Street photography as the ultimate democratic form of photography :
All cameras are good for street photography; some better than others for different reasons.
This is just my personal opinion of great street photography cameras on a budget:
1. RICOH GR II
All things considered, the Ricoh GR II is still champ. Fits in your front pocket, no anti aliasing filter (sharp photos), and integrated flash that pops up with a flick– it is the ultimate streettog camera.
The RICOH GR III is coming out soon, but I’d get the RICOH GR II anyways as the new Ricoh GR III won’t have an integrated flash!
Also pick up an ERIC KIM NECK STRAP to complete your #ricohmafia look.
2. Lumix LX100
I think the Lumix LX 100 is probably one of the most underrated cameras for street photography. Fast autofocus (micro 43rd), lightweight, sharp lens, and a wide 24mm lens. The newer Lumix LX 100 Mark II is also available (upgraded sensor), which can also be a good option.
Pair the Lumix LX 100 with HENRI WRIST STRAP.
3. The Best Bang for the Buck Street Photography Camera: Fujifilm X100F
The Fujifilm X100F isn’t the cheapest camera but considering what you get for your dollars, it is the best bang for the buck. I’d liken the X100F to a solid Lexus car. Super fast autofocus, phenomenal image quality, lightweight, good styling, and fits our “one camera, one lens” ideology well (in praise of non interchangeable lens cameras).
The most promising new camera is the Fujifilm XF10, but I’ve had a difficult time shooting street photography with it. Autofocus is still a bit too slow and unreliable for myself, but I love the colors the camera makes (especially in JPEG with SR+mode). Maybe with some more firmware updates, this camera will have very good promise.
The XF10 is a solid everyday camera, so I would still recommend this camera!