Olympus Stylus 1
For those who crave an enthusiast compact with more zoom range, the Olympus Stylus 1 should be high on your list for its excellent balance of performance, design, and features.
Nikon D5300 ( Body Only)
The Nikon D5300 is a great choice as a general-purpose dSLR.
Fujifilm X-E2 ( with 18-55mm XF Lens, Silver)
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.
Canon Power Shot SX170 IS ( Red)
If you hate AA batteries, but like inexpensive compacts with manual controls, the 16x zoom Canon PowerShot SX170 IS takes a good photo. Otherwise, seek out its predecessor, the SX160 IS.
Nikon D610 ( with 28-300mm Lens)
Though competition's increasing for low-end full-frame cameras, the Nikon D610 holds its own; that said, while slightly faster than its predecessor it's not a whole lot different.
Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
A change in sensor brings the 30x zoom Canon PowerShot SX510 HS' photo and movie quality as well as its shooting performance up a notch.
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.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 ( Silver)
A fully loaded travel zoom that's fun to use, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 has a lot to offer both advanced and casual snapshooters.
Canon EOS 70D ( with 18-135mm STM Lens)
An overall excellent camera, but one that fails to capture the best-in-class prize for image quality.
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-QX10
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 might be a fresh take on a point-and-shoot camera, but the design ends up being a bit more trouble than it's worth.