Hey @creative-click-photography, I love researching camera comparisons, and although I’m not a Canon user, I hope that my ideas will help you anyhow!
I recently got a new camera, so I’ve been searching comparisons for the past few months, and finally decided to get the Nikon Z 50.
I would say that it is currently at the top of the list of crop-sensor mirrorless cameras (as far as bang for your buck,) although Canon has some that are probably just as good. 🙂
You may have used this before, but this is the website I have used to compare cameras. Camera Decision
I have been so impressed with the Nikon Z50 that I hardly even use my D5200 anymore. And surprisingly the five biggest deciding factors of how much I use it turns out to be weight, size, ergonomics, touchscreen, and since I’m into shooting video, 4K video.
I literally take it everywhere I go since it easily fits into my jacket pocket. All that to say I’m really into mirrorless cameras at this point.
The biggest disadvantage of mirrorless is that Canon has a separate lens mount for their mirrorless lineups meaning you have to either buy those lenses or else get an adapter. (I would go with the latter if you already have some good lenses from your current mount.)
And as far as an adapter goes, there are some third-party adapters that are a lot cheaper, and still function like the Canon.
The Canon mirrorless options (under $1000) are the Canon EOS M50, M50 Mark II, M6, M6 Mark II, M200, EOS RP, M3, M5, etc.
But I know that mirrorless is not for everyone, and it might not be what you are looking for. 🙂
So in the DSLR spectrum I’ve always been impressed with the things I heard about the Canon 90d and 80d, and I even thought of getting the Canon 6D Mark II at one point.
Everything that I’ve said so far doesn’t mean much till you add in the budget factor. So depending on what your range is, that will, of course, change what you decide on.
And one final thing… I always liked the feel of bigger cameras since it made me feel like more of a pro, but I never knew how well I liked a smaller camera till I tried, so it could be good to check out the ergonomics of several cameras at a local camera store before you buy. 😉
Hope you can make sense out of all of this!