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: October 1, 2014 3:27 PM
By Renaud Labracherie / Céline Nebor / Arthur Azoulay / Bruno Labarbere

Editor's choice

Fujifilm X-T1 award
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Fujifilm X-T1

The Fujifilm X-T1 is an excellent camera. It boasts first-rate picture quality with improved general responsiveness, a slightly reworked set of controls, and a viewfinder that's surprisingly pleasant and comfortable for an EVF. When mirrorless hybrids get this good, it's safe to say that the interchangeable lens compact market has matured, offering credible and serious alternatives to DSLRs. The Fuji X-T1 is living proof of that!

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

Olympus OM-D E-M10 award

Olympus OM-D E-M10
The Olympus OM-D E-M10 takes the excellent, tried-and-tested tech from its two predecessors and packs it into a stylish and compact mirrorless camera that's cheaper and more accessible. The E-M10 is user-friendly and great-looking camera with first-rate performances. It's a premium choice without being pretentious, and it's as likely to please style-conscious shoppers as it is those in search of top-end picture quality. It also has enough to keep advanced users happy.

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Top Value

Sony Alpha 5000

Sony Alpha 5000
The Sony Alpha 5000 replaces the entry-level NEX-3N with a fairly minor upgrade. Still, it'll be a no-brainer choice for anyone hesitating between the NEX-3N and the more expensive NEX-5T. The A5000 is a great camera for users looking to learn the basics of photography without weighing themselves down with a bulky camera. It's just a shame that Sony's 16-50 mm OSS power zoom lens is still so unreliable.

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4K Video

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 award

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4
If we had a sixth star in our rating system, the GH4 would get it. More than a simple technological showpiece, it's a formidable, relentless tool that could serve any photographer or videographer with a sort of savage efficacy that appears to know no bounds. If the GH3 ever left any room for doubt, the GH4 does not: there's no serious competition in the SLR and hybrid worlds, especially when it comes to video. To find any better, you're looking at a five-digit budget.

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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 messing around in menus.

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