Best cameras that go beyond point-and-shoots

Olympus PEN E-PL3 | CNET Rating: 4 out

Olympus PEN E-PL3 | CNET Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (excellent)
The Good: Tilting LCD, nicely implemented filters, good performance and excellent raw photo quality, plus a price that's not burdensome
The Bad: Video disappoints, and the camera's lack of a grip is annoying
The Cost: $389 to $699.99
Bottom Line: An excellent balance of size, features, performance and photo quality for the money

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The category of interchangeable-lens cameras includes compact models aimed at people dissatisfied with point-and-shoot cameras and models for shooters seeking the speed and quality of a single-lens reflex camera without the bulk. CNET rates the best of these mid-tier cameras. ©2014 CBS Interactive Inc., a CBS Company. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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