Welcome to the 2nd annual Camera Decision Best Camera Awards! The selection is limited to cameras that have only been released in 2023 and the winners are hand-picked in 7 different categories by our editor.
Table of Contents
- Best Compact / Fixed Lens Camera of 2023
- Best Micro Four Thirds Camera of 2023
- Best APS-C Camera of 2023
- Best Full-Frame Camera of 2023
- Best Medium Format Camera of 2023
- Best Hybrid Camera of 2023
- Best Overall Camera of 2023
Best Compact / Fixed Lens Camera of 2023
WINNER: Leica Q3
This 61MP full-frame pocket monster with 8K video recording and arguably one of the best 28mm lenses you can find in the camera world deserves this place easily in 2023. I honestly wouldn't prefer to pick a $6000 camera as the best in this category, but unfortunately this is the reality on fixed lens camera world currently.
RUNNER-UP: Sony ZV-1 Mark II
Best Micro Four Thirds Camera of 2023
WINNER: Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Mark II
I don't know what Panasonic was thinking when releasing the G9 Mark II, but they made it so good that now the GH6 became almost obsolete. Video or stills, G9 II will handle whatever you throw at it. Only thing I didn't like about this camera is the price, it is in the advanced full-frame camera territory but I guess this is the price to get the best of the MFT world.
Best APS-C Camera of 2023
WINNER: Sony Alpha a6700
The long waited APS-C flagship from Sony didn't disappoint with its 26MP APS-C sensor, 4K 60 no crop and 4K 120 with crop video modes, 10 bit 4:2:2 recording, auto frame and AI focusing modes and a reasonable price point. I was hoping for a larger viewfinder and dual memory sslots, but I guess those are left for the next iteration.
RUNNER-UP: Fujifilm X-S20
Best Full-Frame Camera of 2023
WINNER: Nikon Z8
The Nikon Z8 had no competition for me in this category. Nikon took the fabulous Z9 and made it smaller and cheaper with the Z8. Besides, Nikon keeps on improving these cameras with frequent firmware updates which deserves a big applause.
RUNNER-UP: Sony Alpha A7CR
Best Medium Format Camera of 2023
The Fujifilm GFX 100 II was the only consumer-grade medium format camera release in 2023, so it literally had no competition. But no competition doesn't mean that it is not competitive. This is probably the most feature packed medium format camera with its 101 MP sensor, 8-stops image stabilization, surprisingly good video and autofocus capabilities. At $7500, it is relatively accessible at the same time,
WINNER: Fujifilm GFX 100 II
WINNER: Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 Mark II X
I think Panasonic S5 series never gets the attention or the sales number that they are deserving. S5 Mark II X is feature packed camera with excellent image quality, best in class image stabilization, open gate video recording with 6K and more... And you can get all of this under $2000 currently, unbelievable!
RUNNER-UP: Sony ZV-E1
Best Overall Camera of 2023
We have a winner: The Nikon Z8! Z8 checks all the boxes: 45.7MP Stacked CMOS Sensor, 8.3K 60p N-RAW, and 4.1K 60p ProRes RAW , 8K30p and 4K120p Video, 10-Bit Internal, up to 20 fps Raw, 30 fps JPEG Shooting, black-out free viewfinder, Pre-Release Capture, 1/32,000 electronic shutter speed and more.
The only downsides I see with this camera are the size and the price. It is significantly larger and heavier than one of its biggest competition, the Sony A7R V which we chose as Best Camera of 2022, but it is still much portable than its big brother, the Nikon Z9.
Nikon Z8 Geek Stats
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Nikon Z8 Key Specs
- Announcement Date: 2023-05-10
- 46MP - Full frame Stacked CMOS Sensor
- ISO 64 - 25600 ( expands to 32 - 102400)
- Nikon Z Mount
- Sensor-shift Image Stabilization( Up to 6.0-stops)
- 3.20" Tilting Screen
- 3686k dot Electronic viewfinder
- 30.0fps (30.0fps Electronic) continuous shooting
- 8K - 3840 x 2160 video resolution
- 120fps High-Speed Video
- Built-in Wireless
- 910g. 144 x 119 x 83 mm
- Weather-sealed Body
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- Check Price at: Amazon, B&H Photo