The largest group of readers on Imaging Resource are undoubtedly what we’d call “enthusiast” photographers. Sure, we have plenty of beginners who pay us a visit, and certainly professional photographers who use our website for various purposes, but it’s the enthusiasts who comprise the core of our readership and who color our comments sections most often.
Of course, your faithful reviewers here are also basically enthusiast photographers, and like yourselves, we’re always looking for the next tool that can help us take our photography to new heights. We’re not as interested in the $6k “best-of-the-best” cameras because they’re either too large or too expensive (or both) for our enthusiast needs and budgets, yet we are not willing to sacrifice on image quality and performance for our more important photographic endeavors.
So bring on the enthusiast cameras! These are meant to represent the optimal balance between solid performance and image quality, while not straining your biceps nor your wallet too much. Below are the cameras from 2016 that we feel make the grade as the soundest investments for the enthusiast crowd, whether you lean towards DSLRs, mirrorless models, fixed lens specialty cameras or perhaps a 1-inch-sensored, all-in-one zoom!