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Best Digital cameras

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Digital cameras

Best Digital cameras

We tested 134 digital cameras to determine the best-performing models. Our expert lab technicians tested each Digital camera based on the following criteria:

  • Battery life (shots)
  • Megapixels
  • Image quality
  • LCD quality
  • Weight (oz.)
  • Ease of use
  • Widest angle (mm)
  • Flash photos
  • Video quality

Below lists the Digital cameras that rated best in each of the tests our experts looked for. Learn about how these tests were performed and find out which Digital camera is rated best when you subscribe.

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Digital cameras

Best Digital camera for Battery life (shots)

Battery life is as the manufacturer states.


This Digital camera which tested best for Battery life (shots) has the following features: Maximum aperture, Shutter speed range, Optical zoom, 35mm equivalent zoom ratio, LCD size (in.), Macro focus, Exposure compensation and Image stabilization type.

Best Digital camera for Megapixels

Megapixels is the number of pixels, in millions, on the sensor.


This Digital camera which tested best for Megapixels has the following features: LCD size (in.), 35mm equivalent multiplier, Shutter speed range, Max. buffer size JPEG/RAW, Still image formats, LCD pixel count, Memory card slots/type, Height (in.), Depth (in.), Max. ISO, Live view, Image stabilizer, Color space, Exposure modes and PC flash sync jack.

Best Digital camera for Image quality

Combines several tests, including regular photos, low-light photos, and flash photos as well as color tests, among others.


This Digital camera which tested best for Image quality has the following features: LCD size (in.), 35mm equivalent multiplier, Shutter speed range, Max. buffer size JPEG/RAW, Still image formats, LCD pixel count, Memory card slots/type, Height (in.), Depth (in.), Max. ISO, Live view, Image stabilizer, Color space and Exposure modes.

Best Digital camera for LCD quality

LCD quality is a judgment of images viewed under a number of lighting conditions.


This Digital camera which tested best for LCD quality has the following features: Maximum aperture, Shutter speed range, Optical zoom, 35mm equivalent zoom ratio, LCD size (in.), Manual controls, Manual focus, Macro focus, Exposure compensation, Image stabilization type and Touch screen.

Best Digital camera for Weight (oz.)

Weight is with battery, memory card, and strap.


This Digital camera which tested best for Weight (oz.) has the following features: LCD size (in.), 35mm equivalent multiplier, Shutter speed range, Max. buffer size JPEG/RAW, Still image formats, LCD pixel count, Memory card slots/type, Height (in.), Depth (in.), Max. ISO, Live view, Image stabilizer, Color space, Exposure modes and PC flash sync jack.

Best Digital camera for Ease of use

Ease of use is our evaluation of the camera's controls, manual, response time and focusing.


This Digital camera which tested best for Ease of use has the following features: LCD size (in.), 35mm equivalent multiplier, Shutter speed range, Max. buffer size JPEG/RAW, Still image formats, LCD pixel count, Memory card slots/type, Height (in.), Depth (in.), Max. ISO, Live view, Image stabilizer, Color space, Exposure modes and PC flash sync jack.

Best Digital camera for Widest angle (mm)

The lower the number for widest angle, the broader the vista the camera can capture.


This Digital camera which tested best for Widest angle (mm) has the following features: Maximum aperture, Shutter speed range, Optical zoom, 35mm equivalent zoom ratio, LCD size (in.), Macro focus, Exposure compensation, Image stabilization type and Touch screen.

Best Digital camera for Flash photos

Flash photos tests the quality of the built-in flash's light output and evenness of illumination.


This Digital camera which tested best for Flash photos has the following features: Maximum aperture, Shutter speed range, Optical zoom, 35mm equivalent zoom ratio, LCD size (in.), Macro focus, Exposure compensation, Image stabilization type and Touch screen.

Best Digital camera for Video quality

Video quality mostly reflects footage shot in regular and low light, with audio quality and macro (close-up) capability also considered.


This Digital camera which tested best for Video quality has the following features: LCD size (in.), 35mm equivalent multiplier, Shutter speed range, Max. buffer size JPEG/RAW, Still image formats, LCD pixel count, Memory card slots/type, Height (in.), Depth (in.), Max. ISO, Live view, Image stabilizer, Color space, Exposure modes and PC flash sync jack.