Monday, July 9, 2012

The Best Digital Cameras

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We're constantly asked the questions "What is the best digital camera?", "Which camera should I buy?" and "I have X amount of money, what's the best digital camera in my price range?".
In an attempt to answer all of these questions and lighten the load on our inbox, we've launched this guide to the Best Digital Cameras (plus accessories and books), which represents what we currently think are the best cameras in each price category.
We look at all the different types of camera, from cheap digital compacts to the new breed of mirrorless compact system cameras and not forgetting the venerable DSLR.

Best Budget Digital Compact Cameras

Canon PowerShot A4000 IS
Canon PowerShot A4000 IS
"We got a lot of pleasure from the little Canon PowerShot A4000 IS. It's a digital compact that works well as a day tripper camera - something to throw in a bag pocket or slip in a coat before setting out with the family."Read Review
Fujifilm FinePix Z900EXR
Fujifilm FinePix Z900EXR
"It's a shame that there isn't a "Camera that looks like a budget model but performs like a prosumer" award because the Fujifilm Finepix Z900EXR is a strong contender."Read Review
Nikon Coolpix S8200
Nikon Coolpix S8200
"The Nikon Coolpix S8200 is Highly Recommended for point-and-shoot use in good light, which will more than satisfy most of the camera's target audience."
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Fujifilm FinePix F660EXR
Fujifilm FinePix F660EXR
"...it's useful for people with kids that are running around doing funny stuff, and useful for anyone wanting to do a bit of sports photography thanks to the versatile zoom and modes that will get the best possible quality."Read Review
Canon PowerShot SX150 IS
Canon PowerShot SX150 IS
"...the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS is a solid travel-zoom camera that certainly won't break the bank."Read Review

Best Mid-range Digital Compact Cameras

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30
"You might have guessed by now that we really like the new Lumix DMC-TZ30. It puts Panasonic back at the top of the travel-zoom tree, and with its 20x, 24-480mm lens it should also justifiably attract people who are considering a much bigger ultra-zoom camera."
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Canon Powershot S100
Canon Powershot S100
"The Canon PowerShot S100 may look a lot like its popular predecessor, but a brand new sensor, processor and lens combine to produce a more versatile, faster, better specified and more capable pocket camera that makes an ideal everyday shooter for DSLR and CSC owners."
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V
"The Sony CyberShot DSC-HX9V is the best travel-zoom camera that we've reviewed to date, taking on and beating the market-leading Panasonic DMC-TZ20."
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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
"Anyone looking for a pocket camera that can shoot high quality stills and video both near and far should seriously consider the exciting new Canon PowerShot SX260 HS."
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
"Having the ability to shoot everything from wide-angle landscapes to close-up action shots and capture some of the best quality video on the market, all from one light and relatively compact device, is a real attraction of this camera..."
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Best High-end Digital Compact Cameras

Fujifilm FinePix X100
Fujifilm FinePix X100
"The Fujifilm Finepix X100 is one of the most surprising, appealing and well-realised cameras of recent times, offering a compelling mix of intuitive handling, impeccable image quality, and a truly innovative viewfinder."
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Canon Powershot G1 X
Canon Powershot G1 X
"So if you want an all-in-one fixed-lens camera that offers a tried and trusted user interface, excellent image quality, full HD video and a versatile screen, the Canon Powershot G1 X is easy to recommend."
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V
"As an all in one with ‘DSLR lite’ style handling that really does offer most, if not all, of what you need - and delivers consistently high image quality - the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V takes some beating if a big zoom really is chief among your imaging requirements."
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Olympus XZ-1
Olympus XZ-1
"In summary the Olympus XZ-1 is a very attractive and well thought-out - if a bit expensive - digital compact camera that appeals to a wide range of users and presents a real threat to the likes of the Canon Powershot S95, Panasonic Lumix LX5 and Samsung EX1."
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Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR
Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR
"With a wealth of innovative features, shooting modes for every experience level, not to forget that amazing 30x zoom, the Fujifilm Finepix HS10 is one of the best super-zooms around and also a viable alternative to a DSLR camera."
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Best Compact System Cameras

Olympus OM-D E-M5
Olympus OM-D E-M5
"The OM-D E-M5 is the best Olympus compact system camera to date, and also a strong contender for best compact system camera full stop. It delivers a compelling mix of classic looks, excellent image quality, an extensive feature set and immediate responsiveness..."
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Sony NEX-7
Sony NEX-7
"The Sony NEX-7 is a fantastic compact system camera that firmly delivers on its early promise, delivering a remarkably customisable camera that really can be configured to suit many different users."
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Fujifilm X-Pro1
Fujifilm X-Pro1
"It's great to see another manufacturer join the compact system camera revolution and bring something truly innovative to the party, so if the Fujifilm X-Pro1 suits your way of shooting and your budget, we have no hesitation at all in highly recommending it."
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3
"The Lumix DMC-G3 is the most well-rounded Panasonic compact system camera to date, offering a great mix of cutting-edge features, improved image quality, intuitive and customisable handling, and a very competitive price."
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Samsung NX20
Samsung NX20
"The Samsung NX20 is a great photographic tool that offers a wealth of features, intuitive handling and excellent image quality, with built-in wi-fi connectivity the icing on the cake."
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Best Budget Digital SLR Cameras

Sony A37
Sony A37
"The Sony A37 is a compelling entry-level DSLR camera with features, still and video image quality, and overall performance that beat its main rivals."
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Nikon D3200
Nikon D3200
"...we can highly recommend the new Nikon D3200 as a great camera for beginners who want a little more oomph from their DLSR, and who are prepared to spend a little extra to get it."
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Pentax K-r
Pentax K-r
"The Pentax K-r adds a few new features, most notably the 6fps burst shooting mode and expanded ISO range, to the proven user interface of the cheaper K-x and the high-resolution screen and illuminated AF system of the more expensive K-7, to create a compelling mid-range DSLR. It's also significantly cheaper than its main rivals."
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Nikon D5100
Nikon D5100
"The Nikon D5100 successfully bridges the gap between the beginner-friendly approach of the D3100 and the more complex D7000, with the latter's fantastic 16 megapixel sensor being the icing on the proverbial cake."
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Canon EOS 1100D
Canon EOS 1100D
"The EOS 1100D / T3 is a great entry-level DSLR camera that's well-suited to its beginner target audience. The combination of proven metering, auto-focus and processing systems with a sensible 12 megapixel sensor and simplified control layout is a winning one."
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Best Mid-range Digital SLR Cameras

Sony A65
Sony A65
"The Sony A65 represents a significant upgrade for Sony's mid-range DSLRs, offering a feature-set and performance that few other rivals can match. The new 24.3 megapixel sensor offers greatly increased resolution without impacting on low-light performance or operational speed..."
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Nikon D7000
Nikon D7000
"The Nikon D7000 is a successful crossbreed of the cheaper D90 and the more expensive D300s, borrowing features from each model and adding enough new highlights to surpass them both in many ways."
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Canon EOS 600D
Canon EOS 600D
"...the Canon EOS 600D / Rebel T3i cleverly occupies a position that's mid-way between the 550D and the 7D without being subjected to a price increase on launch. It's the most capable yet friendly Rebel yet, and easily worthy of our Highly Recommended award."
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Penax K-7
Pentax K-5
"The Pentax K-5 combines the proven design of the K-7 with an exciting new 16.3 megapixel APS-C sensor to create an appealingly well-specified, intuitive and customisable DSLR with few real drawbacks. "
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Nikon D300s
Nikon D300s
"the majority of D300 owners aren't likely to switch to the D300s unless they've been specifically waiting for one or more of the improvements it offers, but everyone else in the market for a capable and high-quality DSLR should seriously consider this camera..."
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Best High-end Digital SLR Cameras

Nikon D800
Nikon D800
"...the Nikon D700 looks and handles closer to the D300 than D3, in terms of controls and layouts, whilst of course featuring the D3's full frame capture ability, but in a lighter and smaller design. As such it comes across as a kind of 'greatest hits' of Nikon DSLRs."
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Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
"The Canon EOS 5D Mark III builds on the success of its popular predecessor with a series of improvements that add up to a much better all-round camera for stills and video alike."
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Sony A77
Sony A77
"At a time when compact system cameras are the centre of attention, it's great to see some real innovation in the DSLR world, and for that innovation to result in a truly exceptional camera like the new Sony A77."
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Canon EOS 7D
Canon EOS 7D
"When the Canon EOS 7D was announced at the beginning of September 2009, many people instantly dismissed it because of the lack of a full-frame sensor. On closer inspection, that seems to be their loss, as the 7D is a fantastic APS-C DSLR that only narrowly misses out on our highest 5 Star / Essential award."
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Nikon D4
Nikon D4
"Like its forebears, the Nikon D4 is an extremely well built and responsive camera that seems to react instantly to anything you throw at it."
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Best Photography Accessories

Epson Stylus Photo R3000
Epson Stylus Photo R3000
"The Epson Stylus Photo R3000 is a big step-up from the older R2880 model, if not in print quality then certainly in terms of design, features, connectivity and ease-of use."
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ColorMunki Pro
ColorMunki Photo
"X-Rite has a real winner with the ColorMunki Photo. Combining monitor calibration with printer profiling at a reasonable price, the ColorMunki Photo should take care of all your color management needs."
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Epson P-7000 Multimedia Storage Viewer
Epson P-7000 Multimedia Storage Viewer
"The Epson P-7000 is a clear winner when it comes to portable storage devices. Battery life is good and would be more than enough to last the typical user a full day... this certainly isn't a cheap device, but the quality is first rate, and it beats the heck out of lugging a laptop for image storage."
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HP Photosmart B9180
HP Photosmart B9180
"Overall, the HP B9180 is hard to beat. The image quality is first rate, and with the move to pigment inks the print life and media options are excellent."
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Wacom Cintiq 12wx
Wacom Cintiq 12wx
"As a reviewer, I get to play with lots of fun products. Most of them go back at the end of the review without hesitation. The Wacom Cintiq 12wx is one of the rare items that comes through that has me digging out my wallet to buy."
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