Paraphrasing Susan Sontag, photographs are mementos of our participation in reality, artifacts that attest to “time’s relentless melt.” While manual cameras do require some degree of skill and guided practice to create the images we treasure, the advent of digital photography allows everyone to participate. As the technology has become refined, greater clarity and precision, more versatility and flexibility, are the result. Professionals and hobbyists alike can take advantage of higher megapixel counts, HD video with sound, and a host of other features. But how to choose among the many options is a quandary. To help you find your new camera, we’ve compiled a list of our top ten favorite digital cameras of 2017.
1. Sony DSCW800 Digital
Capture life as it happens with this lightweight 20.1-megapixel digital camera from Sony. Its Super HAD CCD sensor depicts the world in stunning detail and has a 5x zoom capability. Plus, if you’re interested in motion shots, the SteadyShot image stabilization feature offers reduced blur in your photographs. While it comes complete with a host of options to specialize your experience, it’s also incredibly easy to use. This camera’s Easy Mode simplifies your options to produce the best images of each experience.
2. Nikon Coolpix L340
From one of the leaders in photography comes an easy to use, highly refined digital camera. 20.2 megapixels offer crisp and detailed renderings of any experience. Plus, not only does this camera provide a 28x zoom feature, you can customize your shots with its 56x dynamic fine zoom capabilities. Perhaps the greatest advance over their traditional manual options, Nikon’s digital Coolpix provides you with the ability to capture smooth and vivid video in 720p.
3. Canon PowerShot ELPH
When it comes to fantastic, lightweight digital devices, Canon is one of the best. This compact camera brings with it a 20 megapixel CCD sensor equipped with a DIGIC 4+ image processor to render stunning and crisp photos. Additionally, you won’t have to worry about customizing your settings to suit the mood. Smart AUTO automatically selects the best settings to capture each moment, and Digital IS reduces the impacts of camera shake or subject movement, which means you’ll capture your shot every time.
4. Kodak PIXPRO
While it has a lot of unique features, this is a fantastic camera for those new to the pursuit of great photography. Its 16 megapixels offer great clarity to every shot, and a 4x zoom feature provides new photographers with an excellent way to get close-up photos of distant objects. Check your frame on the 2.7 inch LCD screen, utilize the 27-millimeter wide angle feature, or switch to video mode and record special moments in stunning 720p HD.
5. Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
If you’re ready for serious quality, this camera offers crisp and vivid images, even in low light conditions. The 20.1-megapixel digital camera comes with a 9-blade iris diaphragm and a battery IS-equipped lens. Whether you’re catching the action at a parade or capturing stunning nature imagery, the G7 allows you to continuously shoot up to eight frames per second in either RAW or JPEG mode. Plus, with the dynamic-tilt viewing screen, you can easily monitor your subjects as you film with full HD 1080p video in MP4 format and stereo sound.
6. Nikon COOLPIX L32
Lightweight enough to carry on any adventure, this digital camera is still packed with plenty of impressive features. A large three-inch LCD screen allows you to check your subject position or ensure optimum focus for your 720p HD video with stereo sound. But the ultimate feature is a 5x wide-angle NIKKOR zoom lens, which brings precision and definition to distance shots. The L32 is easy to use with simple features and marked buttons next to the display for optimal photographic experiences.
7. Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
Whether you’re sending pictures back home while on vacation or in the midst of the action at a rally or concert, this high powered digital camera is ideal for all life contexts. Its 30x optical zoom and 20.3 megapixel CMOS sensor are complimented by a DIGIC 6 image processor, which means your shots will never be out of focus. Plus, a dedicated movie button makes shooting crisp, 1080p Full HD video a snap, which you can transfer to compatible mobile devices with a built-in Wi-Fi feature.
8. Vivitar 20 Megapixel
This is a great camera for the young and budding photographer in your life. A serious camera with 20.1 megapixels, this lightweight camera is still fun and durable enough to keep up with teens on the go. Six case colors let you customize its look, while a 4x digital zoom and a 1.8-inch view screen allow for professional-quality shots. A self-timer allows the artist to be the subject and experiment with artistic concepts freely.
9. Nikon COOLPIX B500
With all the perks of a digital camera, this model from one of the leading companies in the photographic industry also offers artists and journalists with the benefits of a standard manual model. You can take staged art shots or switch to a continuous shot with 7.4 frames per second. Capture images with pristine clarity in all lighting scenarios, with the digital equivalent of 35-millimeter film. Then, transfer your pictures and 1080p video to other devices with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC connectivity.
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10. Kodak PIXPRO Astro Zoom
You can crop or zoom without sacrificing image clarity with this 16.1-megapixel camera from Kodak. The 24-millimeter wide angle lens and a 42x zoom function allow you to move as close as you like to your subject, plus the detection function automatically highlights features of human or animal subjects for one of a kind photos. If you’re a beauty blogger or fashion guru, the Face Beautifier mode reduces the appearance of blemishes or enhances skin tones and brightens eyes with a touch-up feature. The panorama function will come in handy when you visit breathtaking places, rendering a seamless 180-degree shot.