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.
Sony Alpha ILCE-7 (A7) is a great alternative to similarly priced entry-level full-frame dSLRs, as long as you don't need speedy continuous shooting.
Fujifilm delivers another stylish mirrorless camera for the phone-camera-doesn't-cut-it-anymore set.
With built-in image stabilization and touch focus for video, the A6500 addresses two of the biggest complaints about the A6300, plus a performance boost.
The Nikon 1 J1 is a fine camera, but there's nothing here that screams out "buy it" over similar competitors. It's also on the expensive side for a point-and-shoot upgrader, but has drawbacks for the more advanced user.
With a large touchscreen, built-in Wi-Fi and an APS-C sized sensor there's a lot to like about the Samsung NX300. It consistently produces high-quality shots, is easy to use -- even if you're a novice -- and ships with a copy of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, all of which helps it justify its price tag.
Nikon's J series comes of age in this revision, with a higher resolution sensor, more extensive menus and a redesigned chassis. The Nikon 1 J3 the best-looking lens-swapping compact you can buy, and one of the best performers, too.
With an 18-frames-per second continuous-shooting speed, overhauled autofocus system and new options to support professionals, Olympus tries to lure them with zippy performance and compact design.
The updated many-point autofocus system, 4K video support and more will be welcomed by Canon mirrorless fans.
If you need high-speed burst shooting and excellent low-light performance in an attractive and compact interchangeable lens camera, you'll find it with the Nikon 1 J2. However, the 10.1-megapixel resolution might limit what you can do with the output, and at this price, it feels a little mean.
Panasonic hopes a combination of speed, tonal tuning and body design will tempt serious photographers.
If you're looking for something a lot better, faster, and more sophisticated than a point-and-shoot that can stand up to your adventures, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is a great choice.
The compact semi-pro Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 exceeded my expectations. It does a great job of rendering a high level of detail under all lighting conditions and its low light performance is particularly impressive. With a wide range of lenses, it offers the flexibility of a dSLR without the weight and bulk.
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.
Over a month ago, Nikon announced its Nikon 1 J4 everywhere but the US. Now it gets a little publicity boost by making it official here.
The latest in a line of sub-$500 ILC announcements this spring, Nikon's cheapest model certainly doesn't skimp on the performance specs.
While the Olympus PEN E-P3 shoots out in front of its class for performance and holds its own on features and design, it's a bit expensive and you'll need to tweak its JPEG settings to get the most out of its images.
A great interchangeable-lens model if you're looking for better photo quality and/or a more advanced feature set than your current point-and-shoot offers, the Olympus PEN E-PL2 still doesn't satisfy for photographing active kids and pets.