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Last updated: 08 November 2019

Want to know which camera takes the best pictures? Or maybe you're looking for a good camera to take on holidays. Our digital cameras test covers everything from the best basic, cheap cameras for beginners, all the way up to high-end models for serious enthusiasts and semi-professionals. We can help you find the right camera to match your photography needs, skill level and, most importantly, budget.

We test cameras from Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, Sony, Panasonic and other major brands. This includes compact, rugged, mirrorless and SLR models (aka the big fancy cameras that'll make you look like a pro). These results will also help you understand why a good quality camera is still better than a smartphone.

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Our test results will show you:

  • which cameras take the best pictures
  • which cameras are best for making movies
  • which cameras are the easiest to use (which is important for beginners)
  • which cameras are suitable for beginners, enthusiasts and professionals
  • which cameras are the best, and cheapest, around

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which digital cameras are dust- and water-resistant, and which have time lapse and panorama settings. We also test in automatic and manual modes, so you can look into which models are best if you want to move into advanced photography. Our Recommended list will help you find the best cameras from all the major brands.

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List of brands we tested in this review.

    Price

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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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    The overall score is made up of:

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

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    Picture quality score – auto mode

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    Cameras are set to full automatic function, including exposure, white balance and focus function, with the maximum resolution and image quality setting in JPEG.

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    Ease of use score

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    We assess startup speed, the menu system, controls and the insertion and removal of the storage cards.

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    Camera type

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    DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras are the top-of-the-range option. Mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras in small form-factor. Ultra zoom cameras bridge the gap between compacts and professional models. Compact digital cameras are small and portable. Rugged cameras can withstand the elements.

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      • Overall score
      • CHOICE buy
      • Image quality auto mode
      • Image quality manual mode
      • Ease of use score
      • Movie quality score
      • Monitor score
      • Flash
      • Good points
      • Bad points
      • Lens weight (g)
      • 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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