Best Digital Cameras

Between DSLRs, camcorders, point and shoot cameras and the rest, shopping for a digital camera can be a minefield. It’s important to know the whole picture and what to look for so that you can find one that helps you capture the moments that matter. Continue reading...

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Best Digital Camera

Canon EOS 6D
DSLR Cameras

Canon EOS 6D

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4.3 from 14 reviews

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II has a 26.2 Megapizel full frame sensor and a dual pixel image processor, letting users take high quality photos in all kinds of situations and settings, including in low light environments and action shots.

Takes high quality images
Easy to use
  • Megapixels26.2MP
  • Sensor Size35mm Full Frame
  • ISO

    100 - 40000

  • Mechanical Shutter Speed1/4000 seconds
  • FeaturesAuto Focus, Bluetooth, Raw Mode, Self-timer, Touchscreen, Viewfinder and Wi-Fi
  • Lens MountEF-Mount (Electronic Focus Mount)
  • PortsSD Card Slot
  • Colour / FinishBlack
2nd Best Digital Camera
Sony A6000
Mirrorless Cameras

Sony A6000

4.0 from 10 reviews

The ability to manually control the Sony A6000 lets you be more creative with your images - without having the bulkiness of a DSLR.

  • Megapixels24.3MP
  • Sensor SizeAPS-C
  • ISO100 - 51200
  • Electronic Shutter Speed30 - 1/4000 seconds
  • FeaturesAuto Focus, Digital Image Stabilisation, Digital Zoom, Interchangeable Lens, Raw Mode, Viewfinder and Wi-Fi
  • Lens MountE-Mount (Sony)
  • Ports2.5mm Remote Release and Accessory Shoe / Hot Shoe
  • Colour / FinishGray, Black
  • Dimensions 66.9 x 120 x 45.1 mm
3rd Best Digital Camera
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500
4.8 from 6 reviews

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 has features that allow shooting in all kinds of situations - including macro and action shots - and is capable of 4K video recording, making it popular with those who want to take both photos and videos.

Price (RRP) $1,599.00

  • Megapixels20.9MP
  • Sensor Size1"
  • ISO80-25600
  • Aperturef/2.8-f/4.5
  • Mechanical Shutter Speed1/4000 - 60 seconds
  • Electronic Shutter Speed1/16000 - 1 seconds
  • Max Video Resolution4K, Ultra HD (3840 x 2160)
  • Frame Rates30fps
  • FeaturesDigital Image Stabilisation, Digital Zoom, Eye-Tracking Focus, Raw Mode, Self-timer, Touchscreen, Viewfinder and Wi-Fi
  • Ports2.5mm Remote Release, 3.5mm Headphone, 3.5mm Microphone, Accessory Shoe / Hot Shoe, HDMI Micro and SD Card Slot
  • Colour / FinishBlack
  • Dimensions 101.9 x 137.6 x 134.7 mm
Canon EOS M50
DSLR Cameras

Canon EOS M50

4.0 from 8 reviews

With the Canon EOS M50 Mark II, you can shoot high-quality photos and 4K videos in even more difficult lighting conditions, making it suitable for creating all types of content.

Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ220
4.0 from 6 reviews

Delivering high performance with a 15x zoom lens and a 1-inch sensor as well as having Bluetooth connection and a compact design, the Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ220 is the perfect travel buddy.

Price (RRP) $1,199.00

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Sony Alpha A7 III
Mirrorless Cameras

Sony Alpha A7 III

4.2 from 5 reviews

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Price (RRP) $2,879.00

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Action Cameras

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Canon Powershot G7X II
Compact Cameras

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Action Cameras

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Nikon D500
DSLR Cameras

Nikon D500

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Price (RRP) $2,499.00

Canon EOS R
Mirrorless Cameras

Canon EOS R

4.0 from 4 reviews

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Action Cameras

DJI Osmo Pocket

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1.6 from 20 reviews

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Types of digital cameras

Someone holding a digital camera and taking a photo of four of their friends.

Compact cameras · See All

Compact digital cameras are small (usually enough to fit in your pocket) and portable, and generally have basic features that make them great for casual use or for those who aren’t all too fussed about taking very high-quality pictures. Because of their simple operation and lack of advanced features, they’re also referred to as ‘point and shoot’ cameras.

These cameras have fixed lenses, however different models come with different features, with some even having advanced features like long zooms and full manual controls.

Pros

Lightweight, compact, and highly portable.
Accessible in that they’re easy to learn how to use.
More affordable than other types of cameras.

Cons

Can be redundant, as many entry-level models won’t take better photos than a decent smartphone camera.
Many don’t have manual controls, so you can’t control elements like aperture and shutter speed.

A side by side comparison of the Nikon Coolpix P1000 and the Canon Powershot G7X.

Some compact cameras are more compact than others. On the left is the Nikon Coolpix P1000, on the right is the Canon Powershot G7X II.

DSLR cameras · See All

DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras work by light hitting a mirror inside the body angled at 45°, which then goes straight up into the optical viewfinder which lets you see exactly what the lens is seeing. When you take a photo, the mirror moves out of the way, revealing the image sensor.

Pros

Capture high quality images.
Generally have a great battery life.
Since they’re the standard, there’s a huge range of lenses and accessories you can use, enabling extensive customisation.
Have an ergonomic build.
Have a larger sensor, so typically have high resolution and perform well in low light situations.
Have fast autofocus which is important when shooting wildlife, sports, or action.

Cons

Bulkier and heavier than other types of cameras.
Tend to be louder than alternatives due to having more moving parts.
Video quality is generally lower than other cameras unless you go for a higher-end model.

Mirrorless cameras · See All

Mirrorless cameras don’t have the system of mirrors you’d find in a DSLR, and because of this, don’t have an optical viewfinder. This means you’re not seeing exactly what the lens sees, but what the imaging sensor sees, so you’ll see - either through the LCD screen or an electronic viewfinder - exactly what will be captured.

Pros

Smaller and lighter than DSLRs.
Can capture very high quality images.
Offers manual (as well as automated) control to a degree, giving you more power over how you like to shoot.
Many have interchangeable lenses, which gives you more creative freedom to take the kinds of photos you want.
Less prone to shaking than a DSLR, which can help with image stabilisation.
Has high shutter speeds and better focusing than a DSLR, so you can take photos at a faster rate.

Cons

Usually don’t have very lasting battery life (around half that of a DSLR).
Some find that the lack of an optical viewfinder makes it more difficult to truly see what you’re capturing.
Less accurate autofocus than a DSLR.
Have a smaller sensor than DSLRs, which makes them less ideal for shooting in low light.

A side by side comparison of the Canon EOS 6D Mk II and the Sony a6000.

On the left: the Canon EOS 6D Mk II DSLR Camera. On the right: the Sony Alpha 6000 Mirrorless Camera.

Action cameras · See All

Action cameras, like GoPro cameras, are generally smaller, water and weatherproof cameras that have some kind of housing that protects them even when they’re dropped, knocked, or tossed around. They have a more rugged design and are primarily used for capturing video, usually for outdoor and adventure sports.

Pros

Usually extremely weatherproof, and so can be taken underwater and have a high degree of dust resistance.
Can usually be mounted on a helmet or on your body.
Can withstand a lot of wear and tear without sustaining any real damage.

Cons

Image quality is usually not very high - it will usually be a bit worse than the average smartphone.
Often have minimal settings to play around with (although this may be a good thing for those just wanting to capture raw footage without fussing around with controls).

Video cameras · See All

Video cameras (or camcorders) are primarily used for recording video. You can find compact video cameras right through to larger, professional video cameras.

Pros

Produce high quality video.
Offer longer recording times than camera alternatives, as they have high-capacity battery options.
Superior audio capability.
Generally have straps that make it easier to hold it steady while you record video.
Often have large, built-in LCD screens and electronic viewfinders that let you easily monitor your recordings.

Cons

Generally have smaller sensors than other cameras, which can make shooting in low light difficult - however, more advanced models will have larger sensors.
While they have the option to capture photos, these won’t be a match in quality to DSLRs, mirrorless, or even many compact cameras.

What to look for in a digital camera

Size and weight

Whether you’re a casual photo-taker or a pro, a camera’s size and weight will affect how - and if - you use your camera. Going for a DSLR when you just want to take some photos on the odd getaway may make you less inclined to actually take your camera out - and you might miss important moments in the process.

Ease of use

You should also consider the controls, making sure that buttons, switches, and dials are ergonomic and easy to use. Many cameras will have an LCD touchscreen which can make them more user-friendly.

Those looking for an action camera should also look for automatic features; the less you have to do while you’re on the move, the better.

Image quality

Megapixels are often mentioned in camera ads; this number indicates how fine the resolution will be in a final photo, but you generally won’t need more than 16 megapixels unless you’re getting your photos turned into large prints.

Other features that affect image quality include:

  • Shutter speed. Slow shutter speeds enable you to take photos at night without flash, while fast shutter speeds let you take photos that focus on moving objects. Look for a camera that offers a wide range of shutter speeds to be able to take both.
  • Aperture (f-stops). Aperture is an opening in the lens that controls how much light comes into your camera. Changing the aperture lets you brighten or darken an image without changing the shutter speed as well as change the depth of field (the level of clarity or blurriness of different elements in a photo).
  • White balance. This is a process of adjusting colours to make lighting in your images more natural, which is particularly useful if you’re shooting with artificial light.

Sensor size

The size of the image sensor in a camera determines how much light it uses to create an image - a bigger sensor will therefore produce better images. These days, manufacturers are even making smartphones and compact cameras with larger sensors, so this isn’t only a consideration for those in the market for a mirrorless or DSLR camera.

Features

Digital cameras can come with a host of features that can help make your camera easier to use or help you produce “better” images.

  • Wi-Fi: This lets you wirelessly send photos from your camera to your smartphone, tablet, or other device.
  • Self-timer: delays the shutter, and is most often used to let users set up the camera and then jump into the frame to take a photo of themselves.
  • Raw mode: lets you capture uncompressed data from the image sensor in your camera - most professional photographers shoot in RAW because it lets them work with all the raw elements of a photo in post-processing. The trade-off is that RAW files are much larger than JPEG files.
  • Digital zoom: enlarges pixels in the centre of a photo and crops out the rest, which makes it look like the subject is magnified. This will also lower the image quality.
  • Auto focus: adjusts the lens to automatically focus on a subject, so that you don’t have to do it manually.
  • Digital image stabilisation: is software in a camera that prevents the occurrence of blurred images caused by camera shake or poor lighting, and is handy when shooting during sunrise and sunset, indoors, or without a tripod.
  • Eye-tracking focus: picks up your subject’s eyes and tracks them as they move around the frame, keeping them in focus.
  • In-body image stabilisation: (also called optical image stabilisation) has the same effect as digital image stabilisation, however does this using mechanical gyroscopes that move the lens to stabilise the image while you’re shooting. This is generally more effective than digital image stabilisation.

Video capability

Even if you’re not in the market for a video or action camera, there are some specs to look out for if you think you’ll be recording video at any point.

The higher the resolution, the more detail you can record. Available options include HD (720p), Full HD (1080p), and 4K (2160p), with 4K being able to record exceptional clarity.

You should also consider frame rates; the higher the frame rate, the smoother your video recordings will be. A high frame rate, for example of over 120fps, will also let you capture slow motion footage. The higher resolution you shoot at, however, may mean you’ll have to sacrifice a higher frame rate.

Accessories

Cameras that are compatible with different accessories can help you customise how you like to shoot. However, you’ll need to check the type of mounts that your camera uses - if you already have some DSLR lenses, you won’t be able to put them on a mirrorless model.

Some manufacturers sell converters that let you attach different lens types, but this often means that other features of your lens or body may take a hit.

Common accessories include:

  • Lenses: Popular lenses include fixed-length, wide angle, zoom, and macro lenses.
  • External flash: This is more powerful than a camera’s built-in flash and gives users more control over light levels, as you can angle it in different ways depending on your desired effect. It also gets rid of that pesky red-eye.
  • Tripod: These are useful if you’re recording video or shooting with a telephoto lens. Most decent digital cameras can be mounted to a tripod.

Cost

You can get basic and advanced models for all camera types, which means that how much you fork out for a camera can vary a lot. For example, an entry-level mirrorless camera will be cheaper than a premium point and shoot.

Expect to pay:

  • Compact cameras: entry-level models in the $100 to $200 range, while more advanced point and shoots start at around $500 but can cost over $1000.
  • DSLR cameras (body only): $600 to $2000, with professional quality models sometimes starting at around $6000.
  • Mirrorless cameras (body only): $600 to upwards of $1500.
  • Video cameras: $200 for compact handycams to over $2000 for advanced models.
  • Action cameras: between $60 and $600, with more premium models available.