Best Digital Camera (February 2017)

Best Digital Camera 2016

Choosing a digital camera can definitely be a little challenging, even for the professional photographers. This is primarily due to the market getting flooded with a wide range of products. This can obviously lead to confusion, and as your digital camera may mean a lot to you, you definitely wouldn’t like to end up picking the wrong one.

However, it would also be important to understand that choosing the right digital camera may well come down to your personal preferences and needs. While the pros may want to go for something sophisticated that would be termed as nothing short of awkward by most of us, photo enthusiasts would want to go for something that offers quite a bit of versatility without compromising on the performance front.

That being said, we will be reviewing many different latest models (especially the top picks for this year in different segments), and regardless of what your needs and preferences are, you may end up finding the best digital camera 2017 for you.

TypeDigital CameraPhoto QualityVideo QualityZoom QualityEase of Use
Entry-level Digital CameraNikon COOLPIX L32It’s a 20MP camera and takes decent photos, but don’t expect anything fantasticRecords clear videos in 720p quality, with the audio being just as clear as wellOffers 5x zoom, but may not take great photos at max zoomExtremely easy to use and very beginner friendly camera
Best Point and Shoot Digital CameraNikon Coolpix L340This 20.2MP camera with CCD sensor takes very bright, sharp, and clear photosVideo quality is decent too with not much noiseReally surprises on this front, as it comes with 28x optical and 56x dynamic zoom, which really helps capture very detailed picturesFairly easy to use, so nothing to complain about on this front
Best Waterproof Digital CameraPanasonic DMC-TS25D Waterproof Digital CameraIt’s a 16.1MP waterproof digital camera, and takes great photos both under and above water, making it the best digital camera 2016 in its particular categoryDon’t expect a lot, but it allows recording videos in MP4 mode and the quality seems to decent as wellFor a waterproof camera, the 4x optical and 8x intelligent zoom seems to be more than goodVery easy to use, and there isn’t much of a learning curve
Best Value For Money Digital CameraNikon COOLPIX L840Takes great photos, especially for the priceVideo quality seems to be even better, and may not fail to please youThe exceptional quality zoom (38x optical and 76x dynamic) is probably its best featureThe WiFi is a little difficult to set up, but apart from that, it’s quite easy to use
Compact Digital CameraPanasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25Very fast shooting and great quality lens ensure the photos come out really greatVideo quality is very, very impressive, and it shoots great videos with no to little noise even in low-light conditionsThe 20x optical zoom is quite impressive and you can even go for the 40x intelligent zoom to capture detailed and clear images of even objects that are far from youYou may have to spend quite a bit of time to learn everything about this camera, especially some of the advanced features
DSLR Digital CameraCanon EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR CameraWith the ability to change the lens to your preferred type, this 18MP camera leaves no stones unturned to give out really stunning photosAlthough not as good as its upgraded version, it can still shoot great videos even in low-light conditionsDepends on the lens you use, but unless you are a pro or very picky, you may not have anything to complain about the quality of pictures it capturesBeing a DSRL camera, it isn’t supposed to be very easy to use, but it definitely surprises on this front, and you may be able to start using it as soon as you unpack it

Best Entry-level Digital Camera

Nikon COOLPIX L32 review

Well, what we are going to talk about in this segment is actually what its name suggests, an entry-level digital camera. Don’t expect it to be fantastic by any means, but if you are new to digital cameras, it may not fail to please you.

That being said, the Nikon COOLPIX L32 is arguably the best entry-level digital camera 2017. Now though it isn’t exactly a very latest model and has actually been around for a while, the features it comes with still makes it quite an appealing product even by this year’s standards.

First things first, the most important feature of a digital camera is probably the quality of photos and videos it can take, especially if you are a beginner. Surprisingly, the Nikon COOLPIX L32 doesn’t disappoint in the slightest on this front. In fact, going by some of the top reviews it has got from its customers, it actually takes surprisingly high quality photos and videos, especially given the low price.

The LCD screen is 3 inches, which is pretty large as well in this price range. It allows users to record 720p HD videos with sound, and you can even zoom in while recording them. It comes with 5x wide-angle zoom lens.

Being one of the best point shoot camera 2017 in the low price range, it also boasts of taking great selfies. We know most of you may rather prefer your smartphone, but when you are out with your family, the Nikon COOLPIX L32 would definitely turn out to be a better option.

Another highlighting point that makes it stand out from the lot is its amazingly clear audio quality. Many users mentioned in their reviews that when they connected it to their PC and watched the videos, they were surprised with the quality of both the pictures and audio.

Coming to some of the downsides, some users complain about the battery door not working properly. However, as some other users point out, this may be something to do with how you use it.

The battery door needs to be opened and closed carefully, and you also need to ensure that the camera isn’t stored in an extremely hot or cold place for too long.

As far as some of the other things some users complain about are concerned, you need to understand that it really is a basic digital camera, don’t expect it to come with everything that some of the high-end ones do. As far as the durability is concerned, you will definitely need to handle it with care if you want it to last long and stay in a good condition.

Overall, the Nikon COOLPIX L32 seems to be a decent digital camera at a more than affordable price. It comes with some advanced features too, takes great photos and videos, and is still quite easy to use.

Best Point and Shoot Digital Camera

Nikon Coolpix L340 review

Nikon seems to be pretty much dominating when it comes to the low-to-mid price range digital cameras. Talking about the top digital cameras in the point and shoot category (low-to-mid price range), it shouldn’t be surprising that it’s a Nikon product too, at least in our opinion.

However, many customers’ reviews seem to be backing our views, too, as the Nikon Coolpix L340 is the best selling point and shoot digital camera 2017.

It costs considerably more than the Nikon Coolpix L32, which is a point and shoot digital camera as well. But unlike the Coolpix L32, it’s much more than a basic camera. Coming with 28x optical zoom and 56x dynamic fine zoom, 20-2-MP CCD sensor, an ergonomic design, and a large, high definition LCD monitor, it definitely seems to be offering quite a lot for the price.

As for some of the more advanced users, there is little to no color distortion around the edges that you may be aware of if you have used other products in this price range. Similarly, the focus is surprisingly quick, although the macro focus can sometimes take over 5 seconds.

Another great thing about the Nikon Coolpix L340 is that it takes great photos and videos even in low-light conditions, which is definitely a rare feature when you are looking for a budget digital camera. The battery life seems to be excellent as well.

Thanks to the 28x zoom, the photos are very detailed and clear. The videos are of HD quality, too. The camera also uses AA batteries, which makes it quite convenient to use for most users.

There don’t really seem to be any major downside, except that it may be a little tricky to open and close the bottom part of the camera (which you need to do to replace batteries and SD card). However, that really isn’t a major problem in any way unless you tend to use such electronic products in a very rough way.

Coming to the conclusion, with the super cool 28x zoom, amazing photo and video quality, the ease-of-use, reasonably low price, as well as the fact that it’s a 20 megapixel camera, the Nikon Coolpix L340 seems to be the best budget digital camera 2017 as well.

Best Waterproof Digital Camera

Panasonic DMC-TS25D review

If you are fond of taking photos and videos when you go swimming with your family, you may need to do a little more research, as obviously not many digital cameras are suitable for shooting underwater. This is the reason we decided to review what seems to the best waterproof digital camera 2017.

The camera we are talking about is the Panasonic DMC-TS25D. It’s probably one of the few waterproof cameras on the market that has actually managed to do what it claims – shooting great photos and videos underwater.

Now although we know you wouldn’t expect it to be all that great especially given the low price despite being a waterproof camera, but guess what, it would end up surprising you on the quality front. It takes great shots both under and above water, which is a huge plus when it comes to waterproof cameras. This is especially true given the fact that most waterproof cameras are only designed to shoot well underwater, and you can’t really expect them to do as good while shooting above water.

What’s even more amazing about it is that you can almost immediately alternate between taking underwater shots and above the water shots, and it will still manage to take great shots every time.

This is probably due to the fact that the camera is designed in such a way that it sloughs off the water as soon as you pull it out, so the quality of your photos isn’t affected in the slightest. In fact, you won’t even get any marks of water drops on any of your photos, which is really a great thing about this camera.

Coming to the durability, which is probably one of the most important features of a waterproof camera, the Panasonic DMC-TS25D does seem to be holding quite well even after being underwater for hours at a time. You may sometimes find some chlorine marks on it, but you can easily remove them by simply soaking the camera in clean water for a few minutes.

Similarly, you may also sometimes come across an overexposure problem with the flash, but well, it isn’t anything major and you can easily adjust it using its image editing feature. However, the color balance and lighting of the photos turns out to be just perfect most of the times, and this is definitely something that wouldn’t fail to please you.

Furthermore, many customers who bought this camera mention in their reviews that they used it in all type of conditions, including lakes, rivers, pools, and more, and it managed to impress them every single time. In fact, they also point out that it works just as well in even dirty or murky water, although you may need to be a little closer to your subject in order to take great shots.

Apparently, it also doesn’t encounter any problems even if you shoot constantly. At the most, you may find that some of the shots didn’t come as good, but that is more than acceptable given that most would be pretty much perfect ones.

However, finally, we would also like to point out that at the end of the day, it’s just a point and shoot camera, and not a high-end professional one. So don’t compare it with a $1000 camera, like some customers do. The price is more than affordable, and it’s highly portable as well (fits easily in your pocket).

The quality of the photos seems to be outstanding, and we even found a customer mention that they printed the photos taken using this camera and hung them on the wall. They didn’t look like they were taken from a cheap camera in the slightest, and the customer’s guests shared the same views.

Best Value For Money Digital Camera

Nikon COOLPIX L840 review

Apparently, there aren’t many digital cameras that offer a great bang for your buck. Hence, it’s probably a good idea to also talk about something that seems to be a great value for money digital camera.

The Nikon COOLPIX L840, according to us, seems to be one of the few digital cameras on the market that’s actually comparable to some of the high-end professional cameras out there, but costs way less. As a matter of fact, if you are someone who loves sharing a lot of stuff, including the photos you take, this may well turn out to be the best digital camera 2017 for you.

This is because it comes with a built-in WiFi, that allows you to share photos and videos as soon as shot them. As far as some of the primary features are concerned, the 38x optical zoom and 76x dynamic fine zoom offers more than what you would need unless you are a professional. The 16MP CMOS image sensor is another highlighting feature of the camera, allowing it to take great shots even in low-light condition.

However, it’s probably the quality of videos it takes that would amaze you the most. The full HD 1080p videos it produces look very real-like, something that you should feel lucky enough to find in this price range.

The photo quality is incredibly good as well, with the zoom literally allowing you to take a perfectly clear picture of something even over 100 yards away. Coming to the flash, although there are some mixed views, you may be able to take reasonably good shots in low light even without the flash. Using the flash would obviously usually get you crystal clear pictures even in very low-light conditions.

Another unique feature of this camera is that it can take several photos one after another almost immediately, as there seems to be almost no reload time. Similarly, you may be glad to know that it comes with advanced exposure controls, has a great grip (thanks to the rubber covering), impressive battery life, and more. Furthermore, it runs on AA batteries (meaning less hassle) and the LCD view-finder is exceptionally well-designed.

On the downside, the body feels a little cheaply build and plastic-like, the auto focus may turn out to be a little disappointing for some (it’s also a little slow), the settings may get confusing unless you really get the hang of the camera (takes time).

Now, given that we mention the build quality not looking very impressive, you may doubt the durability of the camera. However, surprisingly, the Nikon COOLPIX L840 is still quite durable, and we have seen customers posting and updating reviews after months to close than a year’s use saying it still works great for them and without any problems.

As a final note, we think that there’s nothing majorly wrong with the Nikon COOLPIX L840, especially unless you want the auto focus to be perfect (you may not mind it much unless you are a professional). However, even with that one flaw, it still takes great photos and the video quality is really incredible.

Furthermore, other unique features like a built-in WiFi, almost no reload time, and so on, makes it one of the top contenders for being the best digital camera 2017, especially when it comes to the value offered for your money.

Best Compact Digital Camera

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25

The surprisingly compact size of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25 probably makes it your best bet if you want something very portable that will be ideal to use while travelling. In fact, Lumix also goes an extra mile to ensure that it really is the best digital camera 2017 for traveling by ensuring the battery can be charged when it’s inside the camera.

As far as the speed is concerned, it can probably give some of the high-end products on the market a run for their money. This is because ranging from the start up time to the auto focus to the shutter time, everything is blazing fast.

Similarly, the lens is just as good. As a matter of fact, Lumix is actually known for its superior lens quality. So be ready to be thrilled while taking pictures, especially at max zoom, as the quality is super clear and definitely something you wouldn’t have seen very often.

The video quality is nothing short of amazing. There are customers praising the camera for recording great videos even in low light without much noise. However, you may want to switch to the MP4 mode while recording a video, as its default mode isn’t compatible with any computers.

The above mentioned things were just some of the highlights of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25. It actually comes with a long list of features. We will quickly go through some of the important ones below:

  • The amazing zoom quality allows you to take great pictures even at max zoom and from a long distance
  • Great battery life (Around 260 photos is the average battery life)
  • Despite coming with a lot of advanced features, it’s surprisingly easy to use, thanks to the “Intelligent Auto” that selects the best settings for you
  • You can use the HDR to get better exposure
  • Many add-on features that allow you to edit your pictures in a rather creative way
  • Many more

While there isn’t really much to talk about on the downside, some overly picky users may point out a few things that could have been better. Now, although none of them is anywhere near to being a deal breaker, we would still share those points with you just so that you are sure.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25 comes with a unique feature named Panorama, which actually seems to be pretty nice, but some users complain of the photos taken using it not turning out to be as good as the regular ones.

Also, if you are shooting pictures at max zoom, they may come out great but might also appear a little noisy (though we doubt if most users would even be able to notice that). Similarly, recording videos at max zoom may turn out to be a little less clear.

At the end of the day, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25 not only seems to be the best compact digital camera 2017 that’s really fit to use while travelling, but also a great digital camera overall, with the price not being as high as some other products offering more or less the same set of features.

DSLR Digital Camera

Canon EOS Rebel T5 review

There aren’t many high-end digital cameras on the market that can boast of both a great rating and a lot of sales. The Canon EOS Rebel T5, however, apparently can.

Despite being quite a high priced product, it has managed to fetch a surprisingly high rating coupled with a lot of sales. These impressive statistics actually speak volumes about the quality of the camera.

DSLR cameras are usually the most expensive of all digital cameras. They are the preferred choice of the pros, and hence, unsurprisingly, come with features most other users would probably never need.

However, it seems like the Canon EOS Rebel T5 somewhat challenges the DSLR cameras’ segment. It comes loaded with tons of features, yet it’s priced on the lowest end of what DSLR cameras are usually priced at.

However, there are two identical products on the market, the Canon EOS Rebel T5 and the Canon EOS Rebel T5i. You need to note that although they are similar in many ways, the latter actually has an edge over the former and hence is priced higher.

The biggest difference is probably in the screen resolution, as the Canon EOS Rebel T5 comes with a screen resolution of 460,000 dots as against Canon EOS Rebel T5i’s 1,040,000. It may not mean much to you but for most professional users out there, this can be a major difference.

Coming to the features of this beast, you would be surprised to know that its best feature is probably its ease of use. If you are new to DSLR cameras, you may really be pleased at the fact that you can just pull it out from the box and start using it.

For the pros out there, though, who may feel the speed and responsiveness are of a paramount importance, the focus would definitely be on other more sophisticated things. For such users, we would like to mention that it allows you to change the lens to add a wide angle lens or a telephoto, a very useful feature for those who know how to use it.

Coming to some of the primary features, the Canon EOS Rebel T5 comes with an advanced 18 megapixel sensor, 3-inch LCD screen with the monitor being crystal clear and ensuring the ease of viewing and sharing, a full HD movie mode video recording, as well as two different types of zoom lens.

However, as mentioned above, it comes with many advanced features as well. Some of the important ones you may want to know about include:

  • An Intelligent Auto feature that chooses the best settings for you, making it extremely easy even for the beginners to operate the camera
  • Continuous shooting up to 3fps, something a pro would definitely look for in their camera, though most would want it to be even higher
  • Creative filers that allow you to capture images with special effects without having to use any additional accessories
  • You can actually change quite a few things in the settings to meet your needs, meaning more customization

The battery life is more than good for a DSLR that costs so less. Furthermore, the camera itself is lightweight and easy to hold, allows uploading pictures in a quick and easy way using the software, and take great macro shots.

The photo quality is simply stunning, while the HD recording doesn’t leave anything to be desired as well, especially for the price.

Finally, it’s probably worth pointing out that it has attracted so many customers and fetched such an impressively high customer rating for a reason. That reason is probably the fact that it’s indeed the best digital camera 2017 in the DSRL segment, especially in the low price range.

A final word

There may be many other digital cameras as well that were probably just as good, too. However, the ones mentioned in this post seem to be the more popular choices out there, besides seemingly being more affordable and offering better features and specifications.

So regardless of what your needs or preferences are, you may find your best digital camera 2017 on this list.

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