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When it comes to choosing the best camera for portraits, there’s a lot of different factors to consider.

Our list here will show you the best options in DSLR, mirrorless and compact camera choices.

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DSLR

3. Canon EOS Rebel T6i

The Canon Rebel series is a budget DSLR for those beginners, or photographers on a tight budget.

You can’t grumble at the 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor. And it comes coupled with a new 7560 pixel RGB + IR metering sensor.

Canon’s new Hybrid CMOS AF III uses sensor-based phase detection points. This leads to increased focus speed and accuracy in live view.

Its Hybrid CMOS comes close to the performance of the 7D Mark II, without the price tag.

If you are looking to get the 19-point autofocus system, the Canon EOS Rebel T6i is perfect.

Overall: ★★★☆☆

A Canon EOS Rebel T6i best camera for portraits

2. Nikon D810

The Nikon D810 is somewhat of a hybrid. Its ease of use makes it perfect for beginners. And its 36.3-megapixel full-frame sensor is great for professional photographers.

The ISO range is impressive, from 64-12,800. It even expands to 51,200.

The picture control system allows you to adjust sharpening, contrast, saturation and hue.

Another plus point is the battery can reach up to 1200 shots before needing to be changed. Bonus.

Perfect for the on-location situations in low light, you can’t go wrong with the Nikon D810.

Overall: ★★★★☆

A Nikon D810 camera for portraits on white background

1. Canon EOS 5DSr

The Canon EOS 5DSr is the top-of-the-line choice in DSLR. It is built with capturing portraits in mind, which it does beautifully. It is full frame and comes with an impressive 50.6 Megapixel sensor.

Other impressive features are the optical viewfinder and face detection system. And a large 3.2-inch display.

Like all Canon systems, there are a wide range of lenses to choose from.

If that isn’t enough, you can tweak every setting as you see fit.

The Canon EOS 5DSr is the choice in DSLR if you are serious about portraiture.

Overall: ★★★★★

Canon EOS 5DSr on white background - portrait cameras

Mirrorless

3. Panasonic DMC-GX8

The Panasonic DMC-GX8 is a very smart looking camera indeed. This is for those who want to get a little more serious about their photography.

It is sophisticated and comes with a wide range of features, enough to make you happy in your choice.

WiFi is built in, image stabilisation as standard and an articulating touchscreen display.

It will give you a high-quality image. Even from its incredibly fast continuous shooting mode.

Capture as fast as the model or person reacts to their scene direction.

Choose the Panasonic DMC-GX8 and get out there!

Overall: ★★★★☆

Panasonic DMC-GX8

2. FujifilmX-T2

The Fujifilm X-T2 is the update on their top-level DSLR shaped APS-C camera.

Inside, you’ll find the 24 megapixel sensor, along with 325 AF points. 169 of these offer phase detection.

Along with the autofocus, you also get 8 fps continuous shooting. Neat!

The image quality is stunning. The contrast and phase detection system help you capture that scene in an amazing way.

On top of this, a booster power grip allows you to draw power from multiple batteries, letting you hit 30 fps. Great for moving subjects.

The Fujifilm X-T2 is a perfect choice for fast-paced portraiture sessions.

Overall: ★★★★☆

A Fujifil xt2 camera for portrait photography

1. Sony Alpha A7R III

The Sony Alpha A7R III is a beast offering DSLR quality images within a lightweight camera body. A stunning 42.4 MP sensor at a 35 mm equivalency.

This camera is the way to go for all portraits, especially those you need to print big.

Inbuilt WiFi, a wide range of compatible lenses and a tilt-able 3-inch display. That’s what makes this camera sit well above all other options.

It will even take over 10 images a second. This is perfect for capturing those minute changes in the models’ expressions.

Overall: ★★★★★

A Sony Alpha A7R III camera for portrait photography

Compact

3. Sony Cybershot DSC-RX1

The Cybershot is a wonderful choice in compact cameras. It has a full frame sensor and comes with 24.3 megapixels, wrapped in a small and lightweight body.

This allows portability for those shoots you need to do away from home.

Face detection is a great setting. It allows the camera to automatically adjust the focus and exposure.

The one-inch sensor is a rare choice in the world of compact cameras which means your ISO reaches a high maximum.

For low light conditions, go for the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX1.

Overall: ★★★☆☆

A Sony Cybershot DSC-RX1. on white background - best camera for portraits

2. Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II is part of Canon’s premium range of compact cameras. It offers you a high level of control and image quality while slotting into your pocket.

This is great as a travel portrait camera, or for those on location shots for your next lookbook.

Shooting RAW is a welcome addition. the lack of a viewfinder is what makes it so compact, and you don’t miss it once you get used to the live view from the screen.

Autofocus is set from using the touch screen. With a 20 megapixel sensor, the images are as high as most other cameras here, but this one is more portable.

For those on the move, choose the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II.

Overall: ★★★★☆

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II on white background

1. Panasonic DMC-LX100

The Panasonic DMC-LX100 is a great little compact camera choice for portrait photography. This is a high-end camera with a micro four-thirds sensor.

It comes with an electronic viewfinder and face detection setting.

The best thing about this little beast is the Wifi connectivity. It allows you to share the images instantaneously.

This is great if you have a client to impress or a plethora of retouchers waiting for the images to come through.

If you are looking for a compact camera, with the control of a mirrorless system, look no further. The Panasonic DMC-LX100 is for you.

Overall: ★★★★★

A panasonic DMC-LX100 on white background - best camera for portraits

Conclusion

There are many different styles of camera, perfect for capturing super high-quality portrait images. The only difference being size, weight and budget.

You can do without many of the fancy features, especially if you find yourself on a budget.

Your choice will depend on your style and genre of portrait photographer. We have cameras best for low light conditions, others with a wide aperture that wont break the bank.

Look to see what you need first, and then come back to our list to find your soulmate and work partner.

We have a great article on best settings for portrait photography you should check out too!

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Craig Hull

Craig is a photographer currently based in Budapest. His favourite photographic areas are street and documentary photography. Show him a darkroom and he'll be happy there for days. As long as there are music and snacks. Find him at craighullphotography.co.uk and Instagram/craighullphoto

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