'What's the best camera?' That's a question we hear a lot at DPReview, not only from readers but also from friends and family. And it's impossible to give a definitive answer because the question is very subjective. The best camera for you might come down to any number of personal preferences, unique to your priorities and the kind of photography you prefer to do.

That being said, a lot of people - especially people just getting into photography - want to know which cameras stand out in the market, relative to competitive products. Even if you don't necessarily end up using all of a camera's features, it's always good to know your options and avoid models which may not meet your needs in the future.

In this article we'll break down your options roughly by price, and our rankings are based on all-round capability. For more precise recommendations, tailored to the photography you want to do, we'd recommend looking at our buying guides based around specific types of photography.

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Best mirrorless camera around $500: Canon EOS M200
($500 with 15-45mm lens)

The Canon EOS M200 is a nicely designed entry-level mirrorless camera aimed at beginners and smartphone upgraders. Canon hasn't messed too much with the essential design principles of the original M100 (you still won't find an EVF, or a handgrip on the M200) but the addition of Eye Detect autofocus and 4K video mode make the M200 more competitive, and more useful to keen photographers just getting into picture-taking.

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Best mirrorless camera around $1000: Canon EOS M6 Mark II
($1000 with 15-45mm lens)

The Canon EOS M6 Mark II does just about everything right for a camera in its class and at this price-point. With sensible, enthusiast-friendly ergonomics, solid image quality from its 32MP APS-C sensor, and up to 14fps continuous shooting, the M6 II is a great camera for stills photography. It also offers full-width 4K video, and an excellent Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus system. If you buy the M6 II in a kit with a lens, you'll also get an electronic viewfinder in the box.

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Best mirrorless camera around $1500: Fujifilm X-T3
($1699 with premium 18-55mm lens)

The Fujifilm X-T3 excels at both still photography and video. Fujifim's current fast-action flagship camera, the X-T3 is a fast and reliable tool for shooting everything from portraiture and lifestyle to wildlife and sports. Photos look great and video features (including 4K/60p) and quality are top-notch. The weather-sealed body has an ultra-high-res viewfinder along with a clever 3-axis tilting LCD.

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Best mirrorless camera over $2000: Sony a7R IV
($3500 body only)

The Sony a7R IV has a whopping 61MP full-frame sensor, plus in-body IS, a state-of-the-art AF system, 4K video capture, dual card slots and above average battery life. Occupying the top position in Sony's stills-focused a7-series lineup, the a7R IV is packed with technology, but also manages to be one of Sony's most photographer-friendly mirrorless cameras released to date. Both image and video quality are top-notch, and the a7R IV pairs well with Sony's range of high-quality 'GM' lenses.

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