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The Top 5 Best Digital Cameras

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Today’s (camera) trigger-happy world has plenty of products to ensure that anyone can shoot professional-grade photography. We’ve got the top five best digital cameras so you can keep that shutter rolling no matter your budget or skills.


Canon Powershot SX280 HS

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SLR devotees enjoy the Powershot’s manual settings, and a zoom lens with professional-grade capability. Automatic settings make it easy for novices to step up their photo game.

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Pros:

  • 20x 25–50mm optical zoom lens
  • Shoots in low light with up to 6400 ISO
  • Anti-shake video stabilizer
  • 1080p HD movie mode
  • Wi-Fi and GPS enabled
  • Creative effects mode alongside several other manual settings for more advanced photographers

Cons:

  • Zoom lens on such a small body can feel unwieldy
  • No internal memory
  • Video drains battery life (shooting HD video is a 25-minute battery life)
  • Consumers report software glitch in battery

Nikon D5200

The D5200 is a proper SLR with interchangeable lenses, and is a solid bridge between Nikon’s higher-end D600 model and simpler point-and-shoots.

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Pros:

  • Shoots well in low-light
  • Rotating screen for varied shot performance
  • Super high-resolution shots for lightweight body
  • 24.1 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom
  • Detachable flash

Cons:

  • Need AF-S lens to autofocus (can purchase package with lens)
  • Certain manual controls cannot be reached from Live View mode
  • No touch screen option
  • Viewfinder displays only roughly 95 percent of field of view

Sony Cyber-shot DSC–RX100 II

Perhaps the highest-end point-and-shoot on the market, this Sony camera has changed the digital photography world. If you can afford the price tag, it’s our top choice.

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Pros:

  • Carl Zeiss lens with 3.6x zoom (only pocket-sized camera model series with Zeiss lens on the market)
  • Wi-Fi connectivity for easy sharing or connection to devices
  • Can record on memory stick or SD card
  • Manual modes for advanced photographers
  • Video footage that rivals SLRs

Cons:

  • Low-light ability is up for debate
  • No touch screen option

Olympus Stylus TG–2 Tough

If you’re tough on equipment, this model was built for you. Of point-and-shoots, the TG–2 doesn’t necessarily make the best images — but it’s life-proof.

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Pros:

  • Virtually indestructible: shockproof, waterproof, waterproof, dustproof (usable for underwater photos)
  • GPS enabled
  • Creative in-camera photo filters
  • Interface is easy to use, menus are intuitive

Cons:

  • Video function has noise pollution
  • Video zoom isn’t easy to use
  • Add-on lenses can be expensive (up to $110 each)

Nikon Coolpix S9700

An old standard in the point-and-shoot market, Nikon’s Coolpix series remains a top performer. With a 30x optical zoom and a dynamic zoom twice that, the Coolpix is known for being able to produce high-quality long-distance images.

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Pros:

  • 30x optical zoom
  • 60x Dynamic Fine Zoom
  • GPS
  • 1080p videos with stereo sound
  • Wi-Fi capable (WARNING: this function affects battery life!)

Cons:

  • Not a pocket-size camera
  • Pop-up flash forces user to reframe image; isn’t durable

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