Best digital cameras

Here are some of the best current cameras on the market

Over the last few months, we've reviewed a lot of great cameras that are designed not only for people who already know how to take photos, but also for beginners.

While it's true that the bottom end of the digital compact camera market has now been largely take over by smartphone cameras (after all, a smartphone camera is great for opportune snaps), cameras further up the scale are still a better proposition when you want to capture a moment in high quality or in difficult lighting conditions.

So-called travel cameras with big optical zoom lenses are great all-rounders due to their ability to capture both wide and tele-zoom shots (look at the Canon SX700 and Panasonic TZ60 below), while digital SLR cameras are still a hit with serious photographers (see the Nikon D7100 and Nikon Df). Mirrorless cameras (or compact system cameras) are touted as being digital SLR replacements, mainly because they are smaller, yet still give you the ability to change lenses to suit your needs (Fujifilm, Olympus, Panasonic, Samsung, and Sony play in this arena).

In this snapshot, we've included some of the best digital cameras that we've reviewed this year (and also included cameras from last year that are still current). We'll keep this list updated as more cameras roll through our Test Centre throughout the year.

Cyber-shot RX100 III

1. Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III compact digital camera

Even though the RX100 III packs a viewfinder, flash, and hinged screen, it's still small enough to fit in a pants pocket. Best of all, its image quality is excellent.
Review Date: 25th July, 2014
RRP: $ 1,099.00
PowerShot SX700 HS

2. Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon's PowerShot SX700 HS is a powerful little camera that can be used in a whole heap situations, from regular landscapes to long tele-zooms. It's a fun camera to use and well worth considering, especially if you want a camera ...
Review Date: 13th April, 2014
RRP: $ 400.00
Lumix DMC-TZ60

3. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 compact camera

Panasonic's latest Travel Zoom camera, the TZ60, offers a massive optical zoom of 30x in a body that can easily slip into a pants pocket. It's small camera with lots of versatility and it ticks almost all the boxes requires ...
Review Date: 21st March, 2014
RRP: $ 549.00

4. Samsung NX30 camera

Samsung is onto a good thing with the NX30 interchangeable lens camera, but we shouldn't be surprised: NX cameras have been good since the release of the NX10. The NX30 can capture clear and vibrant images, and it has lots ...
Review Date: 28th April, 2014
RRP: $ 1,099.00

5. Nikon D610 digital SLR camera

Nikon's D610 is a great value camera for anyone wanting to move from a crop sensor to a full-frame model. Its performance is great overall, and the build of the camera is solid. We like it.
Review Date: 23rd Jan., 2014
RRP: $ 2,300.00

6. Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera

The OM-D E-M1 takes over as the flagship camera for Olympus. It's a Micro Four Thirds-based camera with a stack of features that's aimed at those of you who want more of a 'pro' feel from a compact system camera. ...
Review Date: 18th Nov., 2013
RRP: $ 2,399.00
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7. Olympus PEN E-P5 camera

The retro styling of the Olympus PEN E-P5 cloaks what is essentially a technical powerhouse when it comes to cameras. We love the image quality and ease of use of this camera, and its Wi-Fi feature is so far the ...
Review Date: 22nd Oct., 2013
RRP: $ 1,499.95
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8. Nikon D7100 camera

Nikon’s D7100 is a considerable upgrade to our favourite semi-pro camera of the last few years. A much more detailed and more capable image sensor is the big improvement, while the controls and body get a minor do-over. Video is ...
Review Date: 6th Sept., 2013
RRP: $ 1,799.95
Editor's Choice
PowerShot G16

9. Canon PowerShot G16 camera

Canon's PowerShot G16 is a solidly built compact that supplies good versatility thanks to its f/18 lens and fast overall performance. We suggest considering it if you want something with a fixed lens that can capture images in high detail.
Review Date: 9th Dec., 2013
RRP: $ 470.00

10. Panasonic LUMIX GX7 camera

Panasonic’s LUMIX GX7 is the most feature-packed compact camera we’ve seen. All of these features are useful to varying degrees, but the overall package is a versatile one. The GX7 is a great compromise between the small size of a ...
Review Date: 26th Aug., 2013
RRP: $ 1,349.00
Lumix DMC-GH3

11. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 camera

The Lumix DMC-GH3 has all sorts of buttons and dials that can help you set the scene for your photos. If you use them correctly, you'll end up with images that are clean, highly detailed, and a pleasure to look ...
Review Date: 26th Sept., 2013
RRP: $ 2,999.00
Lumix DMC-FZ1000

12. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 digital camera with 4K video shooting

This is a camera for those of you who want a shooter than can perform well for both still shots and video recordings. It has a long zoom, plenty of speed, and can capture pictures with great clarity. It's a ...
Review Date: 23rd July, 2014
RRP: $ 1,199.00
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13. Nikon Df digital SLR camera

Nikon's Df is a pro camera with creative users in mind. The dials, numbers, and overall design of the body hark back to different era, but they provide tactile control that is welcomed in this age of buttons and menus. ...
Review Date: 4th June, 2014
RRP: $ 2,999.00

14. Fujifilm X-T1 compact system camera

The Fujifilm X-T1 stands out in a sea of compact system cameras, mainly due to its tactile exposure controls and excellent electronic viewfinder. It's expensive, but nevertheless an interesting proposition if you're after a small, high-performance camera that gives you ...
Review Date: 20th June, 2014
RRP: $ 1,999.00
PowerShot G1X Mark II

15. Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II camera

Canon's PowerShot G1X Mark II is a substantial compact camera that can't easily fit in your pocket. It's a good shooter, though, and it gives you the choice to either take advantage of its extensive scene modes, or to wrestle ...
Review Date: 25th June, 2014
RRP: $ 818.00
Coolpix P340

16. Nikon Coolpix P340

Nikon's small, pocketable Coolpix P340 can be used as a point-and-shoot camera, but it also allows you to take control of the exposure and get creative. It has limitations with regards to shooting on overly bright days, and also in ...
Review Date: 15th July, 2014
RRP: $ 450.00
Stylus TG-850

17. Olympus TG-850 review

More effort has gone into the TG-850’s design than its photographic abilities. Night photos and videos will come out grainy, but the people this camera is intended for will seldom need a tough camera at night. Rather the TG-850 is ...
Review Date: 30th April, 2014
RRP: $ 399.00

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