What Camera or Drone Should I Buy?

The list below is updated more frequently than the video above.

Starter Cameras: 

 Basic Starter Camera ($280 used): Canon T3


Better Starter Camera ($500): Nikon D5300 


Better Travel Camera ($500): Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II


Landscape Cameras:

Good ($550): Sony a6000


Better ($1,400): Nikon D5500 & Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8


 Great ($2,000): Nikon D800E & Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC

 Best ($3,150): Pentax K-1 & Pentax 24-70 f/2.8


Sports Cameras:

Usable ($850): Canon Rebel T6i


Good ($1,850): Canon 7D Mark II


Better ($3,000):  Canon 7D Mark II & Tamron 70-200 f/2.8


Little Better ($3,300): Nikon D500Tamron 70-200 f/2.8


  Best ($9,900): Nikon D5 & Sigma 120-300 f/2.8


Portrait Cameras:

Beginner ($950): Canon T6i & Canon 50mm f/1.8


Better ($3,000): Nikon D610Tamron 70-200 f/2.8


Best ($5,300): Nikon D810 & Nikon 70-200 f/2.8E


Wildlife Camera:

 Starter ($1,100): Canon 7D & Canon 400mm f/5.6


Better ($2,650): Canon 7D Mark II & Canon 400mm f/5.6


Great ($3,200): Nikon D500 & Nikon 200-500 f/5.6


Best ($14,100): Nikon D500 & Nikon 600mm f/4


Video Camera:

Beginner ($500): Panasonic FZ300


Better ($500): Panasonic G7 & Panasonic 14-42mm


Even Better ($1,400): Panasonic GH4 & Panasonic 14-140 f/3.5-5.6


Best ($4,300): Panasonic GH5 & Metabones Speed Booster XL & Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 & Sigma 50-100 f/1.8



Video & Still Camera

Great ($3,000): Fuji X-T2 & Fuji 16-55mm f/2.8 


Better ($5,100): Sony a7R II & Sony 24-70 f/2.8GM

Pro ($5,200): Sony a99 II Sony 24-70 f/2.8 

Drone Camera

Beginner ($400): DJI Phantom 3


Travel ($1,000): DJI Mavic Pro


Better Image Quality ($1,500): DJI Phantom 4 Pro

Best ($3,000 + Camera + Lens): DJI Inspire 2

2 Responses to What Camera or Drone Should I Buy?

  1. L.Brazzale October 14, 2017 at 9:37 pm #

    Really love your work, videos, products, and enthusiasm. Thank you for all you do. Just wondering if it’s time to update this list to include the D850. I’ve been shooting weddings w/ a D3300, and one very fine day i might just be able to afford a D850.

  2. SHIVANI MALIK November 5, 2017 at 6:41 pm #

    Hi there, I’ve been enjoying all the review videos and articles as I’ve done a deep dive into deciding my next camera purchase. I got a Canon Rebel XS almost 10 years ago and I’m ready to move on from beginner

    I’m looking for a camera that can be a bit of an all rounder. Great for travel photography, street and some portrait. Okay in low-light. I’m sure anything will be a step up from the Rebel XS – so far it looks like the Olympus M5 ii is could be a contender. Video isn’t important to me. Is there any from the list above that you’d recommend over the M5 ii or M1?

    I’d like to stay under max $1500 for the body and trying to keep things a little bit lighter so I use my camera more. Thank you for the site and youtube channel, you make everything so approachable and welcoming for us amateurs that want to take it to the next level.

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