Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
Canon's PowerShot SX60 HS is one of the top bridge cameras in its class thanks to improved design, useful features, excellent photos and video and -- of course -- its really wide and really long lens.
Olympus PEN E-PL7 ( Body Only, Black)
A likeable interchangeable-lens model, the Olympus PEN E-PL7's overall package makes an attractive alternative to an advanced compact and has quite a bit to offer as a first ILC.
Sony Alpha 6000 ( Body Only, Black)
Despite small annoyances, the Sony Alpha 6000 is a great overall camera for more advanced photographers who want something smaller than a dSLR, especially if they need the continuous- shooting speed.
Olympus OM-D E-M10 ( Body Only, Black)
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.
Nikon Coolpix P600 ( Black)
The Nikon Coolpix P600 isn't the quickest camera, but that might be a small price to pay for having such a long lens on a relatively compact, lightweight camera.
Nikon D3300 ( with 18-55mm II lens, Black)
Very good photo quality for its class plus decent performance make the Nikon D3300 A solid choice for a first dSLR.
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.
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.
Fujifilm X-E1 ( Body Only, Black)
It's not a general-purpose recommendable camera thanks to subpar video and slightly sluggish performance, but for photo-quality-first photographers who want the analog-ish shooting experience, the Fujifilm X-E1 rules in its price range.
Fujifilm X-M1 ( Body Only, Silver)
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.