Digital camera reviews

Digital camera reviews

Consumer Reports is the only place to find unbiased, independent digital camera reviews. Find out about the different types of digital cameras, such as compact point-and-shoots, superzoom point-and-shoots, advanced, mirrorless, waterproof, SLRs, and full-frame digital cameras. You’ll also learn about different digital camera features, such as zoom, image stabilization, exposure modes, and shooting modes.

Our experts at the Consumer Reports National Testing and Research Center have evaluated more than 100 current digital camera models at our on-site testing labs. Our reviews will provide you with recommended digital camera Ratings, where you will find the exact numerical score our experts have assigned to each of the nine tested review criteria: megapixels, weight, image quality, flash photos, video quality, ease of use, LCD quality, widest angle, and battery life.

Our reviews also provide digital camera reliability Ratings—based on input from thousands of actual users—for such major brands as Olympus, Samsung, Sony, Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, Panasonic, and others. Our digital camera review pages also include a digital camera selector, where you can input brand and price to narrow down the right model for your needs.

After reading the digital camera reviews, you can compare models, review our list of the features and specifications, read user reviews, and submit your own review.  

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Also look at our buying guide, which shows you which features are important and gives you the pros and cons of each digital camera model.

Read the digital camera reviews below and compare the Ratings of each digital camera model before you shop.

Digital camera reviews

Nikon D5500

Type: SLR cameras
Summary: A 24-megapixel camera from Nikon with a 3.2-inch LCD, 3x optical zoom, an image stabilizer and manual controls.
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Nikon D3300

Type: SLR cameras
Summary: A 24-megapixel camera from Nikon with a 3-inch LCD, 3x optical zoom, and manual controls.
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7K

Type: Mirrorless cameras
Summary: A 16-megapixel camera from Panasonic with a 2.9-inch LCD, 2.7x optical zoom, an image stabilizer and manual controls.
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Canon PowerShot ELPH 170

Type: Point-and-shoot cameras
Summary: A 20-megapixel camera from Canon with a 2.6-inch LCD, 12x optical zoom, and an image stabilizer.
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Canon EOS Rebel T5

Type: SLR cameras
Summary: An 18-megapixel camera from Canon with a 3-inch LCD, 3x optical zoom, and manual controls.
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What's behind our digital camera Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 140 models in digital cameras to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    Note: We've recently changed the way we test cameras. Some models may have different scores than what was previously shown. Overall score is based mainly on image quality, ease of use, versatility, LCD-panel quality, and flash and video quality.
  • Megapixels
    Megapixels is the number of pixels, in millions, on the sensor.
  • Weight
    Weight is with battery, memory card, and strap.
  • Image quality
    Combines several tests, including regular photos, low-light photos, and flash photos as well as color tests, among others.
  • Flash photos
    Flash photos tests the quality of the built-in flash's light output and evenness of illumination.
  • Video quality
    Video quality mostly reflects footage shot in regular and low light, with audio quality and macro (close-up) capability also considered.
  • Ease of use
    Ease of use is our evaluation of the camera's controls, manual, response time and focusing.
  • LCD quality
    LCD quality is a judgment of images viewed under a number of lighting conditions.
  • Widest angle
    The lower the number for widest angle, the broader the vista the camera can capture.
  • Battery life
    Battery life is as the manufacturer states.

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