The best professional camera in 2024: which pro camera system is best?

Canon EOS R3
(Image credit: Lena Selkin Photography)

Amazon Prime Day is taking place on July 16-17, and the best Prime Day camera deals can be very tempting, but we don't see the same scale of discounts as Black Friday.  Some camera companies don't offer Prime deals at all, and even exclude Amazon from their own rebate schemes. With stock being volatile, our advice is that if you're ready to buy a product then jump on it now – prices probably won't fluctuate much, but stock levels will!

What's the best professional camera? Well, it depends on your profession! My professional work is built around portraiture, so I need a camera with high resolution and good face and eye detection. 

A 10-year commercial and editorial pro
Canon EOS R3
A 10-year commercial and editorial pro
James Artaius

I started my professional photography career in 2014, shooting for clients such as Olympus (OM System), Elinchrom, L'Oréal and Aston Martin Racing, in addition to musical artists and private commissions. I'm lucky enough to have used every pro camera released since 2018, so I have a good feel for the tools of the trade!

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Resolution (ISO 200)28/60★★★
Dynamic range (ISO 200)11.71 EV★★★★
Noise (ISO 200)40.23 decibels★★★★
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Resolution (ISO 200)36/60★★★★
Dynamic range (ISO 200)11.97 EV★★★★
Noise (ISO 200)38.1 decibels★★★★
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Resolution (ISO 200)42/60★★★★★
Dynamic range (ISO 200)12.22 EV★★★★★
Noise (ISO 200)38.38 decibels★★★★
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Resolution (ISO 200)24/60★★★
Dynamic range (ISO 200)12.34 EV★★★★★
Noise (ISO 200)40.55 decibels★★★★
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Resolution (ISO 200)39/60★★★★★
Dynamic range (ISO 200)10.41 EV★★★
Noise (ISO 200)38.81 decibels★★★★
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Resolution (ISO 200)38/60★★★★
Dynamic range (ISO 200)11.9 EV★★★★
Noise (ISO 200)36.12 decibels★★★★
James Artaius
Editor

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.