The 6 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 9:34 AM
By Renaud Labracherie / Morgane Alzieu / Arthur Azoulay / Bruno Labarbere

Editor's choice

Panasonic Lumix GX7 award
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Panasonic Lumix GX7

The GX7 is an all-round excellent camera. It has a compact design, speedy performances and boasts high-end picture quality. In fact, you could almost forget that it's a micro four-thirds camera. This lens-switcher is a top choice for street photography and budding photojournalists, especially thanks to its tilting touchscreen, tilting electronic viewfinder, high-end build quality and huge range of onboard technology (Wi-Fi, NFC, in-camera stabilisation, etc.)

Best of the rest

Full-Frame Quality

Sony Alpha 7R

Sony Alpha 7R
The Sony Alpha 7R is an impeccably good camera that's not far from flawless. Picture quality is exceptionally good, the controls and lightweight build ensure first-rate handling, and the autofocus is fast in spite of the fact that it only uses contrast-detection. The A7R doesn't have much to envy of pro-level SLRs.

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Small But Powerful

Fujifilm X-M1 award

Fujifilm X-M1
The X-M1 uses the same 16-Megapixel X-Trans sensor that sealed the success of the X-E1 and X-Pro1. Image quality is just as good in this more compact, Wi-Fi model, as it shoots flawless photos up to 6400 ISO. There's no electronic viewfinder, but the X-M1 has a tilt screen and a nice design. It's a very pleasant camera to use.

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Top Value

Sony NEX-3N

Sony NEX-3N
The Sony NEX-3N is a compact and easy-to-use mirrorless lens-switcher. Users upgrading from a point-and-shoot compact won't be too lost with the NEX-3N, while SLR-fans can't fail to be impressed by the image quality on offer. It's a light, discreet and well-made camera that makes a perfect travel companion.

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Weatherproofing, 5-Axis Stabilisation

Olympus OM-D E-M1 award

Olympus OM-D E-M1
It's hard to find fault with the Olympus OM-D E-M1. With enhanced picture quality and a speedier autofocus than the OM-D E-M5, this new model also sports a nice wide viewfinder, a 10 fps burst mode and a sleek all-weather finish. Olympus has managed to build an excellent compact system camera that's smaller and lighter than an SLR but still offers first-rate responsiveness and excellent picture quality.

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Intrepid Adventurer

Nikon 1 AW1 award

Nikon 1 AW1
Nikon has taken a bit of a risk in making the AW1 a waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof DSLM that's also mainly geared up for use in Auto mode. But as if being the first underwater mirrorless lens-switcher wasn't innovative enough, the AW1 also happens to be a smart shooter that takes good care of choosing the right settings in the heat of the action. It's perfect for users who'd rather live the moment than spend their time fiddling around in menus.

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