Top 10 digital cameras 2015

2015-03-29

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Don’t listen to what anyone says: Digital cameras aren’t dead and are still needed for everyday snaps.

While the rapid innovation in the smartphone segment means there are some new challenges for point and shoots, quality camera manufacturers are taking notice and evolving their own technology, so image quality and cameras themselves have never looked better.

Megapixels and sensor size continue to increase and camera bodies keep on getting sleeker, all while outfitting these devices with more manual controls and simpler learner curves. Check out our up-to-date list of the best digital cameras, which runs the gamut and includes everything from Micro Four Thirds, entry level pocket cams, and full-frame DSLRs.

Our best digital cameras list is continually updated as we review new products that enter the market. 

Our editor Mark Boardman loves Nikon cameras, though Canon are probably the market leader for more professional SLR’s, the one’s below are very affordable if you want to invest in a camera that will delivery amazing results (with alittle bit of testing) through youtube tutorials!

1. Nikon D750

Our Score 9

Nikon D750

Simply put, with its strong performance and high-quality photos and videos, the Nikon D750 is one of the best DSLRs we have ever tested.

  • Release price $2299.95
  • Width 5.6 in
  • Depth 3.1 in
  • Pros: Beautiful full-frame stills , Excellent 1080/60p movies , Speedy response
  • Cons: Expensive , Shutter speed tops out at 1/4,000 , Underexposes some scenes

 

2. Sony Alpha A7R

Our Score 9

Sony Alpha A 7R press image

The A7R is the flagship model in Sony’s new line of mirrorless full-frame cameras. It has more megapixels and no low-pass filter to achieve the highest quality images, but with a high price tag attached.

  • Features HD Video Recording, Articulating Screen, Wi-Fi, Live View
  • Release Date 12/1/2013
  • Release Price $2,299.99
  • Type Mirrorless/Micro Four-Thirds
  • Color Black
  • Pros: Full-frame sensor in compact body , Superb stills and videos , Excellent OLED EVF , Good quality…
  • Cons: No built-in flash , Slow burst mode , Battery could be stronger , Makes louder noises than A7

3. Samsung NX1

Our Score 9

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With the NX1, Samsung proves it can build a camera. It is the best APS-C model we’ve reviewed to date.

  • Dust and moisture resistant Yes
  • Width 5.45 in
  • Depth 2.7 in
  • Pros: One of the best APS-C cameras reviewed yet , Captures 4K videos directly to media card , Fast…
  • Cons: Limited number of S-series lenses , Doesn’t have DSLR stamina (for burst modes) , Heavier than…

4. Sony Alpha A7

Our Score 9

 Sony-Alpha-7-press-image

Once in a while we are treated to a groundbreaking camera that astounds us. For 2013, it’s Sony’s Alpha A7 compact mirrorless full-frame camera.

  • Features HD Video Recording, Articulating Screen, Wi-Fi, Live View
  • Release Date 12/1/2013
  • Release Price $1,999.99
  • Camera Type Mirrorless/Micro Four-Thirds
  • Color Black
  • Pros: Full-frame sensors in small bodies , Superb stills and videos , Excellent OLED EVF , Hybrid…
  • Cons: No built-in flash , Would love faster burst modes but you can’t have everything , Battery could be…

5. Sony Cyber-shot RX1

Our Score 9

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With its high price tag, the RX1 isn’t for casual users. But for pros and enthusiasts looking for a compact cam that can run alongside their DSLRs, it doesn’t get any better than this full-frame point-and-shoot.

  • Features HD video recording
  • Release Date 12/2012
  • Release Price $2799.99
  • Camera Type Point and shoot
  • Width 4.5″
  • Pros: Full-frame, 24.3-megapixel sensor , Wonderful stills, superior videos , Terrific f/2.0 35mm lens…
  • Cons: Battery life somewhat limited; Sony should supply an in-wall charger , LCD should tilt and be…

6. Nikon D600

Our Score 9


 Nikon-D600-press-image

This is hands-down one of the best DSLRs we’ve ever tested.

  • Features Rugged, HD Video Recording
  • Release Date 12/10/2012
  • Release Price 2,099.95
  • Camera Type DSLR
  • Width 5.55″
  • Pros: Outstanding stills with lush “analog” feel , Excellent low-light shooting , As sophisticated…
  • Cons: Even “affordable” full-frame cameras are still very expensive , Heavy, bulky , Delivers quality…

7. Fujifilm X-T1

Our Score 8.5

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The Fujifilm X-T1 is so good that we’d put it side-by-side with a full-frame camera.

  • Features HD Video Recording, Articulating Screen, Wi-Fi, GPS
  • Release Price $1299.99
  • Width 5.0″
  • Height 3.5″
  • Pros: High-quality photos and movies , Superior ISO capabilities , Tilting LCD, excellent EVF , Made for…
  • Cons: High price , Bulky , Limited weather-resistant lens lineup , Relatively steep learning curve

8. Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

Our Score 8.5

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Existing Olympus Micro Four Thirds owners should upgrade to the E-M5 Mark II, while new buyers should put it on the shortlist. It’s that excellent.

  • Release date 2/2015
  • Release price $1100
  • Dust and moisture resistant Yes
  • Width 4.8 in
  • Depth 1.75 in
  • Pros: High-quality stills and videos , Five-axis image stabilization , Superb high ISO handling…
  • Cons: Menu system and controls slightly clunky to use , Flash not built in , No 4K support

9. Samsung NX30

Our Score 8.5

Samsung NX30 Front

If you’re looking for an alternative to an enthusiast DSLR, the Samsung NX30 Compact System Camera will do the trick.

  • Features 3D-Capable, HD Video Recording, Wi-Fi
  • Camera Type DSLR
  • Width 127 mm
  • Height 95.5 mm
  • Depth 41.7 mm
  • Pros: High-quality stills and videos , Very good EVF, twisting touchscreen AMOLED screen , Responsive, 9…
  • Cons: Relatively expensive , ISO results not best in class

 10. Fujifilm X-M1

Our Score 8.0

Fujifilm-X-M1-press-image

Whether you’re a pro photographer or one that never moves out of automatic mode, the Fujifilm X-M1’s image quality will astound you.

  • Features HD video recording, articulating screen, wi-fi,
  • Exposure compensation 2.0EV – +2.0EV, 1/3EV steps
  • Min. ISO sensitivity 100
  • Max. ISO sensitivity 25600
  • AF points 49
  • Pros: APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor , Excellent stills , Good for both experienced and new users ,
  • Cons: Top video quality is only 1080/30p , Focusing not super fast , No remote control via app

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