Searching for the best full-frame camera? This guide will help you find it. From flagship mirrorless models to high-end DSLR cameras, we’ve tested all of the top full-frame options. So whether you’re upgrading from an older model or getting into full-frame photography for the first time, this is the list you need.
What’s the best full-frame camera you can buy? For us, it’s a bit of a tie between the Sony A7 IV and Canon EOS R6. Sony’s hybrid marvel offers more resolution thanks to its 33MP sensor, but the EOS R6 edges it for burst shooting and moving subjects. If you need an all-rounder, both should be near the top of your shopping list.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t cheaper alternatives you should consider. Nikon fan? You’ll probably prefer the Nikon Z6 II – a polished hybrid camera with plenty of performance. Like the Canon EOS R6, it delivers excellent image quality and exemplary handling, provided you’re happy with a touchscreen that only tilts.
Why use full frame?
- Full frame sensors have a larger area, which means that for any given resolution, the individual photosites (light receptors) are larger. This means images with less noise and higher dynamic range.
- Alternatively, the larger sensor in a full frame camera can have more photosites (megapixels) but keep them the same size as in a smaller sensor. This means more resolution without any extra noise.
- Full frame cameras use longer focal length lenses to get the same angle of view, which means the depth of field is more shallow – this is great for background defocus effects.
- Camera makers tend to put most of their lens design efforts into full frame cameras, so you get the best choice of lenses and often the best lens quality.
So what about lenses?
One real barrier to switching camera systems lies with lenses. It can be seriously expensive to replace a DSLR lens set that you’ve built up over years with their equivalents in a new mount. That’s even assuming you can get all those you want, which isn’t necessarily a given, as most of the systems are still relatively young. For existing Canon and Nikon users, your best bet may well be to continue using your existing lenses on the firms’ mirrorless models via mount adapters, and then gradually migrate as your needs and funds dictate.
If you’re considering building up a new lens system from scratch, Sony has a significant advantage. It licenses its E-mount to third-party lens makers, so there’s a huge choice of optics available to suit any budget from the likes of Sigma, Tamron, Samyang and Zeiss. There’s a good degree of choice in L-mount, too, as it’s supported by Panasonic, Sigma and Leica. In contrast, Canon and Nikon seem to be intent on keeping their RF and Z mounts to themselves, so no third-party autofocus optics are available.
Full-frame mirrorless has now been around long enough for there to be a reasonably healthy supply of second-hand kit on the market. Without further ado, let’s go ahead and look at our recommendations for the best used camera options, covering a range of sensor resolutions and price points.
Here are our choices for the best second-hand full-frame mirrorless cameras:
(Malang, April 18th, 2022 by Mas Koko)