The best manufacturers of cameras

Today, there are many brands for the production of cameras on the market, which is why it is possible to easily get confused. That is why our article is intended to help, since we collected top firms producing cameras!

Below we consider all the leading brands, as well as what they can offer right now.

As a brief presentation, it is worth saying that at the very beginning the largest players will consider today's markets for Chanon, Nikon and Sony. Over the years, Canon and Nikon have dominated in the field of digital photography, but recently Sony has become their main competitor (especially in the region mirror chambers ).

Next, we will talk about less large brands such as Fujifilm (APS-C and midformat chambers), Panasonic (uses its own micro 4: 3 system to create high-quality cameras) and Olympus (creators of the original 4: 3 standard and the impressive line of mirror-free chambers).

Thus, our article will give a complete view of all major brands of cameras.

Canon

Many probably know that at present it is Canon is the leader in the field of cameras. The company is best known by the release of high-quality mirror cameras and lenses.

The brand was founded in 1937, and in his account there are many important achievements in the 20th century: this is the first company, equipped with a camera by a microcomputer, as well as the released device with autofocus. In addition, no one before Canon has released lenses with image stabilization.

Even though recently, the camera market has declined significantly, Canon has retained the largest product line in the industry's history. The company continues to produce its own (full-frame and APS-C) sensors, as well as cameras, lenses, and a variety of related accessories.

Now Canon offers several lines of amateur and professional mirror chambers, including the most popular series 1D x, 5D, as well as Rebel. New models from the brand are equipped with autofocus Canon Dual-Pixel (provides ultra-cut focusing in Live View mode). It is necessary to highlight and high-quality compact cameras (for example, the PowerShot series).

Over the years, Nikon is the main competitor of Canon, but the recent progress of Sony has opened another applicant for first place in this area. Note that Canon wins Sony in the area of ​​digital mirror cameras, but the second remains a powerful manufacturer of mirrorless devices.

It is expected that in the next few years, Canon will shift the focus on the release of the line of mussing cameras with a full-frame CMOS matrix.

Nikon

As we have already mentioned above, Nikon is the main competitor Canon, and Two companies are missing for the place on the top of the market.

Speaking about History, Nikon Corporation is actually older than His news - the brand was founded in 1917 after a merger of three manufacturers of optical equipment (Seisakusho, IWAKI Glass Co, Fujii Lens) in one company called Nippon Kogaku Kokyo KK.

The current line of Nikon products includes very steep and affordable mirror cameras, such as Nikon D850 and Nikon D5 (D6 output - not far from the mountains), as well as three powerful mirrorless models (full-frame Z6, Z7 and Z50 with APS-C). Nikon is also known for the COOLPIX compact chamber.

Nikon really succeeds in some areas, because of which the company often choose professionals, and all thanks to the incredible image quality and dynamic range capabilities. However, recently, Nikon lags behind Sony in key indicators (total sales volumes), and tries to catch up with the production of mirrorless devices.

SONY

Sony was founded back in 1946, but the company released its first Digital chamber only in 1988. Then, already at the beginning of zero, the brand acquired the Konica Minolta division, which is engaged in the development of the SLR cameras, after which the company began to develop in this direction.

Due to this, the company was able to compete with other leading manufacturers of cameras, and start dominating in the messenger segment.

Today Sony is the largest manufacturer of digital sensors in the world and even supplies sensors to some competitors, including Nikon, Fujifilm and Panasonic! Not to mention the fact that the company dominates the smartphone market, as it produces about 70% of the sensors for cameras in the world!

This provides SONY one of the key benefits, if we talk about the production of APS-C and full-frame devices: the company uses it to create cameras with incredible image quality and the ultra-precise focus system.

In addition, the huge market capitalization of Sony allows the company incredibly quickly introducing innovations and create such cameras as Sony A7R IV, A6600 and A9 Mark II.

Sony's only weakness, if it can be called that, is ergonomics: small chambers in combination with small handles do not provide that ease of use that can be offered by Canon mirror cameras.

Fujifilm

Fujifilm - a company known for its mirror-free cameras with APS-sensor C, and recently - media format devices. At the time of writing the article, Fujifilm occupies an honorable fourth place in the top of manufacturers of digital cameras.

The brand has a rather rich history in the market of cameras - the company was founded in 1934, and then she competed with the dominant at the time Eastman Kodak.

The giants in the face of Canon, Nikon and Sony pay great attention to technical excellence and profitability, and Fujifilm is known for the release of unusual products and unique methods of doing business.

The brand first of all takes care of the aesthetics of the camera, releasing carefully thought-out models in retro-style with mechanical disks and an old film type (although the chambers themselves are equipped with high-quality digital sensors and all modern frills).

Fujifilm also often invests funds in colorimeter (color science), because it tries to recreate the design of Fuji's classic films, and the company regularly releases firmware updates even years after the release of the camera, which is pretty unusual in our time.

Now the firm is most famous for APS-C mesmerous chambers, including X-T3, very affordable, but high-quality crop devices, as well as mid-format chambers (for example, 100 megapixel GFX 100).

Olympus

Olympus began manufacturing cameras back in 1936, and has successfully overcome wave of innovation, and today offers its customers high-quality mirrorless and SLR cameras.

The brand has partnered with Kodak to develop Four Thirds (4/3), a proprietary lens mount system designed specifically for digital SLR cameras. Then we saw the collaboration between Olympus and Panasonic that created the Micro 4:3 standard, which is now used by a number of major brands (including Olympus and Panasonic).

The Four Thirds system uses crop factor technology to produce high-quality digital images, while Olympus cameras provide effective image stabilization and impressive weather protection.

Yes, Olympus is not a leader in the production of digital cameras, but it was, is and will be a serious player in the market.

Panasonic

Panasonic started as an electrical manufacturer back in 1918, but subsequently focused on the release of digital cameras Lumix. This includes the hugely popular Panasonic Lumix S1R and Panasonic Lumix S1 full-frame mirrorless models.

It's also worth noting that Panasonic teamed up with Leica to create full-frame mirrorless lenses, resulting in the Lumix Leica.

Despite recent attempts to create full-frame mirrorless devices, the brand continues to invest heavily in Micro 4:3 cameras (the system, as we mentioned above, was created in partnership with Olympus). All of this translates to lens compatibility as you can use Olympus lenses on Panasonic cameras which is very cool and convenient.

Note that Panasonic also specializes in camcorders and is the leading brand in this segment.

Pentax

Today, almost every brand invests a significant part of its funds in the development of mirrorless technologies, but this in no way concerns Pentax!

While Canon and Nikon struggle to keep up with Sony's mirrorless products, Pentax is stubbornly holding its own with full-frame and medium format DSLRs, including the Pentax K-1 and the Pentax 645 series

Pentax was founded way back in 1919, although the company has undergone some dramatic changes in recent years. In 2006, Pentax decided to unite with Hoya, and then, five years later, the PENTAX consumer photographic equipment unit was purchased by Ricoh, which is currently focused on the release of mirror cameras.

Pentax is famous for impressively durable mirror models, but at the moment it is not clear whether the company will be able to keep the on-fire chambers.

Leica

Leica was founded in 1869 and was a major player in the field of cinema However, recently the company turns on the spot, and everything is due to a sharp transition to digital technology.

LEICA is now focused on milder chambers with a lens Bayonet L, including APS-C and full-frame models. And in 2018, Leica, Sigma and Panasonic created a series of lenses with bayonet L, which can be used with both Leica chambers and Panasonic chassis.

The brand is perfectly working on aesthetics and offers a stunning design, but it is worth saying that prices for cameras and lenses are too high, given the level of their development. In other words, the company is struggling to stay in the game filled with innovation.

HASSELBLAD

Hasselblad is a company with a rich history, the beginning of which takes back in the distant 1841 year. The brand was famous for the release of high-quality equipment, and most of all specializes in medium-format chambers (which even used by astronauts of the Apollo program).

Now, Hasselblad offers a number of midformat chambers, including X1D-50C, which proudly wears the title of the first mirror-free medium format digital camera. Such devices are not cheap (prices reach hundreds of thousands of rubles), which is why the cameras from Hasselblad are only for real professionals.

Kodak

It is only worth mentioning a film photo, as absolutely every person will think about Kodak, and that is, good reasons! After all, it was Eastman Kodak that invented a color film photography and dominated the market for most of the 20th century.

Yes, it was Kodak who gave the impetus to the digital photography, but the brand did not follow the very "digital explosion". It had a pernicious effect, as the company lost a lot of money in the 2000s. And then things went very badly: bankruptcy, sale of many patents... Now Kodak still exists as a company, but it no longer produces cameras.

It is worth it, however, it is noted that recently film photography is gaining popularity again, and among the connoisseurs a whole culture has been formed. Now you can find a variety of old Kodak models in photomagazines or in the secondary market.

Any new equipment with Kodak label is made not by Kodak itself, but by companies that have gained patents at one time.

summarize

This is how our top 10 of the best manufacturers of cameras were issued today, so you can find out everything about every brand, And also choose something suitable.

It is worth remembering that Nikon, Canon and Sony is the so-called "big triple" manufacturers of digital cameras, and Fujifilm, Olympus and Panasonic - more "specialized" brands. Pentax, Leica, Hasselblada is struggling to stay in trend. If you are a lover of midformat cameras, then it is worth choosing Hasselblad, and Kodak has already been completely outdated, but the company's devices are recruited among connoisseurs of film photography.