Best digital cameras

Updated April 18, 2014 10:36 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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Nikon D7000

An excellent dSLR for experienced shooters or Nikon professionals looking for a relatively cheap option, the Nikon D7000 delivers on almost all counts, including the company's best shooting design to date.

Price: $1,469.95 - $1,846.95 Check prices

4 stars Excellent Nikon D7000

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

Best dSLR under $1,000

Nikon D5200

The Nikon D5200 makes a great choice for family and vacation photographers.

Price: $568.00 - $749.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

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 - $749.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent A really, really nice camera

Best prosumer interchangeable-lens camera

Olympus OM-D E-M1 (Body Only)

One of the fastest, most feature-laden cameras you can buy for less than $1,500, you really need to spend some quality time going through all the settings before using the Olympus OM-D E-M1.

Price: $1,299.99 - $2,199.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

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: $199.00 - $249.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent
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