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Edit Static BlockWith the huge number of new digital camera models released last and this year, just which one is right for you or your special someone? We feel your pain here at DigitalCamera-HQ, and have therefore pulled together this list of the best digital cameras in each class. If you need pocketable travel cameras check the Compact Zoom category or, perhaps, the Travel section. A decent DSLR? Try the DSLRs Under $1000 category. And as always, don't hesitate to send us a question if you still can't find exactly what you're looking for.

  1. Best Point-and-Shoot Digital Cameras

    Feb 13, 2014
    Point-and-shoot digital cameras are perfect for nearly anyone who wants their camera with them at all times. Generally smaller than travel zoom cameras, which have a longer zoom range, the point-and-shoot has remained the most popular type of camera since, well, digital cameras existed. Ideal for travel, family events, or general snapshots, point-and-shoots have gotten consistently better each and every year. We've listed some of our favorites, including ultra-compacts, below. Read More »
  2. Best Compact Zoom Digital Cameras

    Mar 14, 2014
    Compact zoom digital cameras (sometimes known as "travel zooms" or "compact megazooms") pack big zoom lenses (10x or higher) into pocket-sized bodies. Picture quality is generally solid, most offer some degree of manual control, and the higher-end models are often packed with extra features like full HD video, speedy burst shooting, built-in GPS geo-tagging capability, and sometimes RAW image capture. These cameras are popular with a wide swath of camera buyers, from casual shooters looking for something stronger than a regular point-and-shoot up through enthusiasts looking for a versatile, carry-anywhere camera to complement their dSLR or mirrorless setups. They're especially desirable among travelers, since they're easy to tote and do a reasonably strong job capturing shots both near and far. So camera buyers who are looking for a convenient all-in-one shooter for a reasonable cost would do well to start with the models below. Read More »
  3. Best Outdoor Digital Cameras

    Mar 14, 2014
    Unlike most digital cameras, these ruggedized compacts can take a real beating. All of the following cameras are waterproof to at least ten feet, drop-proof to five, freeze-proof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and sealed from dust. Image quality and usability don't compare to similarly-priced compacts, but outdoorsy types looking for a camera that won't quit until you do should read on. A word of caution: While these cameras should last for a long time, we do see occasional reports of water leakage at some point during the camera's lifetime. We strongly recommend purchasing a protection plan with a waterproof camera. Read More »
  4. Best Extended Zoom Digital Cameras

    Mar 18, 2013
    Somewhere between point-and-shoot territory and DSLRs, Extended Zoom cameras cater to users who want both sophistication and affordability. In addition to their long lenses, Extended Zoom cameras include a variety of features comparable to DSLRs and present a great option for users who have more than just a casual interest in digital cameras. Despite the multitude of features, Extended Zoom cameras are user-friendly, and you won't have to take out a second mortgage to finance your purchase. Read More »
  5. The Best DSLR cameras Under $1000

    Mar 21, 2014
    First-time DSLR buyer who doesn't want to spend a lot for "too much" camera? Experienced hobbyist on a budget? If you need a DSLR for under $1,000, we've lined up the best of the bunch below. $1,000 is still a lot of money, but considering that some DSLRs cost up to five times that much, we consider anything under the four-figure mark "affordable." The cameras below marry a quality feature set with best-in-class image quality, and all represent a fantastic value. Read on to see our favorites. Read More »
  6. The Best Travel Digital Cameras

    Jul 01, 2013
    Going on vacation gives us a much-needed respite form the daily grind. We see new places, eat new foods, and experience things we that couldn't at home. We use cameras to capture a visual record of the once-in-a-lifetime memories, so having the right digital camera for the job is as important as remembering your passport and packing enough socks. The digital cameras below are all great choices, just choose the one that satisfies your desired feature-set and price point. Read More »
  7. The Best AA Battery-Powered Digital Cameras

    Mar 21, 2014
    Camera manufacturers think that they're doing consumers a favor by releasing, almost exclusively, digicams powered by proprietary rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. Li-Ion batteries generally allow for more compact cameras, plus replacing AAs can get expensive. But despite dwindling numbers, AA-powered digital cameras remain very popular, especially among travelers or any avid photographer who might be miles away from an outlet for days at a time. Here are some of the best digital cameras that run on the swappable, buy-anywhere power provided by AA batteries. Read More »
  8. Best Digital Cameras For Enthusiasts

    Oct 07, 2013
    Enthusiasts are photography buffs that care -- deeply, deeply care -- about having the latest and greatest camera. They compare spec sheets, they pixel peep, they peruse rumor sites, they argue on message boards, and they already have tons and tons of equipment. As with an aficionado of any persuasion, it's probably best to let them do the shopping themselves, but if you're feeling brave and want to surprise the enthusiast in your life with a big present, look below for digital cameras that are sure to put a smile even on his or her opinionated face. Read More »