2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200
Best overall: Panasonic G85
As you'd expect, this is a competitive category, with every camera offering excellent image quality. What sets them apart is the breadth of features and how strong each model is across its feature set. The G85 (or G80, or G8, depending on where you live), is our recommendation not only because it's extremely good in terms of image quality, autofocus and video capabilities but because the user interface makes it easy to use these capabilities to the full.
Sony's supremely capable a6300 is also worth considering but the Panasonic's considerably better handling and user interface make it easier and more enjoyable to gain access to the full breadth of its features. In terms of ease-of-use, the Canon EOS M5 is also worth a mention, but its lack of 4K video kept it off the top spot.
Best for stills: Nikon D7200
Some shooters still prefer the DSLR shooting experience, and the D7200's user experience is a particularly polished example. Although it's one of the oldest cameras in this group, there's little to choose, in terms of image quality, between this and the class-leading a6300. And, though not every lens is a great match for the D7200, Nikon has a lot more optics options than Sony's E mount. So, while the G85 is smaller, better at video and offers similarly direct thumb-and-forefinger controls, if you happen to prefer an optical viewfinder, the D7200 is a solid choice. It's a superb, well-handling camera capable of taking great photos.
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