Best Digital Cameras: Our Top 10 List

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We are fortunate enough to get to get to grips with all of the best digital cameras here at the Camera Center and exposing them to our rigorous testing methods usually throws up a few intriguing results.

Sometimes a camera is going to surpass our expectations completely and provide a performance exceptional for its price.

At other times, a very anticipated digital camera might fall short of what we think it should be capable of, whether that is during testing or out on the job.

In order for you to find the best machine for the job, we have gone through everything that has come our way recently, as well as considering older models that are available on the market currently, as well as including ones we feel are among the greatest digital cameras out right now. (Source: Wikihow)

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Nikon D850

Nikon D850 FX-format Digital SLR Camera Body w/ AF-S NIKKOR 24-120MM...

Canon EOS 80D

Canon Digital SLR Camera Body [EOS 80D] and EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6...

Nikon D750

Nikon D750 FX-format Digital SLR Camera w/ 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Auto...

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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Sony A7 III

Sony a7 III Full-Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable-Lens Camera Optical...

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Camera Body w/ Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED...

Fujifilm X-T20

Fujifilm X-T20 Mirrorless Digital Camera w/XC16-50mmF3.5-5.6 OISII...

Panasonic Lumix G80

PANASONIC LUMIX G85 4K Digital Camera, 12-60mm Power O.I.S. Lens, 16...

Sony Alpha 6000

Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera 24.3MP SLR Camera with...

Sony RX100 IV

Sony RX100 IV 20.1 MP Premium Compact Digital Camera w/ 1-inch Sensor,...
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Top 10 Best Digital Cameras 

To make it as helpful as possible, we have factored bang for your buck into the decision-making during this rundown, so, of course, this means there is a handful of otherwise great cameras that we have had to omit when putting together this list of the best digital cameras.

But make no mistake – the list we have here is a pretty good summary of some of the best digital cameras you’ll find right now.

Nikon D850

Nikon D850 FX-format Digital SLR Camera Body w/ AF-S NIKKOR 24-120MM...
  • 1 of Nikon D850 FX-format Digital SLR Camera Body
  • 1 of Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED Vibration Reduction Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras
  • Lens shipped separately
  • Suprem​​​​ely versatile
  • Tough, weather sealed body
  • Pedestrian live view AF
  • Lower buffer capability at 9fps
  • 45.7 MP CMOS sensor
  • 7 fps continuous shooting
  • ISO 64-25600
  • 4K UHD at 30 fps video
  • 3.2 inches tilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD

Nikon has had a fair few winners within the last couple of years, crafting some of the best digital cameras, but the D850 has, undoubtedly, stood out among them. Just like the Sony A7 III, this seems to be mainly because of its versatility.

The sensor supplies lots of resolution when shooting landscapes, fashion plus still life shooting, while the burst shooting along with its brilliant autofocus means it is just as at home when confronted with action - you are also able to increase this to 9fps with an optional battery pack in case you have to.

Wedding photographers are going to love the quiet burst shooting mode, while the 4K video shows it is no slouch when you have to capture moving footage too. In addition to all that, the strong, weather sealed body means you are able to simply rely on it in particularly demanding conditions.

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Canon EOS 80D

Canon Digital SLR Camera Body [EOS 80D] and EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6...
  • Merging power, precision, and operability, the EOS 80D is a dynamic SLR camera for anyone's creative vision
  • Providing a comprehensive view, the EOS 80D camera's Intelligent Viewfinder helps bring the thrill of SLR photography...
  • The Intelligent Viewfinder displays AF points and AF mode, has a grid display, a horizontal electronic level, plus...
  • Excellent ergonomics
  • Excellent photo quality
  • No 4K video
  • ISO range could be better
  • 24.0 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 45-point AF system
  • 3.0 inches 1.04M-dot articulating touchscreen
  • 1080 at 60 fps video
  • 7 fps continuous shooting
  • Weather-resistant body
  • Wi-Fi and NFC

Canon has overhauled its total DSLR lineup in the past 12 months, though it is the EOS 80D, which stands out among these newest arrivals.

The simple fact that it follows numerous successful designs among the double-digit EOS Canon range is quite obvious from the little changes the company makes to the now familiar template, even though the specs feature a new 24MP sensor, an exceptional Dual Pixel system, burst shooting and integrated Wi-Fi among its highlights.

As we noted in our complete review of the digital camera, the picture quality is very much a notable point, with balanced colors, well-controlled noise levels, and an amazing dynamic range, especially at lower sensitivities.

Much like the D7500, its approachability, price, and specs give it enormous appea

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Nikon D750 

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  • Great picture quality
  • Strong body
  • LCD fixed and never touch sensitive
  • Video specs somewhat dated
  • 24.0 MP Full-frame CMOS sensor
  • 3.2 inches 1229K-dot LCD
  • 6.5 fps continuous shooting
  • 1080/60p video
  • ISO 100-51200
  • Wi-Fi

While Nikon's newest DSLR arrivals might have overshadowed the D750, you cannot argue with the plus points it manages to provide, especially for such a reasonable asking price.

The D750 is not Nikon's cheapest full-frame DSLR, as that honor is reserved for the D610 – however, by comparison, there is a re-designed 24MP sensor, wider ISO range, plus a much superior focusing engine, tilting LCD display and built-in Wi-Fi among a slew of other perks.

Thanks in part to low noise and great dynamic range, the picture quality on the D750 is incredibly impressive.

Probably the single caveat against it that we could see was that video recording tops out at Full HD, instead of the more future-proof 4K that is now quickly appearing elsewhere. However, if video is not particularly important for you, then it is worth a look.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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  • Wide dynamic range
  • Compact body
  • No 4K video
  • AF too slow
  • 22.0 MP Full-frame CMOS sensor
  • 6.0 fps continuous shooting
  • ISO 100-25600
  • 1080p HD video
  • 3.2 inches 1.04M-dot LCD

With the EOS 6D Mark II somewhat underwhelming us as well as the EOS 5D Mark IV yet prohibitively costly, it is the EOS 5D Mark III which we have championed among Canon's EOS line.

Yes, it does lack 4K video and does not quite have the most recent DIGIC processor on board; however, the blend of its 22.3MP full frame sensor, 61 point autofocus, burst shooting rate of 6fps along with a weather-sealed body show that it also has a more than competent core.

In-camera mic/headphone ports, plus 2 caard slots complete the camera's spec sheet, and with decades' worth of tailored glass to select from you, should have no problems adding pieces to your kit bag.

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Sony A7 III

Sony a7 III Full-Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable-Lens Camera Optical...
  • Advanced 24.2MP BSI Full-frame Image Sensor w/ 1.8X readout speed* Advanced 24.2MP Back-Illuminated 35mm Full-frame...
  • 15-stop dynamic range, 14-bit uncompressed RAW, ISO 50 to 204,800
  • G-lens design with 4 aspherical and 3 ED glass (extra-low Dispersion) elements, for high corner-to-corner resolving...
  • 10fps burst shooting
  • Solid video specs
  • Imbalance with larger lenses
  • Burst-shooting buffer leaves something to be desired
  • 24.2 MP BSI Full-frame Image sensor
  • ISO 50-204800
  • 10 fps burst shooting
  • 3.0 inches LCD
  • 4K video capture

The A7 line has usually been the more economical, general purpose proposition in the A7 line of cameras, next to the resolution-hungry A7R series and the sensitivity focused A7S range. T

he A7 III, the newest addition to the A7 line, improves on the Mark II model in a number of methods, with much better video specs (now 4K), a larger battery, a new sensor, burst speeds that are two times as fast as before and a considerably overhauled AF system.

We discovered that the picture quality is fantastic, overall speed is excellent and there are no issues with the new AF system.

Admittedly, we had a few small reservations about the buffer level, ergonomics, and using it with heavier lenses, however, these are small marks against an otherwise formidable performer and strong contender among the best digital cameras.

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Camera Body w/ Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED...
  • 1 of Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Camera Body Only, 20.4 mega pixel with 3-Inch LCD, Black
  • 1 of Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f4.0 PRO Lens, Black
  • Great picture quality
  • Excellent build
  • Complicated menu and balance system
  • MTF sensor smaller compared to rivals
  • 20.4 MP Live MOS sensor
  • TruePic VIII Dual Quad Core Image processor
  • 60 fps
  • 3.0 inches touchscreen LCD
  • 4K video

The current champ in Olympus's recommended OM-D line, the Mark II is one of those cameras which simply provides much more than anyone anticipated it to.

Focused at the sports shooter, plus anybody else wanting a fast response, the reality that the Mark II is capable of recording at 60fps at its full 20MP resolution is quite impressive, though the drop to 18fps when working with constant focus still puts it slightly ahead of rival pro DSLR cameras.

The Mark II's phase detect AF provides Nikon and Canon with something to mull over, while the excellent image stabilization program - with an impressive maximum 6.5 stop advantage - allows it to be a fitting option for low light photography as well. It also boasts 4K video, a much-needed first for an Olympus camera.

Though lab tests reveal the digital camera can’t quite match the heights of its peers when things such as noise reduction and dynamic range are considered, it is actually not that far behind to make too much of a difference.

Indeed, overall picture quality is very impressive. Hats off to you, Olympus – definitely among the best digital cameras on this list.

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Fujifilm X-T20

Fujifilm X-T20 Mirrorless Digital Camera w/XC16-50mmF3.5-5.6 OISII...
  • 243MP X-Trans CMOS III APS-C sensor with no low-pass filter and X-Processor Pro
  • Operating temperature:Approx. 0-40°C (32-104°F).50Fps Live-view shooting, start-up time of 04sec, shutter time lag of...
  • 30" tilting Touchscreen panel for operation at almost any angle
  • Beautiful OLED viewfinder
  • Excellent kit lens
  • Just one card slot
  • Minor ergonomic problems
  • 243MP X-Trans CMOS III APS-C sensor
  • 3.0" tilting touchscreen panel
  • 4K video
  • 8.0 fps continuous shooting

While Fujifilm's X T2 is also the camera that many people want to get their hands on, the fact Fujifilm managed to get so many features set into the smaller, lighter & considerably cheaper X T20 makes this one of our top picks.

Frankly, what the X T20 manages to provide for such an investment puts DSLRs of a similar cost to shame, from the company's very newest X Trans CMOS III sensor technology, to the included 4K recording and fantastic burst mode, with the AF system able to be widened to 325 points.

This is all before we get to that 2.36million dot OLED EVF with its tilting touch-smart display, both making shooting in uncomfortable conditions a cinch.

It is beautifully designed, with analog style control provided through sturdy metallic dials, and it even manages to squeeze in an extremely capable kit lens, which happens to be a rarity.

Very few cameras manage to get top ratings from us upon testing, but the X T20 is very much among the handful that deserve this lofty accolade.

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Panasonic Lumix G80

PANASONIC LUMIX G85 4K Digital Camera, 12-60mm Power O.I.S. Lens, 16...
  • FINE DETAIL PERFORMANCE: 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor with no low pass filter resulting in a near 10% boost in...
  • MIRRORLESS INTERCHANGEABLE LENS CAMERA: With 12-60mm lens, shoot lighter and faster with the modern hybrid photography...
  • CLASS-LEADING DUAL IMAGE STABILIZATION: In-body 5-axis dual image stabilization works in both photo and motion picture...
  • Great detail
  • Great video specs such as 4K
  • 16MP a little bit behind competition
  • Cluttered interface
  • 16.0 MP Micro Four Thirds sensor
  • 5-axis dual image stabilization
  • 4K QFHD video recording
  • 3.0 inches OLED tilting touch-enabled LCD

The Lumix G85 - or perhaps the G80 based on where you live - may resemble a lot of Panasonic's past mirror less cameras aimed at the upper-entry-level user, though it still manages to stick out for a handful of reasons.

Firstly, Panasonic's choice to get rid of the anti-aliasing filter from the sensor is partially responsible for the outstanding clarity that is visible in shots.

The company has additionally shoehorned masses of tech into its little splash-proof body, from the built-in image and 4K video stabilization to its clever Post Focus feature which allows you to choose the use of best sharpness after the picture has been taken.

The Lumix G Vario 12 60mm f/3.5 5.6 lens available as a package alternative with the camera also offers a really helpful focal range equivalent to 24 to 120mm in 35mm, and every one of these comes at a solid price point.

It might only be able to use a 16MP sensor, though it is still a terrific digital camera for those just starting out that want loads of room to grow as photographers, or otherwise, enthusiasts after a piece of kit suitable for multipurpose use.

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Sony Alpha 6000

Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera 24.3MP SLR Camera with...
  • 24 MP APS-C CMOS sensor and Focus Sensitivity Range :EV 0 to EV 20 (at ISO 100 equivalent with F2.8 lens attached)
  • ISO 100-25600 (expandable to 51200). Lens compatibility- Sony E-mount lenses
  • Hybrid AF with 179-point focal plane phase-detection and 25 contrast detect points
  • Superb AF system
  • Excellent EV
  • No 4K video
  • No touchscreen
  • 24 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-51200
  • Hybrid AF with 179-point focal plane
  • 11 fps continious shooting
  • 3-inch tilting LCD

Despite the arrival of the A6500 and A6300, the A6000 is still in Sony's Alpha lineup - and that is an intelligent move on Sony's part.

While the latter 2 models are able to satisfy enthusiasts and those eager to shoot 4K video, the A6000 serves as a more inexpensive introduction to their lineup, one which continues to stand up tall against many of the pricier camera options.

The Sony Alpha 6000 is very skilled at tracking moving targets, with its 11fps burst shooting a great choice to help you to capture the perfect moment.

The OLED viewfinder, containing 1.44million dots, with its tilting LCD, stand out from the spec sheet, even if it lacks touch sensitivity, while NFC and Wi-Fi round things off very well.

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Sony RX100 IV

Sony RX100 IV 20.1 MP Premium Compact Digital Camera w/ 1-inch Sensor,...
  • World's first1 201 MP 1" Exmor RS stacked back illuminated CMOS, High resolution 4K movie recording with direct pixel...
  • Operating temperature:Approx. 0-40°C (32-104°F).Super-speed Anti-Distortion Shutter at max 1/32000 sec up to 16fps,...
  • Retractable XGA OLED Tru-Finer viewfinder and Sharp 3" multi-angle LCD, Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi and...
  • Great picture quality
  • High-quality EVF
  • LCD lacks touch sensitivity
  • No in-camera raw processing
  • 20.1 MP 1" Exmor RS CMOS sensor
  • 4K video
  • Retractable XGA OLED Tru-Finer viewfinder
  • 3" multi-angle LCD
  • Wi-Fi and NFC

Sony has made a pattern of updating its many Alpha and Cyber-shot strands while keeping earlier models in those series still available for purchase, and that has resulted in there usually being a selection of capable choices at various price points, at any one time.

Having been updated by a mark V choice, the RX100 Mark IV is but one example of this, and it is this latter option we think has come out on top.

It is much cheaper compared to the RX100 Mark V, though it still manages to provide a lot of what that camera is capable of, like a 20.1MP sensor (albeit one that is a little different) and 24 to 70mm f/1.8 2.8 lens, along with exactly the same EVF and tilting display.

In fact, it has a handful of benefits over that camera as well, such as a significantly better battery life, while videographers will be content with the choice to capture both regular 4K as well as slow-motion more easily at a lower resolution.

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Conclusion for Best Digital Cameras

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As you can see, there are a wealth of fantastic cameras doing the rounds this year for all calibers of photographers, whether novice or professional. As you can see for yourself, the models above really are among the best digital cameras.

Whatever you’re looking for, there is something to fit every taste.

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