Best camera of 2020
2020 has been a thoroughly odd year, by any standard. But despite the emergence of Covid, the postponement and cancellation of events big and small, some really excellent cameras were released.
We had our say already, in our annual DPReview Awards, but which was your favorite? This your chance to let us know. And if you think we missed something, please leave a comment.
Voting in three categories (cameras, prime and zoom lenses) runs through December 20th, and once the vote has closed we’ll run a fourth and final poll drawn from the winners of the first three to determine your choice for overall product of the year.
It’s been a big year for Canon. It started with the EOS-1D X Mark III, launched in January, when we were still looking forward to the Tokyo Olympic Games this summer.
But arguably, it was the EOS R5 and R6, released this summer, that were the more significant releases. The less expensive R6 features a lot of technology from the EOS-1D X Mark III built into a mirrorless body, while the R5 brings high resolution stills and video. Despite the much-discussed thermal issues in video mode, both cameras represent huge steps forward for the RF mount. Now the dust has settled, are you impressed?
Fujifilm built on the success of its X-T3 by trickling its technology out across the range and even bolstering it with IBIS in the X-T4. Meanwhile, the X-T200 is a lot of camera for the money, but it’s the mid-priced X-S10 that most caught our eye: other than the high-end movie features, it gives you a lot of the X-T4’s capability at a much lower price.
2020 also saw the launch of the latest X100-series model. As we had hoped, the X100V add an extra layer of gloss to an already well-polished model and we like it more than ever. But did any of these stand out for you as camera of the year?
Leica continued to flesh out its flagship rangefinder range this year with the addition of the 41MP M10-R. It also introduced a ‘Monochrom’ variant, for those who only intend to shoot black-and-white, and don’t want to lose light and sharpness to color filters and de-mosaicing. This year also saw a monochrome version of the excellent Q2 full-frame fixed-lens camera.
Did any of this blending of tradition and technology earn your vote?
Like Canon, Nikon’s year started with the D6 – a professional sports camera intended for a whole lot of major sporting events that didn’t end up happening. And, also like Canon, it was developments in the Z-mount full-frame mirrorless system that are likely to have a longer-term impact.
The second iterations of the Z6 and Z7 added some much-requested improvements, including the ability to add a battery grip with duplicate controls, while the all-new Z5 made the range much more accessible by providing most of a Z6 at 2/3rds of the price. Which one stood out for you?
The OM-D E-M10 IV and E-M1 III are both iterations of already very capable cameras in their respective classes. As ownership of the Olympus camera division is set to change hands in early 2021, did either of these cameras do enough to earn your recognition this year?
It should probably come as no surprise that Panasonic’s camera launches this year have had something of a video focus. The full-frame Lumix DC-S5 offers an impressive stills and video feature set at a competitive price, while the G100 is an explicitly vlogging-focused option in the Micro Four Thirds range. Did its novel microphone technology catch your eye?
In many ways the Sony a7C is a more compact a7 III, while the ZV-1 re-imagines the RX100 in a more vlogging-friendly form, but the a7S III is something wholly new. With phase detection AF and the ability to shoot 4K/120p from a near full-frame region, it adds a lot for videographers but it’s the addition of 10-bit video capture and a long called-for reworking of the menus that are likely to have an impact on future Sony models. Is this enough reason for you to reward it with your vote?
Zeiss has clearly paid no attention to all the internet gibes about vaporware, and has recently delivered its promised ZX1 Android camera. Is it a 35mm camera or the ultimate on-the-go shooting/editing system for travel photography? We’re delighted to finally get a chance to find out.
But is its interestingness enough to deserve your vote?
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