What Digital Camera Awards 2013: Cameras of the year

2013 has been a year full of fascinating camera releases. With a steady stream of new products passing through our hands, there have been some that have stood out from others. Here’s our pick of the best from the past 12 months…

PanasonicLlumix LF1

2013 consumer compact of the year

Panasonic Lumix LF1: £339

The Gold Award winning LF1 excels in more ways than one and would make a superb choice for photographers who'd like a long zoom coverage from a pocket compact.

With a 12MP 1/1.7in Live MOS sensor at its heart, it features a 7.1x optical zoom (equivalent to 28-200mm), while the ISO range can be set between 80-6400 and is expandable to 12,800. To keep handheld shots sharp, Panasonic's O.I.S optical stabiliser technology is built-in, but it's the LF1's 200k-dot resolution electronic viewfinder that makes it stand out from the competition.

A 3in, 920k-dot display complements the EVF, while the mode dial, Raw support and Wi-fi and NFC connectivity options will appeal to advanced users who enjoy taking full manual control of camera settings.



Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Panasonic Lumix TZ40

Nikon Coolpix S9500

Sony Cyber-shot WX300