Our latest round of camera testing includes the results of the unusual-looking Light L16 – a camera with an amazing 16 lenses. We also saw the new Sony Cyber-shot camera fighting for its place in our range of Best Buys.
This latest batch of camera reviews may be small in number, but the four models we’ve tested most recently offer plenty of variety, with one of them in particular impressing at our test labs.
Keep scrolling to see how these latest compact cameras, bridge cameras and DSLR cameras have performed.
Browse our entire range of digital cameras to find your perfect model.
Light L16 – £1,850
This attention-grabbing compact camera is on sale for an eye-watering £1,850, arriving with 16 separate lenses on its back.
The Light L16 offers up a 52-megapixel resolution and a 5-inch HD touchscreen in place of a viewfinder. With so many lenses on board, the unique compact camera captures several images at the same time and uses mirrors to overlap them.
The result, it claims, is a single, high-quality image with striking details and realistic colours, the likes of which you’ve never seen before. The multiple lenses also offer depth-of-field control that allows you to make adjustments after capture, and precise focus changes to create that perfect image.
According to its makers, the compact Light L16 will last 8 hours on a single charge – equivalent to around 400 back-to-back captures. If you want to tweak an image when you’re back from a trip outside you can make focus changes in post-production. Common editing effects, including contrast, exposure and white balance, are also included.
We’ve just had the Light L16 back from our test lab, where we investigated overall picture quality and ease of use.
Is the Light L16 worth its hefty price? You’ll have to read our full Light L16 review for our expert verdict.
Panasonic Lumix DC-FT7 – £399
If you’re shopping for a waterproof camera to take on holiday, you might have your eyes on Panasonic’s Lumix DC-FT7.
This rugged compact camera has a 20Mp 1/2.3-inch MOS sensor, 4K video recording, 4.6x optical zoom, and wi-fi connectivity. An electronic viewfinder can lend a helping hand if there’s glare on the LCD monitor. The camera is small enough to tuck into your pocket.
For photographers trying to capture something fast-moving, the 4K photo burst feature allows you to shoot 30fps and then pick your favourite 8Mp snap from the set. If you download the Panasonic Image App on your smartphone, you’ll be able to add GPS tracking to the images you take on the Lumix.
To see if this new Panasonic model becomes one of the best waterproof cameras we’ve tested, head over to our Panasonic Lumix DC-FT7 review.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 M6 – £1,150
Sony says that this Cyber-shot camera combines ‘extraordinary performance’ with an ‘elegantly engineered package’, so we sent it off to our lab to put that claim to the test.
The pocket-sized Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 M6 features a 20Mp 1.0-type stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor, and a multi-function ring on the lens lets you experiment with manual focus. This camera is also capable of shooting 4K HDR video.
Our experts were impressed by the tilting touchscreen display, which manages to remain clear even in bright light.
How does this camera stack up against previous Sony bridge cameras? See how this camera scored for picture and video quality with our Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 M6 review.
Compact system cameras
Fujifilm X-T100 – £599
Although the retro-styled Fujifilm X-T100 looks like a camera of old, it’s actually packed with tech that aims to help you take the perfect shot regardless of your shooting conditions.
This compact system camera, which is larger than the Fujifilm X-A5, is available in a range of colours and has three manual controls dials on top. It uses a 24Mp APS-C CMOS sensor and supports various lenses – experienced photographers can try swapping for wider or telephoto images.
You can capture 4K video with the X-T100, although it’s worth noting that you can’t extract still images from 4K video. By downloading the Fujifilm Camera Remote app you can focus and trigger the camera release from your mobile.
There’s no denying this is a good-looking camera, but can the X-T100 take dazzling photos with ease? See our Fujifilm X-T100 review for the details.
What type of camera should you buy?
Need a new camera for your holiday, or a DSLR that takes fantastic pictures in low light? Our full range of expert camera reviews covers compact cameras, bridge cameras, DSLR cameras and action cameras.
With so many camera types and big-name brands to choose from, our lab tests help you uncover the perfect pick for you. For each camera we test, we pay close attention to the features that matter: image quality, stabilisation, video quality, ease of use and more.
For more on the differences between camera types, and to learn which specifications to watch out for, see our guide: which type of digital camera should you choose?