The best retro cameras in 2024: get the classic camera vibe, but digitally!

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The best retro cameras provide a shooting experience like no other. Inspired by the classically cool look and feel of the best film cameras or the best rangefinders from years gone by, these cameras are instead packed full of cutting-edge tech, with many of the conveniences modern photographers have come to expect from some of the best mirrorless cameras on the market.

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Gareth Bevan

Gareth is the Reviews Editor at Digital Camera World – and a big fan of retro cameras. Not only has he tested the cameras on this list, but has also ended up buying quite a few afterward. With several years of experience as a photographer and writer, he has learned a thing or two about cameras and the industry, which helps when choosing the best ones to recommend.

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FeaturesHigh-resolution, IBIS, 6K video: Fujifilm packed a lot into this retro body★★★★★
DesignBeautiful styling, although some might take issue that the screen does not rotate★★★★☆
PerformanceFantastic image quality and exceptional subject-detect autofocus★★★★★
ValueExcellent value for its comprehensive spec sheet; it undercuts a lot of similar rivals★★★★★
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FeaturesA retro body hides a large full-frame sensor offering 24MP photos and 4K video★★★★★
DesignStunning camera, but there are some issues with the shallow grip and lack of retro lenses★★★★☆
PerformanceReliable Nikon image and video quality, with cutting-edge autofocus and tracking★★★★★
ValueThat full sensor costs, as this is one of the more expensive options in retro cameras ★★★★☆
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Features40MP sensor backed up by Fuji's film simulations, 6.2K video and IBIS all improve on the previous model★★★★★
DesignBeautiful and well-built body with the star being the excellent hybrid viewfinder★★★★★
PerformanceFantastic photo quality from the 40MP sensor and new IBIS system★★★★★
ValueBuild quality is top-notch, but that means it costs a premium price★★★★☆
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FeaturesCompact body, five-axis image stabilization and 4K video capability make this a great all-round camera★★★★★
DesignDesigned in the classic retro style, but its low cost is shown in the cheaper-feeling construction★★★★☆
PerformanceImage and video quality are great, and OM’s IBIS shines, although 20MP is low by comparison★★★★☆
ValueThere is so much included in this camera for an incredibly low price – the best-value camera on this list★★★★★
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FeaturesThe APS-C sensor is 20.9MP, which is a little on the low side, but the Zfc has quick autofocus and great video specs★★★★★
DesignStyled like Nikon cameras of yesteryear, but unfortunately not quite with the same build quality★★★★☆
PerformanceNothing retro about Nikon's excellent autofocus in stills and video★★★★☆
ValueThe Z fc camera offers excellent value, although you can feel a few cost-saving measures in the build★★★★☆
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FeaturesA mini-me version of the flagship X-T4, with 26.1MP stills and 4K 30P video, still holds up today★★★★★
DesignIn the same wonderful retro style as the X-T4, but you can feel where corners have been cut in materials★★★★☆
PerformanceExcellent stills and video, although it could really use the addition of IBIS to keep up with the times★★★★☆
ValueThe cheapest camera in Fujifilm's range is a great price, but there are others on this list that pip it for value★★★★☆
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FeaturesA lot squeezed into a tiny body; 20MP is a little low, but it is capable of 4K 30P video★★★★☆
DesignContinuing the spirit of the Pen range, the tiny size is just superb for traveling★★★★★
PerformanceThe quality of photos and video is plenty for socials, and the filters give you ready-to-share shots★★★★☆
ValueEven though it is a dinky little camera, it is not the best value, and is also not available in the US★★★★☆
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Spec comparison
Header Cell - Column 0 Fujifilm X-T5Nikon ZfFujifilm X100VIOlympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IVNikon Z fcFujifilm X-T30 IIOlympus Pen E-P7
Launch price$1,699 (body)$1,999 (body)$1,599$699 (body)$959 (body)$899 (body)$599 (body)
SensorAPS-CFull-frameAPS-CMicro Four ThirdsAPS-CAPS-CMicro Four Thirds
Lens mountFujifilm X-mountNikon Z-mount (FX)Fixed 23mm f/2MTFNikon Z-mount (DX)Fujifilm X-mountMTF
Screen3in, tilting, 1,840k dots3.2in, vari-angle, 2,100k dots3in, tilting, 1,620k dots3in, tilting, 1,037k dots3in, vari-angle, 1,040k dots3in tilting touchscreen, 1,620k dots3in, tilting, 1,037k dots
ViewfinderEVF, 3,690k dotsEVF, 3,690k dotsHybrid OVF/EVF, 3,690k dotsEVF, 2,360k dotsEVF, 2,360k dotsEVF, 2,360k dotsNone
Max burst speed (electronic/mechanical)20fps / 15fps30fps / 14fps20fps / 11fps15fps / 11fps20fps / 11fps30fps / 8fps15fps
Max video resolution6.2K 30P4K 60P6K 30P4K 30P4K 30P4K 30P4K 30P
Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.

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