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Best interchangeable-lens digital cameras of 2016

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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

Samsung NX1

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

Price: $1,499.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent This camera scores for shooting action

Sony Alpha A7R II

It needs a little more refinement, but overall the Sony A7R II is a great camera for folks who need a high-resolution full-frame model in a more compact design than a dSLR.

Price: $2,799.00 - $3,199.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Sony Alpha 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: $64.00 - $649.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent Sony Alpha 6000 mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera almost has it all

Sony Alpha A6300

A respectable update to its very popular A6000 mirrorless interchangeable-camera model, the Sony A6300 remains great but also retains some of the drawbacks of its predecessor.

Price: $1,148.00 - $1,149.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Panasonic Lumix G7

A great mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera for families and travelers, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is a compelling alternative to similarly priced dSLRs.

Price: $897.99 - $1,097.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Sony Alpha A7R (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: $1,749.00 - $1,899.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Samsung NX500

The Samsung NX500 offers a lot of useful features, excellent video quality, and action-friendly performance that makes it a nice choice for families and travelers.

Price: $659.95 - $797.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Leica SL

With Leica-quality photo and video plus fast performance, the Leica SL has a lot to recommend. But the uncomfortable grip, big body and lens, and high price might make many buyers hesitate.

Price: $7,289.79 - $7,450.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

Attractive and compact, with a broad feature set, solid kids-and-vacation performance and nice photos, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II is a good choice for photographers on a budget who like to fiddle.

Price: $599.99 - $649.99 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: $499.00 - $529.95 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Olympus OM-D E-M1

An excellent prosumer mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera that requires a read through the manual before you use it.

Price: $899.00 - $999.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Sony Alpha A7

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: $998.00 - $3,681.00 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: $7.49 - $1,099.00 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: $1,299.00 - $1,299.95 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: $569.98 - $699.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent
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