Cameras:

Best interchangeable-lens digital cameras of 2014

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Are you betwixt and between? Have you outgrown the limited capabilities of your compact point-and-shoot but not quite willing to tote around a relatively large dSLR? These cameras offer the power and flexibility of an interchangeable-lens system, with full manual features and generally better-than-point-and-shoot performance, but without the bulk that a mirror imposes on a dSLR design. While these models have a lot of attractive characteristics, though, keep in mind that without an optical viewfinder you'll probably find continuous shooting--whether it's pro sports or kids playing soccer--rather hit and miss, and as with any camera system lenses can get surprisingly expensive.

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Best prosumer mirrorless ILC

Sony Alpha Ilce 6000 - a6000

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.

4 stars Excellent

Sony Alpha ILCE-7R (Body Only)

Offering excellent value for money, the Sony A7 opens up the magic of full-frame photography to an entirely new audience.

Price: $1,940.47 - $2,299.95 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

Olympus OM-D E-M5

If you're looking for something a lot better, faster, and more sophisticated than a point-and-shoot that can stand up to your adventures, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is a great choice.

Price: $805.00 - $805.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Olympus OM-D E-M1 (Body Only)

An excellent prosumer mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera that requires a read through the manual before you use it.

Price: $1,380.85 - $1,380.85 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

Sony Alpha ILCE-7 (with 28-70mm Lens)

Sony Alpha ILCE-7 (A7) is a great alternative to similarly priced entry-level full-frame dSLRs, as long as you don't need speedy continuous shooting.

4 stars Excellent

Sony Alpha NEX-6

The Sony Alpha NEX-6 delivers a great package of image quality, performance, and design.

4 stars Excellent

Fujifilm X-T1

The Fujifilm X-T1 is a great camera for advanced photographers as long as its quirks don't bother you.

4 stars Excellent

Sony Alpha NEX-7

With a lot to like and just a little to dislike, the Sony Alpha NEX-7 comes up a winner, albeit an expensive one.

4 stars Excellent

Fujifilm X-E2

It delivers great images and is still fun to shoot with, but the Fujifilm X-E2 isn't a no-brainer upgrade over the X-E1 and other cameras outfeature it.

4 stars Excellent

Olympus E-P5

This impressive Pen camera from Olympus comes with built-in Wi-Fi, an appealing design and generally snappy performance to satisfy photographers who crave speed.

Price: $1,159.00 - $1,249.00 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

Fujifilm X-M1

While it may not be the best overall camera available for less than $1,000, the Fujifilm X-M1 does deliver the best photo quality in its price class.

3.5 stars Very good

Olympus OM-D E-M10

As long as you don't need weatherproofing and you are comfortable with a smaller body size, you don't miss out on too much by choosing the E-M10 over the other cameras.

Price: $842.44 - $842.44 Check prices

4 stars Excellent