Updated: Nov 2022

Prices are creeping up, and the $1000 mark is increasingly looking like the entry point into the world of modern interchangeable lens cameras, so we've also considered some that cost a little more. However, you can still get a very capable APS-C or Micro Four Thirds camera for the money.

These cameras typically lack the higher-resolution viewfinders and sophisticated video options of more expensive models, but they're increasingly gaining the simple, highly effective autofocus systems from further up the range. A new camera in this price bracket will more easily deliver top-quality results than one from just a few years ago.

Best camera around $1000: FujifiIm X-S10

What we like:

  • Excellent image quality
  • Well-built with a large grip
  • In-body stabilization
  • Oversampled 4K video

What we don't:

  • AF tracking not as good as peers
  • Small electronic viewfinder
  • So-so battery life

The Fujifilm X-S10 delivers excellent image quality and really impressive 4K video footage from a relatively compact body with image stabilization (a rarity at this price). It offers a range of attractive 'Film Simulation' JPEG color modes and grants access to one of the most extensive ranges of lenses of any mirrorless camera system, if you want a camera to grow into.

Its autofocus, particularly for people, can be very good but it's not quite as reliable, especially for subject tracking, as the best of its peers. If simplicity and ease-of-use are your priorities, we'd probably opt for the Canon EOS R10. But if you want to feel like you're part of the photographic process, we believe the Fujifilm X-S10 is a better choice.

Richard Butler

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