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Holiday Buyer's Guide: Best Cameras of 2013
by Laura Hicks -  11/12/2013

2013 has been a hotbed of new camera releases. From Olympus' huge OM-D E-M1 announcement to the amazing Sony RX10, the newest cameras have stormed the market with leading technological advancements and stunning image quality. But figuring out which camera to purchase can be overwhelming. Navigating the sea of cameras is what we do best! Whether you are in the market for a top of the line DSLR or a value priced point and shoot camera, we've got you covered. 

This year, we are breaking the cameras into six categories: point and shoot, compact interchangeable lens, ultrazoom, DSLR, budget DSLR, and compact luxury cameras. We will explain the uses for the cameras and help you decide which class is best for you. Click on the category to see the editor's choice for best cameras this year. Our guide contains camera recommendations at various price points to fit almost any budget. Purchasing a new camera can be easier than you think with the 2013 Holiday Guide from DigitalCameraReview.com.


Point and Shoot Cameras
Sometimes a point and shoot is all you need or maybe even all you want. Being able to slip a sleek, slim line camera into your pocket for a night on the town or a family get together is convenient and easy. Where DSLR's can seem large and intimidating, point and shoots allow subjects to be relaxed and easily photographed. Also, more and more point and shoots are equipped with high end features that make capturing amazing images easy. Some of the cameras even feature Wi-Fi technology making it easy to post your pictures to social media and image hosting websites. Check out our selection of top point and shoot cameras for this holiday season by clicking on the link below.

Best Point and Shoot Cameras

Compact Interchangeable Lens Cameras
Mirrorless compact interchangeable lens cameras are perfect for those wanting DSLR functionality in a smaller body style. This class of cameras has given the user the flexibility of interchangeable lenses like the DSLR photographers, but the convenience of a smaller size due to a mirrorless design. Whether you are a budding photographer or an amateur shooter, this type of camera is designed for the creative person who loves the flexibility of multiple lenses. Find our top choices for mirrorless cameras in the link below.

Best Mirrorless (ILC) Cameras

DSLR Cameras
Always known as the workhorse of the photography world, DSLR cameras have become increasingly more affordable and more popular than ever before. This has created a new brand of buyers called "prosumers." These buyers are looking for a camera with maximum flexibility, creativity and rugged design. In a class of cameras that has generally been reserved for the professional photographer, all of the major manufacturers have released DSLR cameras that are affordable to the budding amateur photographer. Check our top picks this season for mid to high-end DSLR cameras by clicking the link below.   

Best Mid to High-end DSLR Cameras

Budget DSLR Cameras
Those seeking DSLR functionality with a smaller price tag should look for further than this category. These DSLRs have what it takes to capture great pictures, but do so at a reduced cost. Of course you won't get the same specs as those in the list above. Maybe you've come to the conclusion you just don't need all the bells and whistles of the higher end DSLRs or saving some cash is worth the compromise. Check our top picks this season for budget DSLR cameras by clicking the link below.

Best Budget DSLR Cameras

Compact Luxury Cameras
Compact cameras with large sensors and fixed lenses are all the rage this year. With several new releases, we would be remiss if were didn't give these luxury cameras a nod. Although their appeal is limited due to their fixed lens, these cameras main focus on one thing--fantastic image quality. Click on the link below to see our picks for the best compact luxury cameras.

Best Luxury Compact Cameras

Ultrazoom Cameras
Designed for a multitude of photographic interests, ultrazooms boast a large range of focal distances. These cameras are used for photographing anything from your child's sports to your family's vacation. Their mega zoom lenses can reach lengths of 1000mm equivalent or more. If versatility is what you are looking for, click on the link below to see our list of great ultrazoom cameras.

Best Ultrazoom Cameras