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Digital Camera Reviews

Updated: Feb 7, 2016 08:59


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Sony Alpha 7R II / A7R II

The a7R II brings 42MP stills and 4K video to a small, lightweight body. Electronic shutter and...

42 expert reviews | 144 user reviews

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Canon EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R

Canon has added to its EOS 5D range with the launch of two 50MP cameras, the 5DS and the 5DS R...

55 expert reviews | 89 user reviews

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Fujifilm X-T10

The X-T10 ($799.95, body only) is the first serious offering in Fujifilm's X-series of mirrorless...

37 expert reviews | 176 user reviews

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

Attractive and compact, with a broad feature set, solid kids-and-vacation performance and nice...

31 expert reviews | 52 user reviews

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Canon EOS 750D / Rebel T6i / KISS X8i

When Canon introduces a new flagship Rebel camera model, it is always the best ever.That has...

39 expert reviews | 710 user reviews

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Nikon D5500

The Nikon D5500 is a fantastic mid-level dSLR, providing excellent image quality and performance...

70 expert reviews | 711 user reviews

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

Sony rejuvenated the premium compact market in 2012 when it introduced the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100...

44 expert reviews | 434 user reviews

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Leica Q (TYP 116)

The Leica Q (Typ 116) ($4,250) is the rare camera that somehow manages to be both old-school and...

21 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

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Nikon D750

The D750 is Nikon's third full-frame DSLR this year, and for a lot of our readers, it might be...

71 expert reviews | 840 user reviews

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Sony Alpha 6000

It's easy to fall into the trap of discounting interchangeable-lens cameras as subpar to their...

87 expert reviews | 4145 user reviews

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Sony Alpha 7 II / A7 II

Performance and Conclusions The Alpha 7 II starts and shoots in 1.5 seconds, focuses quickly in...

57 expert reviews | 315 user reviews

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

Olympus's OM-D E-M5 II is, like its predecessor, a small, attractive and usable 16MP camera. In...

65 expert reviews | 204 user reviews

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II

The fixed LCD and lack of built-in wireless file transfer support may make some people cross it...

79 expert reviews | 763 user reviews

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II

The Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II is the follow-up to the original RX10 bridge camera and shares the...

24 expert reviews | 64 user reviews

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Canon PowerShot G5 X

Sluggish performance and a more limited feature set than similarly priced competitors hold the...

28 expert reviews | 37 user reviews

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Fujifilm X-T1

When Fujifilm released the original X-T1 in 2014, we were very impressed with its classic...

103 expert reviews | 766 user reviews

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 Mark III

Sony latest version of the RX100 takes one of the best pocket cameras in the world and makes it...

82 expert reviews | 1307 user reviews

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 ($899.99) is an extremely ambitious camera, and a radical update to...

49 expert reviews | 467 user reviews

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The NX1 delivers very high image and video quality, has a powerful auto focus, and allows for...

54 expert reviews | 165 user reviews

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Nikon D3300

The Nikon D3300 is a well-designed camera with a lot of hand-holding features that will appeal to...

85 expert reviews | 4609 user reviews

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

With excellent photo and video quality and a deep feature set, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 is...

68 expert reviews | 842 user reviews

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Nikon D7200

The Nikon D7200 is a powerful dSLR, providing excellent image quality and good performance...

61 expert reviews | 734 user reviews

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Canon EOS 760D / Rebel T6s

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28 expert reviews | 362 user reviews

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Samsung NX500

The Samsung NX500 is a compact ILC that is easy to use and provides great image quality. WiFi...

30 expert reviews | 207 user reviews

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Canon Powershot G7 X

The Canon Powershot G7 X provides nearly every advanced feature that you can find on a digital...

60 expert reviews | 743 user reviews


    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - Digital Cameras

    Compact digital cameras have become trend now in popularity, and consumer enthusiasm for the advantages offered by digital models shows no sign of changing. Many consumers are asking themselves what kind of digital camera they need? More and more are embracing digital compact cameras as their model of choice.


    Digital Compact Camera Advantages

    The size of a credit card, and not weighing much more, digital compact cameras come packed with options like video recording and touch-screen displays. They offer the versatility of a standard digital camera and the portability of a cell phone.

    When compared against standard film cameras, the advantages of digital compact cameras are obvious. The savings in money and time are enormous! The cost of film and developing it are both removed, and there is no more waiting hours or days to get your photos back from the developer. There is also no more wondering whether you got the shot you wanted – you can always check your photographs and immediately know if you have that precious memory saved, or if you need another shot to capture it forever.

    When compared against digital SLR cameras, there are also a number of distinct advantages to owning a compact digital camera:

    Cost: Digital compact cameras are much less expensive than digital SLR cameras. You will be getting more bang for your buck with a compact model.

    Point and Shoot: Digital compact cameras are designed to be easy to use in all conditions, and for a wide range of applications. There is no fussing with different settings for different types of pictures, and no need to be schooled in the principles of professional photography – you just point and shoot, and the camera takes care of the rest for you!

    Easy to Share Pictures: Digital compact cameras offer less resolution than digital SLR cameras, but this is not the disadvantage that it might seem to be. This reduced resolution is usually not noticeable and still more than sufficient for 99% of your photography needs, but has the immediate benefit of smaller file size per picture. This makes it easy to quickly email, upload, and share your photographs. The bulky picture files created by SLRs can take a long time to upload, even with DSL or broadband service – digital compact camera photo files are designed to make sharing them a snap!

    What to Look for in a Digital Compact Camera

    Resolution – Most digital compact cameras on the market have sufficiently high resolution that you don't need to worry about too few pixels. If you plan on blowing up pictures to a larger size, or taking more detailed photos, go for 10mp or more. But remember more megapixels does not necessarily mean better photo quality. In digital compact cameras, manufacturers increase resolution for marketing and cost reasons, rarely for quality reasons.

    Zoom – Most compact digital cameras come with a zoom feature – optically, digitally or both. Optical zoom measures the ability of the camera's lens and other parts to capture more light, and more detail, from a particular faraway point. Digital zoom crops the image and resizes it, giving the same effect as optical zoom but significantly reducing picture quality. If you shoot lots of close-ups, pick a camera with a high optical zoom and blow up the picture later with image editing software like Photoshop.

    Battery Life – Battery life is measured by how many pictures you can take on a single charge – from 100 to more than 450. Digital compact cameras drain batteries at different rates, so think about your shooting habits. Are you outdoors or at home? Do you have access to an outlet or not? Buy accordingly. Battery life is usually good for all digital compact cameras, but get a model that features extended battery life if you anticipate a long time passing between charges.

    Shutter Lag – It's the time between clicking the shutter button and the camera taking the picture, can range from 0.22 second to nearly two seconds. Pick the camera that suits your habits. You can hold still for a portrait, but you don't want to miss your child scoring a goal at school match.

    Storage – High-megapixel cameras take great photos, but they also eat lots of memory. Most digital compact cameras ship with a relatively small memory card. Update to at least a 1GB (2GB or more is better) card to get the most out of your sessions.

    Additional Features – Digital compact cameras with video capabilities are much in demand, and the difference in price is very modest. If you plan on taking your camera hiking, biking, or in harsh weather conditions, choose a sturdy, water-resistant model. Snapshots are usually taken on the fly without perfect composition or ideal lighting. A few features in particular can turn snap-photos into great photos.

    • Red-eye reduction eliminates the annoying glare in eyes, which occurs when the flash reflects off the retinas. (Note: red-eye reduction slightly increases shutter lag.)
    • To avoid camera shake, the blurred effect from subtle movements when shooting in low light or while zoomed, pick a compact digital camera with image stabilization (IS). IS digitally counteracts those subtle movements to shoot a clear picture.
    • Facial recognition software centers on a subject's face, and adjusts aperture and shutter speed accordingly, making the face the focus of the shot. Or take it one step further with Sony's smile recognition feature – the camera focuses on the person's smile.

    Popular Digital Compact Camera Brands

    Nikon, Canon, and Olympus are names that need no introduction in the world of photography – their digital compact camera models are at the top of the field for both price and performance. FujiFilm has several very well-reviewed models at a number of different performance levels. Pentax and Panasonic have made an effort to focus on value, and they have a number of good entry-level models. Sony and Ricoh have several high-end models that offer outstanding performance and bridge the gap into the digital SLR range of cameras.

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