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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique digital cameras rating which considers: 23,000 US prices • 130,000 expert & user reviews • 1,900 product comparisons • 4,300 industry awards • Score breakdown
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Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 IS

473 Reviews

$139.99

20MP
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123g
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Apr 2016
#2

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS

432 Reviews

$169.00

20.2MP
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12x
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130g
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Compact
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Jul 2016
#3

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Nikon D3500

513 Reviews
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$269.99

24.2MP
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3x
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365g
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Slr
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Sep 2018
#4

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 180

782 Reviews

$94.98

20MP
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8x
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111g
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Compact
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Apr 2016
#5

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Kodak Printomatic

27 Reviews

$30.00

10MP
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1x
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317g
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Instant
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Oct 2017
#6

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Canon PowerShot G9 X

281 Reviews
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$329.99

20.2MP
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3x
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185g
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Compact
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Oct 2015
#7

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Nikon Coolpix B600

5 Reviews

$262.97

16MP
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60x
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500g
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Bridge
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Jan 2019
#8

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Canon PowerShot SX540 HS

160 Reviews
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$240.87

20.3MP
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50x
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442g
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Bridge
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Jan 2016
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Nikon D5600

760 Reviews
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$397.97

24MP
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3.1x
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415g
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Slr
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Nov 2016
#10

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Canon PowerShot G9X Mark II

20 Reviews
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$339.97

20.1MP
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3x
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182g
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Jan 2017
#11

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Canon PowerShot SX730 HS

600 Reviews
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$253.97

20.3MP
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40x
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276g
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Compact
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Apr 2017
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Fujifilm XF10

42 Reviews
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$379.95

24.2MP
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1x
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241.2g
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Mirrorless
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Sep 2018
#13

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Canon EOS Rebel SL2

516 Reviews
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$399.95

24.2MP
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3.1x
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406g
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Slr
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Jul 2017
#14

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Fujifilm FinePix XP130

300 Reviews
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$79.98

16.4MP
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5x
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190.6g
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Compact
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Aug 2018
#15

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Kodak Pixpro AZ421

94 Reviews

$149.00

16.15MP
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42x
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454g
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Bridge
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Jan 2015
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Panasonic Lumix DMC‑FZ300

49 Reviews
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$381.99

12.1MP
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24x
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640g
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Bridge
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Jul 2015
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Ricoh GR II

12 Reviews

$524.55

16.2MP
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1x
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221g
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Compact
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Jun 2015
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Nikon D7500

452 Reviews
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$690.99

20.9MP
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7.8x
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720g
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Apr 2017
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Nikon Coolpix P900

607 Reviews
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$429.99

16MP
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83x
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899g
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Bridge
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Mar 2015
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Nikon Coolpix L340

100 Reviews

$135.00

20.2MP
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430g
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Bridge
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Feb 2015

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What Are The Best Digital Camera Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every digital camera and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated digital camera brand is Canon with an average rating of 85%. Compare all award winning digital cameras.

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Canon Digital Cameras 258 $28 - $6,500
85%
31,725 reviews
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Nikon Digital Cameras 197 $43 - $5,124
84%
25,348 reviews
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Sony Digital Cameras 194 $88 - $3,298
82%
12,297 reviews
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Panasonic Digital Cameras 152 $119 - $1,398
80%
4,499 reviews
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Fujifilm Digital Cameras 132 $90 - $4,790
79%
6,732 reviews
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Olympus Digital Cameras 90 $30 - $2,999
75%
3,045 reviews
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Samsung Digital Cameras 153 $40 - $1,228
74%
4,356 reviews
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Pentax Digital Cameras 31 $30 - $4,997
68%
1,701 reviews
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Leica Digital Cameras 37 $240 - $11,999
68%
827 reviews
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Kodak Digital Cameras 37 $27 - $356
64%
1,115 reviews
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GE Digital Cameras 25 $56 - $448
60%
211 reviews
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Casio Digital Cameras 33 $899 - $899
55%
58 reviews
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Rollei Digital Cameras 24
47%
82 reviews
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Benq Digital Cameras 24
45%
81 reviews
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Lexibook Digital Cameras 27
37%
9 reviews

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is the difference between an SLR, Mirrorless and Compact cameras?
ASLRs and Mirrorless cameras are both powerful cameras with changable lenses for a large amount of flexibility. Mirrorless cameras tend to be smaller and lighter than SLRs (because they don't have to include a mirror to bounce light onto the sensor) but are not quite as powerful.

Compact cameras are small fixed-lens cameras meant for casual photography and everyday carry. In previous generations compact cameras were significantly less powerful than other types, but modern variants are almost as powerful as SLRs.
QWhat is the difference between optical and digital zoom?
AOptical zoom uses the hardware of the camera to physically move the lenses, enlarging the captured picture. Digital zoom uses software to further enlarge the picture. This means digital zooms can go far beyond the range of optical zooms, but the quality is much worse, and degrades sharply as the image is zoomed in.
QWhat is an 'image stabiliser'?
AAn image stabiliser detects and compensates for small judders and shakes while filming, meaning the resulting images are far smoother and still.
QWhy is a big sensor size important?
AA larger optical sensor produces better quality images, because more light can be brought into the lens at once, This leads to larger, more highly-detailed photos.
QWhat is GPS function on a camera?
AGPS allows the camera to tag each photo with exactly where it was taken.
QWhat is the difference between 'waterproof' and 'water resistant'?
AThere is a small but important difference between waterPROOF and water RESISTANT - waterproof means that the camera can be submerged underwater for an extended amount of time with no adverse effects. Water resistant means that the camera can suffer limited exposure to water without any problems - normally this is limited to heavy rain or liquid splashes, not total immersion.
QWhat are the benefits of instant cameras?
AInstant cameras have been seeing a revival in recent years - modern versions work similar to the classic Polaroid cameras, but use modern thermal-reactive paper. They allow immediate printing of photos when out and about - perfect for parties! However the paper is expensive to buy, and you can easily blast through a pack of 10 shots very quickly.

Digital Camera Buying Guide

There are four main camera types that you will need to decide between when choosing a new camera. Each have their own advantages and disadvantages and which one is right for you will depend on what type of photos you plan to take and what you aim to get out of your photography. Many people use a mobile phone as their camera these days, which is fine for day to day snaps but for quality photographs it's hard to beat a dedicated camera.

Compact Cameras

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Compact cameras pack an incredibly large amount of technology into a tiny design that will easily fit inside your pocket. Compact cameras produce better quality images than mobile phones mainly because they have much bigger lenses which allow more light and more detail to be received by the camera's sensor. They also feature zoom lenses which let you get close to the action without any loss in image quality that comes with the digital zooms found on phones.

Lightweight and compact
Great for everyday use and holiday snaps
Better image quality than a smart phone because of bigger lens
Easy to use
Get close to the action with an optical zoom
Full exposure control often available
Cheap
Image quality generally lower than other camera types.
You can not change lenses

Compact cameras are ideal for everyday use, family holidays and trips where you don't want to be dragging a bulky and heavy camera around with you.

Bridge Cameras

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Bridge cameras are designed to bring many of the features found on a DSLR camera, into an easy to use design. The often feature very powerful optical zooms that extend from very wide angle (which is great for architecture) to over 40x times zoom (which is ideal for wildlife and sport photography). They often feature an image stabiliser which will allow you to take photos with a long zoom without using a tripod.

Improved image quality
Bigger lens allows in lots of light for more detailed photos
Powerful optical zooms available
Many of the features found on a DSLR
Easy to use
Often has an image stabiliser
You can not change lenses
More bulky than a compact camera

Bridge cameras are great for those looking for something a bit more powerful than a compact camera, but don't want the complexity of a DSLR.

System Cameras

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System cameras are similar to bridge cameras in that they offer many of the features found on a DSLR, but in a smaller and easier to use form. They differ from system cameras in that you can change the lens on a system camera, which gives you far greater creative control. Many different lens types are available from ultra zoom lenses that get really close to the action, to macro lenses which allow you to photograph small objects really close up.

Great image quality
Change lenses to suit your subject
Full frame sensors available providing very detailed photos
Lens adapters give you access to the huge range of Canon and Nikon lenses
Cheaper than a DSLR
Stylish
Can be expensive
Image quality is not as high as a DSLR

System cameras are ideal if you want the power of a DSLR with interchangeable lenses in compact size and at a cheaper price.

DSLR Cameras

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Digital SLR cameras give you outstanding image quality through very high quality components, large image sensors and a great range of lenses. You have full creative control by being able to adjust every aspect of the camera's exposure settings. Optical viewfinders let you see exactly what the camera sees and make it much easier to frame the shot in bright sun light conditions.

Outstanding image quality
Full creative control of all exposure settings
Very wide range of lenses available
Optical viewfinder lets you see exactly what the camera is taking
Record RAW images for the highest possible image quality
Fast autofocus captures subjects that are moving quickly
Expensive
Bulky and heavy
May have no built in flash

Digital SLRs are a great choice for serious photographers who love taking photos and want the best possible image quality.

Image Sensors Explained

Megapixels & Sensor Size

Megapixels are a quick and easy way of measuring the level of detail that you can expect from a camera. One megapixel means 1,000,000 pixels and refers to the number of individual pixels that the camera's sensor can capture.

Whilst megapixels are a quick guide to the camera's performance, equally important is the physical size of the camera sensor. Larger sensors are able to capture more light which produces images with less noise and better dynamic range. Because they capture more light they can also take superior photos in low light conditions without flash.

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One of the biggest differences between smart phone cameras and other cameras is the size of the sensor. Even modest compact cameras will have a larger sensor size than a mobile phone.

Bigger sensors require physically bigger cameras and also bigger lenses to gather enough light to cover the sensor. For this reason the biggest sensors tend to found on the biggest cameras such as the DSLRs. This is also the reason why mobile phone manufacturers use very small sensor sizes.

The physical size of the sensor is described in many different ways including fractions and letters. Unfortunately it is not easy to relate these sizes to one another, but the chart to the left provides a guide and shows how each sensor size relates to the size of traditional 35mm film.

Full frame sensors are sensors that are physically the same size as traditional 35mm film. Full frame sensors are desirable because they capture very detailed images, but also because they are directly compatible with the huge range of lenses designed for 35mm film. There are plenty of DSLR cameras with sensors which are smaller than full frame. These cameras can still be used with 35mm lenses, but the smaller sensor size means that a conversion factor will apply to the lens. For example if a camera with non-full frame sensor has a conversion factor of 1.5 then a 200mm lens will behave like a 300mm lens, which is great if you want to be closer to the action, but not so good if you need a wide angle shot.

CCD Sensors

Charge Coupled Device (CCD) sensors have been around for over a decade and produce high quality low noise images. However they consume a lot of power and struggle with burst photography (taking lots of photos in quick succession). CCD sensors are still found on some cameras but most manufacturers have now switched to CMOS sensors.

More mature technology
High quality, low noise images
Drain the battery more quickly
More expensive to manufacture
Slower maximum frames per second

CMOS Sensors

Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) sensors are a newer technology that is commonly found on the latest cameras. They consume very little power so your battery lasts longer and can take many shots in quick succession. When first released CMOS sensors had problems with image noise, but technological developments have completely elimated these concerns.

Sensor of choice on pro cameras
Cheaper to manufacture
More energy efficient
Fast maximum frame rate
Less mature technology

Optical vs Digital Zoom

Many cameras have incredible zoom capabilities which let you get really close to the action. However when checking a camera's zoom capability it's important to check whether it has an optical zoom, a digital zoom or a combination of both.

Digital zooms let you zoom in by effectively cropping the photo. They do produce a zoom effect, but the quality of the image will be reduced because it has been cropped. Most mobile phones use a digital zoom.

Optical zooms work by physically moving the lenses that capture the image. The zoomed in photo is still captured using the full extent of the camera's sensor so there is no loss in image quality as you soom in.

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Camera Screens

Almost every digital camera has a built in screen which lets you frame the shot you are taking, review and edit photos that you have taken, and also adjust the camera settings. Some cameras have fold out screens which make it easy to take self portraits and allow you to take photos when the camera is not at eye level such as in a crowd.

Touchscreen camera displays offer very intuitive control systems similar to those found on a mobile phone. Touch allows you to choose which part of the picture you want to be in focus or to be exposed correctly simply by touching it.

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Viewfinders

As digital screens have become more advanced many camera manufacturers have dispensed with the traditional camera viewfinder. However there are many advantages to a traditional viewfinder. Firstly it is much easier to see what you are photographing in bright sunlight conditions through a viewfinder. Holding the camera to your face also steadies the camera giving you sharper photos. Finally a viewfinder uses much less power than a screen so you can switch the screen off when taking photos to make your battery last longer.

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Traditional cameras have optical viewfinders. This means that the image viewed through the viewfinder is exactly the same as the image that camera will photograph. Optical viewfinders reflect light entering the camera's lens off a mirror and into the viewfinder. When the photo is taken the mirror quickly flicks out of the way to let the sensor receive the image. All top end DSLRs have optical viewfinders. Some cameras have digital viewfinders which are basically a second very small screen viewed through the viewfinder. Digital viewfinders have the advantage of allowing you to preview how the final image will look including any applied effects, however generally speaking they are considered inferior to an optical viewfinder.

Image Stabilisers

Some cameras have image stabilisers. These devices are designed to reduce the effect of hand shake on the stability of the camera thereby producing a sharper photograph. They are particularly important for large zoom cameras as zooming in will amplify the effect of any hand shake on the camera image.

There are two main types of image stabiliser: optical and digital. Optical image stabilisers work using a special lens which moves to counteract the effect of any hand shake. Optical stabilisers are considered superior as they do not artificially manipulate the image quality.

Digital image stabilisers work by a processor analysing the photo after it has been taken in order to reduce image blur. This can be achieved by the camera taking multiple photos and then combining the best parts of each photo together.

Autofocus

The camera's focus setting determines which part of the image is sharp.

Compact cameras will have an intelligent autofocus system which attempts to determine which part of the image should be in focus. These generally work well, but sometimes the camera can focus on wrong thing, for example when shooting through a window the camera may focus on the glass. Often budget compact cameras do not have a manual focus setting.

Premium compact cameras and above have manual focus as well as autofocus. Manual focus lets you control which part of the image is sharp by either twisting a focus ring or on touchscreen cameras, touching the part of the image that you want to be sharp. This is particularly useful when the subject is not in the centre of the image.

Cameras with viewfinders such as DSLRs often have multiple focus points which can be seen through the viewfinder. You can preselect which focus point is going to be used, which is great if you know that your subject will definitely be in a particular part of the picture. High end DSLRs also have predictive focus which will track the subject that you are taking, such as a fast moving car, and predict the position of the subject at the exact moment the photo is taken to give the sharpest possible image.

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ISO, White Balance & Manual Exposure

With the exception of budget compact cameras most cameras allow you to manually set the exposure settings. Primarily this means setting the ISO level, the lens aperture and the shutter speed. Manual control is useful for capturing images in difficult light conditions such as at dusk, or for controlling creative effects such as depth of field (which parts of the image are in focus and which aren't).

The ISO level is particularly important as it effectively sets the sensitivity of the image sensor. Look for the maximum ISO level that the camera can support. A higher maximum ISO means that the camera's sensor is more sensitive to light which is very useful for taking photos in low light conditions without flash.

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Some cameras let you manually set the white balance of the photo too. White balance is important because different light sources (such as the sun or artifical light) produce different types of light which can affect the colours in the photo and if set incorrectly can make the photo look unnatural.

Continuous Shooting

Some cameras support rapid continuous shooting. This lets you hold down the trigger to take a rapid succession of photos, which is useful for capturing fast moving subjects. The speed at which the camera can take multiple photos is measures in frames per second and most cameras will have a limit on the number of photos that can be taken in quick succession. For best results you will also need a fast memory card which is capable of saving images very quickly.

Lens types

For system and DSLR cameras there are hundreds of different lens types available giving you a huge range of creative possibility. Lenses fall in to a number of distinct categories each of which has their own unique benefit.

Prime

Prime lenses are set at a fixed focal length (zoom). This makes them more simple, requiring fewer pieces of glass to capture the image. The advantage of this is that they are able to capture more light through a very wide aperture which makes them great for taking sharp portraits with blurred backgrounds.

Zoom

Zoom lenses let you vary the focal length so that you can quickly get close to the action. The ability to quickly zoom in and out makes them very versatile and ideal for travel photography when you are likely to be photographing a wide range of subjects.

Wide Angle

Wide angle lenses are set at a very wide focal length which allows you to fit large objects such as buildings into the entire frame of the photo. Ultra wide angle lenses are called fish eye lenses and these can be used to create interesting distorted photos.

Macro

Macro lenses let you get really close to small subjects such as insects. With a macro lens you can hold the camera just a few centimetres away from the subject and still get a sharp, close up shot.

3D

Some manufacturers have created 3D lenses which let you take a 3D image using a normal camera. They work by splitting the image into two halves so that in effect you are taking two photos on one image. Computer software then renders these images back into a 3D image.

Lens Aperture

Lens aperture refers to the size of the hole inside the lens that lets light through to the sensor. A large aperture will let lots of light in which lets you take very short exposures, effectively freezing any moving objects in motion. A small aperture lets through very little light which means a longer exposure time is required. This can be used to create motion blur and to control how much of the image is in focus (depth of field).

Aperture is measured with an f number and it is worth looking at what the lowest f number is that the camera supports. In the case of interchangeable lens cameras the f number will depend on the lens itself, not the camera body. The lower the f number the bigger maximum aperture is which means the lens is capable of capturing more light. Bigger aperture lenses produce better quality images in low light conditions.

WiFi, Bluetooth & NFC

WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC (Near Field Communication) are all methods of wirelessly connecting the camera to other devices and to the internet. This lets you send photos directly from your camera to your phone or computer, and some cameras let you take photos on the camera using a remote app on your phone. With a direct internet connection your camera can upload photos directly to Facebook and Twitter. Some cameras also allow you to download apps to your camera for editing photos.

GPS

Cameras with a built in GPS will automatically tag your photos with the location that they were taken at. The location is stored inside the photo so even if you copy the photo to your computer or other devices the location information will always be attached. Location data lets you view all the photos created in a certain location and also allows you to create cool maps of your trips.

Creative Effects

Most cameras feature a host of creative effects that can be applied to the photos that you are taking. These include changing the image colour, perspective, tone and shape.

Create cool city shots in black & white or sepia, or apply artistic effects like watercolour or crayon to landscape shots. Many cameras include automatic scene detection which will adjust the camera settings for example when the subject is backlit.

Video

Virtually all new cameras can record video, which saves carrying around a separate camcorder. Some cameras can record Full HD video and even 4K video. DSLRs with built in video recording can produce outstanding video quality and are a popular choice for amateur film makers. Don't forget that videos will take up much more space on your memory card than photos.

Digital Camera Retailers, Prices and Features

Camera Prices

The price range of digital cameras is from $26 to $11,999 and in total we found prices for 539 digital cameras. A new camera costs on average $712 and 80% of digital cameras are priced between $80 and $1,475. The Polaroid OneStep+ is the cheapest camera at only $27, and Leica M9-P is the most expensive at $11,999.

Digital Camera Brands - Price Range

Hasselblad cameras range in price from $3,200 to $7,950, and the highest average digital camera price out of all brands is Hasselblad cameras with an average price of $5,633.

Leica digital cameras start at $240 and their most expensive camera costs $11,999. The second highest average camera price out of all brands is Leica digital cameras with an average price of $2,942.

The average price of Phase One digital cameras is $2,500 which is the third highest average price of all camera brands. Phase One digital cameras range in price from $2,500 to $2,500.

Camera Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 34,822 expert reviews and 61,177 user reviews for digital cameras and used these reviews to calculate the average rating for each brand of digital camera. Canon is the top rated camera brand with an average rating of 85%. Nikon is the second best brand with 84% and Sony is the third best brand with 82%.

Biggest Digital Camera Retailers

The biggest digital camera retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 653 current digital camera offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Adorama with 253 offers. That means eBay is more than twice as big as Adorama when it comes to cameras. B&H Photo is the third biggest retailer with 179 current offers.

When Are Most New Cameras Released?

Most new digital cameras tend to be released between June and August. The biggest month last year for new camera releases was August, with 16 new cameras released that month. June was the biggest month in 2017 for new cameras, with 18 new cameras released that month. In 2016 most new cameras were released in February, with 41 new cameras released that month.

How Fast Do Digital Camera Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, digital cameras drop in price by 2%.

That means a saving of $15 on a typical $712 new camera if you wait 6 months before buying.

Optical Zooms

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

Comparing all digital cameras, the optical zooms range from 1x to 125x. The optical zooms of the majority of digital cameras range from 1x to 6x. The digital camera with the biggest optical zoom is the Nikon P1000, which is a 125x optical zoom camera and can be purchased for $769.00. The digital camera with the smallest optical zoom is the Kodak Smile Digital Instant Camera, which is a 1x optical zoom digital camera and sells for $99.99.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

Weights

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

Across the range of cameras, the weights range from 50g to 2.7kg. The weights of the majority of cameras range from 50g to 150g. The Mamiya RB67 Pro, which is on sale for $900.00, has the heaviest weight and is a 2.7kg digital camera. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1, which is on sale for $209.99, has the lightest weight and is an 88g digital camera.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Camera Types

Compact digital cameras are small and easily fit into any pocket. Bridge cameras fill the niche between Single-Lens Reflex Cameras (SLRs) and compact cameras, usually have a better image quality but the lens is fixed and cannot be changed. Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras (MILCs) are smaller than SLRs while providing similar manual settings, but usually have a smaller body meaning there is usually no space for an optical viewfinder. Digital SLRs usually have the best image quality and a wide range of lenses is available for each model, however, Digital SLRs also tend to be the most bulky and expensive camera type.

The most frequently found camera type amongst new cameras is compact. We found 1,048 cameras that are compact digital cameras. We found 178 digital cameras that are slr digital cameras, making this the second most common camera type amongst new digital cameras.

Choosing the right camera type will ensure that ease of use and image quality match your requirements. Compact cameras are easy to take on holiday while digital SLRs provide the highest picture quality for high end photography.

Megapixels

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

Across the range of digital cameras, the megapixels range from 0.3MP to 80MP. The megapixels of most digital cameras range from 14MP to 17MP. The Phase One 645DF, which can be purchased for $2,499.99, has the highest megapixels and is an 80MP camera. The digital camera with the lowest megapixels is the Kodak Smile Digital Instant Camera, which is a 1MP digital camera and is on sale for $99.99.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Cameras?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying cameras. For each retailer it shows the total number of cameras where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying cameras. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was eBay. 590 of their camera prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Cameras for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for digital cameras by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of digital camera prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's digital camera prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was eBay. 90.4% of their camera prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.