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Which? digital camera tests reveal three new Best Buys and two to avoid

We've reviewed five cameras including compact, bridge and mirrorless models. Find out which ones made the grade

Which? digital camera tests reveal three new Best Buys and two to avoid

The latest digital camera results from the Which? test lab have uncovered three new models worth buying. However, our tough testing also found two cameras that scored so poorly that they were close to being Don’t Buys.

Typically, new cameras to market include a wealth of new features and options but how much do you need to spend to get what you need?

We’ve looked at five digital cameras in our latest round of tests, including the mirrorless Fujifilm X-H1 and Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9, plus a compact camera and two bridge cameras. They range from as little as £99 to a hefty £2,649, so click on the links to our reviews below to see whether you get what you pay for.

Best Buy mirrorless cameras – see which are the best of the best.

Compact camera

Panasonic Lumix TZ200, £729

The highly anticipated upgrade to the TZ100, the Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ200 is the latest addition to the TZ-series from Panasonic. Billed as the camera for all your travel needs, this model is pocket-sized and packs a serious 20Mp sensor and 4K video recording. Does it live up to our high expectations? Read our Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ200 review to see whether this camera achieved Best Buy status.

Mirrorless cameras

Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9, £729

Adding to the GX series of cameras, the Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 is the update to the two-year-old GX8. Aimed at the enthusiast user who wants a high-performance camera in a compact form, the GX9 is available in a choice of two colours (silver or black), and with two different lens configurations. The DC-GX9M includes the larger but more versatile 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 lens (£879), while the DC-GX9K includes the more compact 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 lens (£789).

Fujifilm X-H1, £2,649

The new flagship in Fujifilm’s mirrorless X-series, the Fujifilm X-H1 is a comprehensive camera with some exciting features. With a faster and quieter shutter mechanism, plus in-body image stabilisation, does the X-H1 tempt DSLR owners to switch to a mirrorless camera? Find out whether this camera is a contender for your shortlist despite its high price (which includes a £949 lens) by reading our Fujifilm X-H1 review.

Bridge cameras

Kodak AZ401, £99

Available in a red or black finish, the Kodak Pixpro AZ401 aims to entice budget-minded photographers with its 40x zoom lens. It has a light and compact design, but it lacks some of the features seen in more expensive cameras. Is this the right model for you? Read the Kodak Pixpro AZ401 review for our expert opinion.

Kodak AZ527, £239

The Kodak Pixpro AZ527 is a new superzoom camera that provides a massive 52x zoom lens and is competitively priced. Our testing found it has a zippy operating speed and a decent LCD screen, but are these the AZ527’s only advantages? Read our full Kodak Pixpro AZ527 review to find out.

What makes a good digital camera?

With a range of cameras available from well-known brands such as Canon, Nikon, Olympus and Sony, there are plenty to choose from for all budgets.

However, there are big differences in picture quality, advanced features and how easy they are to use. So if you want to find the best camera for your needs, here are the key specifications to consider:

  • Megapixels (Mp) A higher megapixel count is no guarantee of quality when it comes to actual results, however, even a 5Mp camera can produce good prints at 4×6, 5×7 or 9×10 inches – the kind that easily fit in a photo frame. Most cheap digital cameras offer at least 14Mp.
  • Zoom When you want to zoom in on faraway subjects, such as buildings, optical zoom is important – the camera’s lens magnifies the image for much sharper results. Aim for 10x optical zoom as the minimum to get the best results.
  • Sensor sizes This is one of the most important factors when buying a camera – the larger the sensor, the more light it can let in, which results in more detailed photos and video. For more on the importance of sensor size, see camera sensor sizes explained.
  • Build quality Some digital cameras may be pocket-sized and lightweight, but you shouldn’t settle for one that feels flimsy. Be sure to choose a camera with a metal or high-density plastic casing that feels robust in your hands. Additionally, if you plan to use your camera out in the elements, look for a model that has weather-resistant casing (also called weather sealing).
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