Best all-purpose compact: Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

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Best compact under $200: Samsung WB350

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Best advanced compact value: Sony RX100 II

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Best dSLR body for less than $800: Nikon D5300

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Best general interchangeable-lens model: Sony A6000

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