Nikon Z6 review

Test score 

86%

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  • Mirrorless

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 verdict: Majestic mirrorless camera

The Nikon Z6 is our highest scoring mirrorless camera to date. It’s an amazing piece of kit and easily earns a Best Buy recommendation. Picture quality is great, even in low lighting. It has all the features you’d want, including vibration reduction, touch controls and 12 fps continuous shooting. In fact, there’s almost nothing bad to say about it. While wi-fi-connectivity and face detection could be better, these points are almost negligible – it’s still easy to use, and face detection is good overall.

Pros
  • Amazing picture and video quality
  • Especially in low lighting
  • Great viewfinder and monitor
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • No real downfalls
  • But wi-fi and face detection could be better

Fujifilm X-T4 review

Test score 

84%

Key features

  • Mirrorless

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 verdict: Expensive, yes, but extraordinary

The X-T4 is one of the best mirrorless cameras we’ve ever tested and a true success for Fujifilm in a saturated market where it’s difficult to stand out from the pack. By delivering outstanding quality in stills and video, alongside upgraded performance features such as in-body stabilisation and an improved autofocus, Fujifilm has bagged itself another Best Buy.

Pros
  • Still and video quality is sensational
  • A pleasure to use
  • In-built image stabilisation steadies shots
  • Reactive and powerful autofocus
Cons
  • No built-in flash

Sony Alpha 7 III review

Test score

82%

Key features

  • Mirrorless

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 verdict: Very versatile

A near-perfect all-round mirrorless camera, the Sony A7 II is superb and a worthy Best Buy. This highly versatile and affordable camera looks very appealing even when compared with the best DSLRs currently available.

Pros
  • Improved handling
  • Brilliant image quality
  • Excellent autofocus
  • 4K video recording
  • Fast shutter speed
  • Five-axis stabilisation
Cons
  • Limited touchscreen functionality
  • Only one card slot supports UHS-II cards

Nikon Z7 II review

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82%

Key features

  • Mirrorless

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 verdict: A nearly peerless mirrorless

Nikon’s newest high-end mirrorless is a powerhouse, packed full of technology that delivers brilliant snaps, an easy user experience, and performance-improving features such as excellent autofocus, image stabilisation and face detection. It’s prohibitively expensive for casual use, but for serious hobbyists it’s a Best Buy camera.

Pros
  • Pristine stills and video
  • Fantastic for shooting living subjects
  • Long battery life
  • Ergonomic design
  • Able to deal with low-light conditions
  • Clear viewfinder and monitor
Cons
  • Costly
  • Monitor tilts but it’s not fully articulating

Fujifilm X100V review

Test score

81%

Key features

  • Compact camera

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 verdict: King of the compacts

This camera more than lives up to its X100 name – it sets a new standard for compact camera technology. The X100V is so good that as of June 2020, there isn’t a better compact camera on the market. It’s an achievement in cramming quality and features into a compact camera frame, designed in a way that’s an absolute delight to use.

Pros
  • Exemplary photo and video capture
  • Streamlined and portable design
Cons
  • More limited than a high-end DSLR or mirrorless camera

Fujifilm X-T3 review

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81%

Key features

  • Mirrorless

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 verdict: A near-perfect compact system camera

As long as you have the budget, there are very few downsides to this Best Buy camera. It has pretty much all the features a high-end user could ask for and consistently delivers quality results, whether you’re shooting stills or video. The fact that it’s very stylish and pleasant to use only makes it a more compelling choice.

Pros
  • High-quality build
  • Great-looking design
  • Strong performance
  • Lots of high-end features
Cons
  • No real dealbreakers here
  • Although the built-in flash could be better

Nikon Z7 review

Test score

81%

Key features

  • Mirrorless

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 verdict: A mirrorless marvel

This is easily one of the best full-frame mirrorless cameras currently on the market. The Nikon Z7 earns its Best Buy effortlessly, thanks to its amazing photo and video performance. In addition to its large, high-resolution sensor, this camera comes packed with features, and everything about it screams ‘quality’. But all that comes at a very high price, limiting its appeal to professionals and enthusiasts.

Pros
  • Stunning image quality
  • Large high-resolution image sensor
  • Good image stabilisation
  • Great viewfinder and monitor
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Only one memory card slot
  • Only XQD memory cards supported

Sony Alpha a7R III review

£2,780.00Typical price

Test score

80%

Key features

  • Mirrorless

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verdict: Superb and brilliant camera

Not only is the Sony Alpha a7R III a Best Buy and one of the best mirrorless cameras, it’s also one of the best cameras available today. It marries together a high-resolution sensor and fast continuous shooting to deliver excellent image quality in an easy-to-carry size. Sony also has a wide range of lenses available for the a7R III, with regular releases each year.

Pros
  • Extremely detailed images
  • Rock-solid image stabilisation
  • Improved ergonomics
  • Faster autofocus
  • High-quality 4K video
  • Dual memory card slots
Cons
  • No in-camera Raw-file processing
  • Lacks panoramic shooting mode and interval timer built-in

Fujifilm X-E4 review

Test score

80%

Key features

  • Mirrorless

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 verdict: Small but mighty

The Fujifilm X-E4 is a pint-sized powerhouse that’s capable of photography even a professional would be impressed by. Fujifilm has employed a mirrorless design to make a camera that’s smaller than any DSLR, but few compromises on quality have been made. This Best Buy is among the very best cameras we’ve tested.

Pros
  • Images are crisp and authentic
  • Lightweight and small
  • Powerful autofocus and face detection
  • Copes well in low light
  • Video is high quality
Cons
  • Feature-light compared with premium competitors
  • Irritating menu

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 review

Test score

80%

Key features

  • Mirrorless

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 verdict: One of the best

The GH5 is expensive, but you’ll get what you pay for – a fantastic camera that isn’t too bulky and that takes high-quality photos and videos.

Pros
  • High-end video recording
  • Updated viewfinder and touchscreen display
  • Weather-sealed body
  • Dual SD card slot
  • ‘6K still photos’
  • Wi-fi and Bluetooth connectivity
Cons
  • No built-in flash

Panasonic Lumix S1M review

Test score

80%

Key features

  • Mirrorless

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 verdict: Heavyweight champion

Along with its sibling, the DC-S1RM, the DC-S1M represents Panasonic’s first foray into full-frame mirrorless camera technology – and it’s a resoundingly successful debut. Although expensive, this is a deservedly high-scoring camera and a worthy Best Buy that combines great still photo performance with even better video quality.

Pros
  • High-quality
  • Weatherproof body
  • Great viewfinder
  • Effective five-axis image stabilisation
Cons
  • A little on the heavy side
  • Face detection is poor

Nikon Z6 II review

Test score

80%

Key features

  • Mirrorless

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verdict: Terrific Best Buy

The original Nikon Z6 proved exceptional in our tests, but despite the extra tweaks on this newer version, the Z6 II fails to knock its older brother off its perch. It’s still a formidable camera however, with a swathe of four- and five-star ratings across the board in our tests. As such it’s an excellent Best Buy purchase if you can afford its high entry price.

Pros
  • Great picture quality
  • Superb video quality
  • Excellent screen and viewfinder
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • A few ease of use niggles
  • Very expensive

Nikon Z fc review

Test score

80%

Key features

  • Mirrorless

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verdict: Tremendous throwback with a modern twist

The Nikon Z fc is one of the best digital cameras we’ve tested, and its combination of high quality and reasonable price for a high-end camera is beguiling. This camera delivers on every front with top class image quality and usability. Whether you’re a novice or a professional, this is one to consider buying.

Pros
  • Photos and videos are excellent quality
  • Its control dials are responsive and useful
  • Automatic settings are useful
Cons
  • Cluster of control dials won’t be for everyone
  • Automatic exposure settings aren’t always right

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV review

Test score

79%

Key features

  • Compact camera

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 verdict: Truly exceptional

More of an iterative update than a full-on refresh, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV is a high-end compact camera that suits video enthusiasts, thanks to the 4K video recording. The RX100 IV’s still-image quality isn’t class leading, but pictures have balanced exposure with good colour accuracy. The faster burst-capture rate and the updated electronic viewfinder are the main benefits over the previous RX100 III model.

Pros
  • Small and compact
  • Fast shooting
  • High-resolution electronic viewfinder
  • 4K video recording
  • Built-in wi-fi/NFC/3-stop ND filter
Cons
  • No touchscreen
  • No separate battery charger
  • Short zoom range
  • Expensive

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI review

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79%

Key features

  • Compact camera

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 verdict: A great compact camera

Not only does this excellent camera delivers top-notch image and video quality, but it’s also easy to use and packed with features. It gets everything right from image stabilisation to video sound quality, and everything about it is impressive. This Sony is right up there with the best, and joins the ranks of our Best Buy cameras.

Pros
  • Excellent image and video quality
  • Fast lens and shutter speed
  • Excellent image stabilisation and focussing
  • Good in low light
  • Easy to use
  • Good quality monitor and viewfinder
  • Wireless connectivity options
Cons
  • No major flaws but the touch controls are rather limited

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III review

£1,099.00Typical price

Test score

79%

Key features

  • Bridge

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 verdict: One of the best

One of our top-rated bridge cameras, and a great successor to the DSC-RX10 II the RX10 III has a fantastic sensor capable of capturing very good detail, even in low light. The high-quality lens has a decent focal length and combines well with the image stabilisation, plus the 4K video recording is a boon for any budding videographer.

Pros
  • Excellent image and video quality
  • Solid image stabilisation
  • Built-in viewfinder
  • Large optical zoom
Cons
  • Slightly bulky in size
  • Expensive price

Panasonic Lumix DC-G9L review

Test score

79%

Key features

  • Mirrorless

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 verdict: Fantastic and versatile camera

The Panasonic Lumix DC-G9L is one of the fastest-shooting cameras available today. Despite the expensive body-only price, we think it’s a worthwhile investment. With internal improvements for resolution, gradation and colour accuracy, this mirrorless camera produces excellent quality photos and video..

Pros
  • Great colour and detail in still images
  • Improved video in low light over the G9M
  • Excellent image stabilisation
  • Improved design and handling
  • High-resolution display and electronic viewfinder
  • Fast continuous shooting speed
  • 4K video
Cons
  • Some image quality lost in low-light photos
  • Large camera-body for a mirrorless model

Panasonic Lumix S1RM review

£2,999.00Typical price

Test score

79%

Key features

  • Mirrorless

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verdict: An impressive debut

Panasonic’s 2019 full-frame mirrorless camera is a premiumpowerhouse that excels in the most difficult of shooting scenarios. For sheerimage and video quality, it’s worth your consideration.

Pros
  • High-resolution
  • Impressive build quality
  • Excellent electronic viewfinder
  • Effective image stabilisation
Cons
  • Large and heavy
  • Expensive
  • Face detection isn’t great

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II review

Test score

79%

Key features

  • Compact camera

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 verdict: Fantastic camera

An update and upgrade to the PowerShot G7 X, the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II is a well-designed camera with excellent photo quality, fast shutter speed and rock-solid image stabilisation. It doesn’t include some of the fancier features, such as 4K video or a viewfinder, but this camera is still a great Best Buy.

Pros
  • Excellent photo quality
  • Fast shutter speed
  • Touchscreen
  • Wi-fi
Cons
  • No viewfinder
  • Lacks 4K video recording

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III review

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79%

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  • Mirrorless

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verdict: Stellar performance

The E-M1 Mark III is a worthy addition to the OM-D line. It’s a highly portable camera that will give you crisp, high-resolution images wherever you go, and it has plenty of features, including a powerful autofocus, weatherproof sealing and a lightweight body at 500g.

Pros
  • Brilliant photo and video quality
  • Ergonomic design
  • Light and agile
Cons
  • Sub-par menu
  • Average in low light

Sony Alpha 7C review

Test score

79%

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  • Mirrorless

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 verdict: Nearly top class

The Sony Alpha 7C is a strong performer that delivers superb still images and videos. The only downside is its poor face-detection system, but that doesn’t prevent it from being a brilliant mirrorless camera.

Pros
  • Superb image and video quality
  • Excellent screen and viewfinder
  • Easy to use
  • Compact and lightweight
Cons
  • Some ease of use irritations
  • Lacklustre face detection

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII review

Test score

78%

Key features

  • Compact camera

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 verdict: Premium versatility in a compact package

The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 VII is one of the best premium compact cameras we’ve tested. It will give you high quality results with both still images and video and there’s brilliant focusing and image stabilisation to make shots as sharp as can be. It’s easy and comfortable to use, and of course is small enough to fit in your pocket, opening up vlogging and shooting opportunities while you’re out and about.

Pros
  • Great for both video and photos
  • Tilting selfie display
  • Feels and looks premium
  • Pop-up viewfinder
Cons
  • Buttons are a bit small
  • Limited touch functions

Olympus OM-D E-M1 X review

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78%

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verdict: Extremely ergonomic and sturdy

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 X is an expensive yet deservedly high-scoring camera. Both body and lens are really high quality and it has many advanced features, as well as an ergonomic, versatile design that makes composing and shooting professional-level shots a dream.

Pros
  • High-quality body and lens
  • Ergonomic design
  • Good grip in both portrait and landscape
  • Great monitor and viewfinder
Cons
  • Confusing menu
  • Touch controls not consistent
  • Face detection is poor
  • Expensive

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III review

Test score

78%

Key features

  • Compact camera
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verdict: Impressive, yet compact, camera

Just like the previous version, the G1 X Mark III is a fantastic camera and a solid Best Buy. It takes the image quality and handling from a Canon DSLR and crams it into compact camera body. It’s a pricey camera, but if you’re not looking for 4K video recording or super high-speed continuous shooting, then look no further than this model.

Pros
  • Compact size
  • Weatherproofing
  • Large APS-C sensor
  • Electronic viewfinder
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast shutter speed
Cons
  • No 4K video
  • Limited zoom
  • Battery life could be improved