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.

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.

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.

Best Mirrorless Cameras Under $1000

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22nd September 2015 $649.00 The Olympus OM-D E-M10 II is an evolutionary upgrade of 2014's E-M10 camera, principally adding an even better electronic viewfinder, 5-axis image stabilisation system, very useful fully electronic shutter, and AF targeting pad and focus stacking features, along with a better control layout. All of these improvements add up to make the Olympus OM-D E-M10 II one of the more compelling entry-level mirrorless cameras... Read the review.

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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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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.

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17th March 2015 $799.00 ...the fact that you can now buy a 28 megapixel, 4K video interchangeable lens camera that's stylish, well-built and fast for just £599.99 / $799.99 (with a half-decent lens) is a really aggressive move by Samsung, one that should make the other manufacturers sit up and take note. Read the review.

Best Mirrorless Cameras Over $1000

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29th September 2015 $3,200.00 The Sony A7R II is a remarkable camera, both on paper and in practice. Offering a mouth-watering list of desirable features, the A7R II delivers on almost all of its promises, and in many ways out-performs the two cameras that it's most commonly compared to, the Canon EOS 5DS/R and the Nikon D810. Whether you're shooting stills or video, the A7R II certainly delivers the goods... Read the review.

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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.

Best DSLR Cameras See all →

Best DSLR Cameras Under $1000

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14th September 2015 $849.00 The Canon EOS 760D/Rebel T6s is the latest in a long line of cameras which, whilst undergoing regular revisions, haven’t always been significantly upgraded. The biggest case in point is Canon’s venerable 18MP sensor, which first appeared in the 550D/Rebel T2i and has been trailing the performance of competing sensors for a couple of years. Thankfully Canon has now put things right with the new 24.2MP sensor in the 750D and 760D, and both produce excellent image quality with particularly impressive low light performance that makes even ISO 12800 completely usable. Read the review.

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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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 thumbnail

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.