Nikon D5500 ( 18-140mm VR Lens, Black)
Lightweight and compact with everything the family photographer needs, the Nikon D5500 maintains its position as a great general-purpose dSLR.
Canon PowerShot G7 X
The Canon PowerShot G7 X would jump from very good to excellent if it could just pick up the pace.
Nikon D750 ( with w/ 24-120mm Lens)
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.
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II
The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II has some solid capabilities and a standout lens, but the overall experience just doesn't live up to its price.
Canon PowerShot N100
The Canon PowerShot N100's photos and performance are a step in the right direction for point-and-shoots, but the N100 design needs a bit more work and perhaps fewer novelties.
Olympus Stylus XZ-2 ( Black)
The Olympus Stylus XZ-2 iHS is an excellent bright lens enthusiast compact. At this point, though, you should skip it at its full $600 price.
Nikon D5300 ( with 18-140mm Lens)
The Nikon D5300 is a great choice as a general-purpose dSLR.
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 Alpha ILCE-3000 ( with 18-55mm lens)
If you're just looking for better photo quality than a point-and-shoot on a really tight budget, but not better performance, the Sony Alpha A3000 meets that criterion.
Canon PowerShot G16
While the Canon PowerShot G16 is better than the G15 and remains a nice enthusiast compact, its low-light photo quality disappoints for the money.