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Best Cameras 2014: Most popular cameras you can buy right now

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Trying to find the best camera? Should it be a Panasonic or a Canon? Whether it's a simple compact or a more professional grade DLSR for travel photography or watching sport, we've picked out the best cameras and most popular cameras of every type.

Updated: 01/08/2014

Click one of the links below to jump straight to your perfect camera companion or read on to find out what you need to know about DSLRs, Compact and Bridge cameras before spending and scroll through our list of the top pic-grabbers.

Best CSC For Beginners | Samsung NX300

Best Enthusiast Compact Camera Sony RX100 II

Best Micro Four Thirds Camera I Olympus OM-D E-M1

Best Portable CSC Camera | Sony A7R

Best Full-Frame DSLR Camera | Nikon D610

Best Affordable Enthusiast Compact | Panasonic Lumix LF1

Best Entry-Level DLSR | Canon EOS 100D

Best Specialist Compact Camera | Ricoh GR

Best Mid-Range Micro Four Thirds Camera | Panasonic Lumix G6

Best Bridge Camera | Fujifilm HS50 EXR

Best Camera Overall for Sports Photography | Nikon D4S

Best DSLR for Action Photography | Sony Alpha A77 II

Compact, DSLR and Bridge cameras: What's the Difference?

If you are looking for the best cameras for casual use and you don't want to fuss about settings before hitting the shutter button, a compact camera is probably the one for you.

If a pocket-friendly design is crucial but you also want the high-end features, there's also advanced compacts to take a look at. They might be chunkier, but they will give you manual settings for things like ISO settings and aperture. Increasingly even advanced compacts are very compact, too.

Bridging the gap between compact cameras and DSLRs are the Compact System Cameras. These offer mid-sized sensors to offer low-light performance and image quality often comparable with lower-end DSLRs. Expect these types of snappers to offer an excellent balance of convenience and image quality.

The big daddies of the camera world are the DSLRs. The most popular cameras among enthusiasts and professionals, DSLRs offer the greatest detail, the least noise and the fastest focusing. They’re evidence that size does matter sometimes. Larger sensors and larger, higher-quality lens glass is what the DSLR equation is all about.

Last up are the Bridge Cameras. An alternative to an DSLR, these fixed lens cameras are equipped with long zoom lenses and are larger than most compacts.

So now you know the types that are out there, we've rounded up our regularly updated list of the best cameras you can buy right now.

If you need some advice buying a DSLR take at look at our sister site's Camera and equipment buying advice guides

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