the cameras' DXO Mark sensor quality score, which can be taken as indicators of pure image quality. For both the Camera Elo and the DXO score, higher values represent better performance.

scroll hint
The Cameras with the Highest Elo
    Camera
Model
Lens
Type
Camera
Elo
DXO
Score
Camera
Type
Resolution
(MP)
Video
Format
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon R5Canon RF 319495 Mirrorless 44.88K/30p Jul 2020 3,899 amazon.com
2.
 
Canon R3Canon RF 317796 Mirrorless 24.06K/60p Sep 2021 5,999 amazon.com
3.
 
Canon R5 CCanon RF 315696 Mirrorless 44.88k/60p Jan 2022 4,499 amazon.com
4.
 
Canon R6Canon RF 297990 Mirrorless 20.04k/60p Jul 2020 2,499 amazon.com
5.
 
Canon 1D X Mark IIICanon EF 295991 DSLR 20.04K/60p Jan 2020 6,499 amazon.com
6.
 
Canon RCanon RF 286389 Mirrorless 30.14K/30p Sep 2018 2,299 amazon.com
7.
 
Canon 90DCanon EF-S 281083 DSLR 32.34K/30p Aug 2019 1,199 amazon.com
8.
 
Canon M6 Mark IICanon EF-M 278383 Mirrorless 32.34K/30p Aug 2019 849 amazon.com
9.
 
Canon M50 Mark IICanon EF-M 274483 Mirrorless 24.04K/24p Oct 2020 599 amazon.com
10.
 
Canon RPCanon RF 271785 Mirrorless 26.04K/30p Feb 2019 1,299 amazon.com
11.
 
Canon 5D Mark IVCanon EF 261591 DSLR 30.14K/30p Aug 2016 3,499 amazon.com
12.
 
Canon SL3Canon EF-S 260882 DSLR 24.04K/25p Apr 2019 599 amazon.com
13.
 
Canon G1 X Mark III 24-72 mm f/2.8-5.6 260781 Compact 24.01080/60p Oct 2017 1,299 amazon.com
14.
 
Canon M50Canon EF-M 260481 Mirrorless 24.04K/24p Feb 2018 779ebay.com
15.
 
Canon G7 X Mark III 24-100 mm f/1.8-2.8 259865 Compact 20.04K/30p Jul 2019 749 amazon.com
16.
 
Canon T8iCanon EF-S 257283 DSLR 24.04K/24p Feb 2020 749 amazon.com
17.
 
Canon 1D X Mark IICanon EF 256088 DSLR 20.04K/60p Feb 2016 5,999ebay.com
18.
 
Canon 6D Mark IICanon EF 255685 DSLR 26.01080/60p Jun 2017 1,999 amazon.com
19.
 
Canon G5 X Mark II 24-120 mm f/1.8-2.8 254865 Compact 20.04K/30p Jul 2019 899 amazon.com
20.
 
Canon M6Canon EF-M 249980 Mirrorless 24.01080/60p Feb 2017 779ebay.com
Note: DXO values in italics represent estimates based on sensor size and age.

You can access more detail on the listed cameras by clicking on the camera's name. Alternatively, you can compare two Canon cameras using the search boxes below. Just enter two model names into the input fields and you will promptly be taken to a respective comparison.

~
    loader

    Further Reading

    Additional information on the calculation of the Camera Elo can be found on a respective Elo methodology page. Moreover, there are other rankings of cameras by category that might be of interest:

    You are here Home  »  Best Camera  »  Best Canon