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

Test score

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 X-T3 review

Test score

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 Z 50 review

Test score

80%

Key features

  • Mirrorless

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 verdict: Excellent Best Buy

The Nikon Z 50 is a superb mirrorless camera that performed extremely well in our tests. It’s a worthy Best Buy for those who are serious about their photography, and willing to invest time learning about its features and wide-ranging capabilities.

Pros
  • Great image and video quality
  • Excellent screen and viewfinder
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • Limited range of DX lenses at present

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

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

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III review

Test score

79%

Key features

  • 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 scoreShow Context

79%

Key features

  • 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

Olympus OM-D E-M1 X review

Test score

78%

Key features

  • Mirrorless

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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

Nikon Z5 review

Test score

78%

Key features

  • Mirrorless

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 verdict: Packed with quality

The Nikon Z5 is a superb camera which ranks among the best you can buy right now. It’s a full-frame mirrorless camera, which is aimed at an entry level audience, providing massive quality at a price which undercuts most other full-frame cameras. It flew through most of our tests to earn an exceptional score, only disappointing in our hardest test, the low-light video test.

Pros
  • Crystal-clear stills
  • Practical viewfinder
  • Comfortable in your grip
Cons
  • Video quality doesn’t always hold up in low light

Panasonic Lumix DC-G9M review

Test score

77%

Key features

  • Mirrorless

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 verdict: One of the best

The Panasonic Lumix DC-G9M is one of the fastest-shooting cameras available today and while the body-only price is expensive, we think it’s a worthwhile investment. Thanks to the internal improvements for resolution, gradation and colour accuracy, this camera produces excellent-quality photos.

Pros
  • Great colour and detail in still images
  • 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

Canon EOS R6 review

Test score

77%

Key features

  • Mirrorless

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 verdict: Quality in every setting

The Canon EOS R6 is a brilliant camera, there’s no doubt about it. It takes crystal-clear stills and video with its full-frame sensor, and it’s a pleasure to use whether you’re shooting on automatic or whether you’re delving deep into its manual features.

Pros
  • Gorgeous videos and photos
  • Low-light performance is better than most
  • Great user experience
Cons
  • Image stabilisation is slightly lacking

Panasonic LUMIX S5 review

Test score

77%

Key features

  • Mirrorless

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 verdict: Nearly top class

The Panasonic Lumix S5 is a great mirrorless camera that performed very well in our tests. It’s a worthy model for those serious about their photography and willing to invest the time learning about its features and wide-ranging capabilities.

Pros
  • Great image and video quality
  • Excellent screen and viewfinder
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • Poorly- defined shutter release toggle point
  • Low-light video underexposed

 

Fujifilm X-S10 review

£1,299.00Typical price

Test score

77%

Key features

  • Mirrorless

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 verdict: Great mirrorless camera in a compact size

The Fujifilm X-S10 has put in a strong performance across the board in our tests, offering crystal-clear photos and video with a user-friendly design that makes it a pleasure to use.

Pros
  • Great image and video quality
  • Excellent screen and viewfinder
  • Easy to use
  • Compact and lightweight
Cons
  • In-built flash unit underperforms

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S review

£2,129.00Typical price

Test score

76%

Key features

  • Mirrorless

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 verdict: Ideal camera for videographers

Against Panasonic’s claims, the GH5S certainly delivers. It produces excellent, high-quality video, as well as impressive low-light photos, but it may not be the best solution if you just want to take still photos, due to the lower resolution and lack of in-camera stabilisation.

Pros
  • High-quality 4K video
  • Excellent low-light performance
  • Robust build quality
  • Weather sealing
  • Fast shutter speed
Cons
  • Average still image quality
  • Removal of 6K photo mode

Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 review

£640.00Typical price

Test score

76%

Key features

  • Mirrorless

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 verdict: Impressive features, solid performer

The GX9 works a treat. Its fast, image and video quality is very good, the touchscreen works well, and it’s packed with a wealth of features and shooting modes.

Pros
  • Great image and 4K video quality
  • Compact size
  • 5-axis image stabilisation
  • Refined controls
  • 4K photo mode
  • Wi-fi and Bluetooth connectivity
Cons
  • The touchscreen isn’t fully articulating like seen in the GX8