The world of digital cameras can be incredibly confusing to a consumer. Apart from the million or so variants currently out on the market, there are also numerous features and countless aspects to consider. To make it easy, here is a list of the best digital cameras around with different appeals for different people.
Canon PowerShot SX600
Priced at around $180 this is by far the best compact digital camera around. Possessing a decent 18x zoom range and full HD recording, the SX600HS is capable of producing good quality images with minimal input from the user. The built in Wi-Fi will allow photos to be sent to a Smartphone or tablet allowing them to be shared on social networking platforms with minimal fuss. There is no touch screen feature but if you are looking to take a few good snaps here and there this will be more than sufficient.
A fantastic entry level camera under $500 that boats a high pixel count for superb detail reproduction and a nice kit lens. Apart from being easy to use, it also has the latest processing engine EPEED 4 built in. This gives the camera the ability to shoot 100 high quality JPEGS at a rate of 5 frames per second. There are few direct control features in addition to the screen not being touch sensitive. However, for quality of images, this is a great camera that a beginner can pick up and start snapping away.
Canon PowerShot SX260
A device that will probably be more suited to a frequent traveller, this latest release from Canon boasts a nice variety of features. Offering a huge mega zoom range and world class build quality, this compact digital camera can be picked up for around $600. Featuring a 12.1 MP backside-illuminated sensor and 20x optical zoom the SX260 will blow a person’s socks off. Easy to use menu navigation and a range of shooting options will help the user take high quality photos within minutes. Additional features also include Full HD movie recording; 10fps High-Speed Burst Shooting and built in GPS navigation.
This is an excellent camera. Priced at $2,600 this device is completely weatherproof, feels great in the hand and produces superior quality images. It is perfectly suited to enthusiast photographers with a high pixel count and good detail resolution. There is also the ability for continuous shooting up to 15 frames per second at a whooping 28 mega pixels. Ultra high shutter speed and a wide array of customisable options means the user can capture the perfect signature shot. If you are taking shots in low light, the NX-1 also possesses Adaptive Noise Reduction that will produce crystal clear images virtually free of noise.
Another nice addition from Nikon is this well-rounded enthusiast-level digital camera. The D750 has a 24.3 MP FX-format sensor paired with the latest EXPEED 4 image processor for incredibly fast frame rates. Enhanced definition and reduced noise together with Full HD cinematic video abilities means few other cameras are able to match the potential of this device. Additional features include full colour balance customisation and the ability to compare multiple exposures through a built in LCD menu screen that can be positioned at any angle. The D750 will set you back around $2,500.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
If you are looking for a quality compact camera with a large sensor, then this is the best you’re going to get. The LX100 offers an impressive combination between lens and sensor with the ability to record 4k video, and In camera raw editing. It boasts a bright zoom Leica lens capable of extremely fast focusing speeds. For the features it has, the size is amazingly small being packed into a stylish metal body making this an ideal compact camera for serious photographers. This is in addition to good noise performance, high performance electronic viewfinder, lots of physical controls and continuous shooting at 12 frames per second. Price tagged at around $1100.