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Best Cameras of 2015

Best Cameras of 2015

With cameras ranging from $50 compacts to $7,000 DSLRs, looking for an upgrade can be overwhelming. But in general, the decision boils down to size and price. What are you willing to spend, and what are you willing to lug around, in order to get the quality you demand. A DSLR or mirrorless camera will get you top quality but the least portability. As for price, you can find a wide range here from about under $500 for a starter model to $3000 for pro gear.

The latest generation of bridge cameras approaches DSLR and mirrorless models for quality in some conditions (optimal lighting), and some bridge models are pocketsize. Phone cameras are still the easiest to transport, though, since you probably already have one in your pocket. With features including phase detection (focus pixels) autofocus and optical image stabilization, the best phone cams match or even exceed the capabilities of some bigger cameras; though their small sensors and lenses involve an inherent quality compromise.

Following are our picks for a variety of camera options to fit your budget and lifestyle. (Scroll to the right to see all options.)

MORE: DSLR vs. Mirrorless Cameras: Which Is Better For You 

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    razor512 , June 6, 2014 10:50 PM
    The D3300 should be skipped entirely for the D5300, as it offers far better autofocus, performance, advanced shooting features (e.g., bracketting), and better access to manual controls. Cost about $150 more.

    At that range, the powershot G1x should not even be considered, its image quality is far worst along with the performance for its price range (easily outperformed by morrorless cameras at half the price.

    the 70D is just not worth it unless you need its video features (which I would recommend waiting for magic lantern to come out for it first). Still image quality is still worst compared to many cheaper DSLR's, and at low ISO's there are many mirrorless cameras that perform very closely to it. (with the exception of the autofocus especially in low light)

    Unless you can get the D3300 for less than $500, skip it entirely.
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    mfano , June 26, 2015 12:21 PM
    No Pentax Cameras made the cut when in many of the comparison tests they perform better. Plus cameras like the New K-3 are water resistant...and Pentax is one of the only manufacturers not to change the lens mounting I have lenses I bought 30 years ago that work (with a few limitations) on my 2014 K-3 DSLR Camera. I also use the Pentax 645D Medium Format 44 Mega Pixel DSLR...the only really affordable Medium Format Camera on the market. So they merit a good look.
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    mfano , June 26, 2015 12:24 PM
    The "Bridge" camera showed is has only a x 4 zoom..Sony and Panasonic do better pocket cameras with better zooms.
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