Cameras:

Best digital cameras of 2014

Updated

As the name implies, here's where you find the best of the best, our top digital cameras across the board. To make it here, a camera really has to blow our socks off. That doesn't happen very often. If it did, our notion of "best" wouldn't mean much, would it? So check back periodically to see if any new models have left us barefoot and speechless.

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Best budget compact

Samsung Smart Camera WB350F

An affordable long-zoom point-and-shoot to supplement your smartphone photography.

Price: $322.98 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Best midrange dSLR

Nikon D750

It's not the cheapest camera in its class, but the Nikon D750 delivers an excellent combination of quality, performance and features for its price.

Price: $2,029.00 - $2,599.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent Nikon D750 isn't cheap, but offers a great full-frame value

Best prosumer mirrorless ILC

Sony Alpha 6000

Despite small annoyances, the Sony Alpha A6000 is a great overall camera for more advanced photographers who want something smaller than a dSLR, especially if they need the continuous- shooting speed.

Price: $719.00 - $959.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent Sony Alpha 6000 mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera almost has it all

Best compact megazoom

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

A new processor leads to less noise at higher ISOs and faster performance, and built-in Wi-Fi lets you shoot and share. But neither helps this camera's battery life.

Price: $250.77 Check prices

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Best entry-level dSLR

Nikon D5200

The Nikon D5200 improves performance over its predecessor, making it a great general-purpose dSLR.

Price: $469.00 - $855.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent Nikon D5200

Best enthusiast compact

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II - digital camera

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II delivers excellent photos, speedy performance, and a broad feature set in an attractive, compact package.

Price: $549.00 - $569.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent The best enthusiast compact to date