Snapsort organizes the various cameras into an array of categories. At a high level there are three core groups: DSLRs, digicams and mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. Within each of these are an array of subclasses. These classes can help you better understand which camera suits your needs and can use that as a starting point in your camera search. Snapsort currently has 305 recent digital cameras in its system, from 16 digital camera manufacturers.

These categories are only a starting point. Snapsort also lets you explore cameras based on any features you'd like!

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Digicams

Digicam is the name Snapsort uses for what most probably probably think of as digital cameras, or point and shoots. These are small cameras, that are generally inexpensive and easy to use. Snapsort has 219 recent digicams in its system, and many older models too.

There are 15 manufacturers currently making digicams, there most popular of which (in order) are Canon, Sony and Nikon.

Compacts

Compacts are pretty small, well rounded cameras, that have some of everything, your general all purpose cameras.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
Canon PowerShot S120
Canon PowerShot S120
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Ultra Compacts

These are the smallest and lightest cameras you can buy. They slip into your pocket easily meaning you can have them with you all the time. The best cameras is the one you have with you :)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30
GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition
GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition
GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition
GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition
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Travel zooms

Travel zooms as the name says are great for travel, because they pack a zoom lens into a small body, so you can get a huge variety of shots, from large buildings to animals in the distance.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
Panasonic Lumix ZS30
Panasonic Lumix ZS30
Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
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Super zooms

Super zooms have the most zoom of all the cameras, making it possible to get close-up shots all the time, great for sports, wildlife and more.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10
Nikon Coolpix P600
Nikon Coolpix P600
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Waterproof Cameras

If you're going want to take pictures while boating, swimming, snorkling, or just have a good time at the beach, waterproof cameras mean you can get great photos without worrying about getting your camera wet.

Nikon Coolpix AW120
Nikon Coolpix AW120
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3
Digicams Learn more about waterproof cameras

Pro Digicams

We call these cameras pro because they offer more advanced features and controls that pros look for, for example: manual exposure, RAW image formats, wide apertures, large sensors and more.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10
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Boutique Cameras

These are specialty cameras with huge sensors in small bodies, minimalist features and designs, and hefty price tags.

Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II
Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R
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Mirrorless interchangeable-lens Cameras

These are a new breed of cameras pack a lot of the great qualities of DSLRs (like image quality and interchangeable lenses) into a smaller package. Snapsort has 51 recent mirrorless cameras in its system, and the number is slowly growing as more and more of them are introduced by manufacturers.

There are 9 manufacturers currently making mirrorless cameras, there most popular of which (in order) are Sony, Samsung and Fujifilm.

Sony Alpha A6000
Sony Alpha A6000
Sony A7
Sony A7
Samsung Galaxy NX
Samsung Galaxy NX
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Digital SLRs

These are digital versions of film SLRs, typically big and bulky, with interchangeable lenses, they have the best image quality of all the cameras while providing incredible features to help you get great photos. Snapsort has 41 recent DSLRs in its system, and many older models too.

There are 4 manufacturers currently making DSLRs, there most popular of which (in order) are Nikon, Canon and Pentax.

Entry level DSLRs

In the past digital SLRs were expensive and just used by professionals, but these days they're a great way to capture beautiful memories, with lower prices, smaller bodies, and easier to use features.

Pentax K-3
Pentax K-3
Nikon D7100
Nikon D7100
Nikon D5300
Nikon D5300
Digicams Learn more about entry level DSLRs

Pro DSLRs

Pro DSLRs are designed for photographers who use their cameras commercially, demanding more capable and reliable cameras. Pro DSLRs often feature weather proofing, better build qualities, more features available through buttons instead of the body, faster responsiveness, higher quality sensors and more.

Nikon D610
Nikon D610
Nikon D810
Nikon D810
Nikon D4s
Nikon D4s
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In depth

Digicams

Digicams are typically smaller, lighter and less robust than their SLR brethren. Their compact nature makes them the favored choice for a pocketable camera and their lower price points mean they're accessible every budget. That being said there are many high end digicams some with very large sensors and many pro features that start to blur the quality line between classes. There are two primary technical difference between digicams and the other two classes. Digicams come with a lens built in which is not interchangeable and they have no mirror box so you can not look through the lens to take a picture. The lack of interchangeable lenses means that you need to be happy with what you buy, but the advantage of a built in lens is the compactness and integration it affords. The lack of a mirror box is another reason digicams are typically much smaller than a SLR, instead of looking through the lens using a complex mirror system digicams use the display screen to show you what you're taking a picture of. Interchangeable lenses and single lens reflex mirror setups are not needed by everyone and that is why digicams exist - they offer a flexible all in one package at affordable price points. These cameras are suited to the mass majority of people who just want a convenient cameras that will take a decent picture and isn't a pain to lug around. It's an all in one approach to photography.

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Rangefinders

Rangefinders are typically quite expensive, they are a niche and iconic segment in the digital camera market and appeal to photographers looking for the special rangefinder experience. Although there are very few digital rangefinders they come from a long history of film rangefinders dating back to the early 1900s. The Leica M lens system (39mm) practically defines the segment and has been a virtual standard for rangefinders for decades. This means there is a wide array of M39 lenses made by many manufacturers, including lots of unique antique glass that offers its own artistic perspective of the world - creating one of a kind creative opportunities. Rangefinders are known for their quiet operation and steady handling vs SLRs. Rangefinders tend to offer a uniquely analog experience often forgoing live view, face detection and fancy menus - relying more on old school controls and simplicity. The purity of the rangefinder experience typically results in a focus on smooth operation, solid image quality, large sensors, quality construction and simplicity. The basic experience appeals to many, unfortunately the high prices keep the rangefinder experience out of the reach of many.

Micro Four-thirds

The Micro Four Thirds system is the first mainstream effort towards digital interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras. It's an open standard setting out the sensor size and lens system, founded by Panasonic and Olympus. The Micro Four Thirds system is similar to the Four thirds system - using the same 18mm x 13.5mm sensor but it losses the mirror box and uses smaller lenses permitting smaller camera designs. Micro Four Thirds cameras are typically smaller than SLRs and the smallest are much closer to mid-size digicams. The primary advantage of the Four Thirds system are a larger sensor and an open standard lens system. Because the system does not have the rich history of 35mm or M39 Rangefinders the lens choices are comparatively thin (there are Leica M lens adapters for Micro Four Thirds). When coupled with an electronic viewfinder Micro Four Third digital cameras come close in matching the capabilities of an SLR (albeit with drastically different optical resolution in the viewfinder) in a much smaller package. Like other Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens cameras the target market is photographers looking for solid image quality, changeable lenses, relatively big lenses (compared to digicams) in smaller packages. If you don't need to swap lenses and you're not printing giant photos you will likely be equally well served for half the price by a top digicam.

SLR (Single Lens Reflex)

SLRs are the papa bear of the digital camera market. Think big: bigger sensors, bigger bodies, more pro features, larger lenses, better image quality and of course bigger budgets. If you're serious about photography and you want to understand the range of photographic control, play with lenses and dig deep into the creative and artistic possibilities of photography SLRs will provide the greatest range of options. Photographic control is a big part of SLRs, they are designed to give photographers fast access to an array of controls so they can quickly work their tool: changing apertures, pulling focus, rapid fire shooting, adjusting exposures and creative flash techniques are all part of the experience. SLRs are unabashedly a no compromise category especially as you reach into the upper echelon pro DSLR category. If you're serious about photography and want to make a point of lugging your camera out on a regular basis to learn and experiment you should seriously consider a SLR. If you're a casual photographer lured by the idea of better quality there are many compromise cameras that may better suit you. Finally there is a segment of people who are looking to DSLRs as a fantastic way to shoot very high quality HD video and get access to an interchangeable lens setup for a significantly smaller investment than a pro HD camcorder. Some SLRs shoot 1080/24p and offer external stereo microphone jacks enabling the ability to shoot great HD video and audio. Again those looking for an SLR to shoot video should be serious about it - doing video work on an SLR is really only for semi-pros - manual focusing shots and keeping an SLR steady are not easy feats and HD video will be more than capable of showing off your poor handling - casual users should still look to a digicam for video.