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: April 1, 2014 3:31 PM
By Renaud Labracherie / Morgane Alzieu / Arthur Azoulay / Bruno Labarbere

Editor's choice

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS award
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Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon has pulled out all the stops to catch up with Sony and Panasonic in the superzoom compact market. In fact, the PowerShot SX700 HS has everything on its side, with a versatile 30x zoom lens, Wi-Fi, NFC, a super-fast autofocus and great picture quality. It rocks a top-quality build and is the most user-friendly and fun-to-use of all this year's high-end superzooms. This camera is a top choice for travel and holiday snaps and will suit anyone looking for a versatile 2014 compact.

Best of the rest

Tough Cookie

Olympus TG-2

Olympus TG-2
The Olympus TG-2 is a fearless kind of camera. It's waterproof to 15 m, shock/drop-resistant to 2 m and crushproof to 100 kg. It's a responsive and versatile compact that takes good-quality pictures and has a handy range of optional accessories. What more could you ask for?

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Top Value

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Sony Cyber-shot HX50V
Sony's HX superzooms have always been star compacts. This 2013 model, the HX50V, takes great-quality pictures, boasts a 30x zoom lens, fits easily in a pocket and is always ready to snap the action. It has nothing to envy of 2014 models, including Sony's own HX60, and it sells at a lower price!

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Budget Buy

Canon Ixus 240 HS

Canon Ixus 240 HS
With a 16-Megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 5x zoom lens (24-120 mm), Full HD video mode, Wi-Fi and touchscreen, the Canon Ixus 240 HS is a reliable budget buy for anyone who's not bothered about superzoom lenses or advanced settings. With its wallet-friendly price tag, this pocket point-and-shooter is simple and fuss-free.

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