There are so many digital cameras available right now that it is starting to become a daunting task to know exactly which ones are actually the “best.” Every camera company tends to shove megapixels and zoom capacities into our faces; as if that is an end-all indication as to whether or not a camera is of good quality. Most of us tend to gravitate towards the cheaper, bargain digital cameras because of their practicality and affordability. However, for those of us who have some extra cash to spend or are looking to invest into a truly high quality digital camera, the following list is for you:
The Best Digital Camera
1) Best Digital SLR
Hasselbad H4D-50 MS SLR
The Hasselblad H4D-50 MS SLR. Image:cnet.com
The HasselbladH4D-50 MS SLR is the absolute best digital SLR camera on the market, and at such a high price, you would expect nothing less. To start, the camera is loaded with an astonishing 50 megapixel capacity, a 3” 24 bit color LCD, and both an HC and HCD lens which provide for optimal lens performance. This camera is ideal for photographers who like to shoot moving subjects because it comes equipped with a multi-shot technology, which allows you to capture a sequence of 4 shots that are each offset by a mere pixel increment. With the multi-shot technology, the true-to-life detailing and coloring are captured in your photograph. Of course, there is also a standard single-shot setting which also works brilliantly. Some other cool features that the camera possesses are: GPS capabilities, 90MB of memory capacity, and an ultra-fast focus that also works well on the automatic setting. If your aim is to get the absolute best, most professional looking photos, and you have the manes to invest in such a camera, then look no further because the Hasselblad is the undisputed digital SLR champion.
2) The Best Point-and-Shoot
Nikon Coolpix P300
Nikon Coolpix P300. Image: NikonUSA
The Nikon Coolpix P300 delivers some great quality photographs, and is a great, easy-to-use compact digital camera. This camera is true to its point-and-shoot nature in that it does not come equipped with too many bells and whistles, but it does not give up quality. The camera boasts a 12 megapixel capacity and an ultra-wide-angle lens. In addition, there are both manual and semi manual settings on the Coolpix P300, which is good news for those of you who are seeking a bit of creativity while using a point-and-shoot. The camera is also able to film fully HD videos, which is a huge selling point.
3) Best Extended Zoom
If you’re in the market for the best zoom available on a digital camera, then the Panasonic FZ150 is definitely the camera for you. This extended zoom camera (also referred to as a superzoom) offers unparalleled versatility that rivals even DSLRs. The camera comes equipped with a 3-inch LCD, a 25-600mm (24x) lens, a high resolution viewfinder, and can even record videos in a 1080p mode. The beauty of the FZ150 derives from the great balance it possesses between functionality and quality. The camera sports an impressive 42x zoom range lens, and still manages to produce great quality pictures.
4) Best Waterproof Digital Camera
Panasonic Lumix TS3
The LumixTS3. Image: toptenreviews.com
The Lumix TS3 is not only water-resistant in up to a 40 foot depth of water, it also takes impressive photographs with 12.1 megapixel quality. In addition, the Lumix has 4.6 optical zoom and a number of ISO settings. Also, the lens that comes on the Lumix is a 28mm lens, which is wider than the 35mm lens that most compact digital cameras come equipped with. The greatest part about the Lumix is that it’s not just a gimmicky camera and can take quality photographs out of water as well as in water.
5) Best Instant Camera
Fuji Instax Wide Instant Camera
$60.00-80.00 (plus the cost of film)
The Fujifilm Instax 210. Image: Kaboodle.com
The Fujifilm Wide Instant Camera brings the joy of old Polaroid cameras back to life through it’s easy to use interface and near instant photo printing. The camera is fully automatic, with an automatic flash for low-light shooting, but still delivers high-quality photographs. The pictures that are developed are super high grain and quickly developed, which makes this camera a fun accessory at any get together or outing. The Wide Instant runs on four AA batteries and uses Instax Color film, which is easily found.
I hope that you found this list helpful or at the very least entertaining. Thanks for reading!