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Best interchangeable-lens digital cameras

Updated April 21, 2014 9:44 AM PDT

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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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

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: $2,298.00 - $3,194.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Olympus OM-D

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: $899.00 - $1,099.00 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: $1,912.64 - $2,894.00 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: $1,699.00 - $1,699.95 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

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

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: $919.99 - $1,436.00 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: $1,299.00 - $1,399.00 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 - $999.00 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: $727.98 - $799.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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