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Last updated: 09 March 2016

We review more than 60 digital cameras for the professional and enthusiasts. Not sure if a manual camera is for you? Try our cameras 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 and semi-automatic digital cameras. If you're after a more basic model, check out results for our test of basic digital cameras.

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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Measured in megapixels, based on the effective resolution, using a standard that is generally accepted to provide a reasonable indication of the maximum number of pixels the camera uses to create an image.

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The camera takes one photo at a specified interval for a given period (e.g. one shot per second for 20 minutes).

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  • Shutter delay 8.5m (sec)
  • Shutter delay - Liveview (sec)
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  • Tripod socket
  • Water/dust resistant
  • Waterproof
  • Shockproof
  • GPS tagging
  • GPS navigation
  • Electric cable release
  • Camera controlled via USB
  • Manual white balance
  • Full manual mode
  • Min shutter speed (sec)
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  • Start-up time (sec)
  • Bulb setting
  • Preselect shutter speed fixed
  • Priority mode - shutter speed
  • Preselect aperture
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  • ISO rating
  • Maximum manual ISO
  • Shutter release via touch screen
  • Exposure correction (lower)
  • Exposure correction (higher)
  • HDR function
  • Adobe RGB
  • Continuous shooting mode
  • Number of selectable exposure programs
  • Exposure bracketing
  • Self timer
  • Time lapse
  • Panorama (panning)
  • Image stabilisation - physical
  • Closest focus wide (m)
  • Closest focus tele (m)
  • Closest focus macro (m)
  • Focus assist lamp
  • Focus via touch screen
  • Continuous manual focus
  • Continuous manual focus switchable
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  • Face detection
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  • Focus bracketing
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  • Video ratios supported
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  • Maximum frame rate - progressive
  • Manual white balance - video
  • Preselection of shutter speed - video
  • Preselection of aperture - video
  • Video exposure correction
  • Number of selectable exposure programs - video
  • Video face detection
  • Video spot focus
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  • Manual focus video
  • Continuous to manual focus switchable - video
  • Time lapse setting
  • Slow motion setting
  • Stop motion setting
  • Type of video light
  • Video image stabilisation
  • Accessory shoe for external video lamp
  • Video light power adjustment
  • 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
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  • Flash power adjustable
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  • HDMI connection
  • HDMI cable supplied
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  • CIPA battery cycles
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  • Adapter for charging batteries
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  • Adapter for external power supply
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  • Lens hood supplied
  • Shoulder belt supplied
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