Digital SLR: Best Buys
Want to capture magic moments in all their glory?
Top-notch Digital SLRs and Compact System Cameras hold the potential to capture stunning photos. But more megapixels and features don't necessarily mean a camera will take better pictures, and if you can't get to grips with the controls you may end up regretting your expensive purchase after your first photographic outing.
In a range of scenarios, we take more than 250 photos on each Digital SLR and Compact System Camera tested in the Which? lab to find the very best performing models in.
We take hundreds of photos, changing settings like the aperture and ISO setting and in Raw and Jpeg formats to test the cameras' full range.
Our testers time the shutter delay and time between individual shots and shots in burst mode so you can find the fastest cameras to capture quick action shots.
We also rate how easy cameras' menus are to navigate because you don't want to be fiddling with menus and settings when there's a chance you'll miss the moment.
Not all top quality cameras are big and heavy, some Best Buy Compact System Cameras offer supreme picture quality in more transportable sizes. Find out which DSLRs and Compact System Cameras we recommend with a £1 trial for Which?.
What makes a Best Buy DSLR?
Digital SLR reviews you can trust
The Which? experts are continually testing digital SLRs to see which ones make the grade. We regularly review our test procedures to make sure we’re up to date with the latest digital camera technology. We've reviewed dozens of models from top brands, including Canon, Nikon, Olympus and Sony.
To make sure that all the reviews are balanced and fair, we put each camera through a series of standard technical tests to see how they perform. To test the image resolution and quality, we take pictures of a test chart using a variety of settings and light levels. We then scrutinise the shots for picture noise, vignetting and distortion.
Which? is independent - we work for you, the consumer, so you can be sure that our product recommendations are influenced only by our test results. We don't take advertising and we buy all the products that we test ourselves, so our advice helps you to make the right choice first time and avoid costly mistakes.
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