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Nikon D850

UPDATE 10/10/17: After extensive field-testing, including a press trip to the beautiful Bend...

39 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5

If video is your primary focus, the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 delivers the highest quality and...

35 expert reviews | 65 user reviews

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alaScore 99

Nikon D7500

When looking at and testing a new camera, reviewers often subconsciously compare the new model to...

40 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Sony Alpha A9

The Sony a9 is a big step forward for mirrorless technology. It betters the fastest, most...

27 expert reviews

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alaScore 98

Fujifilm X-T2

The X-T2 is the best mirrorless camera that Fujifilm has made to date. Its autofocus system is...

49 expert reviews | 52 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Fujifilm X-T20

The junior member of Fujifilm's high-end camera lineup might be the best

32 expert reviews | 43 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Nikon D500

There's tons to like about the Nikon D500, from its fast shooting and excellent image quality to...

63 expert reviews | 232 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Sony Alpha a6500

The Sony A6500 is the best APS-C Sony camera yet, principally adding built-in 5-axis...

31 expert reviews | 128 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Fujifilm X100F

An advanced compact for wide-angle and manual-photography fans, the Fujifilm X100F improves upon...

27 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

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#10
alaScore 97

Canon EOS 80D

The 80D is a proper upgrade to the 70D, and retains the Editors’ Choice. It may not look...

60 expert reviews | 561 user reviews

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Sony Alpha A6300

The Sony a6300 is a very compact and very powerful consumer level ILC. Sporting the Sony E-mount...

60 expert reviews | 403 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

The Canon PowerShot G7Xii is compact, powerful, and ready for any shooting situation. The HS...

41 expert reviews | 260 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Nikon D3400

If you're tired of getting blurry low-light images from your smartphone, or simply want a small...

40 expert reviews | 455 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Fujifilm GFX 50S

It’s hard to make the rational case for a camera like the GFX. It’s a fantastic machine that can...

33 expert reviews

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Nikon D5600

Lightweight and compact with everything the family photographer needs, the Nikon D5600 maintains...

38 expert reviews | 106 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G80 / G81 / G85

The Panasonic Lumix G85 is another fantastic Hybrid camera that offers full manual control and...

25 expert reviews | 28 user reviews

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#17
alaScore 96

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II packs more technical bells and whistles into its small frame than...

29 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Fujifilm X-Pro2

Conclusions I absolutely adore the Fujifilm X-Pro2. It's compact, sealed for use in inclement...

53 expert reviews | 114 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II

There is some stiff competition in this space. You can get the older Sony RX100 II for about the...

23 expert reviews | 12 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V

If there's ever been a point-and-shoot that deserves a high price tag, it's Sony's RX100 Mark V.

34 expert reviews | 606 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Fujifilm X-E3

With a higher resolution sensor, faster processor, much-improved autofocus, 4K video, and a sleek...

8 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Nikon D7200

The Nikon D7200 is a great camera for the money, as long as you don't care about an extensive...

82 expert reviews | 1090 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

We can easily recommend the E-M10 II for those looking to make the move to an affordable ILC or...

51 expert reviews | 402 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

Let's be honest. It's intimidating to step up from a point-and-shoot smartphone or digicam to an...

15 expert reviews | 36 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Olympus Tough TG-5

The Olympus Tough TG-5 delivers a good number of features missing from previous iterations, but...

17 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

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    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.



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    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.

    Popular Digital Camera products

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