Camera and Lens Buying Guides

On this page you'll find links to our extensive buying guide content, which spans everything from seasonal product roundups to advice about what gear is best for what kind of shooting situation. You'll also find link to the most popular cameras and lenses on dpreview, and to our interactive camera chooser, which lets you quickly compare different models to find the right one for you.

Choose by camera type

Digital cameras come in all shapes a sizes – and prices. We’ve divided these roundups by camera type, and cost. Here, you’ll find our take on everything from pocketable compact models to high-end full-frame powerhouses.

Choose by shooting needs

So you want to buy a new camera – but why? These guides let you make your selection based on the kind of photography you want to do. Perhaps you want to document your growing family, or you need a camera to take snorkeling on an upcoming vacation? We’ve got you covered.

  • Best waterproof cameras
  • Best cameras for social photography (coming soon)
  • Best compact cameras for travel (coming soon)
  • Best digital cameras for kids (coming soon)

Ideas for the Holidays

This is the time of year for gift-giving, whether it’s for a loved one, or just as a treat for yourself. In our holiday season gift guides we’ve selected some of our favorite items spanning prices from the very affordable, to the truly luxurious.

Archived: 2014 Buying Guides

Need to shoot something specific? Our list of situations may help.

Want to know which camera to buy and why? Check out the following roundups.