The Best Digital Cameras

Last Updated May 12th 2014


We're constantly asked the questions "What is the best digital camera?", "Which camera should I buy?" and "I have X amount of money, what's the best digital camera in my price range?".

In an attempt to answer all of these questions and lighten the load on our inbox, we've launched this guide to the Best Digital Cameras, which represents what we currently think are the best cameras in each price category.

We look at all the different types of camera, from cheap digital compacts to the new breed of mirrorless compact system cameras and not forgetting the venerable DSLR.

Note that this guide will constantly be updated to reflect the ever-changing digital camera marketplace, so make sure to check back often.

Best Budget Digital Compact Cameras

Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

Canon PowerShot A4000 IS
"We got a lot of pleasure from the little Canon PowerShot A4000 IS. It's a digital compact that works well as a day tripper camera - something to throw in a bag pocket or slip in a coat before setting out with the family."
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Fujifilm FinePix Z1000EXR

Fujifilm FinePix Z1000EXR
"...the Fujifilm FinePix Z1000EXR manages the tricky task of marrying style and substance, with the new wi-fi options making it the perfect partner to your smartphone. Given the affordable price-teg, there's little to quibble about , earning the Z1000EXR our coveted Highly Recommended award."
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Nikon Coolpix S6500

Nikon Coolpix S6500
"It's a lovely little camera to hold and use. The modes are clear and it has a functional user interface that new users will be able to use as well as seasoned photographers. The Nikon Coolpix S6500 is thin and nice to look at, but also has a few decent features to help you along the way such as the 12x optical zoom, FullHD video and wi-fi transfer."
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Fujifilm FinePix F660EXR

Fujifilm FinePix F660EXR
"...it's useful for people with kids that are running around doing funny stuff, and useful for anyone wanting to do a bit of sports photography thanks to the versatile zoom and modes that will get the best possible quality."
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Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Canon PowerShot SX160 IS
"The Canon PowerShot SX160 is a low cost, big zoom point and shooter that will have an option or mode for pretty much anything that a photographer can throw at it."
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Best Mid-range Digital Compact Cameras

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
"This year's flagship travel-zoom compact from Panasonic, the new DMC-TZ60, adds a longer 30x zoom with a clever control ring, a useful electronic viewfinder, focus peaking for easier manual focusing, and very welcome RAW file support to last year's very appealing model."
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Fujifilm XQ1

Fujifilm XQ1
"The image quality from the large 2/3-inch CMOS sensor with no low-pass filter is markedly better than virtually all other compacts, with the exception of the Sony RX100 / RX100 Mk II."
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1
"The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 is a surprisingly well-realised premium compact camera, offering excellent still image and video quality complete with RAW support, built-in wireless and NFC connectivity, fast burst shooting, a longer lens than the main competition, and that rarest of things, an electronic viewfinder."
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
"The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V offers the longest focal length of any travel-zoom camera on the market, with the 30x optic providing enough width and reach for virtually any photographic situation that you'll encounter"
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Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR
"The Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR improves on its already very capable predecessor in a number of key ways, principally incorporating even faster auto-focusing, continuous shooting and processing times, a more adaptable and higher-resolution vari-angle LCD screen, improved video, external microphone socket and an even longer 42x, 1000mm lens, making it one of the best super-zooms currently available."
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Best High-end Digital Compact Cameras

Canon Powershot G1X Mk II

Canon Powershot G1X Mk II
"The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II is a smaller, lighter and more full-featured update of the original G1 X camera that we enthusiastically reviewed way back in February 2012, with the faster, longer lens, improved AF system, wi-fi/NFC connectivity and dual lens control rings in particular making the upgrade worthwhile."
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
"The new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II is undoubtedly a better camera than the original RX100, both in terms of features and image quality..."
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
"...that F/2.8 lens is a technical triumph that will make a real difference to your photography - hand-holding a camera at 600mm and getting sharp results and blurred backgrounds has never been so easy..."
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10
"Offering excellent image quality, great build, speedy performance, and slick ease-of-use, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 is the best super-zoom camera currently on the market. Only you can decide if all of that is worth the the admittedly substantial investment - we'd strongly suggest that it is..."
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Fujifilm X100S

Fujifilm X100S
"It may look almost identical to the original X100, but the new X100S includes so many improvements, particularly to its operational speed, that it definitely feels like shooting with an entirely new camera."
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Ricoh GR

Ricoh GR
"A camera with a fixed 28mm lens and no built-in viewfinder is never going to be everyone's cup of tea, but if you're in the market for a responsive, full-featured, understated and pocketable camera that delivers outstanding still images, then look no further than the new Ricoh GR."
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Best Compact System Cameras

Fujifilm X-T1

Fujifilm X-T1
"The new Fujifilm X-T1 is the best X-series camera to date, and one of the best interchangeable lens cameras, mirrorless or otherwise, that we've ever had the pleasure of reviewing."
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4
"Designed to appeal to both photographers and videographers, the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is a veritable tour-de-force, offering excellent stills and outstanding video quality in a small, compact package at a very attractive price. If you need one camera to shoot both stills and video, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is currently by far your best choice."
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Sony A6000

Sony A6000
"The Sony A6000 is a full-featured, responsive compact system camera that delivers excellent images in a variety of situations, all at a very competitive price that significantly undercuts its main rivals."
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Olympus OM-D E-M10

Olympus OM-D E-M10
" The Olympus OM-D E-M10 is cheaper than the E-M5/E-M1 and most of its similarly-specified rivals too, making it a real bargain that importantly makes very few concessions to hit that very tempting price-point. Essential!"
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Sony A7R

Sony A7R
"The Sony A7R is the most revolutionary camera of 2013, bringing 35mm full-frame, interchangeable lens shooting to the masses both in terms of cost and size."
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7
"The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 is the best Panasonic compact system camera to date, and one of the best interchangeable lens cameras that we've ever reviewed."
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Sony A7

Sony A7
"The A7's sensor and the fast Carl Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 lens that we tested it with feel perfectly balanced together, hitting the sweet spot between portability and image quality, and it's hard to resist the lure of shooting wide-open at f/1.8 in combination with such a big sensor."
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Olympus OM-D E-M1

Olympus OM-D E-M1
"The combination of great image quality, an abundance of features, excellent auto focus, insane customisability and a robust dust-, drip- and freeze-proof body with a well-thought-out user interface do go a long way in justifying the cost..."
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Best Budget Digital SLR Cameras

Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D
"The EOS 1200D / Rebel T5 is a well-built, easy-to use DSLR camera that delivers great image quality, and comes complete with a stabilised standard zoom lens for less than £450 / $550. "
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Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
"...we can continue to highly recommend the new Nikon D3300 as a great camera for beginners who want a little more oomph from their DLSR, and who are prepared to spend a little extra to get it."
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Sony A37

Sony A37
"The Sony A37 is a compelling entry-level DSLR camera with features, still and video image quality, and overall performance that beat its main rivals."
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Canon EOS 100D

Canon EOS 100D
"In summary the EOS 100D / Rebel SL1 is a surprising camera in many ways, not least that it delivers the typical EOS experience without too many compromises at all. It makes a compelling alternative to a compact system camera when paired with the smaller Canon lenses..."
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Penax K-50

Pentax K-50
"While it won't win any awards for originality, the Pentax K-50 remains an excellent stills camera that offers decent weatherproofing and handling at a price that won't break the bank, making it a great introduction to the world of DSLR cameras."
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Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
"The combination of a free-angle screen, great video mode, high-quality stills and new connectivity options mean that the Nikon D5300 is a worthy winner of our Highly Recommended award."
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Best Mid-range Digital SLR Cameras

Penax K-3

Pentax K-3
"The Pentax K-3 is the most full-featured prosumer DSLR camera on the market, but not only that, it also delivers great performance, weather-resistant build quality, slick handling and excellent image quality too. The K-3 certainly has what it takes to compete with its main rivals, the Canon EOS 70D and Nikon D7100."
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Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
"In summary the new Nikon D7100 further improves on the already excellent D7000 in several key ways and many minor ones, all adding up to make this the best DX-format DSLR to date."
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Canon EOS 600D

Canon EOS 70D
"The new Canon EOS 70D offers the best all-round combination yet of viewfinder, live view and movie shooting experience for a DSLR camera, backed up by excellent image quality from the 20 megapixel APS-C sensor..."
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Sony A65

Sony A65
"The Sony A65 represents a significant upgrade for Sony's mid-range DSLRs, offering a feature-set and performance that few other rivals can match. The new 24.3 megapixel sensor offers greatly increased resolution without impacting on low-light performance or operational speed..."
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Best High-end Digital SLR Cameras

Nikon D4S

Nikon D4S
"The Nikon D4s is an extremely well built and very responsive camera that seems to react instantly to anything you throw at it."
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Nikon D610

Nikon D610
"If you think you can live with that and a few other limitations / omissions versus the D800; the smaller, lighter and cheaper Nikon D610 will serve you just as well as the more expensive model - and even give you faster frame rates and more manageable raw file sizes as an added bonus."
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Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
"The Canon EOS 5D Mark III builds on the success of its popular predecessor with a series of improvements that add up to a much better all-round camera for stills and video alike."
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Nikon D800

Nikon D800
"...the Nikon D700 looks and handles closer to the D300 than D3, in terms of controls and layouts, whilst of course featuring the D3's full frame capture ability, but in a lighter and smaller design. As such it comes across as a kind of 'greatest hits' of Nikon DSLRs."
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Sony A77

Sony A77
"At a time when compact system cameras are the centre of attention, it's great to see some real innovation in the DSLR world, and for that innovation to result in a truly exceptional camera like the new Sony A77."
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Best Photography Accessories

Epson Stylus Photo R3000

Epson Stylus Photo R3000
"The Epson Stylus Photo R3000 is a big step-up from the older R2880 model, if not in print quality then certainly in terms of design, features, connectivity and ease-of use."
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ColorMunki Pro

ColorMunki Photo
"X-Rite has a real winner with the ColorMunki Photo. Combining monitor calibration with printer profiling at a reasonable price, the ColorMunki Photo should take care of all your color management needs."
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Epson P-7000 Multimedia Storage Viewer

Epson P-7000 Multimedia Storage Viewer
"The Epson P-7000 is a clear winner when it comes to portable storage devices. Battery life is good and would be more than enough to last the typical user a full day... this certainly isn't a cheap device, but the quality is first rate, and it beats the heck out of lugging a laptop for image storage."
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HP Photosmart B9180

HP Photosmart B9180
"Overall, the HP B9180 is hard to beat. The image quality is first rate, and with the move to pigment inks the print life and media options are excellent."
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Wacom Cintiq 12wx

Wacom Cintiq 12wx
"As a reviewer, I get to play with lots of fun products. Most of them go back at the end of the review without hesitation. The Wacom Cintiq 12wx is one of the rare items that comes through that has me digging out my wallet to buy."
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