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There is no need to introduce you to Sony. The company’s products range from TVs to audio, video game consoles, and more. Sony’s camera department is equally important, and the Japanese brand has become well known in the photography world.

Sony’s array of lenses may not be as wide as the competitors’, but they offer superb quality. And the list continues to grow, now also getting more support from third parties. It is no wonder they have beaten both Nikon and Canon in the full-frame mirrorless Japanese market, taking a whopping 38%.

Sony offers stunning design, build, and photo quality.

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Looking to join the gang and switch to one of the best Sony cameras? They have offers in all categories, so look no further than this post to figure out which is the best Sony camera for you. If you are looking for something cheaper to get started with, we also have a list for that. Check it out below.

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The best Sony cameras:

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best Sony cameras regularly as new ones launch.


1. Sony ZV-1

Sony ZV 1

The Sony ZV-1 is a special breed. This compact camera was made with vloggers in mind, but it also makes for a great overall compact camera to take on all adventures.

As expected, it has all you need to run a video production on your own. There’s a great flip-out screen to better frame your solo shots. Features like eye autofocus make it easier to shoot clips of yourself and others. And you can even buy a vlogger accessory kit that includes an SD card and a Bluetooth handle that can turn into a tripod.

The ZV-1 can record 4K HDR video, has an ND filter, and has a one inch sensor that should capture great imagery.


2. Sony HX400V

Sony DSC HX400V camera

Though pretty much any decent smartphone can take a great shot nowadays, some would still prefer getting a nice, dedicated camera with more features and better quality photos. The Sony DSC-HX400V is a reliable shooter with a nice price point. You also get a DSLR-like body, which is great for ergonomics, and all the physical controls that come with a larger body. It’s not as portable, but the added functionality will be much appreciated.

The 20.4MP sensor measures in at 1/2.3 inches. That’s really not much to write home about, but there are some features that do position this camera well above its direct competitors. Its focus range is as low as 0.39 inches, which means it could be great for macro photos. In addition, it has 50x optical zoom, which is hard to accomplish in a camera like this one.


3. Sony RX0 II

Sony RX0 II with screen flipped up.

GoPro rules this market, but Sony is no stranger to the action camera business. This little Sony camera is not cheap, but you will get plenty for the extra investment. It has a large 15.3MP, 1-inch Exmor RS CMOS sensor, and a quality 24mm, F/4, wide-angle ZEISS Tessar lens. Of course, being an action camera, it is water and crush-proof, so you can take it on your adventures.

The RX0 II has a flippy screen!

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What will really get you going is that this second iteration of the series now comes improved with… a flippy screen! Packed with 4K recording capabilities, wireless features, up to 1000fps shooting, and a plethora of accessories, this camera could be a beauty for the adventure buff.


4. Sony RX100 VII

Sony RX100 VII pictured from the front.

The RX 100 series is a favorite among professionals who want both compactness and quality. This is the latest iteration of the series and is made for times when carrying a heavy system is not the best bet. The RX 100 VII is not affordable at $1,200, but users who take advantage of its full potential deem it worth every single penny.

The RX 100 series is a favorite among professionals who want both compactness and quality.

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If you are looking to spend less, you can also look at previous iterations; the first RX100 currently goes for about $400. Some would actually prefer the older versions, as they had an f/1.8 aperture. The latest iteration has a max aperture of f/2.8, but they included a zoom lens that reaches 24-200mm.

Other features include a 20.1MP, 1-inch Exmor RS CMOS sensor, 0.02-second AF response, 357 phase-detection AF points, an electronic viewfinder, touchscreen, 4K HDR video recording, and more. It is a total gem.


5. Sony A6100

Best Sony cameras Sony Alpha A6100

Full frame cameras are expensive, so we thought adding some good APS-C sensor cameras would be a good idea. The Sony A6100 is easily one of the best Sony cameras to get if you want something more advanced that won’t completely break the bank. A Sony A6100 costs only around $600, but comes with some advanced features you find in cameras that cost twice as much.

The 24.2MP APS-C sensor is superb. It has a 0.02-second autofocus, 425-phase/425-contrast detection AF points, eye autofocus, real-time autofocus tracking, 4K recording, a touchscreen, Wi-Fi, NFC, and more.


6. Sony A6600

A6600 without a lens on showing sensor.

The Sony A6600 is the more advanced version of its series, and its price tag reflects that. This extra cash will get you a higher definition viewfinder (1,440,000 vs. 2,359,296 dots), 5-axis stabilization, a higher ISO, a bigger battery, and a few other small updates. It is also larger and provides a better grip.


7. Sony A7 III

Sony A7 III without a lens on showing sensor.

The Sony A7 III camera came busting doors and I would say it was the first to really challenge the camera giants in the industry. Priced at nearly $2,000 for the body alone, it is not cheap, but it’s so worth its price. This camera is meant for professionals and hard-core enthusiasts. It offers some of the best bang for the buck when it comes to full-frame shooters.

Its superior image quality, speed, great autofocus, and smooth image stabilization are some of the factors that make it an industry hit. More serious photographers can also get the A7R III, or A7R IV, but we don’t think those are worth the extra cash unless you are really dedicated to this art.


8. Sony A9 II

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We can’t make a list of the best Sony cameras without including the Sony A9 II. This is the best of the best, costing a whopping $4,500 on average. Professionals will appreciate its 24.2MP stacked sensor, 20fps shooting, 60 AF/AE calculations per second, real-time tracking and autofocus, fast speed Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, one Gbps ethernet, wireless PC tethering, 4K recording, and more. This thing is a beast!


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