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Updated: Feb 23, 2018 23:28


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Nikon D850

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

45 expert reviews | 12 user reviews

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Sony A7R Mark III / Sony Alpha 7R III

Its only real rival is the superb Nikon D850, and which you choose may depend on whether you...

19 expert reviews

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Nikon D7500

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

42 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

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Sony Alpha A9

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

28 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Fujifilm X-T2

Fujifilm has always made cameras that are defined more by the experience of using them than their...

49 expert reviews | 55 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...

36 expert reviews | 137 user reviews

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Fujifilm X-E3

The Fujifilm X-E3 is a lovely little camera. It delivers strong image quality, right up there...

18 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

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Fujifilm X100F

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

32 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

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Fujifilm X-T20

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

31 expert reviews | 56 user reviews

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Nikon D500

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

62 expert reviews | 244 user reviews

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Sony Alpha a6500

The Sony Alpha 6500 maintains the excellent image quality and autofocus system delivered by less...

33 expert reviews | 300 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 | 580 user reviews

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Nikon D3400

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

40 expert reviews | 636 user reviews

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Canon EOS Rebel SL2 (EOS 200D / Kiss X9)

The SL2 is a solid option for any entry-level user in search of an SLR, but it's by no means...

28 expert reviews | 94 user reviews

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Nikon D5600

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

39 expert reviews | 128 user reviews

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Panasonic Lumix DC-G9

The Lumix G9 is the new benchmark for Micro Four Thirds.

6 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Olympus redefines what a professional Micro Four Thirds camera can be.

34 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

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Fujifilm X-Pro2

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

54 expert reviews | 116 user reviews

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G80 / G81 / G85

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

26 expert reviews | 37 user reviews

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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 | 671 user reviews

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Canon EOS 80D

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

61 expert reviews | 661 user reviews

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

Like the RX100 Mark III, the Mark IV earns our Editor’s Choice. This small package is expensive...

59 expert reviews | 1240 user reviews

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Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

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

41 expert reviews | 310 user reviews

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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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Canon EOS 6D Mark II

The Canon 6D Mark II has some things going for it that competing models don't. It offers the most...

44 expert reviews | 88 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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