The 4 best digital cameras of the moment: the best all-rounder, the best-value digital camera, the best budget option, the best choice if money is no object.

Updated: July 9, 2014 10:11 AM
By Renaud Labracherie / Céline Nebor / Arthur Azoulay / Bruno Labarbere
Translated by: Catherine Barraclough

Editor's choice

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 award
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

With a 1" 20-Megapixel sensor, a 16x zoom lens with decent aperture (25-400 mm f/2.8-4), speedy performances, a swivel screen, a sharp, detailed and pleasant-to-use EVF, and a 4K video mode, the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 is a versatile and sharp-shooting bridge that's an ideal companion for travel or day-to-say shooting. It's even good enough to replace an entry-level SLR! Who said that the bridge camera was dead?

Best of the rest

Experts and Pros

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 award

Sony Cyber-shot RX10
As the third addition to Sony's RX range, the RX10 bridge is an excellent camera. It sports the largest sized sensor in the bridge market (the same 1" 12-Megapixel BSI CMOS as the RX100 II), a new Bionz X imaging engine, a 24-200 mm zoom lens with constant f/2.8 aperture and a handy aperture control ring. It also boasts advanced video functions. It's a serious rival for bridges and SLRs, and is a good option for anyone looking for a versatile camera without compromising on picture quality.

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Monster Zoom

Panasonic Lumix FZ72

Panasonic Lumix FZ72
The Panasonic Lumix FZ72 is a pleasant-to-use bridge that's highly versatile and simple to figure out. Its 60x zoom lens is easy to use with no need for particular skills or experience, making the FZ72 great for travel or as a handy second camera for users looking to experience the thrill of shooting at very long focal lengths. Enjoying this monster zoom does mean you'll have to compromise a little on image quality but, at the end of the day, that's not what this camera is about.

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Weatherproof

Olympus Stylus 1 award

Olympus Stylus 1
The Olympus Stylus 1 packs the EVF, processor, general layout and retro looks of the excellent OM-D E-M5 into an extremely compact and weatherproof camera. Plus, it gets a brand new 28-300 mm f/2.8 lens to accompany its 1/1.7" 12-Megapixel BSI CMOS sensor. This quality bridge could be a tempting choice for expert users who aren't looking for a superzoom model.

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