The 5 Best Cameras for Professional Photography

26 November 2021

Camera technology continues to leap ahead with innovations revolutionising what we call a professional camera. Top-of-the-line DSLRs are no longer the only suitable cameras for professional photography, as Mirrorless cameras rise to prominence, proving that functionality and form are an essential part of any photographer’s arsenal. While the battle between DSLR and Mirrorless is yet to be decided, there remains an even more difficult decision for professional photographers - what’s the best camera for professional photography?

Whether you are looking to capture the highest-quality images for your freelance photography business, or an entry-level professional camera to take your photography passion to new heights, Ted’s offers a wide range of top-tier pro cameras. Let’s take a sneak peek at the top 5 professional cameras.

Sony Alpha A1

  • 8K video recording
  • 50.5MP Full-Frame Sensor
  • Hybrid AF system
  • 5-Axis SteadyShot stabilisation
  • 3-inch tilting, touch-sensitive LCD screen and high-res EVF

        Say hello to the flagship mirrorless camera from Sony: the Alpha A1.

        This professional Mirrorless camera has all the class and power you would expect from a professional DSLR in a more portable form factor for your daily life. The A1 proves that Mirrorless cameras really can do it all. Inside, you’ll find a sublime 50.5MP full-frame image sensor, capturing excellent still image quality and 8K video recording - making it also a great camera for professional videographers.

        Continuing with all the bells and whistles for high-resolution image capture, the Sony A1 includes a 5-Axis image stabilisation system for sharp and blur-free photographs in all lighting conditions, continuing with all the bells and whistles for high-resolution image capture. Coupled with an advanced hybrid AF system that focuses instantly, tracking moving subjects with ease, its host of advanced features and functions will make a professional photographer’s life easier behind the camera. High-speed continuous shooting, dual memory card slots for file management and both a tilting LCD screen and large EVF for accurate composition, it’s got everything you need for professional photography and more.

        Canon EOS R3

        • 6K Video Recording
        • 24MP Back-illuminated CMOS Sensor
        • 30FPS Continuous Shooting
        • 5-Axis Image Stabilisation - Up to 8 Stops
        • Fast AF System - 1053 Points

                Another Mirrorless option, the Canon EOS R3 is one of the best cameras to take professional pictures.

                With a 24MP full-frame image sensor, continuous rapid-fire shooting and advanced video recording features, it’s got all the camera features professional photographers need. Capable of recording 6K RAW video with zero compression and 4K video, photographers can experiment with slow-motion video, time-lapse, and so much more. Its advanced connectivity allows for lightning-fast file sharing via WiFi, Bluetooth & Ethernet.

                Portable and powerful, the streamlined R3 body features a tilting LCD screen and bright EVF, dual memory card slots, and a top LCD panel for the fast readout of critical information, alongside a 5-Axis stabilisation system with up to 8 stops of shake reduction and a blisteringly-fast AF system. Its pro-level body has a rugged, weather-sealed build and its integrated vertical grip makes for comfortable handheld shooting in various orientations and means it's compatible with a long-life battery. If it’s time to upgrade to a professional camera, then the Canon EOS R3 is calling your name.

                Nikon Z9

                • 8K30p and 4K120p Video Recording
                • 45.7MP FX-Format Stacked CMOS Sensor
                • 20FPS RAW and 30fps JPEG Continuous shooting
                • 5-AXIS VR Stabilisation
                • EXPEED 7 Image Processor
                • 493-Point Hybrid AutoFocus System

                          The Nikon Z9 is a full-frame Mirrorless model from Nikon, and just like the model before it, the Z9 is designed for the sole purpose of capturing the highest possible resolution results for users.

                          If you want maximum detail, sharp images, large prints and uncompromising cropping ability, then the Nikon Z Mirrorless is the professional camera for you. Equipped for sports, wildlife and event photography, thanks to its 20fps RAW and 30fps JPEG continuous shooting rate, this superb camera can even record 8K30p and 4K60p videos.

                          The Nikon Z9 features EXPEED 7 Image Processor for 12x faster still image recording, improved live-view performance and more. Perfect for sports photographers, the Z9 can shoot at up to 1/32000th of a second in complete silence, a feature wildlife photographers will particularly enjoy as they’ll be able to compose their winning shot without worrying about spooking their subject. The Z9 features Nikon's first 4-axis vertical and horizontal, touch-sensitive, tilting LCD screen, and the illuminated icons allow you to shoot in complete darkness and still know your way around the camera.

                          It’s the best professional camera to take on your outdoor adventures. Its robust, weather-sealed body is able to withstand the most extreme temperatures, while its sensor shield helps protect the all-important image sensor from dust, fingerprints, allowing you to confidently switch lenses when out in the field. The dual card slot means you don’t have to worry about data loss or running out of space, and the integrated battery grip makes for comfortable handheld shooting in various positions and orientations.

                          Canon EOS 1DX III

                          • 5.5K 60p RAW Video Recording
                          • 20.1MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
                          • 16 FPS Continuous Shooting
                          • 191-Point AutoFocus System
                          • Rugged, Workhorse-like Build Quality

                                  With a list dominated by Mirrorless cameras, we finally arrive at our first DSLR for professional photographers – the Canon EOS 1DX III.

                                  With a world-renowned legacy,  the Canon 1D is often considered the pinnacle of DSLR camera technology. Boasting a high-resolution optical viewfinder, this workhorse of a professional DSLR is not just capable of excellent stills but also 5.5K 60p RAW video quality.

                                  Capable of handling practically any shooting situation, the EOS 1DX Mark III feels right at home at sporting events and other fast-paced circumstances. With its 16fps continuous shooting, a fast and responsive 191-point Dual PIXEL CMOS AF, the 1DX Mark III grabs focus quickly during live view and video recording, even in low-light conditions. Holding a relatively unrivalled pedigree, the Canon EOS 1DX Mark III is an excellent choice for any professional photographer.

                                  Fujifilm GFX 50SII

                                  • 51.4MP Medium Format Sensor
                                  • Built-in 5-Axis Image Stabilisation
                                  • Fast & Precise Autofocus System
                                  • Portable & Lightweight Body
                                  • Huge 3.2-inch Tilting LCD Monitor & Interchangeable EVF

                                          The Fujifilm GFX 50SII is a new medium format camera from Fujifilm.

                                          Combining a medium format image sensor (43.9 x 32.9mm) with modern Mirrorless technology, the GFX 50SII is truly an innovation amongst professional cameras. Capable of capturing exceptional levels of detail, thanks to the physically larger pixel size, premium high ISO performance, and a whopping 51.4MP resolution, it doesn’t get much better than the GFX 50SII for professional photography.

                                          Further improving the handheld-ability of this camera is the ergonomic grip and advanced stabilisation system with an updated gyro sensor, unleashing an impressive 6.5 stops of stabilisation. Boasting the power, strength and weather-resistance you would expect from a magnesium alloy build, the Fujifilm GFX 50SII packs in a massive 3.2-inch LCD screen that photographers can remove for greater portability. If you’ve never shot on medium format, now is the time.

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