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Sony Alpha a7 III

Simply put, the Sony A7 III is the finest example of the most affordable full-frame camera on the...

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#2
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Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5

A small but mightily powerful tool for videographers looking for ultimate creative flexibility.

66 expert reviews | 227 user reviews

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#3
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Sony Alpha a7R III

Quite simply, the Sony A7R III is a ludicrously brilliant camera, and one of the very best on the...

42 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

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#4
alaScore 98

Fujifilm X-H1

By adding in-body image stabilisation, Fuji's created its best CSC yet

16 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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#5
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Nikon D850

The Nikon D850 is the perfect blend of high-resolution, speed and performance. It’s an all-round...

52 expert reviews | 17 user reviews

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#6
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI

If you can afford it, and are prepared to put up with its foibles, the Sony RX100 VI is a...

16 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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#7
alaScore 98

Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 (Lumix DC-TZ200)

The Panasonic Lumix TZ200 is a great pocket camera, which can shoot almost anything pretty...

13 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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#8
alaScore 97

Sony Alpha a9

The Sony Alpha 9 (or A9 for short) is a high-speed full-frame mirrorless camera that's designed...

41 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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#9
alaScore 97

Fujifilm X-T2

The X-T2 is Fujifilm's second top-end compact system camera, designed to sit alongside the X-Pro2...

62 expert reviews | 72 user reviews

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#10
alaScore 97

Nikon D7500

In general use, the D7500 is an impressively accomplished performer, more than capable of...

43 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

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#11
alaScore 97

Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9

If you want a small camera that can shoot good-quality stills and 4K video alike, then the GX9 is...

25 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 97

Canon EOS 200D / Rebel SL2 / Kiss X9

Investing in your first interchangeable-lens camera is a big decision to make. Two of the key...

30 expert reviews | 176 user reviews

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#13
alaScore 97

Fujifilm X-E3

Those who choose the X-E3 are unlikely to be disappointed with their decision. It’s a sound...

30 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

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#14
alaScore 97

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III

Want a small camera with a short zoom lens, electronic viewfinder and the highest possible image...

24 expert reviews | 19 user reviews

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#15
alaScore 97

Nikon D3400

The Nikon D3400 is the company's entry-level model, which is designed to get those who are new to...

42 expert reviews | 728 user reviews

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#16
alaScore 96

Fujifilm X100F

With the X100F, Fujifilm has pretty much made the perfect enthusiast compact camera. While on the...

39 expert reviews | 22 user reviews

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#17
alaScore 96

Fujifilm X-T20

The Fujifilm X-T20's biggest issue is nothing to do with its own performance: it's the presence...

42 expert reviews | 82 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Nikon D500

Nikon fans have been waiting years for a follow-up to the much-loved D300S, and now it's here –...

61 expert reviews | 222 user reviews

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#19
alaScore 96

Sony Alpha a6500

Not too long after the A6300 was announced, Sony sprung the A6500 on the world. Sporting many of...

36 expert reviews | 201 user reviews

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#20
alaScore 96

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G80 / G81 / G85

Ticks all the boxes for a mid-range CSC, with a few fancy features thrown on top, even if it...

26 expert reviews | 78 user reviews

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#21
alaScore 96

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

The OM-D EM-1 Mark II is being touted as the camera to “change the game”, offering high-speed...

42 expert reviews | 17 user reviews

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#22
alaScore 96

Canon EOS 80D

Canon's all-new EOS 80D follows the recent addition of the of the hotly anticipated 1DX Mark to...

62 expert reviews | 602 user reviews

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#23
alaScore 96

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

The Sony RX100 IV is the fourth instalment in what has become our favourite compact camera series...

63 expert reviews | 1293 user reviews

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#24
alaScore 96

Canon EOS 77D / EOS 9000D

Upper entry-level DSLR with great specs

28 expert reviews | 103 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Sony Alpha a6300

The Sony Alpha a6300 sits at the top of the Sony APS-C camera lineup. It costs £1,000 body-only...

62 expert reviews | 463 user reviews

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    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - Digital Cameras

    Hunting for a digital compact camera? Be prepared to enter a confusing world of megapixels, lens types, shutter lags, shutter speeds, and other technical specs that’ll make your head spin. Buying a digital camera can be a challenge, especially if you aren’t quite sure of what you’re looking for. That’s why we made this digital compact camera buying guide to shepherd you through the chaotic and confusing world of cameras.

    Forget the Megapixels

    A few years ago, you couldn’t walk through an electronics store without half a dozen camera manufacturers aggressively advertising the megapixel count of their digital cameras. These ‘megapixel wars’ are a thing of the past now, and it’s nearly impossible to stumble upon a digital camera that does not boast of more than 10 megapixels. For the consumers, this is a good thing. It means you can safely buy any camera and at least be assured that the megapixel count will be up to par. But of course, without the safety of megapixels to fall back on, you’ll also have to do a lot more research before you make a purchase decision.

    Size Matters

    Since this guide is focused largely on compact digital cameras, let us leave the DSLRs out of the equation. In the compact camera game, size matters, but smaller does not always equal better. Smaller cameras often compromise on features and battery life to accommodate all that hardware in that small form factor. When it comes to a choice, always pick features and price over size.

    LCD Screen

    Digital camera LCD screens had immense ‘wow’ factor a few years ago, but are a standard feature on every camera these days. A 2.5” screen is the norm and works perfectly for most purposes. Larger screens offer more real estate for framing and browsing through pictures. A lot of compact digital cameras also have touchscreens these days which can make the camera easier to operate, though this usually comes at a price.

    Zooming In

    The zoom is an essential feature of every digital camera and usually comes in two flavors – optical zoom and digital zoom. Optical zoom is the preferred variant since it involves moving the lens forward, which results in better picture quality. Digital zoom is usually found on cheaper cameras and works by cropping and resizing the image digitally. The end result is the same as optical zoom, though the image quality suffers. When in doubt, pick a camera with optical zoom over one with digital zoom.

    Battery Life

    Most buyers tend to overlook battery life, which usually results in the camera dying out in the middle of a vacation or an extended photography session. This is perhaps one of the most important features of any digital camera and careful attention must be paid to it before you plop down your money. Needless to say, the longer the battery life, the better.

    Battery Type

    Inherently tied to battery life is the battery type. A camera can either use a rechargeable lithium battery, or alkaline batteries. Lithium ion batteries require external power to charge up, while alkaline batteries can be easily removed and a new pair popped in place. Consequently, alkaline batteries are more appropriate for long photography sessions since you can easily carry a spare set. Rechargeable batteries on the other hand, tend to be more economical in the long run.

    HDTV Compatibility

    You should be able to hook up the camera directly to your HDTV to show off your photography skills. High resolution pictures on the HDTV makes for a stunning experience.

    Shutter Lag

    Shutter lag can be defined as the time required to take a picture – i.e. the lag between pressing the shutter button, and the camera actually taking the picture. A lower shutter lag value allows you to take pictures more spontaneously. If you want to catch a friend performing an impromptu dance move at a beach vacation, or catch your son hitting a ball straight into the goal post, you should look for a camera with low shutter lag values.

    Full High Definition 1080p

    Full high definition pictures at 1920x1080 resolution is the holy grail of compact digital cameras, promising images that will pop out and capture all the details in any landscape. If your budget allows it, always pick a camera that offers 1080p resolution.

    Video Capabilities

    Cameras are used for far more than taking merely photographs these days. Your camera should allow for at least 15-20 minutes of video recording, preferably in high definition at 720p resolution.

    Software Features

    How easy is it to operate the camera’s software? Does the software offer any options for editing the photo on the fly, or adding interesting effects such as motion blur, sepia filters, etc.? Ask these questions before you set down your money for a purchase.

    Other Features

    Facial recognition, image stabilization, scene recognition, noise reduction – this list can go on and on and be quite disorienting for the lay buyer. Focus on the above features, and once the camera passes all these basic tests, start comparing things like facial recognition, etc. These are nice additions to a digital camera, but you should never base your buying decision on them.

    Durability

    Last, but not the least, you’ll most likely use the camera outdoors in trying conditions. Features like weatherproofing, and durability become important in this regard. For instance, some camera LCD screens are made from Gorilla Glass these days. Ruggedness is always a welcome feature in any camera.

     

    Buying a digital compact camera isn’t an easy task, given the number of variables one has to consider. Hopefully, this guide will help you tread in the right direction.

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