The world of digital cameras has become a chaotic melting pot of bells, whistles, and clever advertising all aimed at proving one shooter better than its competitors. While we appreciate carbon fiber shutter releases and rear screens with built-in stock tickers, it’s nice to know which cameras are actually worth their price tag when it comes to features and image quality. Now a new class of cameras, none of them DSLRs, is muddying the waters more than ever before. Each is capable and unique in its own right; if one of them doesn’t tickle your fancy, there’s something wrong with your fancy.
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