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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.

Price: $598.00 - $649.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Sony Alpha ILCE-7R (Body Only)

As long as you don't need fast autofocus or great burst shooting, the Sony Alpha ILCE-7R is great, compact alternative to entry-level full-frame cameras from Nikon and Canon.

Price: $1,779.95 - $2,299.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

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: $657.39 - $999.99 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: $1,099.95 - $1,499.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

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.

Price: $1,798.00 - $1,999.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Sony Alpha NEX-6

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

Price: $489.99 - $748.00 Check prices

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.

Price: $1,549.95 - $1,699.95 Check prices

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.

Price: $1,248.00 - $1,248.00 Check prices

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.

Price: $1,099.00 - $1,199.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Olympus E-P5

An excellent entry in the Micro Four Thirds universe, the Olympus PEN E-P5 should please a lot of folks, but it's also expensive given that it doesn't deliver best-in-class photo quality.

Price: $799.00 - $990.14 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

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.

Price: $544.00 - $599.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Though it doesn't deliver the best photo quality, the sum of the Olympus OM-D E-M10's design, performance and features add up to a nice upgrade from a point-and-shoot.

Price: $749.00 - $899.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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