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The best cameras for wedding photography in 2021: shooting the big day

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Picking the best cameras for wedding photography might seem like a straightforward process, but while there are some cameras that will excel, others won't be up to the rigours of the big day. 

Shooting a wedding is a high-pressure assignment in which you’re faced with multiple fraction-of-a-second opportunities to get it right, first time. So, you’ll not only want to know your photographic kit inside out so you don’t have to start fiddling with settings on the fly and miss the moment – you’ll also want to choose a kit bag full of equipment you know you can rely on to help you deliver. 

But, whether you’re starting out or looking for a new camera to enhance a current set up, we're here to help. We'll be running down the best cameras for wedding photography for those who are just starting out, those looking to upgrade and those who want to start making a serious living from wedding photography. We've avoided really entry-level cameras as we'll these are fine for general shooting, they don't have the wealth of features needed to capture the big day. 

With that in mind, these are the best cameras for wedding photography that you can buy right

Starting out

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1. Canon EOS 90D

A very capable all-rounder that's great as your first wedding camera

Type: DSLR | Sensor: APS-C | Megapixels: 32.5MP | Lens mount: Canon EF | Screen: 3-inch fully articulating touchscreen, 1,040,000 dots | Viewfinder: Optical | Max burst speed: 10fps | Max video resolution: 4K | Weight: 701g

Polished touchscreen interface
Un-cropped 4K video
Limited buffer capacity
Single card slot

The EOS 90D sits at the top of Canon’s APS-C enthusiast range of DSLRs and features an all-new 32.5MP sensor, which sees it edge out many APS-C rivals in the resolutions stakes. That's just a small part of the story though, as there's lots to like elsewhere. This includes the excellent vari-angle touchscreen with Canon's polished Dual Pixel AF, which makes shooting from awkward angles a dream, while the handling nicely sorted. Buttons are nicely spaced, there's a really handy AF joystick and there's a decent sized handgrip - really handy if you're going to be shooting a wedding all day. The EOS 90D is also weather-sealed and while it feels a little plasticky in places, is constructed from a mix of aluminium alloy and polycarbonate resin (with glass fibre). The buffer could be better and it's a shame there's not an extra card slot (useful for backing up those precious shots), but otherwise the EOS 90D is a very capable option for those looking for their first wedding camera. 

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2. Fujifilm X-S10

Fujifilm's compact mirrorless marvel packs a serious punch

Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: APS-C | Megapixels: 26.1MP | Lens mount: Fujifilm X-mount | Screen: 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen, 1,040,000 dots | Viewfinder: Electronic | Max burst speed: 20fps | Max video resolution: 4K | Weight: 465g

In-body image stabilisation
100% phase-detection AF coverage
No 4K 60p (unlike the X-T4)
IBIS less effective for video

The X-S10 is a bit of a deviation for Fujifilm. Sharing many of the core features as the similarly priced X-T30, the biggest difference is the design. For starters there’s a more pronounced handgrip than we’re used to seeing with other X Series cameras, while the top-plate has been streamlined with a less intimidating set of controls. New users will certainly find this more intuitive, while more experienced users will still enjoy a decent amount of body-mounted controls and customisation. The build quality is also excellent , while the vari-angle display that can allow the screen to fold in on itself is a nice touch. The X-S10 uses Fujifilm's excellent 26MP sensor, delivering images with excellent detail and lovely colour. Then there's the advanced 425-point system and excellent 6-stop in-body image stabilisation system, while Fujifilm’s steadily built up and extensive range of lenses for the X Series that are perfect for weddings. 

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3. Sony Alpha A7 II

Not the newest camera, but certainly tempting if you want to shoot full-frame

Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: Full frame | Megapixels: 24.2MP | Lens mount: Sony FE | Screen: 3-inch tilting screen, 1,228,000 dots | Viewfinder: Electronic | Max burst speed: 5fps | Max video resolution: Full HD | Weight: 556g

Full frame sensor
Value for money
Full HD, not 4K video
Modest 5fps shooting

The Alpha A7 II is starting to show it's age and has since been replaced by one of our favourite mirrorless cameras, the Alpha A7 III. So why's it still on the list? Simple answer is the price. This is one of the cheapest ways to get a full-frame camera other than buying used, bringing with it a number of benefits that the larger sensor offers. Expect very good image quality then, while the AF system is fast and accurate as well. There's also a dependable in-camera image stabilisation system and in the hand, the Alpha A7 II has a very durable build quality. There are some compromises though - it can only shoot up to Full HD, not 4K, while the burst shooting speed of 5fps looks a little underwhelming these days. Get past that and you have a great wedding camera for the price. 

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4. Nikon D750

Despite its age, the Nikon D750 remains a capable all-round DSLR

Type: DSLR | Sensor: Full frame | Megapixels: 24.2MP | Lens mount: Nikon FX | Screen: 3.2-inch tilting screen, 1,228,000 dots | Viewfinder: Optical | Max burst speed: 6.5fps | Max video resolution: Full HD | Weight: 750g

Dual card slots
Refined handling
Full HD, not 4K video
Slow live view AF

Now over six years old, the D750 has since been replaced by the excellent D780. However, it’s seen a significant price drop in the last couple of years and for those looking for an affordable wedding camera, the D750 is still a pretty attractive option The 24.3MP full-frame sensor might not enjoy the same advanced back-illuminated tech that’s featured in the likes of the newer D780 and Z6 II, but images are still nicely detailed with decent dynamic range and noise control. The D750’s refined handling layout makes it a satisfying camera to shoot with too, while there’s also dual SD card slots that provide extra flexibility on shoots. This allows you to use the second slot as an overflow, back-up or different file format (you might want raws on one card and JPEGs on the other). Like the Alpha A7 II above, it's showing it's age in some areas (no 4K video and the live view focusing is sluggish), but shoot with the D750 and it's easy to see why it's a camera loved by wedding photographers. 

Upgrading

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5. Canon EOS R6

One of the most advanced and impressive cameras you can buy

Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: Full frame | Megapixels: 20.1MP | Lens mount: Canon RF | Screen: 3-inch fully articulating touchscreen, 1,620,000 dots | Viewfinder: Electronic | Max burst speed: 20fps | Max video resolution: 4K | Weight: 598g

Highly advanced AF
Excellent IBIS
Is 20.1MP enough?
4K recording limits

Designed as Canon’s versatile all rounder, the EOS R6 sports a pretty modest pixel count at just 20.1MP. That might put some off, but the payoff is that excellent ISO range and performance, while the Dual Pixel AF II autofocus system is borrowed from the EOS R5 (see further down) that uses machine learning to assist with subject tracking. If you're shooting people regularly, this can be incredibly useful. The EOS R6 also gets a mightily impressive in-body image stabilisation (IBIS) system that can deliver up to 8 stops of compensation when paired with an RF lens that features Canon’s In-Lens (IS) image stabilization system. There's no top-plate LCD that some might find disappointing, while predominantly reinforced polycarbonate construction is slight letdown compared to some rivals. That aside, the EOS R6 is a highly capable and advanced camera that'll tackle a wedding with ease. 

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6. Fujifilm X-T4

A terrific stills camera that has a great video spec

Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: APS-C | Megapixels: 26.1MP | Lens mount: Fujifilm X-mount | Screen: 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen, 1,620,000 dots | Viewfinder: Electronic | Max burst speed: 20fps | Max video resolution: 4K | Weight: 607g

6.5-stop in-body stabilisation
Classic controls and layout
Complex burst & video fps options
No sensor advances over the X-T3

Fujifilm's flagship X-mount mirrorless camera is as the name suggests, now in its fourth iteration and the result is an incredibly refined and capable camera. It might not feature a full-frame like some rivals, but the 26-megapixel APS-C sized sensor doesn't disappoint, delivering images with rich colours and pleasing detail. Fujifilm's also established an excellent range of lenses for it's X-Series and has some very compelling options for wedding photographers. Elsewhere and pretty much most boxes are ticked, including in-body stabilization, a vari-angle touchscreen display and decent battery life. There's also an advanced 425-point AF system and some really advanced 4K video capabilities. Finally, there's the handling - some will be put off by the array of body-mounted controls, but get yourself dialled in and it makes it a very easy and intuitive camera to shoot with. 

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7. Nikon Z6 II

The Z6 II delivers a strong performance across the board

Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: Full frame | Megapixels: 24.2MP | Lens mount: Nikon Z | Screen: 3.2-inch tilting touchscreen, 2,100,000 dots | Viewfinder: Electronic | Max burst speed: 14fps | Max video resolution: 4K | Weight: 705g

14fps burst shooting
Best-in-class build quality
Other AF systems more advanced
Tilt-angle display, not vari-angle

Nikon's mid-price full-frame mirrorless camera has a lot to offer the wedding photographer. For starters, you’re certainly not going to be disappointed with the results from the 24.5MP back-illuminated sensor, while the Z6 II can shoot great 4K video as well (up to 60p once Nikon launches a firmware update). The 273-point phase-detect AF system in the Z6 is a solid performer with coverage across 90% of the frame and includes EyeAF that's become popular elsewhere. The Z6 II is also capable of shooting at a very rapid 14fps with the mechanical shutter and has a decent buffer depth too. We really like the feel of the Z6 II in the hand as well thanks to the pleasing textured grip and the generous use of magnesium alloy used on the body panels. Like the sound of the Z6 II but want more pixels? Check out its bigger brother, the 45MP Nikon Z7 II

Professional

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8. Sony Alpha A7R IV

The 61-megapixel A7R IV is remarkable technical achievement

Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: Full frame | Megapixels: 61MP | Lens mount: Sony FE | Screen: 3-inch tilting touchscreen, 1,440,000 dots | Viewfinder: Electronic | Max burst speed: 10fps | Max video resolution: 4K | Weight: 655g

World record resolution!
10fps shooting
Small body/big lens imbalance
Ageing design and handling

If you want huge files that offer plenty of flexibility when it comes to cropping and post-production, then look no further than the Alpha A7R IV from Sony. With a whopping 61-megapixels on tap, this easily beats other mirrorless and DSLR cameras in the resolution stakes. It's only bettered by much pricier medium format cameras. However, it's not just about image quality though as the A7R IV doesn't sacrifice performance. It's able to shoot at 10fps and supported by a highly capable 567-point AF system that includes Sony's excellent EyeAF tech. There's also a dependable 5.5 stop in-body image stabilisation (IBIS), but the A7R IV isn't perfect. Perhaps it's biggest handicap is the handling - it's certainly more refined than older models, but it's just not quite as accessible as rivals from Canon and Nikon. 

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9. Nikon D850

Still one of the best DSLRs ever made and perfect for weddings

Type: DSLR | Sensor: Full frame | Megapixels: 45.7MP | Lens mount: Nikon FX | Screen: 3-inch tilting touchscreen, 2,359,000 dots | Viewfinder: Optical | Max burst speed: 7fps | Max video resolution: 4K | Weight: 1,005g

Epic battery life
Stunning image quality
Sluggish Live View focusing speed
Heavy compared to mirrorless rivals

In a world of advanced mirrorless cameras, the D850 might feel a bit behind the times, but that feeling will change once you start shooting with it. One of the best (if not best) DSLRs ever made, the D850 is the perfect do-it-all DSLR and one of the best wedding cameras going. This is thanks to a number of factors - there's the excellent 45MP full-frame with a broad dynamic so you can get every bit of detail from the bride's dress, the advanced 153-point AF gets the job done. It might be heavy compared to mirrorless rivals, but its durable weather-sealed build means it's ready to get drenched in champagne and carry on shooting. And it will carry on shooting with a deeply impressive battery life that will embarrass any mirrorless camera. A modern classic. 

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10. Canon EOS R5

Delivering stunning stills with fantastic, if frustrated, video

Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: Full frame | Megapixels: 45MP | Lens mount: Canon RF | Screen: 3.15-inch fully articulating touchscreen, 2,100,000 dots | Viewfinder: Electronic | Max burst speed: 20fps | Max video resolution: 8K | Weight: 738g

Pristine image quality
Best AF on the market
Recording limitations
Standard 4K is just okay

The most expensive camera here (by quite a long stretch), the Canon EOS R5 packs in a whole lot of tech. While the 8K video might grab the headlines (and not all for the best reasons), there's plenty to get excited about elsewhere. The 45MP full-frame sensor is hard to fault, while the class-leading AF system is simply the best we've seen on a camera. Clever enough to track faces even if they are obscured, this will pay huge dividends when shooting weddings, while the 12fps (20fps with electronic shutter) burst shooting speed will mean you never miss a shot. There's also the hugely impressive in-body image stabilization (IBIS) system that can compensate up to 8 stops when paired with an optically-stabilised RF lens. Expensive yes, but it certainly doesn't disappoint. 

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