Professional photography is a field that, despite advances in cameras, is still entirely exclusive. Anyone can buy an excellent camera for professionals, although that doesn’t automatically become an expert photographer. It takes a lot more, although somehow you have to start.
Little by little, some of the technologies that emerged a few years ago are becoming more and more economical, while new ones appear that increase the benefits that have just come to market. That makes it always worthwhile to select the best cameras you can buy, year by year. Sony, Canon, Panasonic, Fujifilm… many brands are offering high-level cameras for the demanding photographer.
In 2017, the advances in professional photography have been relatively limited, without this signifying stagnation. The connectivity has come to the rescue of the main cameras, completing all its features and making it easy for those who must send and receive data directly and quickly.
Also, it should be mentioned that some cameras for professionals don’t have to offer the most advanced features. Sometimes, a device is needed for certain circumstances, such as for trips, for photos and adventure videos or merely to take the snapshots and print them for the time being.
In any case, there is a lot to choose from among the best professional photo cameras for 2017.
8 Canon EOS 6D Mark II
The Canon EOS line is well known by anyone who is akin to self-respecting photography. No need for presentations as it guarantees more than enough quality standards. Of course, your 6D Mark II deserves mention and a review.
The characteristics of this camera make it ideal for professionals, one of the most complete that can be purchased in this year 2017. It’s unique sealing against dust and moisture stands out, which makes it water resistant, although not submersible.
The full format sensor guarantees the capture of the best snapshots, something only at the height of a few in the market. It makes the images look little depth of field, an ideal feature if you like to squeeze the most of the possibilities of your camera.
It also includes new connectivity features such as WiFi and Bluetooth to transfer your photos and videos wirelessly, as well as GPS to geotag all the images automatically.
7 Fujifilm X-T20
The benefits of this camera have little or nothing to envy the competition, although they aren’t the main differentiating feature that counts. The one that does make the Fujifilm X-T20 stand out especially is its design, quite retro or vintage, as you prefer to call it.
This camera, as well as for professionals, also serves as an amateur. One of his features is a highly tuned Auto Mode. For example, it highlights its last generation autofocus, in addition to the white balance or exposure.
Beyond the quality of the photographs, beyond any doubt, it also offers video recording in 4K. You can configure it to be in Full HD so that you can choose.
6 Leica M10
Like the Fujifilm X-T20, the Leica M10 exploits the taste for vintage in its design, inspired by some of the first cameras that came out on the market of this legendary brand. With finishes that mimic the skin and metal parts of aluminum, it is a lovely and striking device that doesn’t renounce the latest features. Of course, your brand image is the primary asset when it comes to win – or rather recover – users.
The finishes, as well as striking, hide a surprise: analog buttons to modify values such as exposure time or flash even with the camera off, something that some brands have renounced by including it in digital mode through their screens.
It is a telemetric camera tremendously compact and thin, very light. Ideal for trips where you don’t want to carry luggage or don’t have space, something that Leica has always known how to exploit.
5 Nikon D7500
The Nikon D7500 is a camera that supports everything or almost everything and that meets in very variable circumstances. Its resistant to dust and water, which already gives us an idea of what his intentions are in a market that increasingly prioritizes resistance and adventure.
Its a continuation of the DX line, older sister of the D500. For example, it copies the CMOS image sensor, although increasing the sensitivity, which makes it a more than a decent update. It comes not long after many users decided to buy the previous model, something that has undoubtedly angered them.
In addition to these features already mentioned, it also finally incorporates 4K video recording, essential at this point among the most advanced cameras on the market. To take advantage of it, it has several recording modes, among them the famous time-lapse.
It is a modern camera that meets in virtually any situation, so it is one of the best cameras for professionals in 2017.
4 Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III
This camera appears to be simple in its design, also appealing to the retro and the appearance that the cameras had several decades ago. However, inside is a semi-professional camera at the height of almost any other, with characteristics that they place it comfortably in the high range of the market.
Without mirror and of very compact size, its a camera of the most versatile. Its ideal to take it on a trip or for a walk since it is nothing fancy. That is a plus added to the other features offered by this Olympus Mark III, such as WiFi or a first level optical stabilizer.
Its price is quite more affordable than most options in this segment, although its features are perhaps not up to the most advanced. This doesn’t mean that it’s not an ideal choice as a complementary camera, one that photographers like to take when they aren’t exercising their profession.
3 Panasonic Lumix GH5
Presented at the last CES 2017 in Las Vegas, the Lumix GH5 from Panasonic is one of the best professional cameras of 2017 without a doubt. Practically it has everything, so you can put few faults in any of the sections to assess.
It’s a very light and compact mirrorless camera, although unlike other models, it doesn’t renounce the benefits of the higher range to reduce its size. The Venus Engine sensor is much faster and more sensitive than any manufactured by the brand so far.
Thanks to its new features, the GH5 is a leap forward in the Panasonic catalog. Its much more efficient when it comes to capturing moving objects and reducing noise, in addition to stabilizing the image thanks to its integrated optical stabilizer.
In the video section, there is much to say. This Lumix records video in 4K at 60 and 50p, something that many of these cameras don’t offer today, making it especially attractive for all those who besides taking photos also want to capture videos.
2 Pentax KP
This camera is unique and different from those mentioned so far. Maybe if we list your specifications one by one, it doesn’t seem like it deserves to be on this list, but its not like that. What happens is that the Pentax KP offers slightly different and not less remarkable features.
For example, it is an excellent camera if you have small or large hands since it allows to exchange the grip and offers it in three sizes: S, M, and L. Depending on how big yours is, you can choose between one or the other.
Its body is completely sealed, making it resistant to water and dust. You can even submerge for a short period, although it’s not advisable to abuse this feature.
Against it plays the video, which remains “only” Full HD, so it doesn’t reach the 4K that is becoming a standard within the sector.
1 Sony Alpha A9
Sony is another of the iconic brands in the professional photography sector. The Alpha A9 is the most advanced full frame camera they have for professionals in this 2017. The dynamism and especially the speed are two of its main features, specifically two that will delight lovers of sports photography.
Its capable of firing bursts of 20 fps, ideal for capturing every moment of a sporting event, even if it passes so fast that it is almost imperceptible to the human eye.
The reclining OLED viewer is also an addition that deserves and very worthwhile since it offers the option of adopting different positions to make photography, something to value in adventure photos and even sports.
Being Sony, I could not miss the video in 4K.