Best Cameras

We're constantly asked the question "What is the best digital camera?" and below we've listed our top-rated compact, mirrorless, DSLR and phone cameras. Our recommendations are also available with UK prices.

Best Compact Cameras See all →

Best Compact Cameras Under $350

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20th November 2014 $250.00 If you're in the market for a waterproof camera that looks good and provides very good image quality, then the Olympus TG-850 is a worthy model to consider. Read the review.

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1st June 2014 $299.00 The Olympus SH-50 is like a breath of fresh air for digital compact cameras at this price point. It's perfect for the tech-savvy thanks to the 3-axis image stabiliser that has come straight from DSLR waters. Not only does it provide the camera with a unique benefit in pictures being sharper at full zoom, but also allows you to get closer to the action with the 40cm close focusing system at telephoto Read the review.

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28th May 2014 $249.00 Conventional wisdom suggests that the smaller the camera, the lower its image quality. Whilst that’s still mainly true, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220 does pack a hefty punch for such a slimline snapper. You’ll be very hard-pressed to tell its photos apart from the bigger, pricier DSC-WX350 thanks to the well-resolved detail, punchy colour reproduction and unobtrusive noise levels. Read the review.

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21st May 2014 $350.00 Ultimately, for the price, the Nikon Coolpix S810c is an absolute powerhouse of a camera. All the different features fall in together to give you one hell of a camera. It's perfect for travelling thanks to the WiFi compatibility, MicroSD card and USB charging option. Read the review.

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20th May 2014 $299.00 The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350 stands out as a very capable travelzoom camera. Its Exmor R sensor doesn’t fall foul of some of the image quality pitfalls prevalent in cameras using the same size of sensor and produces very pleasing photos with good detail, punchy colours and well-controlled noise. Read the review.

Best Compact Cameras Under $500

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6th April 2015 $500.00 Assuming the Nikon Coolpix P610 drops below the £300/$400 mark fairly soon, then it should definitely be high on your shortlist if you’re after an extremely versatile, feature-packed camera that offers very good image quality and performance, whilst still being easy to use. Read the review.

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2nd February 2015 $399.00 The market for travel cameras is a little more diverse than it once was when Panasonic first introduced the TZ series. There’s now a lot more competition from the likes of Canon, Sony and Nikon. The good news, for Panasonic at least, is that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70 remains a fantastic option and it’s particularly nice to see the company thinking about image quality rather than chasing sales with ever increasing pixel counts. Read the review.

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21st May 2014 $350.00 Ultimately, for the price, the Nikon Coolpix S810c is an absolute powerhouse of a camera. All the different features fall in together to give you one hell of a camera. It's perfect for travelling thanks to the WiFi compatibility, MicroSD card and USB charging option. Read the review.

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3rd April 2014 $379.00 In summary, the Nikon Coolpix P340 continues the slow evolution towards being a great pocket camera for the enthusiast. It may not offer too many advances compared to the previous P330, but it remains a sophisticated compact for anyone looking to take control over the picture-making process. Read the review.

Best Mirrorless Cameras See all →

Best Mirrorless Cameras Under $500

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29th April 2015 $499.00 The Nikon 1 J5 offers a more refined interface and more advanced features that are especially targeted at enthusiast photographers, rather than out-and-out beginners. Read the review.

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18th March 2014 $499.00 The new Sony A5000 is a rather modest refresh of last year's NEX-3N cameras, ditching the NEX branding, upgrading the image sensor and processor, and adding wi-fi and NFC connectivity, a better handgrip and the more intuitive Alpha menu system. Despite a slight price increase, the A5000 remains an excellent first "serious" camera for smartphone/compact camera upgraders. Read the review.

Best Mirrorless Cameras Under $1000

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1st June 2015 $799.00 The Fujifilm X-T10 successfully repackages most of the core features of the flagship X-T1 camera into a smaller, lighter and cheaper body, and it's also the first X-series camera to benefit from the brand new auto-focusing system, resulting in a mid-range camera that offers a lot of advanced functionality. Read the review.

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8th October 2014 $549.00 The Sony A5100 is proof that appearances can be deceptive. Although it looks almost identical to the previous A500 model, the new A5100 is a much more capable camera, especially when it comes to focusing and recording video. It's also a much more compact alternative to its big brother, the A6000, especially as it offers a lot of the same features and even out-performs that model in a few areas. Read the review.

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22nd April 2014 $650.00 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. Despite lacking a touchscreen interface and having a slightly inferior EVF to the older NEX-6 model that it replaces, it's our pick of Sony's current APS-C mirrorless camera range, and a very strong contender in the mid-range market Read the review.

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27th March 2014 $699.00 The new Olympus OM-D E-M10 combines the proven retro design and customisability of the E-M5 with some of the cutting edge features of the flagship E-M1 at a new mid-range price-point. It doesn't have the same clever 5-axis image stabilisation system or weather sealing as the E-M5/E-M1, but you should definitely consider the E-M10 if you're looking to make the leap to a compact system camera. Read the review.

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4th June 2015 $799.00 Coming across like a mini-GH4, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is a great addition to the Lumix CSC range, offering 4K video recording and useful 4K/8 megapixel still modes at a price-point that only the similar Samsung NX500 can match. Read the review.

Best Mirrorless Cameras Over $1000

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4th March 2015 $1,699.00 The Sony A7 II is the best-balanced of the four A7-series cameras currently on sale (the original A7 is continuing for the time being). It doesn't offer the sheer resolution of the A7R or the low-light and 4K video capabilities of the A7S, but for the majority of users, it's the best do-it-all model. Read the review.

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2nd March 2015 $1,099.00 It may look similar to the 3-year-old EM-5, but with a plethora of "under-the-hood" improvements, the new Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II far surpasses that camera, and in some ways the flagship OM-D E-M1 too. Read the review.

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11th December 2014 $1,599.00 If you don't already have any vested interest in a particular system, or you want a single camera that can deliver excellent stills and video, then you owe it to yourself to at least take the new Samsung NX1 for a test-drive... Read the review.

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8th December 2014 $1,499.00 The new Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver seems like a relatively minor update of the original all-black version released at the start of 2014, but the new electronic shutter, natural live view mode, and the Classic Chrome film simulation are all very welcome additions to an already brilliant camera that has proved to be one of the hits of the year. Read the review.

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2nd July 2014 $2,499.00 If low-light shooting is your thing, then the Sony A7S should be right at the top of your shopping list. Offering a killer combination of massive ISO range, 15-stop dynamic range, sensible 12 megapixel resolution on a full-frame sensor, truly silent shooting mode and autofocusing down to EV-4, the new Sony A7S is the most capable low-light camera that we've ever tested. Read the review.

Best DSLR Cameras See all →

Best DSLR Cameras Under $500

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7th April 2014 $399.00 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. Three years is a long time in the world of photography, so while it may not be the most exciting launch in camera history, the EOS 1200D / Rebel T5 does offer a lot of what its beginner target audience actually needs at a very attractive price-point. Read the review.

Best DSLR Cameras Under $1000

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25th June 2015 $750.00 The Canon EOS 750D has the features and ease of use to make it a great introduction to DSLR photography, whilst also delivering the top-notch performance and image quality demanded by enthusiasts. Read the review.

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14th April 2015 $700.00 Overall, the Pentax KS-2 is a very capable camera which should be enjoyed by enthusiasts, especially those who have no particular affinity to the other more popular brands on the market. Read the review.

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11th February 2015 $999.00 Lighter, smaller and easier to use - those are the three main improvements that the new D5500 DSLR offers for 2015. While D5300 owners and more advanced enthusiasts will look further up the Nikon range, the new D5500 is a natural fit for the first-time DSLR owner. Read the review.

Best DSLR Cameras Over $1000

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22nd June 2015 $1,099.00 ...the K-3 II is another keenly-priced DSLR camera from Pentax/Ricoh that once again delivers a feature-set, handling and image quality that far out-performs its price-tag, making it the best Pentax DSLR that we've ever reviewed. Read the review.

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30th July 2014 $8,499.00 Coming across very much like a DSLR in medium-format clothing, the Pentax 645Z combines intuitive handling with impeccable image quality in a body that's actually fairly portable compared to its peers. The Pentax 645Z is also one of the most full-featured medium-format cameras on the market, but not only that, it delivers great performance and weather-resistant build quality too, and even video shooting! Read the review.

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22nd July 2015 $3,899.00 The Canon EOS 5DS R delivers slightly more resolution and sharpness than the regular 5DS model at a very slight increase in the risk of producing unwanted moire effects. In reality these effects actually proved difficult to create on purpose out in the field, and as they can be largely removed during post-processing, the extra detail and sharpness delivered by the EOS 5DS R is worth both the risk and the slight extra financial cost. Read the review.

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16th June 2015 $3,699.00 The sheer level of detail that can obtained from the 5Ds and a high-quality lens like the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM is difficult to ignore once you've experienced it, though, so if you can commit both financially and in terms of time to the Canon EOS 5Ds, we'd whole-heartedly recommend it. Read the review.

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13th April 2015 $1,199.00 Overall, once again Nikon has produced a great camera with a wide range of applications and uses for the enthusiast photographer, with just a few small niggles keeping the new Nikon D7200 from perfection. Read the review.

Best Phone Cameras See all →

Best Phone Cameras

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2nd April 2014 $649.00 ...the new HTC One (M8) and its clever Duo Camera cleverly provides shallow depth of field effects and refocusing at the touch of a finger. If you've always wanted to emulate using fast camera lenses wide-open on a smartphone, then the HTC One (M8) at least partly delivers by blurring the back/fore ground. Read the review.

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16th February 2015 $999.00 Considering this is a first-generation product, the CM1 actually gets a lot of things right, both as a camera, which you'd expect from a camera company, and as a smartphone Read the review.

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18th November 2014 $499.00 If you don’t want to invest in a second standalone camera, the Sony Xperia Z3 is a good choice to replace lower budget compact cameras - and the battery life is also decent too, something which is isn’t always true of smartphones. Read the review.

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17th November 2014 $650.00 Here in the iPhone 6 Plus, you have something which is capable of capturing fantastic images, especially so in good light, but also coping pretty well as the light fades too. In terms of image quality, it’s difficult to fault, and it seems likely that Apple will continue to hold onto its claim of most popular camera for some time. Read the review.