Contrasting Cameras: The Battle of the Big Brands


Savannah Garrison

There are three major camera brands in a commercial battle to be titled the best camera in the industry (Photo Courtesy of Savannah Garrison).

Ever since the three most popular camera brands came out, there’s been a huge dispute on which one is the best. Sony, Nikon, and Canon are arguably the most well-known brands out there, but which one is the most desirable?

“[I prefer] Canon, definitely. I have used that brand over the years exclusively,” said junior Cody Vogel. 

The first of the three major camera brands is Sony. Sony is most known for its mirrorless cameras, so it gets most of its profit from that type of camera. Its first mirrorless camera was the A7 and then more notably the a7R. Both of them were beta forms compared to their successor, the a7RII. It introduced 42 megapixels and 399 on-sensor detection points. It was released in August 2015. The style of Sony cameras are a bit bulky and their lenses are even bigger and heavier than the camera itself. Although Sony cameras are a bit bulky and heavy, they are great for water shots, like waterfalls, lakes, etc. because their apertures smoothen out the quality of the rushing water. 

“It seems like the user interface is extremely friendly as well and is a fantastic camera for the price point,” senior Daniel Kisler says. Nikon has a user-friendly camera software and is at a fair cost for all of its technology.

Daniel Kisler
Nikon’s software is very easy to use and affordable for their quality (Photo Courtesy of Daniel Kisler).


The second type of camera brand is Nikon.  According to Digital Camera World, “Nikon is probably best known for its interchangeable-lens DSLRs”, and they’re not wrong. Nikon has two of the most popular types of DSLRs: the Nikon D3500 and the Nikon D5600. The D3500 has 24.2 megapixels, almost half than Sony’s a7RII. It has a continuous shooting speed of 5fps, or frames per second. It includes all the basic level tools needed, so it is great for a starter who prefers Nikon. The D5600 is more complex, however. Although it has the same fps, megapixels, and size of the D3500, it introduces the vari-angle screen. It also is used with the AF-P lenses, which provide fast, smooth, and silent autofocus. This means that you can take pictures at a different perspective easily, and if you are in the woods, for example, the silent autofocus on the lens won’t scare away the wilderness. 

Canon cameras are also exceptional in portraits for any occasion (Photo Courtesy of Savannah Garrison).

Last but not least, there is the fabled Canon brand. Canon is used by a lot of beginners and even has gained the nickname “Beginner’s Camera”. While it may seem like a negative label, Canon is the perfect fit for beginners and pros alike. Before Sony came around, Canon was the “best selling interchangeable lens camera brand for more than a decade,” according to Digital Trends. Canon has anywhere from DSLRs, to point and shoots, to mirrorless and compact. But, what makes them different from the other camera brands? They have interchangeable lenses, meaning all their cameras can use the same lenses. This cuts down on cost and allows you to have multiple cameras and the same lenses. As T3 says, “Canon does still manufacture low-cost compact cameras, but it has put most of its marketing efforts into pushing its premium range of ‘G series’ compacts… [Canon] also has a robust range of traditional EOS DSLR models, including those in the professional and semi-professional full-frame 1D and 5D ranges.” A good starter camera that is affordable and gets you the understanding of the Canon world would be the Rebel t4i. It has all the basic tools and is great for any environment. The most complex one that is for the professionals is the EOS 5D Mark IV. It has a frame rate of 7fps, video of 4K, 30.4 MP, full-frame CMOS, and dual memory card slots, not to mention all the extensive controls built-in. These types of cameras are beneficial to the photographer who wants to take pictures of people, sports, anything action or if you’re just trying to get the perfect lighting.

A picture of an antique truck taken on a Canon Rebel t4i (Photo Courtesy of Savannah Garrison).

Objectively, people tend to vote Canon as the best, then Sony, then Nikon. But, each camera has its different advantages and technological benefits. It’s ultimately up to the photographer and their needs to know which brand is best for them.