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The best image digital camera list for 2016 is limited to cameras with atleast 10 Megapixel resolution.

High resolution, longer optical zooms, increased sensor size are all good features to have on paper, but does the camera take great pictures? One of the key features to consider while buying any digital camera is the image quality. The best image digital cameras are of course the dSLR's because of the top-notch image quality which nevertheless comes with a hefty price tag.

The premium compacts and the mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras are also fast catching up to deliver some very good dSLR-like quality images. And they are more lightweight and lighter on the pocket making them an attractive proposition to amateurs looking to dabble in photography. The best image digital cameras deliver the goods in terms of contrast management, sharpness around the edges of objects and vividness of colors captured.

This list profiles some of the best image digital cameras which score high on the image quality parameters. They cover the amateur category ranging from premium point and shoot, ILC and the entry level consumer dSLR's. It is interesting to note that although widely advertised by camera manufacturers, the megapixel count is not the key factor in determining the image quality and sharpness of images.

Some of the parameters to be evaluated while choosing a digital camera based on the image quality are the sensor size where a larger sensor results in superior sharper images with less noise. But larger sensors are also expensive and bigger so make the camera more bulky. Other factors are the white balance, optical zoom and sensitivity. Typically compact cameras with smaller sensors struggle in higher ISOs in low lit conditions. Many of the premium compacts come with in-built image stabilization to combat camera shake. This is especially required for the lightweight and also the super zoom models as they are prone to shake.

The best image digital cameras in the market achieve a good balance in the above factors and bring out images which are on par with those taken in a high-priced dSLR.

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Canon EOS 760D

Canon EOS 760D


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Canon EOS 760D
Leica Q (Typ 116)
Olympus OM-D E-M10 II
Fujifilm X-T10
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
Canon EOS 760D
Leica Q (Typ 116)
Olympus OM-D E-M10 II
Fujifilm X-T10
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
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Release Date
Sep 2015
Jun 2015
Sep 2015
Jun 2015
Sep 2015
Resolution
24.0 Megapixel
24.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
Camera Type
Compact SLR
Large sensor compact
SLR-style mirrorless
SLR-style mirrorless
Compact
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
BSI-CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
26.81 mm
43.26 mm
21.64 mm
28.28 mm
13.23 mm

Highest resolution Canon APS-C camera yet.

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Large for a compact camera.

great 'carry-everywhere' camera

Like just about every model in the FujiFilm CSC line-up, the FujiFilm X-T10 is a great camera.

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Overall, the Sony RX100 IV is an amazing feat of engineering and design.