Digital Cameras: Ratings of Sources
Total of 15 Sources
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by Editors of DPReview.com
Our AssessmentDPReview.com tests and evaluates nearly every camera on the market. Reviews include plenty of photos and are written to appeal to both the beginner and the seasoned pro. Editors typically reserve their Gold Award mostly for big digital SLR (single-lens reflex) cameras, but a few current compact digital cameras win it.
Camera Equipment Reviews
by Editors of Amateur Photographer magazine
Our AssessmentEditors at this U.K. publication test cameras both in the lab and in the field. Each detailed, critical review scores the camera on eight criteria (such as features, autofocus and dynamic range) and overall, and testers explain how each camera stacks up against its biggest rivals. Editors classify cameras into various categories (including compact and compact-system cameras) so you can compare models that suit your needs.
2012 DigitalCameraInfo Best of Year Awards
by Editors of DigitalCameraInfo.com
Our AssessmentDigitalCameraInfo.com is an offshoot of the highly regarded CamcorderInfo.com. Digital cameras receive the same detailed analysis (although not quite as extensive as the top sites'), and reviews include comparisons to market rivals. Cameras have numerical ratings so you can easily see how they stack up against one another. The reviews are unapologetically critical, and they cover cameras of all types and price ranges. Here, editors name their favorite cameras in every category.
Camera Equipment Reviews
by Editors of WhatDigitalCamera.com
Our AssessmentThis British site thoroughly tests cameras by shooting in a variety of circumstances (you'll find plenty of test photos and videos here). Testers here don't do extensive lab tests like the top sites, but they do a great job explaining each camera's pros and cons and how it stacks up against rivals. The "recommended" lists are out of date, but you can sort all of the site's camera reviews by rating to find the current top picks.
Best Digital Cameras
by Lori Grunin
Our AssessmentCNET's editors routinely review and rate digital cameras. Each camera is evaluated for its design, image quality, performance and features. Those factors are weighted based on the camera's class to produce a final rating. Commentary is often shorter than at enthusiast sites. Here, Lori Grunin names CNET's favorite compact digital camera (the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100) and compact interchangeable-lens camera (the Sony Alpha NEX-7). Links lead to CNET's best-of lists in both categories that name the runners up.
The Best Digital Cameras
by Editors of PhotographyBlog.com
Our AssessmentThis British site reviews a lot of digital cameras, most of which are available in the U.S. Editors provide objective test scores for image quality, ease of use and value. Cameras receive an overall rating, so it's easy to see how they compare. Most of the camera reviews on this list are up to date, but a few are outdated models.
Best Digital Cameras 2012
by Editors of TrustedReviews.com
Our AssessmentThis British website is a great source for digital camera reviews, news and more. Though the individual camera reports are not as detailed as other sources, they are easy to read and accompanied by test shots. Editors test everything from point-and-shoots to underwater cameras to advanced DSLRs. Comparisons are rare, but the reviewers are clear about which cameras they like -- and which ones they don't. This sortable list shows the top-scoring cameras.
The 10 Best Digital Cameras
by Wendy Sheehan Donnell
Our AssessmentPCMag.com covers digital cameras in single-camera reviews and occasional roundups. The very best get an Editors' Choice award. These reviews are easy to digest, which is nice if you want a quick overview rather than an exhaustive analysis.
by Dave Etchells
Our AssessmentExperts here do outstanding camera reviews; they just spend most of their time on DSLRs rather than compact cameras. All cameras undergo the same exhaustive testing, with scads of sample photos so readers can judge for themselves. Although cameras are not directly compared and lack ratings, Dave Etchells maintains a list of highly recommended cameras that are grouped by camera category and type of user. However, the list includes several outdated models.
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org rigorously tests dozens of digital cameras, both point-and-shoot models and SLR-like cameras with interchangeable lenses. Editors rank the cameras from best to worst within each category based on thorough tests for photo and video quality, low-light ability, image stabilization and more. However, although the interchangeable-lens camera ratings are up to date, the point-and-shoot ratings are not. Most of the point-and-shoot cameras ConsumerReports.org recommends have been discontinued or replaced by newer models.
The Canon G1 X: Big Sensor, Major Disappointments
by David Pogue
Our AssessmentTimes tech columnist David Pogue occasionally reviews cameras, usually ones that are unique in some way. He has always wanted DSLR quality in a compact camera, so he really wants to love the big-sensor Canon PowerShot G1 X -- but it disappoints him, with "frustratingly slow" autofocus, a bad viewfinder and other flaws.
Tiny Camera to Rival the Pros
by David Pogue
Our Assessment"The best pocket camera ever made," David Pogue dubs the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 in this single-product test. He explains how the Sony's big sensor and aperture deliver better photos than other pocket cams, and he judges its features, handling and ease of use.
Best Inventions of the Year 2012
by Sony RX100 Digital Camera
Our AssessmentTime magazine names the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 one of the best inventions of 2012. Its groundbreaking design "bridges the gap between point-and-shoots and pro-quality digital SLRs," allowing for "flawless photos" with a pocket camera, editors say.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentLike many large retailer websites, Amazon.com allows owners to post comments, although the quality of the reviews varies. The top-selling cameras in the point-and-shoot and compact interchangeable-lens categories often get scores of reviews, which makes visiting this site useful if you want to read real-world opinions about a camera you are considering buying.
by Contributors to BHPhotoVideo.com
Our AssessmentThis website of B&H Photo, a major camera retailer, attracts fewer owner reviews than Amazon.com. Reviews are extremely well-organized and helpful, though. Each written review lists the owner's level of expertise (casual photographer, enthusiast, pro, etc.), a star rating, and many include sample shots that the owner took with the camera. Each camera gets a list of pros and cons that the editors glean from the reviews, and editors do a better job than Amazon.com of keeping discontinued models from cluttering up the mix.