• Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

  • Other Cameras Under $1,000 We Tested

  • FujiFilm X-T10

  • Sony Alpha A5100

  • Canon EOS Rebel SL1

  • Nikon D3300

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

Essentially a scaled-down GH4, the Panasonic Lumix G7 offers just enough cutting-edge features to compete with today's top-of-the-line DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, while still hitting shelves at an extremely affordable price point. Everything is here, from a great electronic viewfinder to 4K video. If you're looking for a camera that beats the pants off most entry-level options but won't break the bank, look no further.

Other Cameras Under $1,000 We Tested

FujiFilm X-T10

Borrowing most of its internal tech from the high-end Fujifilm X-T1, the X-T10 delivers excellent all-around image quality for the price. Though it's getting a bit long in the tooth and isn't a good choice for people who prize video quality, if you're just looking for an affordable way to step up your photography game, the X-T10 is worth checking out.

Sony Alpha A5100

Sony's camera team has been on a tear in the past year and a half, quietly assembling one of the more enviable top-to-bottom lineups on the market. The full-frame mirrorless A7 series won the company a number of awards, but stellar values like the compact A6000 and traditional DSLRs like the A77 II are also strong bets. These are all on top of Sony's best-in-class point-and-shoots, including the RX10 and RX100 III.

Canon EOS Rebel SL1

Canon's Rebel DSLRs have rightfully earned a reputation as easy-to-use, beginner-friendly cameras. Perhaps none deserves that accolade more than the Rebel SL1. It's also the most compact DSLR Canon has to offer, going toe to toe with mirrorless cameras in terms of size. For those looking to wade into the world of interchangeable lens cameras for the first time, the SL1 is a good starting point, even if there's better performance to be had elsewhere.

Nikon D3300

Nikon's most affordable DSLR holds its own in a sea of high-performance shooters, picking up where the well-received D3200 left off. With the D3300, you’re getting a lighter chassis, a 24.2-megapixel sensor with no anti-aliasing filter, and the new EXPEED 4 processor. If you've been waiting for an entry-level DSLR that checks all the boxes, it's tough to argue with what this camera has to offer.

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