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Sony Alpha a7R IV

Few camera makers are pushing boundaries as boldly as Sony, and the A7R IV is proof of the...

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Nikon Z6

Nikon Z6 review: This full-frame mirrorless all-rounder combines DSLR-like handling with superb...

37 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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Fujifilm X-T3

The new wave of mirrorless full-frame cameras from the likes of Nikon and Canon may have grabbed...

42 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

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Canon EOS-1D X Mark III

Canon has squeezed every last drop of performance there is to be had from the EOS-1D X Mark III...

6 expert reviews

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Nikon Z7

This high resolution, mirrorless full-framer is Nikon's attempt to win back the pro crowd. Can it...

46 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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Fujifilm X-T30

Fujifilm X-T30 Review: A Step In the Right Direction

23 expert reviews

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII

The Sony RX100 VII is a refresh, rather than full-scale upgrade of the popular RX100 series, but...

15 expert reviews

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Nikon Z50

Is it really a baby Nikon Z6?

13 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Sony Alpha a7 III

A simply excellent full-frame camera at the price

44 expert reviews | 207 user reviews

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#10
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Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H

Panasonic’s Lumix GH5, GH5S and G9 are among our favourite video cameras, but Lumix S1H takes it...

10 expert reviews

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Nikon D780

An all-rounder DSLR built like a tank, borrowing some tricks from its mirrorless siblings

7 expert reviews

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#12
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Canon EOS 90D

If you still like the advantages of DSLRs over mirrorless cameras, the Canon 90D is a strong new...

17 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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Sony Alpha a6400

The Sony A6400 offers fantastic specifications for the price and features. Highlights include...

23 expert reviews

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Olympus Tough TG-6

The Olympus Tough TG-6 is relatively easy to use and intuitive to operate, while image quality is...

8 expert reviews

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Canon Powershot G7 X Mark III

The PowerShot G7 X Mark III faces some strong competition from the likes of Sony and Panasonic...

10 expert reviews

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Sony Alpha a9

The Sony Alpha 9 (or A9 for short) is a high-speed full-frame mirrorless camera that's designed...

47 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Nikon D850

The Nikon D850 is the perfect blend of high-resolution, speed and performance. It’s an all-round...

58 expert reviews | 28 user reviews

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Nikon D3500

The D3500 is a solid, well-specified entry-level DSLR that gives beginners good handling, great...

17 expert reviews | 39 user reviews

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Sony a6100

This beginner-friendly CSC brings powerful new autofocus skills

6 expert reviews

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Sony Alpha a7R III

Quite simply, the Sony A7R III is a ludicrously brilliant camera, and one of the very best on the...

45 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

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Fujifilm X-H1

The X-H1 is a highly impressive performer in the evolving Fujifilm X-series and is a more than...

37 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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Fujifilm GFX 100

Even with a handful of small foibles, there's little doubt the GFX 100 is a landmark medium...

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Canon EOS Rebel SL3 / Canon EOS 250D

The EOS Rebel SL3 / EOS 250D blends a number of tried-and-tested features with a mount that...

13 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

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Leica Q2

A gorgeous design and build, with equally gorgeous pictures to boot. But it’s hard to justify the...

11 expert reviews

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI

If you can afford it, and are prepared to put up with its foibles, the Sony RX100 VI is a...

24 expert reviews | 86 user reviews

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    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - Digital Cameras

    Hunting for a digital compact camera? Be prepared to enter a confusing world of megapixels, lens types, shutter lags, shutter speeds, and other technical specs that’ll make your head spin. Buying a digital camera can be a challenge, especially if you aren’t quite sure of what you’re looking for. That’s why we made this digital compact camera buying guide to shepherd you through the chaotic and confusing world of cameras.

    Forget the Megapixels

    A few years ago, you couldn’t walk through an electronics store without half a dozen camera manufacturers aggressively advertising the megapixel count of their digital cameras. These ‘megapixel wars’ are a thing of the past now, and it’s nearly impossible to stumble upon a digital camera that does not boast of more than 10 megapixels. For the consumers, this is a good thing. It means you can safely buy any camera and at least be assured that the megapixel count will be up to par. But of course, without the safety of megapixels to fall back on, you’ll also have to do a lot more research before you make a purchase decision.

    Size Matters

    Since this guide is focused largely on compact digital cameras, let us leave the DSLRs out of the equation. In the compact camera game, size matters, but smaller does not always equal better. Smaller cameras often compromise on features and battery life to accommodate all that hardware in that small form factor. When it comes to a choice, always pick features and price over size.

    LCD Screen

    Digital camera LCD screens had immense ‘wow’ factor a few years ago, but are a standard feature on every camera these days. A 2.5” screen is the norm and works perfectly for most purposes. Larger screens offer more real estate for framing and browsing through pictures. A lot of compact digital cameras also have touchscreens these days which can make the camera easier to operate, though this usually comes at a price.

    Zooming In

    The zoom is an essential feature of every digital camera and usually comes in two flavors – optical zoom and digital zoom. Optical zoom is the preferred variant since it involves moving the lens forward, which results in better picture quality. Digital zoom is usually found on cheaper cameras and works by cropping and resizing the image digitally. The end result is the same as optical zoom, though the image quality suffers. When in doubt, pick a camera with optical zoom over one with digital zoom.

    Battery Life

    Most buyers tend to overlook battery life, which usually results in the camera dying out in the middle of a vacation or an extended photography session. This is perhaps one of the most important features of any digital camera and careful attention must be paid to it before you plop down your money. Needless to say, the longer the battery life, the better.

    Battery Type

    Inherently tied to battery life is the battery type. A camera can either use a rechargeable lithium battery, or alkaline batteries. Lithium ion batteries require external power to charge up, while alkaline batteries can be easily removed and a new pair popped in place. Consequently, alkaline batteries are more appropriate for long photography sessions since you can easily carry a spare set. Rechargeable batteries on the other hand, tend to be more economical in the long run.

    HDTV Compatibility

    You should be able to hook up the camera directly to your HDTV to show off your photography skills. High resolution pictures on the HDTV makes for a stunning experience.

    Shutter Lag

    Shutter lag can be defined as the time required to take a picture – i.e. the lag between pressing the shutter button, and the camera actually taking the picture. A lower shutter lag value allows you to take pictures more spontaneously. If you want to catch a friend performing an impromptu dance move at a beach vacation, or catch your son hitting a ball straight into the goal post, you should look for a camera with low shutter lag values.

    Full High Definition 1080p

    Full high definition pictures at 1920x1080 resolution is the holy grail of compact digital cameras, promising images that will pop out and capture all the details in any landscape. If your budget allows it, always pick a camera that offers 1080p resolution.

    Video Capabilities

    Cameras are used for far more than taking merely photographs these days. Your camera should allow for at least 15-20 minutes of video recording, preferably in high definition at 720p resolution.

    Software Features

    How easy is it to operate the camera’s software? Does the software offer any options for editing the photo on the fly, or adding interesting effects such as motion blur, sepia filters, etc.? Ask these questions before you set down your money for a purchase.

    Other Features

    Facial recognition, image stabilization, scene recognition, noise reduction – this list can go on and on and be quite disorienting for the lay buyer. Focus on the above features, and once the camera passes all these basic tests, start comparing things like facial recognition, etc. These are nice additions to a digital camera, but you should never base your buying decision on them.

    Durability

    Last, but not the least, you’ll most likely use the camera outdoors in trying conditions. Features like weatherproofing, and durability become important in this regard. For instance, some camera LCD screens are made from Gorilla Glass these days. Ruggedness is always a welcome feature in any camera.

     

    Buying a digital compact camera isn’t an easy task, given the number of variables one has to consider. Hopefully, this guide will help you tread in the right direction.

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