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Cameras come and go in the market, so keeping track of the top five cameras in the market now can be a challenge. But if you're looking for the best five cameras, my recently updated list will give you a handful of models from which to choose. 

I've tried to provide a nice mix of feature sets and price points in this list of the top five cameras, so hopefully you can find one that will meet your needs, whether you need to select one of the best cameras for your personal needs or as a gift for someone else!

(NOTE: These best five cameras are listed in alphabetical order, not necessarily in order of my preference.)

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

The sharp-edged design of the Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS gives it an interesting look for a point and shoot camera. And it has some good photographic features to match its cool design.

The ELPH 520 HS includes a 12X optical zoom lens, which Canon claims makes the 520 HS the world's thinnest 12X zoom camera. The ELPH 520 HS measures 0.76 inches in thickness. Read Review 

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Canon SL1 DSLR

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Canon's smallest DSLR camera -- the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 -- is now available. This is the smallest DSLR camera on the market that contains an APS-C sized image sensor.

The SL1 also offers a 3.0-inch touch screen LCD, a four frames per second shooting option, and full HD video recording. You can purchase the SL1 with a kit lens or with the camera body alone. The SL1's camera body alone weighs 14.36 ounces, making it the lightest DSLR on the market with such a large image sensor.

The SL1's overall performance levels and image quality rival other Canon Rebel cameras, so the smaller size is an unexpected bonus. And it carries a reasonably good price point, making the Rebel SL1 an easy 5-star choice. Read Review 

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Fujifilm X-M1 Mirrorless

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Fujifilm's third interchangeable lens mirrorless camera -- the X-M1 -- is the most impressive model yet, offering an image sensor that's similar in size to what you'd find in a DSLR camera.

The Fujifilm X-M1 DIL camera has an APS-C sized image sensor that features 16.3MP of resolution.

The X-M1, which measures only 1.5 inches in thickness without a lens attached. includes a 3.0-inch articulated LCD, a start-up time of 0.5 seconds, full 1080p video recording, built-in Wi-Fi, and in-camera RAW processing.

The X-M1 can make use of an Fujifilm XF or XC interchangeable lenses. You can find the X-M1 in three body colors, black, silver, or brown. Read Review  

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Nikon Coolpix S9700

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Nikon's thin ultra-zoom camera, the Coolpix S9700, is available in three body colors depending on your location in the world: Black, red, or white. Nikon

While the Nikon Coolpix S9700 has a few flaws, this model's strong versatility makes it a great travel camera.

The 30X optical zoom lens will give you the option of shooting photos over a variety of distances, which can be handy when you're traveling, because you won't know how close you can get to landmarks ahead of time. And with the Coolpix S9700 only measuring 1.4 inches in thickness, it should fit easily in a carry-on bag, making it easy to travel by air with this camera as well as fit in a pocket while you're seeing the sights.

Image quality is pretty good with this model, and its autofocus mechanism is able to achieve very sharp photos throughout the 30X optical zoom range. You will notice some image flaws from time to time, so don't expect to make extremely large prints with the Coolpix S9700's photos. Read Review  

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Nikon D810 DSLR

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If you're looking for top-of-the-line photography performance and image results in all types of shooting conditions in a variety of image formats, the Nikon D810 DSLR camera is going to fit your needs very well. 

This powerful camera works quickly and quietly, especially in Viewfinder mode, while also offering a sharp and large display screen for use in Live View mode. Its performance speeds are excellent, including a 5 frames per second burst mode rate at full 36.3 megapixels of resolutionRead Review