One question we come across frequently is, “What digital camera should I buy?”. Truth be told, that’s one of the toughest questions to answer.
You would need to conduct in-depth research in order to come up with a genuine answer. Luckily, for you today, this article goes deep into the details you need to know.
Most importantly, using deqto team time-tested method, we were able to come up with a list of some top-rated digital cameras. Here’s a quick summary of the things to expect from this write-up:
- Different digital camera specs
- Cameras that suit different budget limits
- Pros and cons of different devices
Digital Camera – Comparison
Don’t have the time to read our in-depth guides? Below is a quick comparison table that’s informed by our research. You can use it to make a quick but informed choice.
|Ranking||Product Name||Screen Size||Video Capture Resolution|
|1||Sony Alpha a6000 Digital Camera||3 inches||1080p|
|2||Nikon D850 Digital SLR FX-Format Camera||3.2 inches||1080p|
|3||Canon Powershot SX60 Digital Camera||–||–|
|4||Nikon D3400 with AF-P DX Nikkor||3 inches||1080p|
|5||The Olympus TG-5 V104190BU000||3 inches||2160p|
|6||Canon EOS 80D DLSR Camera||3||1080p|
|7||Fujifilm X-H1 Digital Camera||–||–|
|8||Panasonic Lumix GH5 20.3||3.2 inches||2160p|
|9||The Nikon D500 DSLR DX-Format||3.2 inches||2160p|
|10||Canon EOS Rebel T7i||–||–|
1. Sony Alpha a6000 Digital Camera (Mirrorless)
The Alpha a6000 features prominently on the lineup of the best digital cams on the market. In fact, it serves both as a smart camera that’s also affordable and beginner-friendly.
Its 179-point phase-detect AF makes it a wonderful pick at all times. Indeed, the a6000 is a sure bet for anyone who is adept at capturing moving objects.
Its 11FPS burst shooting potential makes it a perfect bet for anyone looking to capture great shots at a moment’s notice. What’s more? The device comes with a 921,000 dot OLED viewfinder.
That’s in addition to a powerful tilting LCD screen which stands out with its long list of wonderful specs. On the flipside, though, unlike its more advanced siblings, the a6300 and a6500, this one is not touch-sensitive.
However, this camera’s ISO 100-25600 allows for a great deal of sensitivity. What’s more? You can actually expand the ISO to a 51200 to capture even better shots.
Another major plus with the a6000 is that it’s compactly designed. That means it’s tiny enough to fit into your hands (comfortably). If you’re looking for a perfect, all-day companion, this piece of equipment might just be it.
And what about speeds? Well, the alpha comes with a built-in Bionz X processor. This powerful processor faithfully reproduces clear details and textures in real-time, thereby allowing you to enjoy true-to-life images.
Therefore, you can fully bank on this compact cam to deliver images that seem exactly as what is seen by the naked eye.
There’s no disputing that this machine is awash with quality. For instance, its images are traditionally known to have a great deal of natural detail. They’re also quite rich in tone, realistic and low on noise.
- High sensitivity thanks to a powerful CMOS sensor
- Ability to transfer images via NFC and WiFi
- Handy and intuitive controls
- The ability to record high-quality 1080 HD videos
- Handy OLED viewfinder
- Compact body
- Not as weatherproof as other mirrorless cameras
2. Nikon D850 Digital SLR FX-Format Camera
If you’re looking for an affordable digital camera with the capacity to deliver 4K content, this speedy and versatile machine should be on your list.
Fully-loaded with a 45.7-megapixel capacity, this machine delivers some incredible photos. So, we’d confidently refer to the D850 as the go-to camera with a speedy and versatile full-frame design.
Many professional photographers love it because it’s versatile. In fact, a closer look at it reveals that it’s quite rugged.
Unlike the Sony a6000, this one comes with an all-weather sealed body. So you can enjoy using it outdoors without worrying too much about its delicate features.
Back to performance, the D850 comes with a 3.2-inch tilting LCD touchscreen. This is a highly responsive screen that allows you to use this cam to the fullest.
What’s more? It offers a whopping 2.6 million dots for an enhanced performance.
With a max burst speed of 9FPS, the D850 is less desirable than the Sony a6000 when it comes to capturing images of fast-moving subjects.
That said, there’s no disputing that the Nikon d850 is one of the most reliable pieces of equipment available. It’s mainly loved by wedding photographers.
One of its main selling points is that it has a quiet burst shooting mode. So, unlike the a6000, it does not cause any noisy interruptions. Better still, it captures 4K video content.
And don’t let its low FPS fool you, this machine is no slouch when it comes to recording moving footage. Add that to the fact that it’s weather-sealed and you can easily trust it even in challenging conditions.
That said, this Nikon F Mount device is a bit pricey. In fact, it costs way above 3 grands. That’s despite the fact that you may need to upgrade some of its kits and lens to get the best experience.
- Extraordinarily high-resolution level
- Capable of attaining 9FPS burst shooting (fairly good)
- The ability to capture 4K content
- User-friendly tiltable touchscreen
- Weatherproof design
- There’s no focus peaking with its 4K video recorder
3. Canon Powershot SX60 Digital Camera with Tilt Screen
Who said you have to break the bank to get a perfectly reliable digital camera? The Canon Powershot SX60 is a clear confirmation that good things come in small packages.
First off, it comes with built-in NFC and Wi-Fi connectivity. This allows for a wireless transfer of videos and images.
In other words, you can use this machine to capture incredible shots and send them to another device in an instant. In our opinion, that’s the kind of functionality you need to thrive in the modern-day digital era.
The machine presents you with a respectable 16.1 megapixel. That’s, of course, lower than what’s offered by the Nikon D850 but it’s still tolerable for day-to-day use.
One thing we particularly liked about this Canon camera is that it comes with a built-in CMOS sensor. That’s combined with a powerful DIGIC 6 processor. The processor does an incredible job and we were surprised at how fast this device is.
On top of that, you stand to benefit from its 65X optical zoom which comes alongside a handy 4X digital zoom. There’s also a built-in image stabilizer which ensures that you deliver award-winning shots even if you’re a rookie.
As far as user experience is concerned, this device packs a bright LCD screen measuring 3-inch. The screen is tiltable to different angles allowing you to get a perfect view of the subject.
The icing on the cake is that this camera doesn’t disappoint when used to record video content. It offers a respectable 1080p HD resolution meaning it records the kind of content that can be commercially used.
It’s no wonder it comes with a fully-fledged movie button which even enables you to zoom while shooting.
- Affordably priced
- Above-average image and video quality
- Compactly designed
- Powerful image processor
- Comes with a Canon HS system which is user-friendly
- Easy sharing of files
- Its light weight makes it harder to manage when zoomed out
- They should have included an eye sensor
4. Nikon D3400 with AF-P DX Nikkor
The Nikon D3400 is perhaps one of the best entry levels DSLRs money can buy. Of course, it’s not perfect although we think it’s pretty close to that.
One thing that attracted us toward it is its beautifully designed compact body. Another awesome feature we loved about it is its solid AF system.
Clearly, this DSLR unit adheres to the no-frills template. Its body is tiny, simple and light in weight. And while at it, this system still retains the benefit of having an interchangeable-lens system.
So, it’s quite encouraging to realize that Nikon has managed to shave off a bit of weight without compromising on performance.
The D3400’s APS-C sized sensor makes it a perfect better for entry-level photography. That’s alongside the machine’s respectable 24.2MP pixel count which makes it quite superior in quality.
Yet another big plus with this camera is that it comes with a sensitivity range of ISO100-25,600. This is achieved through a one-stop expansion over the all too common ISO12,800 common among cheaper devices.
Once the IS100-25,600 is paired up with the Nikon Expeed 4 processing engine, you end up with a powerful and dependable rig.
One significant weakness of this DSLR is that it offers a paltry 5FPS in burst shooting mode. Compared to the other devices reviewed so far, we’d not recommend it for shooting images of fast-moving objects.
That said, the D3400 comes with an 11-point AS system complete with a single cross-type point for maximum sensitivity. This way, you can set the system’s focus primarily on a single object. And thanks to Nikon’s 3D tracking technology, the camera will continue to focus on it in live view.
Of course, manual focus is also available. So, you can always use the menu to adjust the kind of images you sample out with your camera.
As far as user-friendliness is concerned, this machine comes with a reliable viewfinder. This is based out of pentamirror construction which enables you to see 95 percent of the scene. What’s more? The LCD measures 3-inches and offers a respectable 921K dot resolution.
- Built-in Wi-Fi capacity
- Fantastic LCD 3-inch screen
- Above average resolution
- Compact and incredibly lightweight body
- Excellent at single-shot situations
- Quiet kit lens
- Lacks touchscreen sensitivity
- It would have been good for them to include a microphone port
5. The Olympus TG-5 V104190BU000 Waterproof Digital Camera
Heading out for an underwater excursion? This is the kind of digital camera you need with you. The Olympus is reputed for its rugged and powerful housing which makes it the best bet for outdoor use.
In fact, so powerful is this housing that you can immerse the TG-5 for up to 50 feet deep in water. And still, you won’t need to worry about it getting damaged.
The icing on the cake is that this machine is still capable of capturing adorable content. It has the ability to record incredibly wonderful RAW images. Likewise, you can use it to deliver 4K-resolution video content.
And there is more! The TG-5 has one of the highest FPS rates on this review. Believe it or not, this under $500 digital camera boasts a 20FPS capability.
That essentially means it’s a great bet for capturing fast-moving subjects. It’s no wonder this device is also recommended for underwater photography.
A closer look at its interface reveals an even more interesting tale. The Olympus comes with well-built dials, menus, and controls.
These present you with multiple access points that enable you to adjust the settings. That effectively enables you to fine-tune the settings easily and efficiently.
That said, you’d still need to familiarize with the menu structure to enjoy playing around with the settings.
Last but not least, this device offers an above-average image quality. Its humble 12MP camera can do a great job although it’s not as impressive as some higher MP units reviewed so far.
- Great underwater use design
- Fantastic FPS for capturing images of fast-moving subjects
- Friendly user interface
- Compactly designed
- Easy to maintain
- Low megapixel camera
- Lacks smart features e.g. a Touchscreen LCD
6. Canon EOS 80D DLSR Camera
The Canon EOS 80D is a younger brother to the 70D which was renowned for its high-quality CMOS sensor. But unlike its older sibling, the 80D comes with an all-powerful 45-point hybrid AF system.
The 80D’s body is also well sealed from moisture and dust. That’s all thanks to its polycarbonate exterior alongside a magnesium alloy chassis.
Its video recording power is also quite respectable. Although it’s not meant to shoot 4K content, it does a stellar job of capturing 1080/60p video quality.
On top of that, it comes with a reliable headphone socket. This complements its ever-reliable microphone port.
Its powerful sensor is perhaps one of its key selling points. It’s no secret that Canon cameras have had a poor reputation as far as sensors are concerned. Fortunately, the 80D marks a step forward in the company’s sensor development.
The dual pixel CMOS sensor does an incredible job ensuring all your videos and images are not only smooth but also accurate. Another icing on the cake is that this device offers a precise autofocus which enables you to do a stellar job at all times.
Moving on, the 80D boasts a PZ-E1 power zoom adapter, USM kit lens, and two-speed options. These new accessories give you an edge over any other photographer in the game.
Therefore, at its under 1000 price tag, we genuinely think that the Canon EOS 80D is a steal.
- Competitively priced
- Great sensor
- Compact, dust- and water-proof body
- WiFi and NFC connectivity
- Not capable of capturing 4K shots
7. Fujifilm X-H1 Digital Camera (Mirrorless)
While most of the cameras included in this review are extraordinary, the Fujifilm X-H1 is beyond that. With the ability to deliver up to 120 frames per second, this is a sure bet for present-day photography.
Picture this – the X-T2 offers a wonderful level of detail capture. For instance, in addition to its capability to deliver UHD 4K content, it can be pushed to the limits to deliver DCI 4K content at 24p.
Its enhanced compression options allow you to record footage at up to 200 Mbps. What’s more? It can capture F-Log footage internally.
The camera’s decent physical size provides it with even more stabilization. Also, its thermal management is way up there competing with other higher-end camera models.
So, you can confidently use this to shoot high-quality 4K content for 15 minutes. That’s an upgrade from the previous devices within the Fujifilm line which would struggle to provide 10 minutes of 4K content.
Clearly, this unit avoids heating too much thanks to its built-in features.
Moving on, the X-H1 boasts dynamic range priority. Indeed, Fujifilm is one of the pioneers to explore the possibility of utilizing ISO-invariant properties. The use of a Dynamic Range Priority mode means that the X-H1 is capable of dealing with highlight and shadow aspects of tone curves.
In general, you’ll find that this unit has four settings. These include a weak, strong, auto and off mode.
Under the “weak” mode, you’ll be able to use a mode that softens the shadow. The “strong” is rather powerful and capable of incorporating highlights and shadows set to -2. However, the “strong” mode is only available in the region of ISO 800 and above.
Last but definitely not least, the X-H1 comes with an in-body stabilization mechanism which works so well with a new shutter mechanism. This way, you can explore an Electronic First Curtain (EFC) shutter mode.
Compared with its latest competitors, the likes of Panasonic GH5 and Sonya6500, this one stands out as a high-end crop. Its powerful sensor and superior video shooting power are just a few of the features that set it miles ahead of the competition.
- Tough and compact camera body
- A highly sensitive shutter button
- Excellent image stabilization features
- Great auto-focus specs
- Touchscreen rear LCD with 1.04 dot resolution
- Awesome electronic viewfinder
- Some reviewers have complained of minor software glitches
- Sub-par battery life
8. Panasonic Lumix GH5 20.3 MP Mirrorless Camera
One thing that stands out about this close competitor to the Fujifilm X-H1 is its fully-fledged video recording features. If you’ve been keen enough, you must have noticed that the DSLRs are gradually eating into the camcorder market.
Indeed, the GH5 represents the agility needed to engage in professional video shooting. And don’t let its small stature fool you. This camera has the capability to deliver incredible 4K videos.
In fact, it does this until its memory is full or the battery is dead. In other words, there’s no room for compromise provided you know how to make good use of this powerful device.
Further, the camera weighs in at a paltry 1.6 pounds. That’s just light enough to allow for an uninterrupted all-day use. In fact, the camera is compact and has a slim mid-section which enhances your grip.
Besides that, it comes with user-friendly control dials. These have all the power you need to adjust the settings for some professional shots. Its electronic viewfinder completes the equation of an, otherwise, highly packed value proposition.
Talking about the viewfinder, we found that it’s a 3.2-inch LCD unit. Here you can get up to 3,680,000 dots worth of resolution – clearly way above what other similar models offer.
What’s more? The LCD screen is touch-sensitive. And because it’s hinged, you can easily tilt it to achieve a wide range of viewing angles.
So, if you’re looking for the best digital camera for selfies or vlogs, the GH5 would provide a perfect companion.
A few inches to the right of this viewfinder is a set of focus controls. Those include a switch that enables you to easily switch between single autofocus, continuous autofocus, and manual focus.
So, even if you know nothing about camera focus, this unit makes your life easier for you. Heading out for a busy day out there? You can simply opt for the continuous focus. Looking for that single shot to post on your Instagram account? Just switch to the single autofocus.
Above all, what we like about this camera is its fast and quiet performance. For instance, the GH5 provides you with an incredible 12FPS for still photos. That, however, automatically shifts down to 9 FPS under the continuous autofocus.
Although, that’s not stellar, it’s still solid speed. In fact, it’s just enough to extract up to 6K videos (short clips). Indeed, this camera can be pushed to the limits of 30FPS when used to capture 6K footage.
- Incredibly and quiet performance
- Makes it easy to customize the camera’s focus
- Great ability to capture 4K/60P video footage
- Reasonably priced
- Not stunning when used in low light conditions
- You’d need to purchase the log profile separately
9. The Nikon D500 DSLR DX-Format
There’s no denying that the D500 is one of the cute machines around. But besides the cuteness, it delivers an incredible 21MP camera power. In addition, it’s capable of delivering a whopping 10 frames per second.
That’s all thanks to its built-in ability to utilize an autofocus system which is derived from the one seen in the Nikon D5. In a nutshell, this is the much sought-after successor of the D300S.
But 6 and a half years later, the D500 comes with even more advanced features leaving no chances in reclaiming the top spot on the markets.
As you’d expect, much of the enhanced capacity emerges from the camera itself. For instance, it has a high-speed shooting ability meaning it’s great for capturing images of fast-moving subjects.
Picture this – it provides you with a 153 AF module complete with 99 cross-types. In addition, you can conveniently use this tiny monster to capture great stuff all thanks to its 10 FPS power.
Another plus with it is that it can be used to capture UHD content (read 4K content). However, you’d need to use a 1.5x crop sensor for that to happen.
What about user-friendliness? Well, a closer look at this system reveals it has a powerful LCD viewfinder. Allowing for 100% coverage, this viewfinder also boasts 1.0x magnification.
Above all, this device boasts a well-built NFC, Bluetooth and WiFi set up. In other words, you can use it to capture photos and send them to another device right away for editing and posting.
And as if that’s not enough, it comes with a USB 3.0 connector which allows for even more connectivity options.
Much of the D500’s power is hidden within its focus and shoot system. Its 153-point AF module is all you need to provide a full-width coverage.
Besides that, this system comes with a built-in system that enables you to specify the type of subject movement witnessed.
That’s sometimes all the freedom you need to capture those impressive and award-winning shots.
- Great performance at 4K shooting
- Awesome connectivity options
- Provides an anti-flicker option for use under artificial light
- Highly user-friendly features
- Above average FPS (though there’s room for improvement)
- There’s room for improvement in the camera’s FPS
- Not the best for landscape dusk shots
10. Canon EOS Rebel T7i
The T7i is yet another one of the under 1,000 yet high megapixel cameras. Armed with a 24MP capacity, this unit stands tall as an entry-level DSLR pick.
Some pundits have even branded it “a camera that newcomers can grow into” and that’s because of its powerful autofocus system. In fact, compared to its predecessor the T6i, this one boasts more than two times the AF points.
The T6i featured 19AF points while the T7i comes with 45AF. How cool is that?
The company, Canon, has also done an incredible job of improving this camera’s starting time. And besides that, the T7I boasts a fantastic continuous shooting speed of more than 6FPS.
But perhaps the main selling point of the T7i is the fact that it offers an incredibly long battery life. Just to give you a rough idea of how powerful this camera is, it can deliver up to 820 shots on one recharge.
Another major plus with this camera is user-friendliness. In fact, it provides you with on-screen assistance which helps you improve your knowledge of photography.
That said, you’d still need to be careful about the machine’s 3-step power switch. The first step gives you the OFF option, the second step goes to the ON option. However, the third step activates the movie mode.
Therefore, it’s not uncommon to find yourself switching to the movie mode when busy trying to power ON the camera.
Generally, though, we liked the fact that this camera is relatively compact. Its body alone weighs a paltry 17.1 ounces. That’s, however, slightly heavier than what the Nikon D5600 offers since it only weighs 14.7 ounces.
- Highly user-friendly features
- Powerful 24MP camera
- Fantastic autofocus system
- Ideal beginner to mid-level use camera
- Superb battery life
- Low FPS
- One needs to be cautious when using the 3-step power switch
The Buying Guide For Digital Camera
There are 4 critical features that we’d like to point out as being extremely important. These are AF (or autofocus), Megapixel, FPS (frames per second), and connectivity. All these 4 play a major role in differentiating the best camera from the rest.
The AF feature is important especially for those of us who are not familiar with using the manual focus tool. Our suggestion is that you should go for a camera that offers a high AF. But how high is high? You might be wondering. Our suggestion is that a high AF is one that’s around 45AF. That said, you can still settle for 19AF if you’re really on a tight budget. In other words, anything that falls between 19AF and 45AF would be a good find.
As you probably are aware, the higher the MP, the better your images are likely to be. For digital cameras, we’d recommend going for units that offer around 20 to 24MPs if you’re looking for incredible picture quality. However, if you’re willing to experiment with features such as single-shot AF and continuous AF, you can always start out with a 10MP unit and upgrade over time.
The kind of FPS to go for depends on the kind of photography you’re planning to engage in. For wildlife photography, we’d recommend a high FPS. That’s because the subjects also tend to move fast. However, if you’re planning for studio shots or wedding photography, you don’t really need to go for an extremely high FPS. Our basic recommendation would be 15 FPS and above for outdoor photography and at least 8FPS for wedding photography.
We live in a digital world and for that reason, you want to invest in a camera that offers superior connectivity. We’d, therefore, strongly recommend investing in a unit with WiFi, NFC, USB, SD card and Bluetooth slots.
Which One Is The Best?
Our independent tests revealed that the Canon Powershot SX60 is so far the best option available in 2018. It’s a pretty powerful camera which is also reasonably priced and dependable. We’d, however, vouch for the Olympus TG-5 as the best digital camera for outdoor/ wildlife photography.
They say that the best camera is the one “you have with you.” But is that always the case? As we’ve seen in the reviews above, the world has quite a few options available for you. So, go ahead and start that upgrade. Sometimes, that’s all you need to do to usher in a new era of quality work in your life.