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Updated: Jul 31, 2015 12:21
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#76
alaScore 84

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10

If you're looking to graduate from point-and-shoot school and go to DSLR university, consider the Lumix G10.

57 expert reviews | 150 user reviews

#77
alaScore 84

Olympus PEN E-PL1

Its image quality isn't quite on par with a DSLR, but the Olympus Pen E-PL1 is a groundbreaking and powerful interchangeable-lens camera that serves as an excellent learning tool.

140 expert reviews | 1105 user reviews

#78
alaScore 84

Samsung NX11

Samsung has updated their popular NX10, which is the first EVIL (Electronic Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens) model they created, with the introduction of the all new NX11. This unit offers almost identical specifications to the NX10 with a few key...

67 expert reviews | 83 user reviews

#79
alaScore 84

Nikon 1 J2

Nikon's popular 1 series cameras is getting a new model for 2012, the 1 J2. It features many of the same specifications from last year's J1, including a 10-megapixel CMOS sensor, a 3.0-inch LCD display, the EXPEED 3 image processor, full manual...

36 expert reviews | 277 user reviews

#80
alaScore 84

Nikon S1

Nikon introduced two new 1-series models at CES 2013, the S1 and the J3. The main differences are these: the Nikon 1 S1 will retail in kit-form for about $100 less than the J3. The S1 features a smaller 10.1 megapixel CX-format CMOS image sensor, a...

30 expert reviews | 116 user reviews

#81
alaScore 83

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

The G2 is very much the camera the G1 should have been. The addition of a decent HD movie mode, some cool touch-screen features and minor enhancements throughout turn an already good camera into a great one. Image quality is excellent (especially at...

96 expert reviews | 66 user reviews

#82
alaScore 83

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Sony rates the camera's battery at approximately 300 photos; we shot about half that, as well as a few videos, and saw the battery life drop below 50 percent. Three hundred pictures may seem like a lot, but we found ourselves charging the NEX-3 more...

65 expert reviews | 1464 user reviews

#83
alaScore 83

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

The GF2 sees Panasonic packing a lot of approachable creative control into a compact package, with one of the best-implemented touchscreens we've ever seen on a camera. It's fast and responsive with excellent raw image quality, but the jpeg output is...

89 expert reviews | 152 user reviews

#84
alaScore 83

Olympus PEN E-PL2

The Olympus E-PL2 is the least-expensive compact interchangeable-lens camera you can buy. And while it offers very good image quality, some same-price cameras use even larger image sensors and deliver better low-light performance.

87 expert reviews | 197 user reviews

#85
alaScore 83

Olympus PEN LITE E-PL6

The all-metal, all style PEN E-PL6 has inherited more than good looks from big brothers in the OMD range, it's got the brains too. The latest streamline design from Olympus also comes equipped with Wi-Fi capable FlashAir SD card and a lust-worthy...

2 expert reviews | 23 user reviews

#86
alaScore 83

Lytro Illum

You have to give Lytro some credit for going back to the drawing board and starting fresh with its second-generation camera, the Illum ($1,599). Its first attempt, the eponymous Lytro, didn't look, feel, or handle like a camera, and it suffered for it....

14 expert reviews | 147 user reviews

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#88
alaScore 82

Leica M-Monochrom

Leica's decision to bring the M Monochrom ($7,950 list, body only) to market last year was a bold one. Many expected the company to announce the M10, and the Monochrom was announced instead. It's essentially an M9-P in a flat black finish with an...

8 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

#89
alaScore 82

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

The compact design means inevitable compromises when compared to a 'full size' SLR, but the GF1 gets so much right that it's a real winner in our eyes. Great image quality, a well-rounded feature set and surprisingly zippy performance put it a little...

133 expert reviews | 500 user reviews

#90
alaScore 82

Olympus PEN E-P2

The Olympus Pen E-P2 serves up unique in-camera controls and an attractive, durable design, but it costs significantly more than an entry-level DSLR, lacks a built-in flash, and has autofocus issues.

101 expert reviews | 235 user reviews

#91
alaScore 82

Samsung NX100

Samsung has taken their popular NX10 and shrunk it down to form the NX100. With loads of useful exposure options, robust performance, and excellent image quality, the NX100 is a formidable opponent in the compact EVIL category. Read more in our

88 expert reviews | 167 user reviews

#92
alaScore 81

Sony Alpha NEX-F3

Sony's NEX-F3 is a superb entry-level camera for photographers looking to break out of point-and-shoot mode but who aren't quite ready to splurge on -- or shoulder the weight of -- a more robust camera.

16 expert reviews | 27 user reviews

#93
alaScore 81

Olympus PEN E-P1

It's hard not to fall for the E-P1's charms. The unashamedly nostalgic design combines with true SLR quality in a remarkably pocketable package. The lack of flash and viewfinder will put some off, as will the relatively slow focus, but overall this...

153 expert reviews | 459 user reviews

#94
alaScore 81

Samsung NX1100

I love this camera. Bought it for several upcoming trips and have not been disappointed. Took it to Japan, Australia, and Western Caribbean. The pictures look great. Would have preferred that this camera came with the Samsung NX 16-50mm f/3.5 Power...

10 expert reviews | 115 user reviews

#95
alaScore 81

Nikon 1 S2

The Nikon 1 S2 is a tiny mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that almost looks more like a toy than a serious camera. Unfortunately some of its features are more toy-ish than serious too. The S2's menu structure is such a mess that it makes this...

8 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#96
alaScore 80

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1KS

The Panasonic DMC-GM1 fitted with the collapsible 12-32mm lens is a really small camera that is capable of taking professional quality photographs in almost all lighting conditions. With the lens fully retracted, the camera is really not much larger...

55 user reviews

#97
alaScore 80

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

You might not think it as you watch as the endless stream of new digital camera models flowing by, but true innovations - never mind revolutions - are pretty rare in the photographic industry. The Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera is a case in point; the...

143 expert reviews | 269 user reviews

#98
alaScore 80

Ricoh GXR

The Ricoh GXR/A12 50mm F2.5 Macro offers excellent, DSLR-like image and build quality in a fairly compact package. However, the camera is slightly let down by its sometimes slow and/or unreliable contrast detect AF.

61 expert reviews | 45 user reviews

#99
alaScore 80

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

In late 2008,Panasonic launched the Lumix DMC-G1, the worlds first Micro 4/3 dSLR system. Shortly thereafter, the highly anticipated Lumix DMC-GH1 was introduced, which is basically an updated G1 that adds one feature that was missing from its...

94 expert reviews | 124 user reviews

#100
alaScore 79

Leica M9

Shooting with the Leica M9-P was a great experience. It was not always easy to get a focused shot, nor to set exposure properly the first time. Modern autofocus and metering technology has spoiled us somewhat. But it's a great reminder of how film...

46 expert reviews | 42 user reviews

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