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6 megapixel monsters you can buy today

Big megapixel cameras may cost more than regular models, but this is because they deliver so much more resolution. Professional photographers need big resolution to not only create big prints (think billboard ads), but also to offer more tolerance for heavy cropping in processing software such as Photoshop or Lightroom.

Thanks to advances in sensor technology, today there’s a decent choice of megapixel monsters on the market, but which one is right for your photography? Well, we’ve rounded up six big-resolution cameras to cover all budgets that should help you make a decision…

1 – Fujifilm GFX100:

Fuji GFX100
Price:$ 11,600.00
System:Medium format mirrorless
Megapixels:102-MP
Weight:1400g

Fuji’s GFX is one of the newest big megapixel monsters on the market and is the first medium format mirrorless camera to break the 100-megapixel barrier – in fact the camera actually serves up 102-megapixels. The measures back illuminated sensor around 55mm (diagonal length) and is about 1.7 times larger than a 35mm full frame sensor. The sensor also features phase detection pixels, which is a first for a sensor larger than the 35mm full frame format and doubles the performance speed of the GFX1000’s autofocus system. The GFX100 also includes a five-axis IBIS (In Body Image Stabilisation) system that offers up to 5.5-stops of compensation and helps the camera capture 16-bit RAW files.

Behold the 102-megapixel Fuji GFX100…

Thanks to the integrated grip that holds two batteries, the GFX100 is good for 800 shots between charges, which is an impressive figure for a mirrorless system of this type and image can be composed using the innovative 3.2 inch LCD that offers a three-way tilting design. Along with the decent stills specifications, the GFX100 also boasts impressive video features too – in fact the camera can capture 4K footage at 30p, features ports for headphones and an external mic, includes Fuji’s F-Log profile and supports H.265/HEVC codec, too.

2 – Hasselblad X1D II 50C:

Hasselblad X1D II 50C
System:Medium format mirrorless
Megapixels:50-MP
Weight:650g

Big megapixel monsters don’t have to weigh you down and the new Hasselblad X1D II 50C, which builds on the success of the original model, tips the scales at just 650g despite serving up 50-megapixels. Despite the lightweight dimensions, the X1D II 50C boasts a huge 3.6-inch touch-sensitive LCD and offers a massive dynamic range of 14-stops, which should do an amazing job at retaining shadows and highlights from the scene in the 16-bit RAW files.

The medium format X1D II 50C weighs just 650g.

The new model features a 50% speedier startup time than the original and includes a 3.69-million-dot OLED EVF with a 60 fps refresh rate. With built-in Wi-Fi and USB-C connectivity, the Hasselblad X1D II 50C can be used to shoot tethered when combined with Hasselblad’s new Phocus Mobile 2 app. If you are using the camera outdoors, the GPS will enable you to record the location where an image was captured and shots can be recorded to either or both of the dual SD cards.

3 – Canon 5DS R:

Canon 5DS R
Price:$ 1,859.00
System:Medium format mirrorless
Megapixels:51-MP
Weight:930g

It’s hard to believe that Canon’s 5DS and 5DS R cameras were launched back in 2015, but they are still the highest resolution full-frame DSLR cameras on the market and are now exceptionally good value for photographers who don’t want to step up to medium format, but still need big resolution. Serving up 51-megapixels from the full-frame CMOS sensor, the Canon 5DS R offers a 61-point autofocus system, with 41 of the points being the more sensitive cross type design. There’s also a decent burst rate of 5 Frames Per Second (FPS) and image or Full HD video can be composed or reviewed using the large 3.2-inch fixed LCD.

Canon’s 5DS/R cameras are the biggest resoltuion DSLRs on the market.

The sensor features no optical low-pass (anti-aliasing) filter, which should result in sharper imagery and there is a native ISO range of 100-6400, which is expandable to ISO 12800. Suitable for professional use, the 5DSR features a decent battery life of around 700 shots between charges and offers weather sealing so the camera can be used in harsh conditions.

4 – Nikon D850:

Nikon D850
Price:$ 2,419.00
System:Full-frame DSLR
Megapixels:45.7-MP
Weight:1015g

Although the 45.7-megapixel D850 can’t match Canon’s 5DS/5DSR cameras for resolution, the Nikon DSLR is a beast of a camera that includes other features to best its Canon rival. The features include a 64 – 25600 native ISO range, a 7 Frames Per Second (FPS) burst rate and an insane battery life of 1840 shots off a single charge. The D850 also offers 4K video (up to 30p), ports for an external mic and headphones so enhanced audio can be recorded and monitored, along with a 3.2-inch LCD boasting a tilting design, making it easier to set up awkward low or high compositions. 

Along with big megapixels, Nikon’s D850 is also awesome for video.

5 – Sony a7RIII:

Sony a7RIII
Price:$ 2,490.00
System:Full-frame mirrorless
Megapixels:42-MP
Weight:657g

Sony’s highest-megapixel camera is the acclaimed a7RIII, which serves up 42-megapixels from the full-frame mirrorless Exmor R sensor. This resolution is still big enough to create a maximum file size of 7952 x 5304 pixels – more than enough to produce prints in excess of A3 size. The a7RIII weighs just 657g so is a lightweight option for those on the move and boasts a fantastic native ISO range of ISO 100-32000 (expandable to ISO 50-102400). Images can be composed via the 3686k dot EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) or using the 3-inch LCD, which has a tilting design.

The Sony a7RII matches big megapixels with fast speed.

The Sony a7RIII is the fastest camera in the round up, sporting a speedy burst rate of 10 Frames Per Second (FPS) – more than enough to capture action sequences in all that high resolution glory. The a7RIII body is weather sealed, making it suitable for professional use and the camera also benefits from 5-axis IBIS (In Body Image Stabilisation) technology along with an advanced autofocus system that offers 399 phase-detection AF points and 425 contrast-detection points.

6 – Pentax K-1 MkII:

Pentax K-1 MkII
System:Full-frame DSLR
Megapixels36-MP
Weight:1010g

Although the K-1 MkII features the lowest pixel count in our megapixel monster round up, the Pentax still serves up 36-MP, enough to create a maximum file size of 7360×4912 pixels – again more than enough to use for prints in excess of A3. However, it’s the K-1 MkII’s sheer value for money that really justifies the Pentax’s place in our round up as this camera is by far and away the most affordable big megapixel DSLR. What’s more, the K-1 MkII features a 5-axis IBIS (In Body Image Stabilisation) system, along with an innovative 3.2-inc LCD that boasts a fully articulating design.

Pentax’s K-1 MkII is excellent value for money.

A huge ISO range of ISO 100-819200 is complimented by there being no optical low-pass (anti-aliasing) filter, which should result in sharper imagery. Along with a 4.4 Frames Per Second (FPS) burst rate and built in Wi-Fi and GPS, the K-1 MkII can shoot Full HD video and boasts heavy duty weather sealing.