Sony – Sony A1
At the top of Sony’s lineup, and the top of this list’s price range, is the Sony A1, which can do practically everything you can throw at it. Seriously, it feels like Sony just took everyone’s “camera feature wishlist,” and collectively put it all into a single camera. Here are the highlights: 50 megapixels, 8K at 30p, 30fps, and 5.5 stops of in-body stabilization. All this helps make the Sony A1 a super camera, no matter what you’re shooting. However, at $6,500, this camera is going to cost you a pretty penny. On the flipside, the A1 shouldn’t reach anywhere near being obsolete for the next 10 years or more, so you’ll be making a sound investment.
Alternative Pick – Sony A7 IV
If the price of the Sony A1 scares you off, a great alternative and a still a much beloved camera on the Sony full-frame mirrorless platform is the Sony A7 IV. To say Sony’s naming scheme is confusing, would be an understatement. In a nutshell, the A7 model line is designed to handle video and photos with ease, without breaking the bank. At $2,400, the Sony A7 IV is possibly the cheapest mirrorless model on this list, and also an amazing camera.
Fujifilm – Fuji GFX 100S
And to round out the list is my personal favorite (and personal camera choice), the Fujifilm GFX 100S. What makes this camera a standout from the other cameras on this list? Well, for one, it has a significantly larger sensor than even the full-frame cameras, a 44mm x 33mm medium format sensor. Additionally, the Fujifilm GFX 100S shoots at an incredible 100 megapixels, and while the autofocus system pales in comparison to the other cameras on this list, it’s the best in the industry for a sensor this size. I could talk all day about this camera, but it might be easier to just read my review of the camera instead.
Alternative Pick – Fuji X-H2S
The biggest limiting factor to the Fuji GFX 100S is the sparsity of lens options. Being a medium format system, each lens needs to be designed for that sensor size and resolution, so to date, Fuji has only developed nine compatible lenses. A good alternative is Fuji’s top-tier camera in their crop sensor platform, the new Fujifilm X-H2S. The X-H2S offers 4K, 26 megapixels, and 7-stop in-body stabilization all which help make this camera an exciting addition to the Fuji platform. You’ll be hard pressed to find someone who has shot with a Fuji system and not loved it.
And so that’s our list. Is there anything you think we missed? Feel free to chime in with your recommendations in the comments below.