There's never been a better time to shop for a new camera, but the number of options available can be overwhelming. In this series of buying guides we've provided customized recommendations for several use cases, from shooting landscapes to buying a first camera for a student photographer.

In each of these guides you'll find one or two main recommendations, and detailed content on several other cameras that deserve your consideration. Our recommendations span product class and cost, but if you'd rather shop by price, click here

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Maybe you want better photos in low light. Maybe you're tired of digital zoom. Whatever the reason, if you're looking for a capable, beginner-friendly camera to grow and learn with, we've got you covered in our guide to best cameras for beginners.

Best cameras for beginners


Quick. Unpredictable. Unwilling to sit still. Kids really are the ultimate test for a camera's autofocus system. In this guide we've compiled a shortlist of what we think are the best options for parents trying to keep up with young kids.

Best cameras for parents


There's no doubt that the digital revolution made it easier than ever before to pick up a camera and start learning photography. But it hasn't necessarily gotten easier to choose a first camera. We're here to help.

Best cameras for students


Whether you're piling the family in the minivan for a trip to the Magic Kingdom or backpacking through Southeast Asia, you're going to want to capture the experience with photographs.

Best cameras for travel


Are you a speed freak? Hungry to photograph anything that goes zoom? Or perhaps you just want to get Sports Illustrated level shots of your child's soccer game. Keep reading to find out which cameras we think are best for sports and action shooting.

Best cameras for sports and action


Video features have become an important factor to many photographers when choosing a new camera. Read on to find out which cameras we think are best for the videophile, at a variety of price points.

Best cameras for video


Landscape photography isn't as simple as just showing up in front of a beautiful view and taking a couple of pictures. Landscape shooters have a unique set of needs and requirements for their gear, and we've selected some of our favorites in this buying guide.

Best cameras for landscapes


Those shooting portraits and weddings need a camera with a decent autofocus system, which won't give up in low interior lighting. Good image quality at medium/high ISO sensitivity settings is a must, and great colors straight out of the camera will make your life much easier. These days, video is a big deal too. Read on to see which cameras are best suited to those tasks.

Best cameras for people and events