The 5 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: March 27, 2014 9:29 AM
By Renaud Labracherie / Morgane Alzieu / Arthur Azoulay / Bruno Labarbere
Translated by: Catherine Barraclough

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Panasonic Lumix FZ200 award
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Panasonic Lumix FZ200

Although its 24x (25 to 600 mm) zoom many not seem all that impressive in today's market, the constant f/2.8 aperture certainly is! In fact, the FZ200 lens lets in almost four times as much light as competitor models. On top of that, it has the sharpest, most accurate lens in the bridge market right now. With a quality sensor plus top-notch design and handling, the FZ200 may be little pricey for a bridge, but we think it's worth every penny.

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 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 can be used easily, with no need for particular skills or experience, making it a great travel companion or 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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Budget Basics

Kodak PixPro AZ521

Kodak PixPro AZ521
If a 52x zoom lens floats your boat, then the Kodak PixPro AZ521 is a simple, user-friendly budget superzoom bridge that's worth a look. It'll be fine for capturing the action on a family holiday or basic snapping while out and about. It's certainly not the most exciting camera on the market, but it's by no means rubbish either. In fact, it makes a change to see a low-cost camera that's not a total turn-off.

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Weatherproofing

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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