Best Compact – for on the go shots
Sony CyberShot DSC-RX100/B Digital Camera
Pros: Super slim, customizable controls, Zeiss lens, USB charging
Cons: Batteries only charge if inside camera, Size of camera may be unwieldy for people with big hands
With a sleek and compact metallic design that slides nicely into your hand, the Sony CyberShot RX100 can easily make you take a second look and mistake it for a small smartphone. If not for the raised control ring around the lens mechanism, it’s rather easy to do so.
The RX100 has the whole “big things in small packages” mantra down pat; inside the camera’s slim, machined aluminum body is a 20.2 megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor, which is paired with a 28-100mm equivalent, F1/8-4.9 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens. It has an ISO range of between 125-6400, but it can go as low as ISO 80-100 on the low end and ISO 25,600 at maximum. Aside from still images, the RX100 can shoot video in either 1080p or 1080i at 60 FPS. A flash module pops up from the top right edge of the camera and folds down completely inside.
What’s special about the Sony RX100, however, is the amount of manual controls at your fingertips that makes this camera feel as if it’s a DSLR. Using the thumb dial on top of the camera, you can choose between Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual shooting modes, with helpful hints prompting onscreen to help you on your way. Sitting beside the screen is a 4-way controller, along with a Fn (Function) button; the Fn button can have up to 7 functions assigned to it. When the camera is in manual mode, you can use the control ring around the lens barrel to control focus, as well as some other functions of the camera.
As with other cameras, the Sony RX100 uses a common door under the unit to access the battery and memory card slot. It charges via USB, but you won’t be able to charge the battery if it’s out of the camera unless you use an aftermarket charger.
Given the features present on the Sony CyberShot RX100, it’s easy to consider it as the top choice for point-and-shoot cameras. However, people with big hands might find the small and slim profile of the CyberShot RX100 a bit unwieldy. While it can be operated using only one hand, holding it in both may probably be the safer option.
Best Ultrazooms – for sporting events or nature
Panasonic Lumix FZ80 4K 60X Zoom Camera
Pros: Affordable and great value for money, 18.1 MP sensor, Shoots in 4K, super zoom
Cons: Pictures can get blurry at long end of zoom, no remote shutter jack/support
These days, almost everyone has a camera on themselves courtesy of their phones, but there are times when that little pocket snapper simply won’t be enough. If you’re looking for more camera power but not quite ready for the hefty budget that buying a DSLR (and its many, many accessories)requires, we recommend the Panasonic Lumix FZ80 Camera.
The Lumix FZ80 could be called a bridge between the compact point-and-shoots and the DSLR class cameras. The 18.1 Megapixel resolution of its image sensor captures every detail of every image that you shoot. It shoots 4K video, which is pretty standard these days, but adds an extra Photo mode that saves images at 30 frames a second, so you can get the perfect shot along with video. The FZ80 has exceptional low-light performance minus the noise or graininess that usually happens when you take pictures in that particular lighting.
At the front of the FZ80 sits a DC Vario 20-1200mm lens, which equips the Lumix Fz80 with extreme zoom capabilities of up to 60X. For those tight shots, the FZ80 can slip into Auto Macro mode, which engages when the focusing system detects that you are shooting at very short distances. However, some people note that the FZ80 tends to take blurry pictures at the far end of the zoom range. This could be remedied by using a tripod or monopod with the camera and setting a timer, but it could have been better if the FZ80 supported remote shutters.
At a little under five inches thick, the Lumix FZ80 fits in your hand easily. You won’t need to worry about losing hold on it, as it has the standard molded side grip as well as an included neck strap. You can also choose between the electronic viewfinder or the 3-inch touchscreen display when using the camera. Finally, Panasonic recommends using SDXC memory cards for storage, presumably to work better with the 4K video capture.
If you’re looking for some serious value for money in your camera hardware, the Panasonic Lumix FZ80 is definitely a top choice. Its sub-$400 price and the amount of awesome features in a small package make the FZ80 one of the best buys that anyone taking up photography could ever make.
Nikon CoolPix P900 Digital Camera
Pros: Telephoto semi-DSLR camera, Wifi, GPS and NFC connectivity, articulated display
Cons: Lens barrel length may make operation difficult, Focusing at the long end of the focus range is difficult if handheld
If you’ve ever used a point-and-shoot camera to take pictures of faraway subjects, there’s always the chance that you’ll end up with blurry images. Thankfully, with a capable camera such as the Nikon CoolPix P900, you can now be sure that your pictures will be as sharp as if you have taken them at close range.
Its design and construction may make the CoolPix P900 look like a small DSLR, but it’s actually a point-and-shoot camera, or more specifically, a bridge between the two product classes. Most notable about this model is the massive lens barrel fitted with a 24-2000 mm (35mm equivalent focal length) NIKKOR Super ED VR lens capable of an amazing 83X Optical Zoom. On top of that, its has Dynamic Fine Zoom, an enhanced digital zoom feature that effectively doubles the far end to a 4000 mm equivalent. On the other hand, the P900 only uses a small 1/2.3 inch image processor to balance out the use of the telephoto lens.
While the P900 can be used by just about anyone thanks to a solid Auto Mode, advanced users will appreciate the fine control over the camera accessible through the PSAM mode dial on top of it. The three-inch LCD on this camera is articulated; it wings out to the left of the camera and can be adjusted from there. Meanwhile, the standard button cluster sits at the right-hand side of the body. The P900 has an edge over other cameras in that it has Wi-Fi, GPS and NFC connectivity out of the box without having to resort to external attachments.
Holding the P900 is easy thanks to the chunky grip and thumb pad. However, the size of the lens barrel makes one-handed operation difficult. While the P900 does have stabilization to help with aiming at subjects, it’s a tough job at the south end of the focus range if you’re not using a tripod and timer. Using the PSAM settings may help, as well as keeping within the limits set by the Auto ISO function.
Canon PowerShot SX530 Digital Camera
Pros: 50X Superzoom semi-DSLR camera, access to manual controls, great combination of image sensor and processor, Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity.
Cons: Fixed standard screen, Does not shoot in RAW format, plastic body isn’t ruggedized, Flash is manual and does not have a release switch.
Canon introduces another semi-DSLR camera option with the PowerShot SX530. This competitive bridge camera offers the usual mid-range features like access to manual controls and wireless connectivity coupled with a powerful zoom lens.
The PowerShot SX530 has opted to go with the small DSLR look instead of the ultra-slim form factor that’s in vogue with other cameras in its segment. As such, it has the prominent right-hand grip wrapped in textured rubber for ergonomics. It has a plastic shell to keep the weight down, so it won’t burden you if you decide to bring it along on a day trip, but it doesn’t add a lot of protection for the camera. The mode dial sits behind the shutter release button, while between the two is another dial that gives you control over shutter speed or aperture size.
Like every other digital camera, an LCD screen takes over the biggest chunk of real estate at the back of the SX530. It’s strange though that given the options available in both its own products and the competition, Canon has only given the SX530 a standard (non-touch enabled), fixed, 461K-dot screen. There’s a built-in flash on top of the camera, but it needs to be flipped up manually instead of using a switch or through the camera’s software settings.
At 16 megapixels, the CMOS sensor on the SX530 isn’t as large as its competition, but it makes use of what it has efficiently thanks to the DIGIC 4+ image processor, which results in sharp pictures with brilliant and accurate color. This pairing works great in dim light, able to grab tiny details with low noise. However, the SX530 might have missed an opportunity to truly maximize this, since it only shoots in JPEG format and not in RAW.
Of course, the true centerpiece of the PowerShot SX530 is the huge lens barrel that delivers 50x optical zoom over a 24-1200mm equivalent focal range. The SX530 only uses the zoom rocker around the shutter button instead of a focus ring to move in or out, but it does the job well. Helping things along are the different image stabilization modes, swift Autofocus and the assist buttons on the side of the lens barrel.
It’s been noted above that the Canon PowerShot SX530 only shoots still images in JPEG. It’s also worth mentioning that it only does 1080p video capture at 30 FPS; some bridge cameras can shoot up to 4K video or 1080p at 60 FPS. Then again, while it’s standard output nowadays, 1080p is definitely plenty for video, so it’s up to you to decide if you need the extra resolution. Finally, for easy sharing and backup, the Canon PowerShot SX530 has Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, and you can use a paired device such as your smartphone as a remote control for it.
Best Budget DSLRs – for those who demand excellence
Nikon D3400 Digital SLR Camera
Pros: Image quality, interchangeable lenses, affordable price
Cons: Some jacks are not present, Screen not articulated and lacks brightness, No Wi-Fi and only uses sharing app
Beginners looking for a way to practice their photography skills will find that the Nikon D3400 Digital SLR camera is worth a second look. This entry-level DSLR offers most of what photography enthusiasts are after: image quality, the ability to use different lenses depending on the situation, and affordable price.
At slightly under 350 grams, the Nikon D3400 is the smallest and lightest model of Nikon’s model range. However, the hardware inside this camera is competitive enough for amateur photographers, since it uses a 24.2 MP DX-format CMOS sensor plus an EXPEED 4 Image processor. In its base package, the Nikon D3400 comes with an 18-55mm DX Nikkor lens. However, you can select other packages containing additional lens types if you need them.
Performance-wise, the combination of image sensor and processor, as well as 11 autofocus points on the D3400 give it enough power to handle high-speed focusing and shooting. It can shoot up to 5 FPS in still images; when it comes to video, the D3400 only gets 1080p/60 FPS capture instead of 4K.
You get the usual PSAM exposure modes with the D3400’s mode dial, as well as access to several scene modes that you can use when taking pictures. If you want more assistance, the D3400 offers a Guide Mode that functions as a tutorial on how to best use the camera and its different features.
One thing about the Nikon D3400 that we liked is the layout of the rear external controls and how it made use of the smaller body efficiently. Instead of clustering them tightly at the right side of the LCD screen, some buttons were placed to the left which makes for a more hand-friendly user experience. There are some tradeoffs because of the space constraints though; the D3400 lacks some ports, like a jack for external microphones, so you might need to use an actual external mic if you’re recording video, and a jack for an IR shutter trigger.
Speaking of the three-inch LCD on the D3400, it isn’t articulated nor has it enough brightness, so reviewing shots under direct sunlight can be difficult if you can’t find a shaded area. Thankfully, the D3400 has a viewfinder, so framing your shots isn’t as hard.
Nikon has dropped Wi-Fi connectivity for the D3400 and replaced it with the SnapBridge sharing app, which uses Bluetooth to communicate with some remote devices. However, many users were not satisfied with the app, describing it as buggy and needing improvement. Also, SnapBridge does not work with iOS devices due to lack of Bluetooth connectivity, and due to its low power, is only able to transfer small copies of files instead of the full-resolution versions. The D3400 thankfully retains a USB connection to connect with computers.
Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital SLR Camera
Pros: Affordable DSLR with superior image quality, Compatible with other Canon lenses, has Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity
Cons: Mic Input not available, can only shoot video in 30 FPS and continuous shots at 3 FPS
Budget DSLR cameras like the Canon EOS Rebel T6 are the best way to shoot professional-looking pictures without burning a hole in your wallet. This mini-DSLR is for the budget-conscious photographer who wants images that are way better than what a smartphone can provide.
The current edition of the Rebel T6 successfully combines hardware with some features that it inherited from both earlier generations and more advanced Canon models. For starters, it combines an 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with Canon’s Digic 4+ image processor, which results in the Rebel T6 having image quality that’s worth the price. A bundled EF-S 18-55mm kit lens, which is good for everyday photography, makes for an even sweeter deal. The Rebel T6 is compatible with all the lenses in Canon’s EF and EF-S lens ranges.
Since it is marketed as an introduction to bigger and more advanced cameras, the Rebel T6 makes shooting photos and videos relatively easy. An Intelligent Auto Mode changes camera settings depending on the subject, while Creative Auto makes achieving a particular look easier. For absolute beginners wishing to know more about the Rebel T6, a feature guide helps with learning the different functions of the camera. The Rebel T6 shoots at a native ISO range of between 100 to H:12800 supported by basic image stabilization. It’s limited to 1080p/30 FPS video though, and can only do 3 FPS bursts. An polycarbonate plastic construction makes the Rebel T6 lightweight, but also leads to the risk of damage should it fall on a hard surface.
A 3-inch 920k dot, non-touch and non-articulated LCD topped by a viewfinder takes up the back of the Rebel T6. Like other cameras, it clusters all the controls at the right, and a pop-up flash sits at the top. There’s a bracket to clip on an external flash module, but the Rebel T6 does away with other connections such as mic inputs. It does have Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, making it effortless to share media with remote devices and even control the camera remotely using the Camera Connect app.
Best Prosumer DSLRs – for those who demand the best
Canon EOS 6D Digital SLR Camera
Pros: 20.2 MP image sensor, 4.3X optical zoom, 11 AF points
Cons: Shooting may be a bit slow for high-speed subjects, only selected lenses will work with camera
The fact that the Canon EOS 6D remains a top choice for photographers even if it’s been five years since its debut is proof of the camera’s quality and usability. Lightweight and versatile, the EOS 6D is a solid all-around camera for users who want a step up from the image quality found in point and shoots.
But first, a quick refresher on the Canon EOS 6D: it is equipped with a full-frame, 20.2 megapixel Digic 5+ image sensor with 4.3X optical zoom and 11 Autofocus points. Aside from still images, it can shoot 1080p video.
At 4.5 frames a second, the 6D may be a little slow for high-speed uses like sports photography, but on the other hand, it’s great for static subjects like nature or landscape photography thanks to its exceptional light sensitivity; With native values ranging from ISO 100-25600 and the ability to use expanded ISO values (L:ISO 50, H1:51200 and H2:102400), this translates to excellent dim light shooting regardless of the conditions the EOS 6D is used in.
The image quality of the Canon 6D is similarly top-notch, with very accurate color reproduction. Of note is its HDR, or High Dynamic Range feature, which lets you shoot in high-contrast environments such as during sunrise or sunset. This camera shoots in JPEG or RAW formats for still images, and in h.264/mp4 for video.
In terms of usability, the EOS 6D makes use of the standard multi-page settings menu displayed on the three-inch screen at the back of the camera. One thing we particularly like is the ability to save your settings to a specific profile, saving you time when using the camera.
The full-frame Canon EOS 6D comes in two variants: the base version and another that costs less but does not have Wi-Fi and GPS capabilities. In addition, buyers of the 6D can choose any of the two variants coupled with 24-105mm STM or USM lenses. You should note, however, that outside of the bundled lenses, only EF-type lenses will work with full-frame cameras like the 6D.
Nikon D750 Digital SLR Camera
Pros: “Prosumer”-level DSLR camera, weatherproof with reinforced parts, Full-frame image sensor, articulated LCD, Wi-Fi connectivity
Cons: Has occasional issues with shutter release, Menu navigation is complicated, HDR mode needs improvement
The Nikon D750 Digital SLR is a classic example of the “prosumer” tier of offerings from Nikon, which means that it has specifications that professionals would be at home with, at a price point and construction geared towards amateurs, hobbyists and enthusiasts.
Starting from the front, the D750 has a look and feel that reveals just where it sits in Nikon’s slate. The entire body is weather-sealed. While it has plastic parts, these are reinforced with carbon fiber for higher durability. It shares magnesium alloy components as well, specifically along the top plate and rear panel. It has ample weight for its 140.5 X 113 X 78mm body, but of course, you can expect additional load when a lens is attached to it.
Speaking of the lens, the Nikon D750 uses a full-frame 24.3 megapixel CMOS sensor with an anti-aliasing filter. However, unlike other cameras with full-frame sensors, the image sensor on the D750 can also work with DX format (APS-C) lenses and will automatically switch to that format when a DX-dedicated lens is equipped, making it more flexible in usability. Meanwhile, the EXPEED 4 image processor on the D750 supercharges the camera’s capture abilities, allowing a shooting rate of up to 6.5 FPS at max resolution and 1080/60p video recording while retaining full manual control over some image settings.
Going over to the back of the camera, the D750 has an articulated 3.2-inch LCD that extends out and flips up or down, as well as the viewfinder. You have the option to record to external storage via 2 memory card slots that work simultaneously, or even to an external device via its HDMI port for live duplication and backup. If you want to go wireless, the D750 offers built-in Wi-Fi connectivity; you can install the utility app from Nikon to your mobile device to enable remote viewing of saved file or a live image, and even remote control the camera.
While it has top-notch hardware, the Nikon D750 also has its share of cons. Some users have reported that the shutter release has a tendency to lock up when the camera hasn’t been used for some time. The menu is relatively hard to navigate as well, and the HDR shooting mode needs some improvement. Still, the Nikon D750 remains a great pick for photogaphers who want more bang for their buck.
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- The two main types of digital cameras are the “point and shoot” models, which come in a wide array of sizes and styles, and DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras, which offer higher quality photos and more control over photographs.
- When it comes to “point and click” camera lenses, two types of zoom are available – digital and optical. In most cases, true optical zoom is going to offer better quality, but digital zoom lenses have come a long way over the years.
- One new technology to look for in a digital camera is WiFi connectivity. Instead of hooking your camera up to a computer or messing with a memory card, you can easily and wirelessly transfer photos from the camera to another device. So nice!
- Digital cameras support at least 1080p video recording. Some digital cameras support Ultra HD (4k) video which has a higher resolution to look sharp on big screens. However you will need a 4k TV or monitor to display it in full resolution.