As we all know, smartphones are gradually taking us away from normal cameras. With your smartphone, you can take as many beautiful pictures as you want, but don’t forget, there are things real cameras can do that your smartphone can’t do.
As the saying goes, the best camera is the one you have with you. But how do you choose the best camera? It all depends on your needs, experience, and budget. For example, if you want Speed, portability, and lighting fast focus, a Mirrorless camera is what you should go for. Then if you’re looking for awesome detail, better Low-light photos and a super wide range of lenses, a DSLR should be your best choice.
Cameras are not only meant for taking photos. In many cases, you can use your camera as a webcam by plugging it into your PC via USB, and then using software such as sparkoCam to allow video chat apps such as Zoom, to access your camera.
We have done some research on all cameras, based on pictures and video quality, handling, features and values. And have come out with the best cameras you can buy in Nigeria today, ranging from people with low budget to those with high budget.
Here are the best cameras you can buy today
- Nikon D5600
- Sony A6100
- Canon EOS Rebel SL3
- Nikon D3500
- Sony A6000
- Sony A7 II
- Panasonic Lumix ZS200
- Sony Cyber shot DSC-W800
- Olympus Tough TG-5
- Polaroid Snap
1. Nikon D5600
Best DSLR under $1,000
Megapixels: 24.2 MP CMOS DX-format sensor | Lens Type: Interchangable | ISO Range: ISO 100-25600 | Image Stabilization: In-lens | Video (Max Resolution): 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps | Shooting Speed: 5 fps | Display: 3.2-inch swiveling touchscreen | Wi-Fi: 802.11 b,g and Bluetooth 4.1 | Battery Life: 970 shots | Size/Weight: 4.9 x 3.8 x 2.8 inches/16.4 ounces
Reason to Buy: Top-notch image quality, Responsive performance, Solid set of practical and creative features.
Reason to Avoid: Minimal manual control for video, No 4K video.
Price: $600 . ₦234,000
2. Sony A6100
The best mirrorless camera
Megapixels: 24.2 | ISO: 100- 25,600 | Shooting Speed: 11 fps | Body size/weight: 4.75 x 2.75 x 2.13 inches; 1 pound | Viewfinder: OLED | Screen: 2.95-inch touchscreen LCD | Battery Life (CIPA): 420 shots
Reason to Buy: Superfast, AI-driven autofocus system, Sharp HD and 4K video, External mic jack.
Reason to Avoid: Sprawling menu system, Horribly placed video-record button.
Price: $750 . ₦292,500
3. Canon EOS Rebel SL3
4K video in a DSLR on a budget
Megapixels/sensor: 24.1 APS-C | ISO Range: 100-25,600 | Max Video Resolution: 4K/24 fps | Shooting Speed: 5 fps | Autofocus: 9-point phase detection | Display: 3-inch LCD | Battery Life: 1,000 shots | Ports: USB, Mini HDMI, mic | Card Slots: one SD/SDHC/SDXC | Size: 4.8 x 3.7 x 2.8 inches | Weight: 15.8 ounces
Reason to Buy: Fully articulated touchscreen, 4K video, Excellent battery life.
Reason to Avoid: Modest AF points, Not compatible with 3rd-party flash units.
Price: $599 . ₦233,600
4. Nikon D3500
A great DSLR for beginners
Megapixels/Sensor: 24.3/APS-C | ISO: ISO 100-25,600 | Video (Max Resolution): 1080p/60 fps | Shooting Speed: 5 fps | Autofocus: 11 points/Phase, Contrast, Face Detection | Connections: USB, mini HDMI | Display: 3-inch LCD 921,000 dots | Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/NFC: Yes/Yes/No | Battery Life (CIPA): 1,550 shots | Size and Weight: 4.9 x 3.9 x 2.8 inches/12.9 ounces
Reason to Buy: Affordable, Excellent battery life, In-camera RAW processing.
Reason to Avoid: Fixed, non-touch LCD, Modest video AF performance.
Price: $499 . ₦194,600
5. Sony Alpha a6000
The best mirrorless camera for beginners
Megapixels: 24.3 APS-C CMOS | Lens Type: Interchangeable | ISO Range: 100-25,600 | Image Stabilization: In-lens | Video (Max Resolution): 1080p/60 fps | Shooting Speed: 11 fps | Display: Articulating 3-inch LCD | Wi-Fi: Yes | Battery Life: 400 shots | Size/Weight: 4.8 x 2.9 x 1.9 inches; 12 ounces
Reason to Buy: Fast continuous shooting and autofocus, Compact, Excellent low-light performance.
Reason to Avoid: Vast array of camera settings, Noise reduction can be excessive.
Price: $499 . ₦194,600
6. Sony A7 II
The best full-frame mirrorless camera
Megapixels: 24.7 full-frame CMOS | Lens Type: Interchangeable | ISO Range: 100-25,600 | Image Stabilization: 5-axis in-body | Video (Max Resolution): 1080p/30 fps | Shooting Speed: 11 fps | Display: Articulating 3-inch LCD | Wi-Fi: Yes | Battery Life: 350 shots | Size/Weight: 5 × 3.87 × 2.37 inches, 1 pound, 3.6 ounces (body only)
Reason to Buy: Effective 5-axis image stabilization, Bright, clear pictures, Fast access to settings, Surprisingly small
Reason to Avoid: Slow writing to memory card, Quirky autofocus.
Price: $899 . ₦350,600
7. Panasonic Lumix ZS200
A great pocketable travel camera
Megapixels: 20/1-inch sensor | Lens Type: 15x optical zoom (24mm-360mm equivalent) | ISO Range: 100-25,600 | Video (Max Resolution): 4K/30 fps | Shooting Speed: 10 fps | Display: 3-inches | Wi-Fi: Yes | Battery Life: 370 shots | Size/Weight: 4.4 x 2.6 x 1.8 inches/12 ounces
Reason to Buy: Long optical zoom lens, Compact, Sharp electronic viewfinder and touch-screen LCD.
Reason to Avoid: No hot shoe for an external flash, Poorly organized controls and settings.
Price: $799 . ₦311,600
8. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W800
The best camera under $100
Resolution: 20.1 MP | Optical Zoom: 5x | Focal Length: 26 – 130mm (35mm equiv.) | Video (Max): 720p (1280 x 720) | Size: 2.1 x 2 x 0.9 inches | Weight: 3.5 ounces
Reason to Buy: Inexpensive, Small and portable .
Reason to Avoid: No viewfinder
Price: $99 . ₦38,600
9. Olympus Tough TG-5
Best waterproof camera
Megapixels: 12MP | Lens Type: 24mm-100mm | ISO Range: 100-12800 | Image Stabilization: Sensor-shift | Video (Max Resolution): 4K/30 fps | Shooting Speed: 5 fps | Display: 3-inch/460,000 dots | Wi-Fi: Yes | Battery Life: 380 shots | Size/Weight: 4.4 x 2.6 x 1.3 inches/8.8 ounces
Reason to Buy: Menus, dials and controls offer multiple access points to settings, Impressive macro features, Captures RAW images.
Reason to Avoid: Struggles in low-light situations, Menu structure is somewhat confusing.
Price: $399 . ₦155,600
10. Polaroid Snap Touch
Best instant camera
Megapixels: 13-MP | Lens Type: 25mm | ISO Range: n/a | Image Stabilization: no | Video (Max Resolution): 1080p | Shooting Speed: n/a | Display: 3.5-inch touchscreen | Wi-Fi: none | Battery Life: n/a | Size/Weight: 4 x 3 x 1 inches /12 ounces
Reason to Buy: Simple to use, Creates digital files and instant prints, Lets you print photos from smartphone.
Reason to Avoid: Poor low-light performance, Weak flash.
Price: $139 . ₦54,200