Best Camera 2016: The best cameras you can buy

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There’s no shortage of choice in the camera market theses days. While the rise of the smartphone has or more less killed the compact camera, the industry has responded by producing more innovative and interesting alternatives.

Whether you’re looking for the best DSLR, best mirrorless camera or even the best compact camera, our best camera round-up has a camera for you.

Read on for updates on the latest cameras coming soon and advice on what is the right type of camera for you.We review dozens of camera every year, but only the very best ones make it onto our list. Use the dropdown menu, or hit the next arrow, to navigate the list now.

Latest camera news – Updates from Fujifilm and Panasonic

Let’s start with Panasonic, which has announced a few new models of camera recently. One new camera is the Lumix TZ80, which will replace the Lumix TZ70 that’s currently our no.1 compact camera. It’s not a huge update, however, as it mainly adds 4K video support and a slightly tweaked design. Unless you really want 4K video recording, it’s safe to buy the TZ70 now rather than wait.

Panasonic Lumix TZ100
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More interesting is the Panasonic Lumix TZ100, a new travel style camera with a 10x optical zoom lens and a larger than usual 1-inch sensor that should improve picture quality considerably. While other cameras offer a larger sensor in a compact body, few have such a long zoom lens. If you’re looking for a compact travel camera but don’t want to sacrifice quality, it’s a camera worth waiting for.

We expect to see the both new cameras in the first half of 2016.

Fujifilm X-Pro2
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As for Fujifilm, it has several new interesting cameras. Top among them is the Fujifilm X-Pro2, which goes on sale in February. A retro rangefinder-style camera, it will feature a 24-megapixel X-Trans CMOS III image sensor, 77 focus points – 40% of the sensor covered – and an improved hyrbrid viewfinder.

Best Compacts and Bridge Cameras
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If you’re looking for the best cameras for casual use and don’t want to fuss about with settings before hitting the shutter button, a compact camera is probably the best fit for you. There are still plenty of cheap and cheerful compacts out there, but higher-end models also cater for the enthusiast.

Best Mirrorless Cameras
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Bridging the gap between compact cameras and DSLRs are mirrorless cameras, often also referred to as compact system cameras (CSC). Expect these types to offer an excellent balance of convenience and image quality, though at the very top end we’re beginning to see CSCs that match or even exceed similar DSLRs. Sony’s full-frame A7 series is a good example.