In a world where nearly everyone has a smartphone camera in their pocket, the very concept of a dedicated camera is under threat. But in the last few years we’ve seen all the major players work overtime to reinvent their cameras, giving rise to new high-end compacts and tiny, speedy mirrorless models that let you swap lenses just like a DSLR.
Today’s cameras are better than ever. While traditional DSLRs haven’t changed much, the mirrorless market is booming and prices are falling. These days you can get a high-quality interchangeable lens camera for under $500. That’s remarkable, but it means there are more choices than ever to sift through. Lucky for you, we’ve put every major camera on the market to the test, so you can copy our homework and pick from the very best.