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Should You Buy a Canon Digital Camera?

Matthew
Updated 10 September 2020
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should you buy a Canon Digital Camera?

Canon is one of the most popular digital camera brands as well as being well known for its inkjet printers, camcorders and photo printers.

We've collated all the key information on Canon digital cameras in this handy guide. We've analysed over 130,000 user and expert reviews and over 4,300 awards from hundreds of different review sites on over 1,900 digital cameras to impartially compare each digital camera brand.

Canon are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range and award winning digital cameras. Their digital cameras start at £36 for the PowerShot S120 which has a weight of 217g, an optical zoom of 5x and is a compact digital camera and go up to £4,199 for the EOS R5 which has a weight of 650g, an optical zoom of §x and is a mirrorless digital camera. The average price of a new Canon digital camera is £511.

Canon are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range and award winning digital cameras.

Is Canon the Best Digital Camera Brand?

So are Canon digital cameras any good? We give every digital camera a Kagoo Score by analysing its specs, reviews and prices and comparing this to its competitors. By aggregating this data across all digital cameras we are able to impartially rank all the digital camera brands.

Canon is ranked the No. 1 best digital camera brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Canon is the actually best digital camera brand out there.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
32,058 reviews
#2
Japan
92%
92%
25,178 reviews
#3
Japan
92%
92%
4,474 reviews
#4
Japan
91%
91%
13,026 reviews
#5
Japan
87%
87%
6,855 reviews
#6
86%
86%
1,098 reviews
#7
Polaroid
83%
83%
2,234 reviews
#8
Japan
82%
82%
3,002 reviews
#9
80%
80%
1,745 reviews
#10
79%
79%
832 reviews
#11
79%
79%
58 reviews
#12
South Korea
78%
78%
4,344 reviews
#13
Ricoh
77%
77%
122 reviews
#14
Sigma
76%
76%
396 reviews
#15
Praktica
75%
75%
94 reviews
#16
Fuji
74%
74%
0 reviews
#17
Aquapix
71%
71%
62 reviews
#18
easypix
70%
70%
102 reviews
#19
SeaLife
67%
67%
4 reviews
#20
64%
64%
82 reviews
#21
Hasselblad
63%
63%
98 reviews
#22
Mamiya
63%
63%
2 reviews
#23
GE
United States
61%
61%
210 reviews
#24
HP
United States
61%
61%
14 reviews
#25
Bell+Howell
61%
61%
19 reviews
#26
LG
South Korea
56%
56%
2 reviews
#27
Trevi
55%
55%
0 reviews
#28
Dorr
54%
54%
0 reviews
#29
VTech
53%
53%
1 review

Let's look at how Canon digital cameras compare to the other digital camera brands across each of the key facets that make up the Kagoo Score.

Reviews Value for Money Features Popularity Selection
All digital camera Brands
Canon Digital Cameras

There's a wide selection of Canon digital cameras available compared to other digital camera brands, with over 80 Canon digital cameras currently on the market in the UK. At an average purchase price of £511, Canon digital cameras also tend to be cheaper than most other digital camera brands which makes them a popular choice with consumers.

The average review score for a Canon digital camera is 85%.

Canon have better reviews than the typical digital camera brand, with the average rating of a Canon digital camera being 85%. Canon have a number of great features including rechargeable battery which sets them apart from the competition.

No. Of Digital Cameras
Average Price
£554
£0 £100 £200 £300 £400 £500 £600 £700 £800 £900 £5,899
Price Distribution of All Digital Cameras
No. Of Digital Cameras
Average Price
£511
£0 £100 £200 £300 £400 £500 £600 £700 £800 £900 £5,899
Price Distribution of Canon Digital Cameras

What Do the Canon Digital Camera Reviews Say?

We've added up all the reviews for every Canon digital camera to work out the average distribution of reviews for Canon and then compared this to the other digital camera brands.

Canon logo

Expert Reviews

5 stars
1,607
4 stars
2,616
3 stars
416
2 stars
45
1 star
4
Canon logo

User Reviews

5 stars
16,438
4 stars
4,807
3 stars
1,019
2 stars
546
1 star
611
Canon has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert and user reviews for its digital cameras than most other brands.

Over 90% of expert reviews and 91% of user reviews for Canon digital cameras are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 90% and 88% respectively across all Digital Camera brands.

Purchasers of Canon digital cameras frequently mentioned that the product was good quality, easy to use and takes good landscape photos. Their digital cameras have also won 950+ awards.

In the table below we compare the average review score given to Canon digital cameras by some of the most popular technology review sites against their reviews for other digital camera brands. The best review score from each review source is highlighted in green.

Average Review Score Canon Nikon Sony Samsung Panasonic
CNET.com logo
75%
419 reviews
73%
339 reviews
75%
214 reviews
74%
125 reviews
80%
83 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
79%
122 reviews
83%
138 reviews
82%
103 reviews
77%
41 reviews
84%
91 reviews
PhotographyBlog.com logo
82%
124 reviews
82%
139 reviews
87%
64 reviews
82%
49 reviews
87%
43 reviews
Techradar logo
79%
126 reviews
74%
136 reviews
80%
64 reviews
70%
42 reviews
82%
44 reviews
Ephotozine logo
78%
105 reviews
77%
132 reviews
86%
51 reviews
79%
44 reviews
88%
43 reviews
Chip.de logo
75%
110 reviews
75%
91 reviews
83%
70 reviews
71%
42 reviews
84%
32 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
75%
103 reviews
70%
81 reviews
79%
57 reviews
67%
30 reviews
87%
39 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
77%
81 reviews
74%
76 reviews
77%
42 reviews
72%
30 reviews
84%
33 reviews
Pocket Lint logo
81%
75 reviews
81%
71 reviews
82%
39 reviews
77%
29 reviews
86%
34 reviews
PC Mag logo
72%
93 reviews
74%
62 reviews
78%
46 reviews
69%
23 reviews
75%
19 reviews
Digital Versus logo
77%
74 reviews
70%
63 reviews
82%
44 reviews
70%
31 reviews
87%
29 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
79%
71 reviews
81%
61 reviews
82%
42 reviews
79%
31 reviews
83%
26 reviews
dkamera.de logo
84%
79 reviews
87%
66 reviews
89%
39 reviews
85%
19 reviews
90%
22 reviews
What Digital Camera logo
88%
61 reviews
87%
50 reviews
88%
41 reviews
85%
31 reviews
88%
26 reviews
Good Gear Guide.com.au logo
80%
57 reviews
76%
44 reviews
74%
30 reviews
73%
23 reviews
79%
18 reviews
photoreview.com.au logo
87%
58 reviews
87%
36 reviews
87%
38 reviews
86%
8 reviews
88%
29 reviews
Camera Labs logo
83%
80 reviews
84%
37 reviews
85%
30 reviews
83%
2 reviews
86%
16 reviews
tecnozoom.it logo
73%
62 reviews
74%
50 reviews
77%
24 reviews
76%
22 reviews
78%
5 reviews
01net.com logo
76%
37 reviews
80%
33 reviews
87%
37 reviews
70%
26 reviews
91%
27 reviews
stuff.tv logo
88%
45 reviews
92%
37 reviews
93%
32 reviews
76%
9 reviews
91%
22 reviews
Other Expert Sites
75%
2,442 reviews
75%
1,999 reviews
73%
1,450 reviews
70%
906 reviews
76%
752 reviews
Average
79%
4,424 reviews
79%
3,741 reviews
82%
2,557 reviews
76%
1,563 reviews
85%
1,433 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Canon Digital Cameras Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 954 industry awards for Canon digital cameras. This means that Canon has more awards for its digital cameras than any other brand. The table below compares the number of awards received by Canon to other popular digital camera brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

Canon has more awards for its digital cameras than any other brand.

Compare all award winning digital cameras

Number of Awards Canon Nikon Sony Samsung Panasonic
PhotographyBlog.com logo
103
111
57
40
38
Ephotozine logo
67
73
42
25
40
Camera Labs logo
90
44
36
26
Lydogbilde.no logo
31
56
31
13
56
CNET.com logo
32
34
17
9
11
Trusted Reviews logo
26
27
19
13
16
DP Review logo
29
29
24
5
13
photoreview.com.au logo
27
19
23
4
23
Pocket Lint logo
21
22
18
7
23
01net.com logo
15
18
25
8
20
What Digital Camera logo
25
17
18
9
15
Digitaltrends.com logo
23
19
24
7
5
Expert Reviews logo
20
20
11
5
16
reviewed.com logo
14
14
17
5
9
buy-n-shoot.com logo
20
9
14
8
3
M3.idg.se logo
12
16
8
6
6
PC Mag logo
13
16
13
2
2
Digital Versus logo
7
9
14
3
12
Les Numeriques.com logo
10
8
11
1
13
letsgodigital.org/nl/ logo
19
14
5
3
2
Other Expert Sites
350
289
239
115
154
Total
954
864
666
288
503

How Reliable Are Canon Digital Cameras?

We checked over 130,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Canon digital cameras. over 3,000 of these reviews mention reliability of which 90% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of Canon digital camera owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

90% of reviewers think Canon digital cameras are reliable.

So, most people think that Canon digital cameras are good quality. Now let's take a look at some of the reviews for Canon digital cameras that mention reliability:

RELIABLE

the end result is a sturdy
Good Gear Guide.com.au
built in Wi-Fi
Ephotozine
has very good build quality
digitalcamerareview.com
built in WiFi
bobatkins.com
large rugged camera with a sharp lens
PC Mag
Canon PowerShot D20 review The Canon PowerShot D20 is a rugged waterproof camera designed for use outdoors in the kind of environmental conditions you'd hesitate to take a conventional camera
Camera Labs
robust Bad points Sound on video is mono-only
v3.co.uk
A rugged waterproof camera with dependable image
Expert Reviews
The new camera is well-built
Digital Versus
sturdy bodies
CNET.co.uk
PDN is a member of the Technical Image Press Association which has contracted with Image Engineering to perform detailed lab tests of digital cameras
pdnonline.com
Its well-built body offers three dials
DP Review
The Canon Powershot D20 is a rugged
Neocamera.com
a nifty feat of engineering
Techradar
The PowerShot D20 is Canon's second entry into the waterproof/rugged camera space where it joins offerings from the likes of Pentax
digicamera.com
waterproof digital compact cameras
Pocket Lint

NOT RELIABLE

Outstanding compactCanon has broken with the top quality compact mob with the S100
dpexpert.com.au
autofocus performance isn't up to scratch
Expert Reviews
I was broke
gizmodo.in
Canon have broken new ground with the PowerShot SX50 HS - as the name suggests
Ephotozine
Canon’s PowerShot D10 is certainly not the first waterproof
buy-n-shoot.com
Its build quality could be better
CNET.co.uk
The Canon EOS 80D takes almost everything that was missing or not quite up to scratch in the already impressive 70D
Pocket Lint
it's very plasticky
stuffmideast.com
isn't the fastest tough camera that we've tested
PC Mag
poor construction
computeractive.co.uk
it’s very plasticky
stuff.tv
Poor Build Quality
Argos.co.uk
honestly it is very hard force myself to use it as this takes such good photo's Can't comment on the reliability issues faced by some reviewers here
amazon.co.uk
The build quality on the M6 feels a lot more plasticky than the M
johnlewis.com
We did explain that the unit's waterproofing was defective
Amazon

Features to Look Out For On Canon Digital Cameras

There's a number of great features to look out for on the latest range of Canon digital cameras that set them apart from the competition. These include rechargeable battery.

Canon Rechargeable Battery

A rechargable battery means tht the battery pack in the camera can be recharged, meaning no need to constantly replace them with other batteries.

Canon digital cameras that have a rechargeable battery include the Canon PowerShot SX730 HS (£222), the Canon PowerShot SX740 HS (£266) and the Canon EOS 90d (£950).

What is the Best Mid-Range Canon Digital Camera?

Canon PowerShot SX730 HS

£221.99
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Canon PowerShot SX730 HS
Buy Now
Canon PowerShot SX730 HS
20.3MP
5184 X 3888
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
40x
OPTICAL ZOOM
FULL HD VIDEO
RESOLUTION
3.3
MINIMUM
1s
CAMERA
3,200
MAXIMUM ISO
276g
4x
DIGITAL ZOOM
3"
SCREEN

A great mid range choice, priced at £221.99 is the Canon PowerShot SX730 HS, which has a Kagoo Score of 88.

Features We Love:
High megapixels (20.3MP)
Huge optical zoom (40x)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels video resolution (1920x1080 pixels)
Image stabiliser
ok minimum aperture number (3.3)

A fully loaded and low cost 276g digital camera. It has an image stabiliser and a GPS, features smile detection and supports Wi-Fi.

94
Features
Fully-Featured
89
Popularity
Widely Available
81
Value for Money
Very Good
79
Age
3 Years Old
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent

The Canon PowerShot SX730 HS is 110.1mm wide, 63.8mm tall, 39.9mm deep and weighs 276g.

Canon PowerShot SX730 HS front view

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What is the Best High End Canon Digital Camera?

Canon EOS 90d

£949.99
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Canon EOS 90d
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Canon EOS 90d
6960 X 4640
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
32.5MP
3x
OPTICAL ZOOM
4K
VIDEO RESOLUTION
3.5
MINIMUM
256,000
MAXIMUM ISO
SPEED
1s
CAMERA
701g
3"
SCREEN

If you're looking for a high end Canon digital camera then the Canon EOS 90d takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 86, but is a bit more expensive at £949.99.

Features We Love:
Over 80 Different Canon Lenses Available
High megapixels (32.5MP)
Wide range of optical zooms depending on lens used
3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels video resolution (3840x2160 pixels)
High maximum ISO sensitivity (256,000)

A powerful and megapixels 701g camera, with the latest technology. It has a touchscreen and a GPS, does not have an image stabiliser and supports Wi-Fi.

96
Features
Fully-Featured
82
Popularity
Widely Available
69
Value for Money
Good
90
Age
14 Months Old
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent

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