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#1

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EOS 200D

Canon EOS 200D

78 Reviews
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£441.59

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Jan 2018
Good for everyday photography, this is the highest scoring portrait photography camera around
#2

89

Lumix DC-TZ90

Panasonic Lumix DC‑TZ90

20 Reviews + 2 Awards
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£370.00

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Oct 2017
A new and award winning compact digital camera, with a low price and great features
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88

M3

Canon M3

9 Reviews
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£319.00

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24.2MP
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Jun 2017
A high image quality and best selling MILC camera, good for portrait photography
#4

88

ILCE-6000

Sony ILCE‑6000

916 Reviews + 9 Awards
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£354.02

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Nov 2016
A best selling and high image quality MILC camera, with an Editor's Choice award from four expert review websites and 8 further awards from other expert sites
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88

D3400

Nikon D3400

831 Reviews + 6 Awards
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£282.05

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24.2MP
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Nov 2017
A high image quality and best selling SLR digital camera, good for sports photography
#6

88

Cybershot DSC-WX500

Sony Cybershot DSC‑WX500

967 Reviews
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£239.00

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Sep 2017
A great value for money and newly released compact camera, good for landscape photography
#7

88

Powershot ELPH 360 HS

Canon Powershot ELPH 360 HS

231 Reviews
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£319.01

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Jul 2016
A top-value and very highly rated compact camera, with great features
#8

87

Powershot SX620

Canon Powershot SX620

402 Reviews + 2 Awards
dkamera.de - Highly RecommendedPhotographyBlog.com - Recommended
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£150.00

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Aug 2016
A best selling and affordable compact camera, good for everyday photography
#9

87

Pixpro AZ252

Kodak Pixpro AZ252

3 Reviews
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£89.99

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16MP
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Jul 2017
Good for everyday photography, this is the highest rated camera under £100
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87

Cybershot DSC-HX90V

Sony Cybershot DSC‑HX90V

177 Reviews + 6 Awards
Digital Versus - 5 StarCamera Labs - Highly RecommendedEphotozine - RecommendedPhotographyBlog.com - Highly Recommended
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£249.00

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Jan 2016
A very popular and excellent value for money compact digital camera, with great features and a huge 30x optical zoom
#11

87

EOS 1300D - Rebel T6

Canon EOS 1300D ‑ Rebel T6

274 Reviews
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£229.00

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18MP
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Jun 2016
A multi award winning and best selling SLR digital camera, with great features and a fair price
#12

87

EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D

874 Reviews + 3 Awards
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£499.00

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Oct 2017
Good for everyday photography, this is the highest scoring camera under £1,000
#13

87

IXUS 185

Canon IXUS 185

191 Reviews + 1 Award
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£79.00

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Jan 2017
A very popular and bargain price compact camera, good for wildlife photography
#14

87

Powershot SX720 HS

Canon Powershot SX720 HS

893 Reviews + 4 Awards
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£228.00

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A huge optical zoom and low cost compact digital camera, with multiple awards and very good features
#15

87

Z212

Praktica Z212

5 Reviews
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£84.99

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A bargain price and positively reviewed compact digital camera, good for wildlife photography
#16

87

K-70

Pentax K‑70

27 Reviews + 3 Awards
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£585.00

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A high image quality and award winning SLR camera, good for wildlife photography
#17

87

D3200

Nikon D3200

949 Reviews + 6 Awards
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£229.99

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A high image quality and very popular SLR camera, good for portrait photography
#18

87

Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

935 Reviews + 6 Awards
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£230.00

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Jul 2015
A low cost and fully featured MILC camera
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87

Luxmedia Z250

Praktica Luxmedia Z250

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£64.94

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A bargain price and top-rated compact camera, good for wildlife photography
#20

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IXUS 285 HS

Canon IXUS 285 HS

37 Reviews
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£129.99

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A fully featured and top-value compact digital camera, good for portrait photography

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What Are The Best Digital Camera Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every digital camera made by each brand and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated digital camera brand is Panasonic with an average rating of 86%.

Logo Brand Number of Digital Cameras Price Range Average Rating
Panasonic logo Panasonic Digital Cameras 36 £100 - £5,110 86%
Olympus logo Olympus Digital Cameras 36 £76 - £1,135 85%
Sony logo Sony Digital Cameras 80 £48 - £14,980 84%
Canon logo Canon Digital Cameras 101 £25 - £3,730 84%
Fujifilm logo Fujifilm Digital Cameras 50 £35 - £5,999 84%
Nikon logo Nikon Digital Cameras 102 £35 - £8,280 84%
Samsung logo Samsung Digital Cameras 25 £68 - £2,400 83%
Other brands Other Digital Camera Brands 113 £24 - £13,330

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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

In total we found 468 cameras ranging from £20 to £13,330. The average price of a new digital camera is £716 and 80% of digital cameras are priced between £84 and £1,549. The Leica S (Type 006) is the most expensive camera that we found at £13,330, and the Dorr Mini Retro is the cheapest at only £20.

Digital Camera Brands - Price Range

Hasselblad digital cameras start at £6,899 and the most expensive Hasselblad camera costs £8,388. The highest average camera price out of all brands is Hasselblad digital cameras with an average price of £7,644.

Leica cameras start at £210 and the most expensive Leica digital camera costs £13,330. The average price of Leica cameras is £2,589 which is the second highest average price of all digital camera brands.

Pentax digital cameras start at £79 and the most expensive Pentax camera costs £5,499. The average price of Pentax digital cameras is £903 which is the third highest average price of all camera brands.

Camera Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 16,033 expert reviews and 140,887 user reviews for digital cameras available online and used this data to calculate the average rating for each brand of digital camera. The top three camera brands are Fujitsu, Konica Minolta and Praktica. Fujitsu has an average rating of 94%, Konica Minolta has an average rating of 92% and Praktica has an average rating of 91%.

Biggest Camera Retailers

We found 404 current offers for digital cameras from Amazon UK making it the biggest digital camera retailer. That is more than twice as big as the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 188 current offers for digital cameras. The third biggest retailer is Harrison Cameras Direct with 128 current digital camera offers.

When Are Most New Cameras Released?

November to December is the most common period for new digital cameras to be released in. That means that most of the latest digital camera technology was released in within the last 3 months, and now is good time to buy. In 2017 most new cameras were released in November, with 41 new cameras released that month. 57 new cameras were released in February 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new camera releases. The biggest month in 2015 for new camera releases was December, with 27 new digital cameras released that month.

How Fast Do Camera Prices Drop After Release?

New cameras drop in price by an average of 1% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. On a typical new camera costing £716, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average £4.

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.

The most frequently found camera type amongst new cameras is compact. We found 754 cameras that are compact digital cameras. The second most common camera type amongst new digital cameras is SLR. We found 184 digital cameras that are SLR digital 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.

Comparing all digital cameras, the megapixels range from 0.3MP to 80MP. The megapixels of the majority of digital cameras range from 14MP to 18MP. The FujifilmGFX 50S has the highest megapixels. This digital camera is a 51.4MP digital camera and is available at £5,999.00. The camera with the lowest megapixels is the FujifilmGFX 50S, which is a 1MP camera and is on sale for £56.01.

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.

Across the range of cameras, the optical zooms range from 1x to 83x. The optical zooms of most digital cameras range from 1x to 6.4x. The camera with the biggest optical zoom is the NikonCoolpix P900, which is an 83x optical zoom digital camera and currently retails for £389.99. The NikonCoolpix P900, which is on sale for £749.00, has the smallest optical zoom and is a 1x optical zoom 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 Digital Camera Retailers

The biggest camera retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon UK. We found 404 current camera offers from Amazon UK. The second biggest camera retailer is eBay with 188 offers. That means Amazon UK is more than twice as big as eBay when it comes to cameras. Harrison Cameras Direct is the third biggest retailer with 128 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Cameras?

The shop that most frequently offered the cheapest price on digital cameras is Amazon UK and offers the cheapest price on 209 digital cameras.

Proportion of Digital Cameras for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

With the cheapest price on 51.7% of its cameras, Amazon UK is most frequently the cheapest digital camera shop.