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Last updated: 14 October 2019

We review digital cameras for enthusiasts up to professionals. Not sure if a manual camera is for you? Try our camera buying guide. To find out why our results are so rigorous, read more about how we test digital cameras. 

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Our test covers manual, semi-automatic and automatic digital cameras. These include basic entry-level models, tough cameras designed to protect against the elements, mid-range models with many features found in pro cameras, high-end compacts, mirrorless / system cameras with removable lenses and D-SLRs with removable lenses.

Our expert testers give every camera a thorough workout to help find the models that:

  • are best at taking quality images
  • are best at taking quality movies
  • are easiest to use.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which digital cameras are dust- and water-resistant, and which have time lapse and panorama settings. Our Recommended list will help you see quickly which cameras come out on top.

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    Prices are recommended retail, as provided by the manufacturer. You should be able to do substantially better by shopping around.

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    Camera type

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    DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras are the top-of-the-range option when you want performance, flexibility and also the ability to control some or all of the elements in taking great photos.

    Mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras are a great option for users wanting a camera with similar performance and flexibility as a DSLR, in a smaller form factor.

    Ultra zoom cameras bridge the gap (often called bridge cameras) between compact cameras and a digital SLR and are ideal for photographers who won't be using multiple lenses. Ultra-Zoom cameras have a fixed lens but the zoom lens covers a large range from wide angle to telephoto.

    Compact digital cameras are small and portable, with the choices ranging from completely automatic 'point and shoot' models up to extremely sophisticated and expensive models that allow almost as much user control as a professional SLR.


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      The overall score is made up of:

      • Image quality (auto and manual): 50%
      • Ease of use: 30%
      • Movie quality: 10%
      • Monitor: 5%
      • Viewfinder: 5%

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      Weight (g)

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      Body only for system cameras.

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      Image quality score – auto mode

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      Picture quality is evaluated after the photos are transferred to the PC. For all basic tests the cameras are set to full automatic function, including exposure, white balance and focus function, with the maximum resolution and image quality setting in JPEG, unless otherwise stated.

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      • Ease of use score
      • Movie quality score
      • Monitor score
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      • Weight (g)
      • Shutter delay 1m (sec)
      • Shutter delay 8.5m (sec)
      • NFC
      • Availability
      • Price
      • Brand
      • Model
      • Lens
      • Camera type
      • Zoom range (mm)
      • Lens factor
      • Min aperture range (f-stops)
      • Minimum shutter speed
      • Maximum shutter speed
      • Fully manual mode
      • Lens diameter (mm)
      • Lens length (mm)
      • Lens filter thread (mm)
      • Lens mount
      • Sensor type
      • Sensor size
      • Effective resolution (MP)
      • Dimensions (mm, WxHxD)
      • Tripod socket
      • GPS tagging
      • Electric cable release
      • Camera controlled via USB
      • Manual white balance
      • Start up time (sec)
      • Bulb
      • Priority mode speed
      • Priority mode aperture
      • ISO rating
      • Shutter via touch screen
      • Exposure correction (lower)
      • Exposure correction (higher)
      • HDR function
      • Continuous shooting mode
      • Frame limit in continuous mode
      • Number of selectable exposure programs
      • Time lapse
      • Panorama (panning)
      • Image stabilisation (physical)
      • Electronic image stabilisation
      • Closest focus wide (m)
      • Closest focus tele (m)
      • Closest focus macro (m)
      • Focus assist lamp
      • Focus via touch screen
      • Continuous manual focus switch
      • Focus points auto
      • Face detection
      • Spot focus
      • Focus tracking
      • Focus bracketing
      • Monitor size (mm)
      • Monitor ratio
      • Monitor swivel (V x H, deg)
      • Touch screen
      • Monitor grid guide
      • Viewfinder type
      • Diopter
      • Video ratios supported
      • Video format
      • Maximum frame rate - progressive
      • Number of selectable exposure programs video
      • Video face detection
      • Video spot focus
      • Video focus tracking
      • Manual focus video
      • Continuous to manual focus switchable video
      • Slow motion setting
      • Stop motion setting
      • Video image stabilisation
      • Built-in speaker
      • Audio recording format
      • Socket for external microphone
      • Can add a comment to a still image
      • Memory card type
      • Internal memory (MB)
      • Number of memory cards insertable
      • Can record in RAW format
      • RAW plus JPEG format
      • Image ratios supported
      • Flash type
      • Flash slow sync
      • Flash power adjustable
      • Hotshoe
      • Other flash connection
      • HDMI connection
      • Wi-Fi wlan connection
      • Battery type
      • CIPA battery cycles
      • Charge via USB
      • Adapter for charging batteries
      • Separate battery holder
      • Image editing software
      • Video editing software
      • RAW converter software
      • Lens bag supplied
      • Lens hood supplied
      • Shoulder belt supplied
      • Others supplied

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