10 cameras that blew us away in 2019

10 cameras that blew us away in 2019
(Image credit: Rod Lawton/Digital Camera World)

Photography is constantly changing, developing and evolving. Our ideas about what cameras can do, and what we can do with them, are being challenged at an accelerating rate. Our list of the ten most exciting cameras of 2019 isn’t just another list of the ‘best’ cameras of 2019, it’s a list of those which we think have changed our ideas about what cameras should be and what they can do. 

These cameras won’t suit everyone, and none of them are perfect, but each one brought a special characteristic or innovation that made us think about camera design all over again, and reminded us that brilliant (or obvious) ideas are just as important as megapixels and bullet points.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com