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GoPro Hero12 Black

The GoPro Hero12 Black features an upgraded video engine with pro-level features while still...

16 expert reviews

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Nikon Z8

The Nikon Z8 has arrived at long last, ready to take the place of the D850 DSLR by bringing Nikon...

15 expert reviews

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#3
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Fujifilm X-S20

The Fujifilm X-S20 is an exceptional mirrorless camera for creators and photo enthusiasts thanks...

12 expert reviews

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Panasonic Lumix S5 II

The Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II is one of the most feature-rich full-frame video cameras you can buy...

17 expert reviews

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Sony a6700

The Sony a6700 mirrorless camera handles likes its predecessors thanks to its small body and...

7 expert reviews

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Leica Q3

The compact and weather-protected Leica Q3's full-frame sensor and bright, wide-angle lens make...

6 expert reviews

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Sony a7C II

The Sony a7C II squeezes a stabilized, full-frame sensor into its small, sturdy housing, making...

7 expert reviews

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Panasonic Lumix DC-S5IIX

If you're serious about video features, the S5 IIX may be your ideal S5 II model. It has unique...

8 expert reviews

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Fujifilm X-H2S

The Fujifilm X-H2S’s Stacked CMOS tech and ProRes video capabilities make it one of the most...

18 expert reviews

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Canon EOS R7

The Canon EOS R7 brings the heat to competing APS-C cameras with its fast and accurate autofocus...

20 expert reviews

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Fujifilm X-T5

The Fujifilm X-T5 marks a return to photo-minded form for the X-T series and should please...

19 expert reviews

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Sony Alpha ZV-E1

Sony's full-frame ZV-E1 camera delivers fantastic results for videos and vlogs thanks to a...

13 expert reviews

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Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 II

The Panasonic Lumix G9 II is the latest Micro Four Thirds flagship – and shows why it's a format...

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 12

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 12's easy one-button operation, handy selfie mirror, and compatibility...

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Insta360 X3

“The Insta360 X3 is a highly versatile camera capable of capturing high-resolution 360 footage.”

17 expert reviews

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Fujifilm X-H2

The X-H2 is the highest resolution APS-C camera that Fujifilm have ever released, offering a 40...

11 expert reviews

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Nikon Z9

Color accuracy is better than I’ve seen on previous models, possibly thanks to the Nikon Z9’s new...

25 expert reviews

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Canon EOS R6 Mark II

The Fujifilm X100VI is the sixth iteration of Fujifilm's classically-styled large sensor compact...

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Sony Alpha 7R V

The Sony a7R V takes everything photographers loved about the a7R IV and makes it a little bit...

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Panasonic Lumix DC-GH6

So what is that? Rather than Dual Native ISO like the GH5, the GH6 has Dynamic Range Boost. It...

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Sony a7 IV

The Sony a7 IV is the most expensive model in its series so far, but it's also the most capable.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC5E (4MP, 3x zoom, 33-100mm, f/2.0-2.5)

The Panasonic Lumix 100mm Macro's compact size ticks all the right boxes for design, but a few...

2 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

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Nikon DX

The Nikon Z DX 24mm f/1.7 ushers in own-brand prime time for Nikon's APS-C format Z system cameras

2 expert reviews

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Sony Alpha a7CR

The Sony a7CR camera packs some of the best features of the a7R V into a smaller body that’s...

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Nikon Z30

The Nikon Z 30 puts video features at the forefront, so vloggers working without a support crew...

21 expert 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.

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    Digital Cameras on alaTest

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