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The Best Digital Cameras 2014

Counting the user feedback, internet reviews, and doing our own grade based evaluation and extensive tests on many of the year's models, we created definitive list for the best digital cameras of the year. Some of our choices are carry-overs from 2013, either because the update wasn't worth the money or they haven't been replaced yet, but we'll continue to update this list as the year goes on. And we acknowledge some enthusiasts out there probably won't agree with all our choices (if any), so feel free to let us know what your best choices are.

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Nikon D7100

The Nikon D7100In an era of “less is more” and an onslaught of new mirrorless cameras with small bodies but hefty price tags, Nikon has continued tweaking their excellent line of DSLRs. The D7100 sits at the very top of their models (b...

Grade: A- Price: $749.00

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Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

The Canon SX280 is truly a feature packed compact zoom, with a 20x optical zoom, wi-fi and GPS. Canon upgraded their processor over the previous model--a big change meaning better low light images and a faster burst speed of 14 fps (up to seven sh...

Grade: A- Price: $215.00

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Canon EOS Rebel SL1

Advertised as the smallest DSLR on the market, the Canon EOD Rebel SL1 has received positive initial reviews. The SL1 has the same sensor and processor as the popular but larger T5i, however it's 4 fps burst speed is slightly slower than the T...

Grade: A- Price: $450.00

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Pentax K-50

Pentax may be considered the underdog compared to DSLR giants like Nikon and Canon, but the weather-sealed, colorful 2013 release, the K-50, isn't a model to gloss over. Sitting pretty at about $780 MSRP, the K-50 has a feature set and capabil...

Grade: A Price: $360.00

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Sony DSC-RX100M II

We fell in love with the RX100, now Sony has released an update that adds even more features to our top pick for advanced compacts. The already large 1" sensor is now back-side illuminated, a different design that increases the camera's l...

Grade: A Price: $47.00

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Fujifilm X-M1

Classic. Compact. Simple. There's a lot of great words to describe Fujifilm's X-M1—and very few bad ones. Fujifilm has really hit the mark with their 2013 classically styled mirrorless in two big ways—one, with the filterless A...

Grade: A Price: $449.00

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Nikon 1 AW1

The Nikon 1 AW1 is essentially the well-received 1 J3--except it's wrapped up in a waterproof package. As the first digital interchangeable lens camera to be not just sealed against rain, but approved to take underwater up to 49 feet without e...

Grade: A Price: $697.00

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Sony a7

In a market of cameras seeing mostly minor marginal improvements, Sony has released a handful of models that are pleasantly unlike anything else. The a7 and its big sibling the a7r are making a big statement in the full frame realm: shooting full ...

Grade: A- Price: $1,450.00

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Nikon Df

When camera giant Nikon finally decided to release a retro-inspired DSLR, they did it in style with the Df, a lightweight full frame DSLR that has a style similar to the old Nikon F film cameras. The sensor and processor are the same one that'...

Grade: A Price: $1,900.00

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Fujifilm X-T1

The Fujifilm X-T1 combines some of the most intriguing features of today's most talked about cameras. The X-T1 has five mechanical dials for adjusting shutter speed, aperture, ISO and other features, similar to the controls on the Nikon Df. Th...

Grade: A Price: $1,599.00

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Fujifilm FinePix S1

A 50x zoom is no longer unheard of, in fact, 50x is becoming the norm in the realm of super zoom cameras. But what's much harder to find is a camera that can take images at the long end of that big zoom that are quite similar in quality to the...

Grade: A- Price: $339.00

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Canon PowerShot N100 HS

Canon's latest camera line puts the photographer in the picture with a second lens on the back. The camera will also compile several files into one with the Story Highlight feature. While we find the idea interesting, what's more enticing ...

Grade: A Price: $349.00

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Fujifilm X30

Fujfilm is a leader when it comes to retro-inspired cameras—the Fujifilm X30 is a retro-inspired beast of a camera, with a sturdy build and solid specs to boot. A fast lens, a high resolution electronic viewfinder and a tilting LCD screen al...

Grade: A Price: $599.00