Sharon Profis takes a look at the various types of digital cameras on the market, from point-and-shoots to DSLRs, and offers her recommendations.
Best cheap current-model dSLR
If you don't like the thought of buying last year's model (or the one from the year before), the D3400 is the cheapest dSLR we recommend. It does have a few improvements over the D3300 as well.
Best general-purpose dSLR
With excellent photo quality, a great feature set and speedy performance, the Nikon D5300 is a great choice as a general-purpose dSLR.
Best compact dSLR
Lightweight and compact with everything the family photographer needs, the Nikon D5500 maintains its position as a great general-purpose dSLR. It's been superceded by the D5600, which is the same camera with Bluetooth.
Best value in a current model
The Canon EOS Rebel T6i/750D continues the line's tradition of being the crowd-pleasing choice for family photographers.
Best cheap dSLR
The stripped-down feature set is appropriate for first timers and since it's older, the price is right.