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Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS

Canon introduced two budget compacts early in 2016 and the ELPH 360 is the better of the two options. For $50 more, the 360 offers a better sensor, more zoom, and faster performance over the $159 ELPH 190. The Canon ELPH 360 captures images with a...

Grade: C+ Price: $199.00

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Fujifilm Instax Square SQ10

Cameras that can spit out instant physical photos are gaining popularity for parties and events as well as the simple joy of actually holding your photos in your hands. Unlike Polaroid's digital hybrids, such as the Snap Touch, however, the Fu...

Grade: C+ Price: $236.00

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Ricoh WG-50

Ricoh is continuing their budget-friendly waterproof compacts with the WG-50. The $280 camera is waterproof down to 45 feet -- and is designed to withstand drops, cold and dirt too.The WG-50 uses a 16 megapixel 1/2.3 inch sensor that's backlit...

Grade: C+ Price: $277.00

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Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

The SX500 IS comes in somewhere between the just-announced SX160 IS and the high-end SX40 HS, combining the price-cutting features found on the former with the zoom range on the latter. The 30x extended zoom is built into an impressively small bod...

Grade: B- Price: $328.00

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Nikon D7000

The D7000 is Nikon's latest enthusiast dSLR, occupying the spot in their dSLR lineup between the D90 and D300s models. It's packed with a 16.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor, a wide ISO range, 6 frames per second burst mode, and an excell...

Grade: B- Price: $493.00

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Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR

The EXR sensor is the selling point here; the user can choose one of three modes that favor high dynamic range, low noise, or high resolution. The low noise and high dynamic range modes reduce the resolution, yet truly improve image quality. You c...

Grade: B- Price: $473.00

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Pentax Q7

Small and stylish is the name of the game for Pentax's new Q7 mirrorless. Marketed as the "smallest, lightest interchangeable lens system in the world," the Q7 weighs only seven ounces, yet packs a pretty big punch with a 1/1.7"...

Grade: B- Price: $399.00

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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: $350.00

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Samsung WB50F

Samsung makes cameras with wi-fi and NFC in mind and this small shooter has several sharing features like "Tag and Go" which allows images to be shared by tapping two devices together. Image quality wasn't left completely behind, tho...

Grade: B- Price: $250.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 115

As far as budget models go, Canon seems to have found a nice balance between price and quality with the ELPH 115. The ELPH 115 uses a 16 megapixel 1/2.3" CCD that produces some pretty decent images and video considering the price tag. There are so...

Grade: B- Price: $89.00

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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: $320.00

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Sony H400

It's common for budget models to have a CCD sensor and a burst speed that's the equivalent of a snail's pace and the Sony H400 seems to follow that logic. It uses a 1/2.3" CCD sensor and the burst speed is just .71 fps, though it ...

Grade: B- Price: $268.00

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Nikon COOLPIX S02

Sub-$200 cameras are very much a hit and miss. Nikon's September 2013 budget compact, the S02, is directed towards consumers looking for a trendy, pocketable camera. Except for the lack of wi-fi, the S02 operates very much like a smart phone with ...

Grade: B- Price: $99.00

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Nikon COOLPIX L26

Nikon's cheapest camera, the L24, gets an upgrade in the L26. The sensor has been switched out for a 16 megapixel CCD, the zoom is now 5x, and video has been increased to 720p. The camera still runs on AA's, too, which is both good and bad...

Grade: B- Price: $170.00

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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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Canon PowerShot N100 HS

Canon's latest camera line puts the photographer in the picture with a second lens on the back. The camera will also compile several files into one with the Story Highlight feature. While we find the idea interesting, what's more enticing ...

Grade: B- Price: $440.00

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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: $392.00

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Nikon D3100

Nikon did entry-level dSLRs first, and they’ve usually done entry-level dSLRs well. Their latest model is the D3100, a camera without any truly head-turning features but with a competitive feature set and the benefit of about five generation...

Grade: B- Price: $459.00

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Canon Powershot ELPH 160

Point-and-shoots aren't going anywhere--Canon released five of them at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show alone. The Canon Powershot ELPH 160 is the cheapest of the bunch, a no-frills camera that's easy on the budget.The Canon ELPH 160 use...

Grade: B- Price: $140.00

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Canon PowerShot SX610

The Canon PowerShot SX610 is a slightly downgraded version of the SX710--it's still a good option for travel, but it's a bit easier on the budget than its big brother.The SX610 sports an 18x optical zoom, where the SX710 offers a bigger 30...

Grade: B- Price: $188.00

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Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

The Canon SX720 offers a big 40x zoom lens--but in a camera that could fit in your pocket.The older SX710 (and SX700) offered 30x zoom, but the SX720 increases that while still keeping the camera's slim profile. Besides just being able to zoom...

Grade: B- Price: $288.00

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Nikon COOLPIX B500

The Nikon B500 is designed for simplicity. It joins the ranks of the decreasing number of cameras that use AA batteries. There aren't any manual modes, but a solid handful of automated scene modes. But, the simple camera features a 40x optical...

Grade: B- Price: $257.00

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Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon has needed to update their budget DSLR for some time now, but, frankly, the Rebel T6 isn't really much of an update. Canon has added wi-fi and NFC, but the specs otherwise appear to be identical to the older T5. And the T5 didn't hav...

Grade: B- Price: $449.00

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Ricoh Theta SC

Ricoh has added a budget-friendly camera to their lineup of 360 options. The Ricoh Theta SC is designed to make 360 photography more accessible with a simpler interface and a lower price point.For still images, users won't see much of a gap be...

Grade: B- Price: $189.00

Fujifilm FinePix XP120

Fujifilm is upgrading their waterproof compact with an even deeper rating. The Fujifilm FinePix XP120 is rated to head down to 65 feet -- 15 feet further than the older XP90.While the camera has a deeper rating, many of the features remain unchang...

Grade: B- Price: $230.00

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Canon PowerShot SX730 HS

The Canon PowerShot SX730 is all about zoom, portability, and connectivity. Boasting a nice 40x zoom lens, the camera is still a compact 10.6 ounces.The SX730 uses a 1/2.3" sensor, a pretty standard size for a compact camera, with 20.3 megapi...

Grade: B- Price: $399.00

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Lytro Light Field 8 GB

Lytro took the photography world by storm with the announcement of its Light Field cameras that, with the help of a new light capturing process, can actually be refocused after an image has been taken. The image is made with all the necessary soft...

Grade: B- Price: $43.00

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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: $240.00

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Nikon COOLPIX S9200

Power and portability blend perfectly into the Nikon COOLPIX S9200. This digital camera features 16MP backside-illuminated CMOS, 18x wide-angle optical zoom lens, VR image stabilization, Full HD (1080p) video, 3.0-inch LCD, Easy Panorama Mode, 7 f...

Grade: B- Price: $170.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 135

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 135 is nearly identical to the 140 except it doesn't include any image stabilization. With a price difference of just $10, we recommend getting the Canon ELPH 140 since image stabilization can make a big impact on imag...

Grade: B- Price: $180.00