The best Sony cameras in 2019

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Sony makes cameras for beginners, travel photographers, enthusiasts and professionals. They come in two main types: Sony Alpha mirrorless cameras which take interchangeable lenses, and Sony Cyber-Shot compact cameras with fixed lenses for all kinds of users and all kinds of budget. We’ll help you decide which type you need and which Sony cameras are the best (and the best value) right now. Sony’s stepped away from the cheap end of the camera market somewhat, so you might also like to take a look at our best cheap camera guide.

Alpha vs Cyber-shot, which one do you need?

Sony Alpha mirrorless cameras are designed for more advanced or enthusiastic photographers who need the versatility of interchangeable lenses and don’t mind a little extra size and weight. They’re the best choice for hobbyists and enthusiasts and pretty much the only choice for professionals.

Sony Cyber-shot cameras don’t take interchangeable lenses – but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re limited. There are some simple point and shoot models in the range which make great low-cost family cameras, but there are also more advanced Cyber-shot cameras for keen photographers who need a powerful camera that fits in a pocket, or for sports fans and videographers who need a longer zoom range than they can get with an Alpha model.

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Sony Alpha cameras are available with either APS-C or full-frame sensors. The APS-C models are smaller and more affordable and designed more like traditional rectangular ‘rangefinder’ cameras – but they still pack plenty of power. Sony’s full frame Alpha cameras are more like mini DSLRs, with a conventionally placed electronic viewfinder on the top. These are larger and more expensive and more orientated towards expert and professional users – though there are still bargains to be had for enthusiasts. We’re still waiting for more news on the exciting sounding new Sony A7000, but in the meantime there’s lots more to like from Sony.

Guide: The best Sony lenses in 2018


1. Sony A7 III

This full-frame model gets our vote for the best Sony camera overall

Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: Full frame | Megapixels: 24.2MP | Lens mount: Sony E | Screen: 3in tilting touchscreen, 922k dots | Viewfinder: EVF, 2,359k dots | Continuous shooting speed: 10fps | Max video resolution: 4K | User level: Enthusiast

2. Sony A7

Sony’s original Alpha A7 is still on sale, and amazing value for money

Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: Full frame | Megapixels: 24.3MP | Lens mount: Sony FE | Screen: 3in tilting touchscreen, 922k dots | Viewfinder: EVF, 2,359k dots | Continuous shooting speed: 5fps | Max video resolution: Full HD | User level: Enthusiast

3. Sony A6000

An amazing APS-C bargain from Sony’s back-catalog

Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: APS-C | Megapixels: 24.3MP | Lens mount: Sony E | Screen: 3in tilting screen, 921k dots | Viewfinder: EVF, 1,440k dots | Continuous shooting speed: 11fps | Max video resolution: Full HD | User level: Beginner/enthusiast

4. Sony A6400

Perfect for vloggers with its 4K video and a 180-degree screen

Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: APS-C | Megapixels: 24.3MP | Lens mount: Sony E | Screen: 3in tilting screen, 921k dots | Viewfinder: EVF, 1,440k dots | Continuous shooting speed: 11fps | Max video resolution: Full HD | User level: Beginner/enthusiast

5. Sony A7R III

The ultimate in resolution for both enthusiasts and professionals

Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: Full-frame | Megapixels: 42.4MP | Lens mount: Sony E | Screen: 3in tilting touchscreen, 1,440k dots | Viewfinder: EVF, 3,686k dots | Continuous shooting speed: 10fps | User level: Enthusiast/Professional

6. Sony A9

Pricey, but the professional choice for sports and action

Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: Full frame | Megapixels: 24.2MP | Lens mount: Sony E | Screen: 3in tilting touchscreen, 1,440k dots | Viewfinder: EVF, 3,686k dots | Continuous shooting speed: 20fps | Max video resolution: 4K | User level: Professional

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