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{Olympus E-PL8
$449.00
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#1

90

WB50F

Samsung WB50F

925 Reviews
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$183.99

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Jan 2014
The highest scoring portrait photography camera around, with great features
#2

90

Pixpro AZ252

Kodak Pixpro AZ252

3 Reviews
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$119.00

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16MP
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Jul 2017
An affordable and excellently reviewed bridge camera, with great features and a recent release date
#3

89

Luxmedia Z250

Praktica Luxmedia Z250

3 Reviews
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$113.98

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20MP
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Sep 2015
A positively reviewed and low cost compact digital camera, with very good features
#4

88

PowerShot ELPH 190 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 IS

406 Reviews
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$124.99

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20MP
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May 2016
A very popular and excellent value for money compact camera, with terrific user reviews and great features
#5

88

FinePix AV100

Fujifilm FinePix AV100

80 Reviews
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$60.00

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12.2MP
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Jan 2012
A classic and low cost compact camera, with very good features
#6

88

S8600

Fujifilm S8600

241 Reviews
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$183.33

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16MP
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Jan 2014
A classic and very good value for money bridge digital camera, with very good features
#7

88

Powershot ELPH 360 HS

Canon Powershot ELPH 360 HS

231 Reviews
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$169.95

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20.2MP
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Jul 2016
A bargain price and best selling compact digital camera, with fantastic user reviews and great features
#8

87

Pixpro FZ53

Kodak Pixpro FZ53

23 Reviews
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$60.00

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16MP
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Aug 2016
The best rated digital camera under $100, with great features
#9

87

IXUS 175

Canon IXUS 175

20 Reviews
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$114.90

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20MP
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Mar 2016
A good value for money and positively reviewed compact camera, with very good features
#10

87

Cybershot DSC-WX220

Sony Cybershot DSC‑WX220

458 Reviews + 2 Awards
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$100.00

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18.2MP
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Mar 2014
A remarkably cheap and award winning compact camera, with great features
#11

86

NX10

Samsung NX10

114 Reviews + 28 Awards
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$95.00

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14.6MP
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A top-value and multi award winning MILC digital camera, with very good features
#12

86

K-M

Pentax K‑M

35 Reviews + 4 Awards
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$50.00

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10.2MP
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Feb 2016
A multi award winning and impressive value for money SLR digital camera, with very good features
#13

86

Lumix DMC-TS30

Panasonic Lumix DMC‑TS30

25 Reviews
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$119.99

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16.1MP
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Feb 2015
A positively reviewed and bargain price compact camera, with great features
#14

86

1 J1

Nikon 1 J1

355 Reviews + 7 Awards
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$139.49

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10.1MP
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Jan 2014
A multi award winning and impressive value for money SLR digital camera, with great features
#15

86

NEX-3

Sony NEX‑3

107 Reviews + 16 Awards
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$215.00

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16.1MP
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Feb 2013
A multi award winning and affordable MILC digital camera, with very good features and a massive range of available lenses
#16

86

Pixpro AZ251

Kodak Pixpro AZ251

144 Reviews
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$157.14

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16MP
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Jul 2014
A low cost and classic bridge digital camera, with great features
#17

86

COOLPIX 2100

Nikon COOLPIX 2100

42 Reviews
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$48.75

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2MP
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Jun 2010
A classic and affordable compact digital camera, with great features
#18

85

Coolpix L32

Nikon Coolpix L32

179 Reviews
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$84.99

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20.1MP
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Dec 2015
A best selling and breathtakingly cheap compact camera, with terrific user reviews and good features
#19

85

Coolpix S3600

Nikon Coolpix S3600

44 Reviews
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$99.99

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20.1MP
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Jan 2014
An affordable and award winning compact camera, with good features
#20

85

EOS 1300D - Rebel T6

Canon EOS 1300D ‑ Rebel T6

1,276 Reviews + 11 Awards
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$399.00

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18MP
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Nov 2017
A multi award winning and very popular SLR digital camera, with good features and a very affordable price

85

SX130 IS

Canon SX130 IS

99 Reviews + 7 Awards
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$175.00

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12.1MP
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Feb 2012
A very popular and extremely good value for money compact digital camera, with multiple awards and good features

85

Pixpro FZ41

Kodak Pixpro FZ41

6 Reviews
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$99.99

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16.15MP
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Jun 2014
A classic and phenomenally cheap compact digital camera, with good features

85

Lumix DMC-TS25

Panasonic Lumix DMC‑TS25

17 Reviews
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$110.50

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16.1MP
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Mar 2013
A low cost and classic compact digital camera, with good features

85

Coolpix S570

Nikon Coolpix S570

80 Reviews + 3 Awards
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$199.00

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12MP
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Nov 2013
An extremely cheap and award winning compact camera, with good features

85

E-M10 Mark II

Olympus E‑M10 Mark II

348 Reviews + 19 Awards
Digital Versus - 5 StarCamera Labs - Highly Recommendedchip.com.my - RecommendedPhotographyBlog.com - Essential
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$385.99

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16.1MP
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Nov 2017
A multi award winning and best selling MILC digital camera, with a very affordable price and good features

85

E-PL6

Olympus E‑PL6

9 Reviews + 1 Award
PC Mag - Editor's Choice
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$288.96

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16.1MP
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Sep 2013
An affordable and award winning MILC camera, with good features

85

SX40 HS

Canon SX40 HS

171 Reviews + 6 Awards
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$413.99

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12.1MP
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Nov 2011
A sensationally good value for money and huge optical zoom bridge camera, with good features and multiple awards

84

PowerShot SX410 IS

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

37 Reviews
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$135.00

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20MP
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Feb 2015
A bargain price and top-rated bridge camera, with good features

84

150F

Samsung 150F

165 Reviews + 7 Awards
CNET.co.uk - Editor's ChoiceDigitaltrends.com - Recommended ProductEphotozine - RecommendedPhotographyBlog.com - Recommended
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$149.99

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16.2MP
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Apr 2013
An impressive value for money and multi award winning compact digital camera, with good features

84

D3000

Nikon D3000

103 Reviews + 12 Awards
Trusted Reviews - RecommendedPhotographyBlog.com - Highly RecommendedDP Review - Highly RecommendedEphotozine - Highly Recommended
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$239.99

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10.2MP
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Feb 2016
A multi award winning and low cost SLR camera, with good features

84

Lumix DMC-ZS50

Panasonic Lumix DMC‑ZS50

115 Reviews
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$244.95

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12.1MP
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Feb 2015
A critically acclaimed and low cost compact digital camera, with good features

84

Coolpix L110

Nikon Coolpix L110

47 Reviews + 1 Award
PhotographyBlog.com - Recommended
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$90.00

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12.1MP
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Feb 2016
An award winning and bargain price compact camera, with good features

84

WB35F

Samsung WB35F

15 Reviews
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$139.99

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16.2MP
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Jan 2014
A classic and amazingly cheap compact digital camera, with good features

84

Lumix DMC-TZ30

Panasonic Lumix DMC‑TZ30

354 Reviews + 18 Awards
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$306.15

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14.1MP
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Mar 2012
A great value for money and multi award winning compact camera, with good features and one of the biggest optical zooms on the market

84

Powershot SX730

Canon Powershot SX730

10 Reviews
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$250.00

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20.3MP
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May 2017
A best selling and bargain price compact camera, with outstanding user reviews and good features

84

Coolpix W100 Kit

Nikon Coolpix W100 Kit

108 Reviews + 7 Awards
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$178.50

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13.2MP
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Jun 2017
A low cost and multi award winning compact camera, with good features

84

Powershot ELPH 300 HS

Canon Powershot ELPH 300 HS

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$240.00

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12.1MP
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Jun 2011
A multi award winning and top-value compact digital camera, with good features

84

Coolpix W100

Nikon Coolpix W100

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$156.95

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13.2MP
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Aug 2016
A good spec and sensationally good value for money compact camera

84

Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500

163 Reviews + 4 Awards
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$179.98

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16MP
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Feb 2016
An extremely cheap and best selling bridge camera, with good features and multiple awards

84

Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

926 Reviews + 7 Awards
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$249.90

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20.1MP
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Jul 2015
A bargain price and multi award winning MILC digital camera, with good features

84

PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

355 Reviews + 10 Awards
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$89.99

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16.1MP
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Dec 2015
A low cost and multi award winning compact camera, with good features

84

TG-4

Olympus TG‑4

96 Reviews
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$367.77

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16MP
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May 2016
A great value for money and critically acclaimed compact digital camera, with good features

84

IXUS 185

Canon IXUS 185

158 Reviews + 1 Award
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$101.00

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20MP
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Jan 2017
A top-value and award winning compact digital camera, with good features

84

S9800

Fujifilm S9800

79 Reviews
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$242.11

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16.2MP
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Feb 2015
A positively reviewed and very cheap bridge digital camera, with good features

84

Cybershot DSC-W830

Sony Cybershot DSC‑W830

965 Reviews
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$118.00

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20.1MP
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Jan 2014
A staggeringly cheap and very popular compact camera, with an industry award and good features

84

PowerShot SD630

Canon PowerShot SD630

33 Reviews + 3 Awards
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$43.98

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6MP
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Feb 2016
An award winning and low cost compact digital camera, with good features

83

PowerShot SX530 HS

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

965 Reviews + 3 Awards
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$86.01

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16MP
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Jan 2015
A best selling and top-value bridge camera, with multiple awards and good features

83

Cybershot DSC-W800

Sony Cybershot DSC‑W800

936 Reviews
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$88.00

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20.1MP
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Jun 2014
A classic and affordable compact camera, with good features

83

Cybershot DSC-H400

Sony Cybershot DSC‑H400

5 Reviews
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$229.63

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20.1MP
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Feb 2014
A good spec and affordable compact camera

83

PowerShot SX610 HS

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

957 Reviews + 1 Award
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$100.00

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20.2MP
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Mar 2016
A bargain price and multi award winning compact camera, with good features

83

DSC-WX7

Sony DSC‑WX7

72 Reviews + 2 Awards
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$185.77

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16.2MP
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Jan 2011
An affordable and award winning compact digital camera, with good features

83

Powershot ELPH 180

Canon Powershot ELPH 180

60 Reviews
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$78.20

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20MP
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Jun 2017
A best selling and astoundingly cheap compact digital camera, with good features and a recent release date

83

360 Cam

LG 360 Cam

120 Reviews + 3 Awards
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$64.99

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13MP
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Mar 2016
A low cost and award winning compact digital camera, with good features

83

Pixpro AZ421

Kodak Pixpro AZ421

17 Reviews
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$158.99

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16MP
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Dec 2015
A top-rated and extremely cheap bridge camera, with good features

83

EOS 700D - Rebel T5i

Canon EOS 700D ‑ Rebel T5i

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$489.00

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18MP
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Dec 2013
A best selling and bargain price SLR camera, with good features and many different available lenses

83

PowerShot SX260 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

206 Reviews + 13 Awards
Techradar - Best in ClassEphotozine - RecommendedTrusted Reviews - RecommendedPhotographyBlog.com - Highly Recommended
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$48.24

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Mar 2012
An excellent value for money and multi award winning compact digital camera, with good features and one of the biggest optical zooms available

83

Cybershot DSC-WX

Sony Cybershot DSC‑WX

921 Reviews + 2 Awards
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$267.99

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Jan 2016
A bargain price and good spec compact camera

83

Sportsline 60

Rollei Sportsline 60

13 Reviews
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$69.99

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5MP
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Sep 2012
A classic and very good value for money compact camera, with good features

83

Coolpix S3700

Nikon Coolpix S3700

812 Reviews + 1 Award
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$139.95

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Sep 2016
A great value for money and award winning compact camera, with good features

82

Coolpix S9500

Nikon Coolpix S9500

167 Reviews + 2 Awards
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$229.75

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A top-value and award winning compact digital camera, with good features and one of the biggest optical zooms on the market

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Nikon logo Nikon Digital Cameras 121 $49 - $7,997 81%
Canon logo Canon Digital Cameras 116 $44 - $4,870 83%
Sony logo Sony Digital Cameras 74 $88 - $3,895 85%
Fujifilm logo Fujifilm Digital Cameras 57 $60 - $6,499 82%
Panasonic logo Panasonic Digital Cameras 54 $111 - $3,091 84%
Olympus logo Olympus Digital Cameras 37 $110 - $1,799 82%
Samsung logo Samsung Digital Cameras 34 $72 - $1,999 81%
Pentax logo Pentax Digital Cameras 23 $40 - $5,497 86%
Leica logo Leica Digital Cameras 20 $250 - $13,452 80%
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{Olympus E-PL8
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$86.01
$84 cheaper
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User reviews
are marginally
better
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Nikon Coolpix L840
Nikon
Coolpix L840
$170.00
Expert reviews
are a little
better
Canon EOS 70D
Canon
EOS 70D
$871.27
16 more awards
Expert reviews
are better
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Nikon D5500
Nikon
D5500
$506.86
$364 cheaper
User reviews
are a little
better
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Nikon
D610
$1,029.99
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Nikon D7200
Nikon
D7200
$759.99
$270 cheaper
Bigger
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Techradar
review score
Canon SX60 HS
Canon
SX60 HS
$365.00
$43 cheaper
Better user
reviews
Better brand
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Nikon Coolpix P900
Nikon
Coolpix P900
$408.02
18x bigger
optical zoom
Nikon D90
Nikon
D90
$600.00
$60 cheaper
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Nikon D7100
Nikon
D7100
$659.95
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Nikon D3300
Nikon
D3300
$339.95
$167 cheaper
Six more awards
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Nikon D5500
Nikon
D5500
$506.86
Marginally
better user
reviews
Marginally
better expert
reviews
Nikon D7100
Nikon
D7100
$659.95
17 more awards
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better user
reviews
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Nikon D3300
Nikon
D3300
$339.95
$320 cheaper
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Sony Alpha A6000
Sony
Alpha A6000
$696.00
$64 cheaper
Higher
megapixels
VS
Nikon D7200
Nikon
D7200
$759.99
Better brand
Better for
landscape
photography
Sony Alpha A5100
Sony
Alpha A5100
$187.13
$63 cheaper
18% higher
megapixels
VS
Sony Alpha A5000
Sony
Alpha A5000
$249.90
Better user
reviews
Nikon D90
Nikon
D90
$600.00
$60 cheaper
Six more awards
Marginally
better expert
reviews
VS
Nikon D7100
Nikon
D7100
$659.95
47% higher
megapixels
Nikon Df
Nikon
Df
$1,899.95
Better for
landscape
photography
Better for
sports
photography
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Nikon D750
Nikon
D750
$1,146.65
$753 cheaper
More popular
User reviews
are better
Sony NEX-7
Sony
NEX-7
$690.00
$6 cheaper
Much better
user reviews
VS
Sony Alpha A6000
Sony
Alpha A6000
$696.00
Better for
portrait
photography
Better for
sports
photography
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon
EOS 5D Mark III
$2,099.00
Expert reviews
are marginally
better
Better brand
VS
Nikon D750
Nikon
D750
$1,146.65
$952 cheaper
Six more awards
Higher
megapixels

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

Digital Camera Prices

Cameras range in price from $29 to $13,452 and in total we found prices for 616 cameras. A new digital camera costs on average $721 and 80% of cameras are priced between $110 and $1,557. The Leica S (Type 006) is the most expensive camera that we found at $13,452, and the Discovery Kids is the cheapest at only $29.

Camera Brands - Price Range

The average price of Hasselblad digital cameras is $7,995 which is the highest average price of all digital camera brands. Hasselblad digital cameras range in price from $7,995 to $7,995.

Rolleiflex digital cameras range in price from $4,100 to $4,100, and the second highest average camera price out of all brands is Rolleiflex digital cameras with an average price of $4,100.

The average price of Leica digital cameras is $3,211 which is the third highest average price of all camera brands. Leica digital cameras start at $140 and the most expensive Leica camera costs $13,452.

Camera Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 15,993 expert reviews and 139,526 user reviews for cameras from across the internet and used these reviews to calculate the average rating for each brand of digital camera. The top rated camera brand is Konica Minolta with an average rating of 92%. The second best brand is Praktica with 91% and the third best brand is Pentax with 89%.

Biggest Digital Camera Retailers

We found 668 current offers for cameras from Amazon US making it the biggest digital camera retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 605 current offers for cameras. The third biggest retailer is Overstock with 188 current digital camera offers.

When Are Most New Cameras Released?

January to February is the most common period for new digital cameras to be released in. For the latest digital camera technology you may want to consider waiting until January 2018. It's also worth keeping in mind that the price of the current digital cameras tend to drop off when the next models are released. February was the biggest month in 2016 for new cameras, with 52 new cameras released that month. In 2015 most new cameras were released in January, with 25 new cameras released that month. The biggest month in 2014 for new camera releases was February, with 71 new digital cameras released that month.

How Fast Do Camera Prices Drop After Release?

New cameras drop in price by an average of 2% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. That means a saving of $16 on a typical $721 new camera if you wait 6 months before buying.

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.

We found 764 digital cameras that are compact cameras, which makes compact the most common camera type amongst new digital cameras. SLR is the second most common camera type amongst new digital cameras. We found 183 digital cameras that are SLR 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.

The megapixels of digital cameras range from 0.3MP to 80MP. The megapixels of the majority of cameras range from 14MP to 17MP. The Mamiya645 DF, which is available at $2,950.00, has the highest megapixels and is an 80MP digital camera. The camera with the lowest megapixels is the Mamiya645 DF, which is a 1.3MP digital camera and is available at $110.87.

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.

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.

The optical zooms of digital cameras range from 1x to 83x. The optical zooms of most digital cameras range from 4.7x to 8.3x. The digital camera with the biggest optical zoom is the NikonCoolpix P900, which is an 83x optical zoom digital camera and can be purchased for $408.02. The NikonCoolpix P900, which sells for $1,750.00, has the smallest optical zoom and is a 1x optical zoom digital camera.

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.

Biggest Camera Retailers

The biggest digital camera retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon US. We found 668 current digital camera offers from Amazon US. The second biggest digital camera retailer is eBay with 605 offers. That means Amazon US is slightly bigger than eBay when it comes to digital cameras. Overstock is the third biggest retailer with 188 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Digital Cameras?

The cheapest retailer by number of camera for which they offer the cheapest price is v with the cheapest price on 456 digital cameras.

Proportion of Cameras for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The cheapest retailer by number of camera for which they offer the cheapest price is eBay with the cheapest price on 75.4% of its cameras.