Top of the Crops! 4 Powerful APS-C Cameras Good Enough for Pro Use

Full-Frame cameras are all the rage, but APS-C cameras can deliver the goods too.

One of the biggest questions in photography is whether you need a Full-Frame camera to be a professional. The answer is no. If you’re able to produce the goods and get paid for them regularly, then you’re a pro. The type of camera you use plays no part in whether you’re professional or not. Many will still tell you that you need a Full-Frame camera to get the most features. Well, this used to be the case, but it’s not anymore. Today’s APS-C cameras are packed with the same features their Full-Frame brothers have. You’ll find IBIS, powerful sensors, incredible autofocus systems, dual card slots, and more. You’ll often find them at more affordable prices too. If you like the idea of having extra reach from a crop sensor camera for your work, check out these four APS-C cameras that are good enough for professional use.

APS-C Cameras – Fujifilm XT4

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In our review, we said:

“The outgoing X-T3 was already a very capable camera (we gave it Editor’s Choice for a reason). The XT4 packs even more under the hood with the addition of in-camera image stabilization, a fully articulating touchscreen, and a larger battery.”

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Buy now: $1,699.95

APS-C Cameras – Nikon Z50

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In our review, we said:

“Now, I have to say that the Nikon Z50 has blown my mind when it comes to high ISO performance. I was shooting ISO 6400 for fun and had no concerns about image quality. At 12,800, I had no concerns about image quality. I even shot at ISO 25,600 and was stunned at the amount of detail the images were retaining. Will you see some color noise as these high ISOs? Yes, of course, but just behold the glory of high ISO images from the Nikon Z50.”

Brett Day – Gear Editor
ISO 25,600
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Buy now: $856.95

Pro Tip: No matter what cameras you use, you’re going to need to keep them clean if you want them to last a while. Take your cameras out before each session and give them the once over. Check the sensor, clean the screens and buttons, remove any excess dirt or dust that you can. This will prolong the life of your camera, guaranteed. You don’t need an expensive cleaning kit either? This one is under $15 and has everything you need.

Crop Cameras – Sony a6600

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In our review, we said:

“The Sony a6600 has Sony a9’s focusing abilities. To that end, it can track a subject very well. We tested this in a studio with a dancer. She was kept in focus pretty easily. More importantly, her face was in focus. When it wasn’t, it switched to her body. But no matter what, the Sony a6600 delivered very usable images.”

Chris Gampat – Editor In Chief
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Buy now: $1,398

Crop Cameras – Fujifilm X Pro 3

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In our review, we said:

“The hidden LCD screen is a brilliant innovation that keeps photographers focused on what’s important. Classic Negative and the addition of the Clarity setting will mean that you’re doing less work in post. The multiple exposure setting is one Sony refuses to return to its cameras. Though Olympus put a smaller battery in a newer camera and promised similar battery performance, Fujifilm is actually able to hold themselves to their claims. Though the Fujifilm X Pro 3 uses the same battery as its predecessors, it’s still very efficient when it comes to using the battery.”

Chris Gampat – Editor In Chief
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Buy now: $1,799.95

Brett Day

Brett Day is the Gear Editor at The Phoblographer and has been a photographer for as long as he can remember. Brett has his own photography business that focuses on corporate events and portraiture. In his spare time, Brett loves to practice landscape and wildlife photography. When he's not behind a camera, he's enjoying life with his wife and two kids, or he's playing video games, drinking coffee, and eating Cheetos.