Best digital cameras of 2016


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

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Though there's nothing extraordinary about it, the SX600 HS is a solid choice for snapshooters wanting a simple step up from a smartphone without sacrificing on-the-go sharing.

Price: $378.94 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Best dSLR under $500

Nikon D3300

The company's latest entry-level model delivers the speed and photo quality you expect when stepping up from a point-and-shoot

Price: $446.95 - $496.96 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Best prosumer mirrorless ILC

Samsung NX1

Fast, sturdy, well-designed and with excellent photo quality, the Samsung NX1 hits all the bases for action-shooting enthusiasts.

Price: $1,097.99 - $1,499.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent This camera scores for shooting action

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: $1,419.00 - $1,999.95 Check prices

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