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The best camera for street photography

Updated: Feb 13

Hey there, fellow street photographers! Today I want to talk to you about a very important question: what camera do you use for street photography? Big DSLR or something smaller? Does it really matter??

Well, I'm here to tell you that it does matter, but not in the way you might think. You see, street photography is not about having the most expensive or the most advanced camera. It's about capturing the essence of life on the streets, the moments that make you feel something, and the stories that unfold before your eyes.

So, what kind of camera do you need for that? The answer is simple: any camera that works for you. The best camera for street photography is the one that you enjoy using, the one that fits your style and your vision, the one that doesn't get in your way or draw too much attention.

Of course, there are some features that can make your street photography easier and more fun. For example, a fast and accurate autofocus system can help you nail those decisive moments. A compact and lightweight body can make you more agile and discreet. A tilting screen or a viewfinder can help you compose your shots from different angles. A wide-angle lens can give you a more dynamic perspective and allow you to get closer to your subjects.

But these are not essential. They are just tools that can enhance your creativity and expression. What really matters is how you use them, how you see the world, and how you connect with your environment and your subjects.

That being said, I know you're curious about what cameras I use and recommend for street photography. So, here are my top picks for 2023, based on my personal experience and research:

- Fujifilm X-Pro3: This is my favourite camera for street photography right now. It has a beautiful retro design that blends in with the crowd, a hybrid viewfinder that lets me switch between optical and electronic modes, a hidden LCD screen that forces me to focus on the moment, and a superb 26MP APS-C sensor that delivers stunning image quality. Plus, it has access to some of the best lenses for street photography, like the Fujinon XF 23mm f/2 or the XF 35mm f/2.

- Ricoh GR III: This is a pocket powerhouse that I always carry with me. It has a fixed 28mm equivalent lens that is sharp and fast, a 24MP APS-C sensor that performs well in low light, and a minimalist design that makes it easy to operate. It also has a handy snap focus feature that lets me preset a focus distance and shoot without hesitation.

- Panasonic Lumix LX100 II: This is a versatile compact camera that offers a lot of flexibility. It has a 17MP Four Thirds sensor that gives me enough resolution and dynamic range, a Leica-branded 24-75mm equivalent zoom lens that covers a wide range of focal lengths, and a classic rangefinder-style body that feels solid and comfortable in my hands.

- Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II: This is a sleek and stylish compact camera that has some impressive features. It has a 20MP 1-inch sensor that produces crisp and detailed images, a bright 24-120mm equivalent zoom lens that gives me plenty of reach, and a pop-up electronic viewfinder that helps me frame my shots in bright sunlight.

- Sony RX100 Mark VII: This is a tiny but powerful compact camera that has some amazing capabilities. It has a 20MP 1-inch sensor that can shoot up to 20 fps with continuous autofocus, a 24-200mm equivalent zoom lens that lets me capture anything from wide-angle scenes to telephoto portraits and a flip-up screen that allows me to shoot from low or high angles.

These are just some of the best cameras for street photography in 2023, but there are many more options out there. The important thing is to find the one that suits you best, and then go out and shoot!

I hope you enjoyed this blog post and found it helpful. If you did, please share it with your friends and leave me a comment below. And don't forget to subscribe to my newsletter for more tips and tricks on street photography.

Happy shooting!

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