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Taking photos is fun! Here you will find the right camera, the right one for your needs. Finding the best camera for your purposes with the digital camera test by us: test reports for all camera types (small compact camera, large bridge camera, system camera with interchangeable lenses), test results for 616 cameras, 198 of which are available (prices: 100 to 4 600 euros ). From the small digicam to the system camera in retro design that looks like grandpa’s camera. New in January: 5 high quality cameras.
Current highlights from the digital camera test
Our latest test results from the laboratory (January 15, 2021) show five new system cameras with interchangeable lenses , including four models with large, full-format image sensors. Full-frame system cameras are expensive, but they also deliver perfect photos and videos of the most important moments in life - from wedding photos to fine portraits. The new models from Nikon, Panasonic and Sony all come out on top in the test.
Nikon Z 6 II crosses the finish line very well
The second generation of the Nikon Z 6, the Nikon Z 6 II, builds on the parade performance of its predecessor Z 6. We tested the Z6 II with two different lenses that Nikon sells with the camera body: Nikon Z 6 II with standard zoom Z 24-70 and Nikon Z 6 II with travel zoom Z 24-200 VR . With manual settings, the older Z 6 is a tad better than the newcomer. This is mainly due to the first-class wide-angle zoom that Nikon sold as a set at the time: Z 6 with wide-angle zoom Z 14–30 S. The Z 6 II, on the other hand, is a bit more powerful, it is supported by a second processor. In the cycle test of recording, displaying, enlarging and deleting five motifs, she hardly needed 25 seconds. The Z6 is busy 10 seconds longer. The Z 6 II is also a little faster with series pictures: it shoots around 14 instead of 11.3 series pictures per second. Up to 70 pictures in JPEG format are possible in one go.
Sony makes the full format small and light
With a height of just seven centimeters and a housing weight of around 550 grams, the Sony Alpha 7C is the smallest and lightest full-frame system camera ever. It delivers first-class videos and photos with manual adjustment. Due to its small design, it is a little more difficult to operate than the other full-format models, but it is still good. Details can be found here: Sony Alpha 7C + 28-60.
Panasonic is pushing the price
The new Panasonic S5 K is the most affordable full-frame camera in our January update. In the set with its standard zoom S 20–60, the S5 currently costs around 2,240 euros and impresses with excellent photos with manual setting.
Fujifilm brings price and performance together
But good quality is also cheaper. In particular, system cameras for beginners with APS-C or Micro Four Thirds image sensors are significantly cheaper than expensive full-frame cameras. A prime example of this is the new Fujifilm X-S10 with the XF 18-55 R LM OIS standard zoom . Your APS-C image sensor delivers top quality, but at the same time keeps the camera nice and small. An interesting model for demanding beginners and price-conscious professionals.
Product knowledge digital camera: which camera for whom?
The search for the best camera begins with the question of the type: should it be a small compact camera? A large bridge camera with super zoom? A particularly high-quality compact camera? Or a system camera with interchangeable lenses? It pays to clarify these questions before buying a camera. For the digital camera tests, the experts from us.
Example of a compact camera: Panasonic Lumix TZ81
You just want to take photos without a lot of fuss? With a small camera that does everything automatically? Then a compact camera is the right choice. The term stands for handy cameras with automatic and integrated lens. Some models also offer manual functions. Not all compact cameras are small. There are also large compact cameras with a particularly powerful zoom, often referred to as bridge cameras. Compact then only means that the lens is permanently attached and cannot be changed. The test database shows the best compact cameras.
Example of a high quality compact camera: Canon PowerShot G7 X II
Are you looking for a compact camera that meets higher demands? Without interchangeable lenses? Then a high-quality compact camera is the right choice. This type of camera offers a larger image sensor, manual functions and a bright lens. In contrast to the system camera, this cannot be changed, but the camera remains compact. High-quality compact cameras with standard zoom are hardly larger than simple compact cameras, but deliver particularly impressive image quality. Models with superzoom - also called bridge cameras - are very versatile. You have all focal lengths on board, from wide-angle to telephoto.
Example of a system camera with viewfinder: Fujifilm X-T3 with XF 18–55 R LM OIS
Do you only want the best? Then a system camera with a viewfinder is the right choice. Either a reflex camera or a modern system camera without a mirror. Both variants offer all design options for good photos: aperture, exposure time, focal length - everything is variable. The lens is interchangeable and there are plenty of accessories: The system camera grows with your requirements - with or without a mirror. In terms of image quality, these cameras are at the fore.
Example of a system camera without a viewfinder: Olympus Pen E-PL9 with ED 14–42 EZ
The right choice for everyone who wants to buy a small, high-quality digital camera. Without a viewfinder, the system camera is a bit more compact. Some models are also available with a viewfinder. Equipped in this way, you can supplement the viewfinder if necessary. Many of these system cameras without a viewfinder can be operated using a touchscreen. That suits the habits of smartphone fans.
System camera: decision for a system
Anyone who opts for a system camera is also opting for a system. In the supplier's system family, all camera housings and lenses have the same bayonet connection. Changing to another system family at a later date would be expensive: lenses and accessories would have to be bought new.
So that you can make the right choice right from the start, our camera experts have five systems with a large full-format image sensor (test 7/2018) and six systems with APS-C or Micro Four Thirds image sensor (test 4/2018 ) compared. We are testing cameras from Canon (bayonet: EF-S and EF), Fujifilm (bayonet: X), Nikon (bayonet: F), Olympus (bayonet: Micro-Four-Thirds), Panasonic (bayonet: Micro-Four-Thirds ), Pentax (bayonet: K) and Sony (bayonet: E and A). Here you will find the right system family for you.