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Best Digital Cameras for Enthusiasts

Enthusiasts are photography buffs that care -- deeply, deeply care -- about having the latest and greatest camera. They compare spec sheets, they pixel peep, they peruse rumor sites, they argue on message boards, and they already have tons and tons of equipment. As with an aficionado of any persuasion, they know what's important. But, enthusiasts often don't have as much to spend as professionals earning money with their gear. If you are having a tough time deciding, here are a few of our favorite picks for the best digital cameras for enthusiasts.

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Nikon D7500

The Nikon D7500 is a camera update that takes two steps forwards and one step back. The D7500 includes a number of new features, but also steps back with fewer megapixels, lower battery life and only one SD card slot compared to its predessor.The ...

Grade: A- Price: $1,247.00

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Fujifilm X70

Fujifilm certainly isn't a stranger to advanced compacts, but options like the X100T come with a pretty high-end price tag. So when the company introduced the $700 X70, I was intrigued, to say the least. The X70 includes the same X-Trans senso...

Grade: A- Price: $696.00

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Sony RX1R II

If there's one camera that packs the most imaging power into a compact body, it's the Sony RX1R II. Forget that tiny point-and-shoot sensor, the RX1R packs in the full frame sensor found on professional level cameras. Sony's third full...

Grade: A- Price: $3,300.00

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Fujifilm X-T10

If there's one camera brand that's combining the latest technology with the traditional look and feel of a classic camera, it's Fujifilm. The Fujifilm X-T1 offers pretty much every imaginable high-end feature wrapped inside a classical...

Grade: A- Price: $599.00

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Nikon D7200

If the ultimate test of a good camera is low light performance, the Nikon D7200 is set up as an easy winner. The D7000 line has always been a solid DSLR, Nikon's 2015 enthusiast camera takes the fully featured D7100 and enhances the sensor eve...

Grade: A Price: $997.00

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

We haven't yet met an Olympus mirrorless camera that didn't live up to expectations, so we're holding the new OM-D E-M5 Mark II to high standards. Improving on an already solid E-M5, the manufacturer appears to make improvements in all...

Grade: A Price: $880.00

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Panasonic LUMIX LX100

The Panasonic Lumix LX100 is entering a crowded advanced compact category, but make way, because this stylish compact looks to be quite the competitor with big performance and a not-so-bad price tag to boot.The LX100 features a Micro Four Thirds s...

Grade: A- Price: $648.00

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Canon PowerShot G7 X

Canon's first compact camera to feature a one-inch sensor is the Canon PowerShot G7 X. Announced in September 2014, the G7 X is a smaller, pared down version of the G1X Mark II that competes directly with the similar Sony RX100 II.The Canon Po...

Grade: B+ Price: $585.00

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Speed is hard to come by in DSLRs (unless of course you plan on spending about as much as a new car)--which is why the Canon EOS 7D Mark II gets such high marks. Canon's most advanced camera with an APS-C sensor hits 10 fps--add that to a 65-p...

Grade: A Price: $1,499.00

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Nikon D750

Move over, D610 and D810. Nikon's latest full frame DSLR seems to have a lot going for it--so much so that it's going to be competing with the camera giant's other options. With the power of a full frame sensor, the Nikon D750 is the f...

Grade: A Price: $1,897.00

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Sony DSC-RX100M III

When Sony introduced the RX100 back in 2012, we were quite impressed with the little shooter and didn't see too many ways such an impressive camera could be improved on. Well, they blew us away with the RX100 II and now, they've introduced...

Grade: A- Price: $698.00

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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: $1,199.00

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Sony DSC-RX10

There's no doubt that the Sony RX100 and RX100 II are the most talked about compacts on the market. And while the large 1” sensor and fast lens are worth all the talk, the RX100 lacks one thing—a good zoom. Sony's December 2013...

Grade: A- Price: $798.00

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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: $2,997.00

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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: $1,098.00

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Olympus OM-D E-M1

Sitting at the top of Olympus' mirrorless line, the OM-D E-M1 takes one more step towards bridging the gap between mirrorless and DSLR cameras. With both dual phase and contrast autofocus, the E-M1 is compatible with older Four Thirds lenses a...

Grade: A Price: $1,100.00

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Olympus PEN E-P5

The mirrorless category is all about packing the most punch in the smallest package, reaching for dSLR-quality from a much smaller shooter. The Olympus PEN E-P5 pushes the boundaries with a snappy 1/8000 maximum shutter speed, a bright f1.8 lens w...

Grade: A Price: $1,249.00

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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: $697.00

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Pentax MX-1

Pentax's new MX-1 brings a retro styling to the small yet sophisticated advanced compact category. Introduced in February 2013, the MX-1 has the undeniable look and feel of a classic camera with a full neck strap, brass trim, textured grip and...

Grade: B- Price: $400.00