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In a rush? Our top camera picks (pictures)

If you don't want to wade through all the explanations, here are our off-the-cuff suggestions.

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I've been reviewing hardware and software, devising testing methodology and handed out buying advice for what seems like forever; I'm currently absorbed by computers and gaming hardware, but previously spent many years concentrating on cameras. I've also volunteered with a cat rescue for over 15 years doing adoptions, designing marketing materials, managing volunteers and, of course, photographing cats.
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Best all-purpose compact
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Best inexpensive all-purpose compact: Fujifilm XQ2

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Best camera for long-lens junkies: Panasonic FZ200

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Best dSLR kit for less than $500

Best advanced compact
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Best advanced compact value: Sony RX100 II

Best dSLR body for less than $800
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Best dSLR body for less than $800: Nikon D5300

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Best general interchangeable-lens value: Sony A6000

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