Best digital cameras

Updated April 21, 2014 9:44 AM PDT

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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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: $1,299.00 - $2,199.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

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

Price: $568.00 - $749.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Samsung WB250F

For those who want more camera than their smartphone offers without sacrificing the easy sharing, the Samsung WB250F Smart Camera is a good, affordable choice.

Price: $138.00 - $245.59 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II's combination of looks, speed, flexibility, and photo quality makes it a great choice for enthusiasts who can afford the price tag.

Price: $647.49 - $749.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent The best enthusiast compact to date

Best mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera under $1,000

Sony Alpha NEX-6

The Sony Alpha NEX-6 delivers an as-yet-unbeatable package of image quality, performance, and design, even for its rather high price.

Price: $598.00 - $1,098.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent A really, really nice camera

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Wi-Fi connectivity and a new processor help make Canon's PowerShot SX280 HS one of the top compact megazooms available. But you'd better load up on batteries.

Price: $190.83 - $249.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent
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