Today's cameras are better than ever. The mirrorless market is booming and prices are falling. These days you can get a high-quality interchangeable lens camera for under $500. Lucky for you, we've put every major camera on the market to the test, so copy our homework and pick from the very best. Read full article:
  1. Best Camera of the Year: Sony Alpha A7R II
    Sony's full-frame A7 series has been flirting with greatness ever since its inception, but the A7R II is the first model to truly stick the landing.
  2. Best Camera Under $1,000: Panasonic Lumix G7
    The G7 is proof positive that mirrorless cameras are here to stay. It's about the size of an entry-level DSLR and costs just $800, but make no mistake: this thing has the horsepower of a flagship model.
  3. Best Camera for the Money: Olympus OM-D E-M10
    It's fast, comfortable to use, and gives you access to the vast Micro Four Thirds lens system—a high-performance camera in every sense of the word. Best of all? The sequel is now in stores, which has pushed the price of the original below $500 at some retailers.
  4. Best Enthusiast Camera: Leica Q
    It combines the German marque's legendary lens quality with a superb full-frame image sensor to produce consistently stunning images. It's very expensive for what it is, but it's also an expertly crafted piece of hardware that any true photographer will fall head over heels in love with.
  5. Best Professional Camera: Canon EOS 5DS
    The EOS 5DS takes the well-worn blueprint established by the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and more than doubles the pixel count. Toss in a new processor and you've got a machine that can produce better images than any 5D before it.
  6. Best DSLR Under $1,000: Nikon D5500
    For people who love that traditional look and feel, the Nikon D5500 is the best bet under $1,000. It captures sharp stills, richly detailed video, and can use virtually F-mount Nikon lens from the past few decades
  7. Best Pocket Camera: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV
    Despite its slim profile, it includes a 1-inch image sensor, 4K video, and a pop-up electronic viewfinder. And if the price is too rich for your blood, previous generations of the RX100 are nearly as nice and available for far less.
  8. Best Superzoom: Panasonic Lumix FZ300
    Your iPhone is a pretty good camera—until you want to get a shot from the cheap seats, that is. If you need a lot of reach, the Panasonic FZ300 is our go-to pick. It offers a 25x optical zoom and image quality that holds up as you zoom in. Best of all? It's weatherproof.
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