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.
Best Digital Camera
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.
- Sensor Size35mm Full Frame
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
The ability to manually control the Sony A6000 lets you be more creative with your images - without having the bulkiness of a DSLR.
- 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
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
- Sensor Size1"
- 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
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.
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
Latest review: Unable to carry heavy cameras anymore, I bought my first Lumix, loved it and upgraded. Mostly take seascapes and seabirds, that need minimal editing and are used for publication. People are amazed by
Price (RRP) $499.00
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Latest review: I have owned the camera for over a year switched from Canon 5D MKiii. Impressed with the overall features and auto tracking capability. I would recommend this camera for anyone moving from crop to
Price (RRP) $2,879.00
Latest review: dont waste your money is my opinion. Worked about 5-6 times now wont download the videos / photos. 2nd one died within a month and no help from sjcam from china. The one that died was within a month
Price (RRP) $79.00
Latest review: I bought this camera six months ago. The picture/video quality is great and it has a very friendly interface. It is very light and portable and great for the everyday
Latest review: I did a lot of research and purchased this Panasonic to replace our old loved, but broken Sony. Although the photo and video quality is fantastic, this camera is disappointingly large for a compact
Price (RRP) $599.00
Latest review: Purchased the hero8 from jbhifi. Worked great for 2 weeks. Hardy, great footage, easy to use. Then, for no apparent reason, it bricked. No work, no film, nothing. 4 days into my honeymoon and it's
Price (RRP) $499.94
Latest review: Have now owned this for 6 months, and it's taken most of that time to get my head round it, but I conclude it is exceptional, the best camera I have ever owned ( including low end film slrs and
Latest review: I have been using D500 for almost a year now. Majority of my photography is wildlife and birds. I could not afford Nikon D5 hence had to go for D500. I am not disappointed. It is fast, auto focus is
Price (RRP) $2,499.00
Latest review: I was planning to write another detailed piece on this camera, but then it felt pointless because DPReview.com among other similar websites exist for this particular purpose. However, in case anyone
Latest review: There have been plenty of reviews left online for this device that out of the box performs well. I'd like to just briefly highlight a few minor issue that should be taken into consideration. It's
Latest review: These do fine for the price point. good entry level for sure. now I have the hang of what I need, I will be upgrading. Biggest complaints, which are easily overcome, but frustrating each time are, 1
Price (RRP) $99.95
Latest review: For my mind the Sena Prism Tube is the best motorcycle specific camera on the market. There is little doubt that the industry leader in the action camera market offers a great bit of kit that has
Latest review: I bought this camera in a rush when my Canon SX70 stopped working in a trip. It should be around $300 but I paid $395 in Kununurra where there is only one shop selling cameras. Of course, it doesn't
Latest review: Call me old fashioned liking a DSLR when everyone is going mirror-less but, I have my reasons for that mainly to do with the viewfinder. I have owned every 5D and I have to say that the Mk4 has the
Latest review: I went from a Nikon D90 to a Nikon D5500 a year ago. While that camera has great image quality, is light and has a great LCD, I was never really happy with the controls. I decided to add a Nikon
Price (RRP) $1,799.00
Types of digital cameras
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.
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.
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.
Action cameras, like , 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.
Video cameras (or camcorders) are primarily used for recording video. You can find compact video cameras right through to larger, professional video 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
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.
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.
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.
Digital cameras can come with a host of features that can help make your camera easier to use or help you produce “better” images.
- This lets you wirelessly send photos from your camera to your smartphone, tablet, or other device.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- adjusts the lens to automatically focus on a subject, so that you don’t have to do it manually.
- 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.
- picks up your subject’s eyes and tracks them as they move around the frame, keeping them in focus.
- (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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.