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Top 10 Digital Cameras of 2017

We’ve hummed and we’ve hawed but we’ve finally come up with our list of the top 10 digital cameras of 2017. With the huge leaps in technology and greater accessibility, you’ve got a lot of fantastic digital cameras to choose from. Digital compact cameras and entry-level DSLRs are more impressive than ever and pack a punch for their price. At the top end of the market, you’ll find cutting-edge innovations that give you exceptional capabilities that you may never have thought possible just a few years ago. Whatever your budget, there’s a digital camera out there for you. We’ve put together a comprehensive list of the very best of them. Have a read to find out which camera takes the crown!

The Top 10 Digital Cameras of 2017:

  1. Sony A9
  2. Nikon D850
  3. Fujifilm X100F
  4. Panasonic Lumix FZ1000
  5. GoPro Hero6 Black
  6. Fujifilm X-T20
  7. Canon EOS Rebel 800D (T7i)
  8. Sony RX10 IV
  9. Panasonic Lumix LX100
  10. Nikon D3400

1. Sony A9

Sony A9 on Table
Image Credit: CC image courtesy of Kārlis Dambrāns on Flickr.

A sublime mirrorless camera that offers exceptional photo quality and ultra-HD video recording capabilities, the Sony A9 is our top camera of 2017. Designed for serious enthusiasts, the A9 has a full-frame CMOS sensor, lightning-fast 20fps burst shooting speed, impressive autofocus tracking, and a convenient 3-inch tilting touchscreen with super-bright EVF. In terms of image quality, its 24MP sensor captures images that provide exceptional detail. If you’re looking to create videos in ultra-high-definition, this camera will capture your memories in cinematic 4K.

In terms of image quality, its 24MP sensor captures images that provide exceptional detail.

The only criticism of the Sony A9 is that the functionality of its touchscreen is somewhat limited. Generally, it’s more of a wasted opportunity than a significant flaw. Regardless, this remains the most impressive camera we’ve seen all year.

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2. Nikon D850

Woman taking a photo with the Nikon D850
Image Credit: CC image courtesy of Kārlis Dambrāns on Flickr.

A very close second to the Sony A9, this impressive Nikon DSLR takes spectacularly clear and detailed images. A 45MP full-frame CMOS sensor makes the Nikon D850 an excellent choice for professionals and committed enthusiasts. The D850 also gives you reduced resolution options that are perfect in situations where you need to quickly send images without sacrificing quality. This camera also records video in ultra-HD 4K. So, whether you’re capturing a wedding, a beautiful walk in the forest, or day-to-day life, this camera will give you outstanding results.

Whether you’re capturing a wedding, a beautiful walk in the forest, or day-to-day life, this camera will give you outstanding results.

Unfortunately, several users have reported that when focusing with Live View, there is sometimes a noticeable delay. This is something to take into account if speed is a priority for you.

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3. Fujifilm X100F

Fujifilm X1000F DSLR Camera

Retro styling collides with cutting-edge technology to create one of the most remarkable compact cameras of the year. The Fujifilm X100F may look like an eighties throwback but it packs a 24MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor, 3-inch OLED screen, hybrid viewfinder, and has the ability to capture raw images. While we don’t want to totally judge a book by its cover, we can’t get past the fact that the camera’s nod to nostalgic luxury is incredibly cool.

We can’t get past the fact that the camera’s nod to nostalgic luxury is incredibly cool.

In terms of drawbacks, Fujifilm decided to not make the bright back display touch sensitive (so, it’s not a touchscreen). It’s pretty disappointing given that this feature is almost standard on most entry-level compacts. In addition, the 1080p video capture capabilities may be a little restrictive for some users.

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4. Panasonic Lumix FZ1000

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000

With a 20MP sensor, 16x zoom range, and impressive aperture options, the Panasonic FZ1000 is arguably the best bridge camera you can get. Its Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens has an aperture range of f/2.8 to f/4 and a focal length equivalent to 25-400mm. For new photographers, that means that it can take some great photos. With that in mind, it’s a great choice for camera enthusiasts and a worthy addition to a professional’s portfolio. It can also capture images in raw formats for added flexibility.

It’s a great choice for camera enthusiasts and a worthy addition to a professional’s portfolio.

It’s worth noting that the FZ1000 is a little bulky, can feel a bit unbalanced, and the doesn’t have a touchscreen display. While these might not be deal breakers, they’re worth taking into account when you’re weighing your options.

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5. GoPro Hero6 Black

Man holding GoPro Hero6

We couldn’t put this list together without including an action camera. This is an area where GoPro remains the leader. There was a lot of buzz around the Hero6 before it was released. Once it was, fans were impressed by its upgraded image sensor and versatile touchscreen. The key strength of the Hero6 is its 4K 60fps video capture capabilities that give you intricate details in all conditions. You’re also able to enjoy gloriously smooth 240fps at 1080p slow-mo video.

The key strength of the Hero6 is its 4K 60fps video capture capabilities that give you intricate details in all conditions.

There’s not much to critique about this action camera. However, the voice controls can be a little clunky and unresponsive (particularly in loud places) and it’s a bit pricey for what it is.

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6. Fujifilm X-T20

Fujifilm X-T20

A compact mirrorless camera that is packed with great features, the X-T20 finds a perfect balance between innovation and price. Its 24MP CMOS III sensor and 4K video capabilities allow you to capture the fine details of every scene. The X-T20 has a retro styling similar to that of X100F and its light frame makes it an excellent choice for an on-the-go photographer.

The X-T20 has a retro styling similar to that of X100F and its light frame makes it an excellent choice for an on-the-go photographer.

While the 3-inch touchscreen is a welcome addition, its limited control options mean that it’s disappointingly underused. It also lacks in-body image stabilization and a standalone ISO dial.

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7. Canon EOS Rebel 800D (T7i)

Canon EOS Rebel 800D

When looking at entry-level DSLRs, it’s difficult to choose between the Nikon D3400 and its Canon equivalent, the EOS Rebel 800D (T7i). Both models are fantastic choices for budding photographers. However, the Rebel 800D squeaked out a victory thanks to its 24MP CMOS sensor, 1080p 60fps video capture capabilities, and 3-inch rotating touchscreen. There’s also a port to add an external microphone and the camera can be operated remotely using the Canon Camera Connect smartphone app.

The Rebel 800D squeaked out a victory thanks to its 24MP CMOS sensor, 1080p 60fps video capture capabilities, and 3-inch rotating touchscreen.

For an entry-level DSLR, it’s a great balance of value and performance. It’s worth noting that some users found the camera’s plastic finish unimpressive and, since it’s an entry-level camera, the image quality isn’t as good as you’ll find on higher-end professional and enthusiast cameras.

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8. Sony RX10 IV

Sony RX10 IV

Another fantastic bridge camera, the Sony RX10 IV combines the features of a DSLR with the convenience of a point-and-shoot compact. Sony has packed a lot into the fourth iteration of the RX10. The camera includes a 20MP CMOS sensor, 24-600mm f/2.4-4 zoom lens, and built-in image stabilisation technology. It will also record fantastic 4K 30fps video and also gives you stunning slow-motion video at 1080p.

The Sony RX10 IV combines the features of a DSLR with the convenience of a point-and-shoot compact.

While the 3-inch tilting touchscreen is good for lining up a shot, it only gives you control over a limited number of settings. The camera also lacks some features that you’d expect (like an intervalometer and time-lapse movie creation abilities) which is a bit disappointing.

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9. Panasonic Lumix LX100

Panasonic Lumix LX100

The Panasonic Lumix LX100 is a compact camera that offers the kind of manual controls you might expect from a DSLR. The LX100’s 16MP sensor generates detailed images while its 24-70mm f/1.7-2.8 lens gives you plenty of shooting options. The camera’s key strength, however, is its unprecedented range of manual controls. If you take a look at the top of the LX100, you’ll think that its dials belong to a DSLR. It’s the perfect choice for an enthusiast who wants full control and a compact size.

The camera’s key strength, however, is its unprecedented range of manual controls.

While this camera is small, it’s worth noting that there are similar models on the market that take up less pocket space. This is also a camera designed for someone who has some photography experience. So, this may not be the best camera if you’re just getting started. Lastly, some users have reported the LX100 can be a little slow when starting up.

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10. Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

We’ll complete the list with our runner-up in the entry-level DSLR category. The Nikon D3400 is a fantastic camera with a 24MP CMOS sensor, HD video capture, and redesigned lens kit. Moreover, it’s lightweight, has impressive battery life, and is easily accessible for new photographers. Overall, using this camera is an excellent experience.

The Nikon D3400 is a fantastic camera with a 24MP CMOS sensor, HD video capture, and redesigned lens kit.

While the D3400 is a great entry-level camera, it’s also important to note that some key features are noticeably absent. The big missing aspects are namely the absence of a touchscreen and the lack of external microphone compatibility.

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