I had a hard time narrowing these down for this post as some of our favourite products are missing, however in the interest of impartiality this is what we’ve seen. Photographers are often on the lookout for innovations which will help them to learn more quickly, gain new perspectives as well as to refine their skills within chosen subject areas. Whether you are most interested in compact cameras for travel or underwater photography, powerful full-frame DSLR’s for wildlife, we explore Park Cameras biggest selling equipment of 2019 right now.
Best selling compact cameras
Compact cameras are as popular as ever, providing users with a small, easy to carry and often incredibly capable system. Most compacts offer very high quality images and video recording these days, making them perfect for holidays, travel and general photography where an interchangeable set-up might be too cumbersome. We have whittled these down to just three products despite there being so many excellent models available, so here are the top three of 2019:
Best Vlogging cameras
Vlogging for websites in particular Youtube has exploded in the last couple of years. We all love watching our favourite Youtubers antics as they explore subjects we’re interested in. Don’t forget our very own talented Gareth on our Park Cameras channel here with reviews and how to’s for everyone interested in photography. The essentials for vlogging are a flippable screen, great sound and useable footage, which might include video stabilisation. If you love the idea of making your own vlogs, here are the best sellers from 2019.
The number one selling Panasonic Lumix GH5 Vlogging camera
Best selling DSLR cameras of 2019
Contrary to popular belief DSLR’s are still selling well and for good reason. Digital SLR’s can still provide some of the quickest and most powerful systems for both enthusiasts and professionals. Sports, wildlife and landscape photographers often swear by their DSLR, particularly when their income depends on reliability, start-up times and easy file transfer to editors. So whether you are a beginner or pro, full-frame or APS-C user, here are the top DSLR’s sold during 2019.
Best selling mirrorless cameras
Mirrorless cameras are continuing to increase in popularity since the first releases just a handful of years ago. With a small compact size, easy access to high quality interchangeable lenses and a host of accessories available we can understand why. Despite manufacturers such as Panasonic, Olympus and Nikon producing exceptional mirrorless bodies, they were all beaten by the relentless popularity of Sony together with the new Leica release. The Leica was anticipated for so long it was destined for success. If you are new to mirrorless, you might want to read our post - the best mirrorless for beginners here and for Canon mirrorless users (one of our top five) here’s an excellent post about their new RF lenses.
(with more than 60MP see why the A7Riv is the megapixel king at the moment)
The best lenses of the year
Lenses are the most essential add-on for a camera system that you can buy. Having the right lens for the right subject is paramount and our top 2019 best selling lenses reflect the popularity with photographers who are expanding their systems. With new models coming from Sony and Leica this year it’s no surprise we are seeing these in our list. With a rise in popularity of certain subjects such as wildlife and sports we are also seeing longer telephoto lenses on the rise. Put this together with the affordability and improvements in optics technology, with aspherical and coated glass particularly from third party manufacturers and we can see 2019's picture perfectly!
Best action cameras from 2019
Many of our customers love action cameras and here are our biggest sellers for 2019. Action cameras are ideal for holidays, sports and travel thanks to compact size, waterproof qualities as well as the ability to record high quality 4K+ video and even 360 videos now. For anyone planning a trip this winter, these are well worth considering whatever your skill level. Convenience and ease of use are paramount when choosing the right model to capture your passion for action.
Best camera bags and backpacks
So all us photographers need to lug our gear around somehow, whether for travels using rollers, hiking backpacks or everyday camera bags are generally a must. Here are our top selling bags this year.
Most popular tripods and gimbals
A tripod is not for everyone who loves photography, however support can be incredibly useful for outdoor work and travellers, including landscape and architectural photographers. If you work within product photography or in a studio, the chances are you’ll also find yourself needing a camera or lighting support at some time. With vloggers and the rise in popularity of video, we’ve seen the use of gimbals increase and these are included here as well. So without further ado here are our best selling tripods and gimbals so far.
Top selling accessories
Photography is one of the best hobbies for those of us who love accessorising. From essentials such as memory cards and batteries to ‘I simply must have’ camera accessories such as drones and pen tablets, there really is something for everyone. Every manufacturer including third party companies are making some superb offerings, however, we’ve stuck exclusively to the best sellers.
Top 8 Special mentions
Photography spans a huge range of equipment as we know, so I put together these special mentions which don’t fall into the more mainstream categories. Medium format is nowhere near as popular as other types of camera system, in no small part dues to costs. However with the launch of exciting new bodies such as the groundbreaking Fujifilm, we have seen a rise in sales this year. Video is also becoming increasingly popular and we see several video cameras and associated accessories popping up in our list, with microphones and other video-specific accessories gaining demand.
With 100MP its no surprise the Fujifilm GFX100 was best selling medium format camera
Some more reading
Our blog looks about the new 6K camera from Blackmagic here, and we wrote a review of the Fujifilm GFX100 which is available here for those of you interested in medium format.
If you have a favourite product which wasn’t featured here let us know. If there are any product reviews you’re interested in for 2020 as well as new releases, tell us and we’ll get our hands on them for you. Don't forget you can visit our two camera stores if you like to try out gear and talk to knowledgeable staff. The first is near Brighton and the other is in central London. All of our stock is guaranteed to be genuine UK stock and we are PRO dealers for all of the major camera brands.
By Nick Dautlich on 10/12/2019
Events at Park Cameras
Throughout the year, Park Cameras hold and attend a range of events. For photographers currently stuck indoors, as opposed to our events that are traditionally held in store or on the road, we are currently working on a range of events that can be held in the comfort and safety of your own home. In these uncertain times, there’s never been a better time to get to grips with your camera, and hopefully we can help achieve this. Find out more