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Olympus PEN E-PM1

The PM1 is getting on in years, but still isn't a bad choice for the price. Here's what we had to say about it back in 2011:Olympus has announced the PEN E-PM1, their smallest Micro Four Thirds shooter to date. Also known as the PEN Mini, this mir...

Grade: B Price: $419.00

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Nikon 1 V1

Nikon's entry into the mirrorless field, the V1 accompanies the J1 as compact alternatives to Sony and Samsung's bulkier APS-C models. The 1's are modeled around a 2.7x crop sensor (compared to 2x for micro 4/3 and 1.5x for APS-C), whi...

Grade: B Price: $774.00

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Sony NEX-5N

An upgrade to the NEX-5, the 5N continues Sony's mirrorless line with a newer 16 megapixel sensor. As with all the NEX's, reviews have been very positive. That sensor is really quite good in low light and, as with all Sonys with CMOS sensors, the ...

Grade: A- Price: $700.00

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Nikon 1 J1

Nikon's entry into the mirrorless field, the J1 accompanies the V1 as compact alternatives to Sony and Samsung's bulkier APS-C models. The 1's are modeled around a 2.7x crop sensor (compared to 2x for micro 4/3 and 1.5x for APS-C), whi...

Grade: B- Price: $418.00

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Canon SX40 HS

The SX40 replaces the SX30 as Canon's top-of-the-line extended zoom camera. The improvements are all under the hood; Canon has replaced the SX30's aging CCD sensor with a new 12.1 megapixel backside-illuminated sensor, bringing the SX40 in...

Grade: C+ Price: $395.00

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Samsung NX200

Samsung's NX200 is its second mirrorless camera, the first being somewhat of a flop. The NX200 manages to fix all of the issues in its predecessor and, with a 20.3 megapixel sensor, captures an impressive amount of detail at lower ISOs. The no...

Grade: B- Price: $419.00

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Sony Alpha A77

Sony's new drool-inducing A77 boasts an incredible 24.3 megapixel sensor that, as reviews have shown, doesn't sacrifice noise control for resolution. With a 12 fps burst rate, 2.4 million dot OLED viewfinder, 1080p HD video at 60 fps, and ...

Grade: A- Price: $900.00

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Sony Alpha NEX-7

Packing the 24.3 megapixel sensor found in the A65 and A77, the NEX-7 is the first mirrorless camera that inspires absolute photographic confidence. It's solidly built, has dual control wheels, and includes a very nice electronic viewfinder. A...

Grade: B- Price: $985.00

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Nikon COOLPIX AW100

Nikon finally got the ruggedized camera right in the AW100, it seems. The AW100 is still a compromise in some respects (battery life), but image quality is good enough for most purposes and, with waterproofing to 33 ft and shockproofing to 5, it c...

Grade: B Price: $295.00

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Nikon COOLPIX P7100

The Nikon P7100 finds itself in a bit of an odd position. The Canon G12 is its closest competitor, and has a shorter zoom range, but bests the P7100 with better image quality. Other high-end compacts, like Panasonic's LX5 or Olympus's XZ-1...

Grade: C Price: $400.00

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Sony Alpha A65

The A65 is getting on in years, but it's still a great camera with a nice price. Here's what we had to say when it was first released in 2011:The A77's cheaper companion, the A65 boasts the same best-in-class resolution 24.3 megapixel CMOS sensor,...

Grade: B+ Price: $1,198.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 510 HS

Almost the same size as the 310 HS, the 510 HS packs a large 12x zoom into a very small package. Reviewed very well, the 510 HS features a 12x optical zoom, 1080p HD video, and a 3.2-inch touchscreen. Be warned that the touchscreen held the camera...

Grade: B- Price: $180.00

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Panasonic Lumix GF3

The Panasonic Lumix GF3 is the company’s 2011 Micro Four Thirds-format shooter. At the time it was released, it was their smallest so far and arguably the most beginner-friendly mirrorless compact system camera yet. It sports a familiar 12-megapix...

Grade: B+ Price: $359.00

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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

The 260 features an impressive 25-500 20x zoom. Announced alongside the cheaper SX240, the only difference between the two is the inclusion of a GPS in the 260. While the impressive zoom range is a big draw, be warned that the sacrifice you make f...

Grade: B Price: $459.00

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Canon EOS Rebel T3/1100D

The Canon Rebel T3 is a bare-bones entry-level dSLR. At $600, including an 18-55mm IS II kit lens, this is one of the cheapest points of entry to any dSLR system and any interchangeable-lens camera system, for that matter. It sports a 12.1 megapix...

Grade: C Price: $380.00

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Panasonic Lumix ZS10

Panasonic invented the "travel zoom" class with the ZS series (TZ series outside of North America). These pocketable long-zoomers are incredibly versatile, suitable for taking detailed shots of objects near and far. They're great for traveling (su...

Grade: B Price: $370.00

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Nikon Coolpix S6100

The Nikon S6100 is a mid-range point-and-shoot, best for casual shooters who want the added versatility of a little extra zoom. It's a 7x zoomer with a large, crisp 3-inch touch LCD and 720p video capability -- all nice specs. At a bloated 16 ...

Grade: C+ Price: $300.00

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Nikon Coolpix S9100

Nikon surprised us last fall with the S8100, a compact zoom with the chops to actually turn out some decent low-light pictures. Camera buyers had been begging for something like it for quite some time, and while a few other models had come close, ...

Grade: B- Price: $240.00

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Nikon Coolpix P300

Nikon's P300 looks like a great compact camera, with enough power and control to appeal to some enthusiasts but a price that puts it within reach of hobbyists and general camera buyers. The standout feature here is the f/1.8 lens, which is inc...

Grade: B- Price: $360.00

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Panasonic Lumix S3

The S3 is one of Panasonic’s lower-end models, but should still be a decent budget option. The 14.1 megapixel sensor, 720p HD video, optical image stabilization, and 28mm wide-angle 4x zoom are run of the mill. However, it uses the same Venus Engi...

Grade: B Price: $150.00

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Panasonic Lumix S1

The S1 is Panasonic’s lowest-end digital camera for 2011, but could still be a very good budget-minded option. It's a cheaper version of the also-announced S3; the only notable difference is the lower 12.1 megapixel count. Other specs are solid, i...

Grade: B Price: $145.00

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Fujifilm FinePix X100

The X100 is a serious piece of equipment, packing an APS-C CMOS sensor (that's the same type of sensor used in consumer dSLRs) into a classic rangefinder-type body. It's also a fixed-lens model, which is unique for a camera with such a hug...

Grade: A- Price: $726.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS

Last year's Canon SD4000 IS was the first ELPH to approach high-end compact territory, a realm previously reserved for Canon's S and G series models. The SD4000 combined a bright lens, reliable image processor, and a new sensor that was de...

Grade: B- Price: $220.00

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Sony Cyber-shot TX10

The rugged Sony TX10 is a skinny digital camera that is built to survive the elements thanks to its water, dust, freeze, and shock-proof ratings. It fits easily into a pocket and is designed for convenience with mostly automatic operations and a h...

Grade: B Price: $500.00

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Canon EOS Rebel T3i/600D

The T3i (also known as the 600D outside of the US) is Canon's latest consumer-class dSLR, topping the T2i and sitting below the 60D. It's pretty much a T2i with a few features taken from the 60D, including a tilt-and-swivel screen, guide m...

Grade: B+ Price: $550.00

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Canon PowerShot A1200

It might seem odd that we're excited about a $100 entry-level camera, but the Canon PowerShot A1200 is exactly what we wanted to see in a cheap compact this year. Old-school shooters, rejoice: the A1200 has an optical viewfinder and takes AA b...

Grade: B- Price: $350.00

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Samsung ST65

The Samsung ST65 is yet another mid-range point-and-shoot from Samsung, with a capable 5x zoom, 27mm wide-angle lens, 720p HD video, and a 2.7-inch LCD. Specs-wise, it's very similar to the ST90, though the design is not quite as slick as the more...

Grade: B Price: $128.00

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Olympus VG-110

The VG-110 looks like an uninspiring point-and-shoot. Judging by Olympus' track record with cheap compacts, there won't be a compelling reason to buy it. It's cheap and it has some built-in art filters, but we don't expect much at all.

Grade: C- Price: $114.00

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Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

The Canon PowerShot A3300 IS is the flagship model in Canon’s “easy and fun” A-series. It's a budget-friendly camera, with an MSRP of $179 and street prices that are sure to plummet throughout the year. It's a replacement...

Grade: B- Price: $230.00

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Fujifilm FinePix XP30

The Fujifilm XP30 is designed to handle extreme conditions -- water, dust, freezing temperatures, and general abuse won’t phase this little digital camera. That's nothing new, but the XP30 does have a new, hyped-up feature: GPS geo-taggi...

Grade: B Price: $294.00