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Best Digital Cameras for 2014

Updated on August 19, 2014

The Perfect Picture

Taking a good photograph can be a bit of a hit or a miss affair and you either get a great shot or something happens and your shot gets ruined. In years gone by unless you were using an instant camera or a polaroid as they became known you had to wait until your roll of film was developed before you got to see if the pictures that you took were good enough to show other people or were only fit for putting in the bin.

With the advent of the digital age photography has progressed in leaps and bounds and camera’s these days can take the randomness out of photography.

If you take a bad picture you can delete it straight away and try again until you get it right without having the expense and time of waiting for a roll of film to be developed.

Digital cameras also come with some neat software that lets you edit your pictures helping you to get the best possible results for a great looking picture, remove that evil looking red eye, change the background the brightness or even the contrast.

Anyone can take a fantastic picture these days as good as any of the professionals out there.

Below you will find a sample of the top selling camera's in the world that prove that you dont need to break the bank to get your hands on a great camera that will give you perfect pictures every time.


Panasonic Lumix

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 12.1 MP Digital Camera

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 is a fantastic little camera with some great features, that can turn even the poorest photographer into an expert overnight, not only is it great for taking pictures but it also makes great movies too with a built in recorder.

Product Features

  • 12.1-megapixel effective recording
  • 12X optical zoom (4X digital/48X total zoom)
  • Built-in GPS function lets you keep track of your photos by location
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Recording Media - Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card

From the Manufacturer

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 delivers AVCHD Lite HD movie recording capability, 25mm ultra wide-angle and powerful 12x optical zoom lens in a compact body to cover virtually any shooting situations. This 12.1-megapixel powerhouse performer ZS7 further advanced to comprehend attractive features including the Intelligent Resolution technology as well as the built-in GPS (Global Positioning System) unit and manual exposure. An abundance of functions for both photo and movie recording are organized in the well-considered operational command including an independent movie recording button achieving smooth, easy operation in both recording modes.

Lumix DMC-ZS7 Highlights

25mm Ultra Wide-angle Lens
The DMC-ZS7 features a 25mm ultra wide-angle* 12x optical zoom f/3.3-4.9 Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens (35mm camera equivalent: 25-300mm). Incorporating Panasonic's advanced optical technologies, this lens system is comprised of 10 elements in 8 groups, with 2 ED (Extra Low Dispersion) lenses and 2 aspherical lenses / 3 aspherical surfaces while preserving compactness. This lens system enables a remarkable 25 to 300mm range of focal length in this compact body. The powerful zoom of the DMC-ZS7 can be freely controlled even when shooting motion images. Inheriting the fine rendering and outstanding quality of the Leica Elmar lens, this easy-to-carry camera delivers beautiful images any time, any place.


Nikon Coolpix

Nikon Coolpix L22 12.0 MP Digital Camera

Who says great photography has to be expensive, the Nikon Coolpix L22 has a 12 megapixel resolution for fantastic clear pictures every time, and with an automatic movement sensor the camera adjusts its shutterspeed to suit.

Advanced image stabilizing featureshelp ensure sharper results Nikon's Electronic VR image stabilization and Motion Detection compensate for subject movement as well as camera shake. Nikon's original BSS (Best Shot Selector) function automatically shoots a series of sequential frames and saves the one with the sharpest focus.

and all of this for under $100.

From the Manufacturer

Make memories and share joy with Nikon's new high-resolution Coolpix L22 and its 12.0 effective megapixels, 3.6x zoom and huge, bright 3.0-inch LCD. Nikon's 3-way VR Image Stabilization System automatically detects subject movement and adjusts the shutter speed and ISO to compensate for camera shake and minimize image blur. The camera's Easy Auto Mode with Scene Auto Selector simplifies your picture-taking experience by letting camera automatically select the best setting to get great pictures. Nikon's Smart Portrait System will; fix red-eye, detect faces, fire the shutter when your subject smiles and warn you if they blink, to get you great portraits.

Technical Details

  • 12.0 megapixels for stunning prints as large as 16 x 20 inches
  • 3.6x Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens (37mm to 134mm); bright 3.0-inch LCD
  • Easy Auto Mode with Scene Auto Selector; capture 640 x 480 movies with sound at 30fps
  • 3-way VR Image Stabilization System
  • EXPEED Image Processing; Smart Portrait System

Canon PowerShot

Canon PowerShot SD1300IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera

The PowerShot SD1300 IS gives you a large 2.7-inch LCD screen for excellent control when framing your shots. The Canon PureColor System LCD offers spectacular color, resolution and contrast even when viewed at an angle. The screen is highly durable and easy to see in any light with a scratch-resistant, anti-reflective coating. It also features Night Display for easy viewing in low light--a perfect feature for gathering friends and family around to see your images.

From the Manufacturer

It's all about the power of contrast. Color that defies convention. Sleek, gentle curves that merge art and technology into a camera designed to inspire. The PowerShot SD1300 IS Digital ELPH camera captures your world as much as it expresses your originality, with bold innovations that include remarkable low light performance. Everything looks right. Hold it, and everything feels right, too.

PowerShot SD1300IS Highlights

28mm wide-angle lens, 4x optical zoom and Optical Image Stabilizer
The Canon commitment to innovation defines the excitement of the PowerShot SD1300 IS Digital ELPH with its 28mm wide-angle lens and 4x optical zoom that makes it easy to get the inspiring, emotive close-ups that will make your images lasting keepsakes.

Technical Details

  • 28mm wide-angle lens; 4x optical zoom and Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Smart AUTO mode intelligently selects from 18 predefined settings
  • 12.1-megapixel resolution allows you to print large size images with clarity and detail
  • Clear 2.7-inch PureColor System LCD
  • Shoot in Low Light mode for dimly-lit situations

Fujifilm FinePix S1800

Fujifilm FinePix S1800 12.2 MP Digital Camera

The Fujifilm FinePix S1800 is a great professional looking camera with a lot of great features, from auto focus to image stabilisation, this camera has a 12.2 mega pixel display for clear and crisp pictures every time.

An easy to use recorder makes this camera a must have for every photographic enthusiast.

Technical Details

  • 12.2-megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CCD for photo-quality poster-sized prints
  • Fujinon 18x wide-angle optical zoom lens (28mm wide-angle to 504mm telephoto); Dual Image Stabilization
  • Capture movies in HD quality 720p resolution
  • 3.0-inch high-contrast LCD and Electronic View Finder
  • Track a moving subject automatically for still picture capture

From the Manufacturer

Sporting a 12-megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CCD, a powerful Fujinon 18x wide-angle optical zoom (28mm-504mm equivalent) and an extra large 3.0-inch high-contrast LCD and electronic viewfinder, the FinePix S1800 is perfect for advanced amateur photographers who want an affordable, step-up digital camera that will still fit in the palm of their hand.

HD Movie Capture
Capture movies in HD quality 720p HD.

18x Fujinon Optical Zoom Lens
The FinePix S1800 features a Fujinon 18x wide-angle optical zoom lens that produces crisp high resolution results throughout the focal range, from 28mm wide-angle to an astounding 504mm telephoto. It also features Instant Zoom, which enables you to keep their subject in a shot at long distance by offering a wide viewing area around the frame and then immediately cropping to the subject once the photo is taken.

Kodak EasyShare

Kodak EasyShare Z981 14MP Digital Camera

With Kodak you always come to expect High quality and precision and the Kodak EasyShare Z981 is no exception to that rule, with 14 mega pixels the Kodak ensures high quality pictures with almost perfect detail.

With 26X optical zoom and a 26mm wide angle lens this camera is a must have for every professional and amature photographer.

Technical Details

  • 14-megapixel resolution for stunning prints up to 30 x 40 inches
  • 26x optical zoom and 26mm wide-angle lens; 3-inch bright LCD
  • One-button upload to YouTube, Facebook, Flickr, and Kodak Gallery sites, plus e-mail
  • Vertical shutter release, detachable vertical grip; Fast click-to-capture speed (<0.2 sec.)
  • Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)

From the Manufacturer

Bring your world closer for everyone to see. The Kodak EasyShare Z981 digital camera is where creativity and versatility come together. It zooms in faster, wider, and closer than ever, giving you sharp, steady shots you'll be proud to share. Kodak's Share button lets you tag pictures directly from your camera for uploading to YouTube, Facebook, Flickr, and Kodak Gallery sites, plus e-mail too. And its unique vertical shutter release and detachable grip give you the flexibility to go from horizontal to vertical shots with ease. From dramatic wide angles to the convenience of ultra-zoom, the Z981 delivers extraordinary performance.

Sharing your life just got simpler
With Kodak's Share button, uploading your pictures is amazingly simple.

  • Snap your picture
  • Press the Share button and tag it to YouTube, Facebook, Flickr, and Kodak Gallery sites, plus e-mail too
  • Connect your camera to your computer, and with Kodak's Share button app, your pictures are automatically uploaded
  • Your pictures and videos are automatically transferred to your computer


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    • chamilj profile image


      6 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Great information on Digital Cameras. I like Canon Brand.

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      Ankush Kohli 

      7 years ago from India

      Good hub want to buy soon before I go on holidays and capture every enjoyable moment of life.

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      7 years ago from Washington

      Good information, Jimmy. Regards, Ralph

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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      7 years ago from Fife, Scotland


      Great hub especially since I need to buy another camera quite soon. It's also great to be able to read a fellow Scot's hubs.

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      Ralph Deeds 

      8 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Good information, Jimmy. Regards, Ralph

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      michael ely 

      8 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Jimmy, That was a very good, informative hub. The info might come in useful soon. I think that you're the first fellow Scot i've come across in my short time here. Cheers. Michael.

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      8 years ago from Arroyo Grande

      good hub, i am currently in the market for a camera for the wife. We are expecting our first child and she really wants to document a lot of his life and his baby years.

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      8 years ago

      definitely a nice review of some good camera names although it seems like every year or two it goes up 1 to 2MP

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      Purple Perl 

      8 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Thanks Jimmy for the excellent overview.

      I possess a Canon Powershot and love it. Good to own a camera for adding pics and videos to your hubs.

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      8 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Just in time for the gift giving season! Thanks for the research! Lots of information.

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      Earth Angel 

      8 years ago

      Blessings to you this morning Jimmy and gang!

      GREAT Hub!! Thank you for sharing!!

      I have a tiny little Sony Cyber-shot, my fourth, with 12.1 megapixels! I'm due for an upgrade as the one I use every day only has 4x optical zoom!! It is so nice and compact it slips easily into a tight pair of jeans!

      I LOVE my Sony!! I use it as much as my cell phone - and on some days even more!! It easily takes poster-size images so when I shrink them down to 8x10 they are crisper than crisp!!

      Thanks again for the GREAT Hub Jimmy!!

      Blessings always, Earth Angel!!

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank yhou for a very great and comprehensive hub.

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      Amy Frerichs-Soukup 

      8 years ago from San Diego, California

      Hey Jimmy,

      Good one. I have aCannon myself. How've u been doin'?

      best...Mystic Amy

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      8 years ago

      Great Hub! Nice knowing what the best cameras are. What are your thoughts on SLR's? Some say there not worth the money.

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      Stephanie Hicks 

      8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      What a great camera guide, Jimmy! Especially with the holidays coming up, its nice to know what the best cameras are out there. Cheers, Steph

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      8 years ago

      What do you think about the SLRs?


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