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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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Canon EOS Rebel SL2

Four years after announcing what was at the time the world's smallest DSLR, Canon is finally bringing a much-needed update to the aging Rebel SL1. Meet the Canon EOS Rebel SL2, an affordable, compact DSLR that offers a solid feature set for be...

Grade: B+ Price: $699.00

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Canon EOS 6D Mark II

Canon's entry point into full frame cameras is beefing up with more pro-level specs. The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is the company's gateway to the larger full frame sensors without the big price point of the 1DX and it's stepping up several...

Grade: A Price: $1,999.00

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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: $371.00

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Fujifilm X-T20

There’s the consumer camera with scene modes and selfie features and there’s the pro-level, high-priced cameras. And then, in between, there’s the Fujifilm X-T20. The Fujifilm X-T20 is a happy medium between the consumer-friendly...

Grade: A- Price: $899.00

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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: $699.00

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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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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

When it comes to the micro four thirds format, Olympus is the camera brand that comes to mind. The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II is an affordable entry into the popular line, sitting at under $800 with a kit lens, a pretty nice price point considerin...

Grade: B+ Price: $649.00

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Sony RX100 IV

In a market where point-and-shoot cameras are largely ignored, Sony has introduced a wealth of new technology in their top-of-the-line compact, the Sony RX100 IV. The previous versions have all impressed with the large sensor and bright lens, maki...

Grade: A Price: $739.00

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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: $800.00

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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: $899.00

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Sony a7II

Sony's product announcements are typically filled with brags like “first ever,” “smallest,” “fastest” and the like, but they really impressed with the first full frame mirrorless in 2013. The Sony a7II is th...

Grade: A Price: $1,548.00

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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: $798.00

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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: $459.00

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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: $1,169.00

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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: $1,399.00

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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