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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: $354.00

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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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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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Pentax WG-3 GPS

Pentax added an image stabilization system when upgrading their rugged WG line—a big plus in our opinion. The newer model is slightly heavier than its predecessor, however, which was already a bit bulkier to begin with. Pentax has continued to off...

Grade: B+ Price: $350.00

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Nikon Coolpix S6900

The Nikon Coolpix S6900 joins in the foray of cameras designed for selfie-lovers, but does so with quite a bit of flair. With several features designed for selfie use, the S6900 still offers quite a few imaging features for general use as well.Bui...

Grade: B Price: $350.00

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Panasonic Lumix TS5D

Panasonic upgraded to a CMOS sensor in the Lumix TS5 from the well-reviewed TS4. Waterproof to 43 feet, shockproof to 6.6 feet and freezeproof to 14 degrees F, the TS5 is truly a tough camera. It includes not just wi-fi and GPS, but a barometer, d...

Grade: A- Price: $349.00

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Canon PowerShot N

Canon's new N line alters the design of a typical compact digital. Instead of buttons, the N has a shutter release and zoom rings on the front of the camera and a touch screen tilt LCD on the back for all the other controls. But the design is not ...

Grade: A- Price: $349.00

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Ricoh Theta S

Forget a wide 180 degree perspective, the Ricoh Theta will do you one better with a 360 degree perspective. The third camera in the line, Theta cameras are unlike any other because they use two lenses and two sensors to capture a 360 degree spheri...

Grade: B- Price: $349.00

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Sony WX500

We thought the Sony HX90 was a bit pricey at release--the Sony WX500 answers that with a bit more palatable price, but axes a lot of the usability features. Selling for about $410 at its first release, the Sony WX500 offers a big 30x optical zoom,...

Grade: B Price: $348.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

A tad pricey at release, the 320 HS is a decent choice if you want a nice blend of image quality, portability, and Canon reliability. The standout feature here is the built-in Wi-Fi, which in theory means you'll never need to connect the camer...

Grade: B Price: $342.00

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Sony QX30

Sony's QX line is interesting to say the least--they're essentially cameras without screens, instead, they operate with a smartphone and wi-fi or NFC. Last year's QX10 offered a solid 10x zoom--but the 2014 QX30 triples that, offering ...

Grade: B- Price: $340.00

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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: $339.00

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Sony HX80

The Sony HX80 is a "new" compact zoom camera, but there really isn't much new about it. Basically, the HX80 is the older Sony HX90 without GPS.Both cameras offer a 1/2.3 inch sensor paired with a solid 30x optical zoom lens. The HX80...

Grade: B+ Price: $338.00

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Canon EOS M

Canon's long-awaited entry to the mirrorless market has arrived, and we aren't entirely sure it was worth the wait (if you were waiting at all). Essentially a slimmed-down version of the new T4i, the M's claim to fame is the multi-touch screen fro...

Grade: B Price: $335.00

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Fujifilm FinePix S9400W

The FinePix S9400W is one of a handful of long zoom options Fujifilm introduced at CES 2014, along with the Fujifilm S1. The S9400 actually has the same sensor as the S1, though takes AA batteries instead of a rechargeable lithium-ion, has a bit s...

Grade: B+ Price: $330.00

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Sony DSC-WX300

Sony's 2013 release WX300 looks to be a promising compact zoom, combining a 20x optical zoom with 18.2 megapixels and wi-fi in a compact body. Sony has included their improved CMOS sensor with this line, as well as an upgrade to battery life, rati...

Grade: A- Price: $330.00

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Nikon COOLPIX P530

Nikon's P530 is essentially a dialed down version of their P600. The two cameras have the same sensors and speed (7 fps burst), the main differences are in the lenses. The P530 uses a 42x optical zoom (compared to the P600's 60x) and can a...

Grade: B- Price: $330.00

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Canon PowerShot D30

The Canon PowerShot D30, at the time of its introduction, has the deepest waterproof rating at 82 feet, but frankly, that's really all it has. The f3.9-4.8 lens is average for a point-and-shoot, but when you're heading underwater, there&#3...

Grade: C+ Price: $329.00

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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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Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

The 530 HS actually has a lower-resolution sensor than its spiritual predecessor, the 510 HS. This change is ostensibly to increase the camera's performance at high ISO, and it remains among the best on the market. The same 12x zoom and 3.2-inch t...

Grade: B Price: $325.00

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Olympus XZ-2 iHS

A relatively dramatic upgrade from the aging but excellent XZ-1, the XZ-2 gains the iHS moniker that accompanies Olympus's latest high-speed cameras. This is due to the switch to a 12 megapixel CMOS sensor that should offer better high ISO perform...

Grade: B Price: $320.00

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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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Nikon COOLPIX S9700

Nikon's 2014 compact zoom, the S9700, looks to have an excellent set of features for the $350 retail price tag. The S9700 features the same 16.1 megapixel 1/2.3 sensor as Nikon's bulkier and pricer P520 and P600 ($450 and $500 retail, resp...

Grade: B Price: $320.00

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Pentax K-30

Pentax's latest crop-sensor camera seems more of a sidestep to the K-5 than an outright upgrade, but the significant price drop to $899 with the kit lens is a real steal. The camera body has undergone a serious redesign, with its stippled surface ...

Grade: A- Price: $319.00

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45

Where the Panasonic ZS50 is designed as a top-of-the-line compact travel zoom, the ZS50 is more consumer-oriented camera, trading a few of the more advanced features for a wink-to-shoot selfie feature.The ZS45 keeps a compact body and a 1/2.3&quot...

Grade: A- Price: $319.00

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Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Canon's highly successful SX150 IS gets a facelift with the SX160 IS, a model that keeps the AA batteries but upgrades just about everything else. The camera's zoom range has moved from 12x to 16x, the megapixel count from 14 to 16, and th...

Grade: B Price: $318.00

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10

Most budget cameras ax extras like wi-fi and a good optical zoom. While the $199 Panasonic DMC-SZ10 isn't the cheapest camera around, it does offer a few features that are harder to find at this price point.Despite being small enough to fit in...

Grade: C+ Price: $316.00

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Olympus Stylus TG-850 IHS

Olympus has been one of our favorite manufacturers for rugged cameras. Now, they're the first ones to offer an all weather digital camera with a tilting LCD screen. The TG-850 utilizes a 16 megapixel 1/2.3" back-lit sensor, which is prett...

Grade: B+ Price: $310.00

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Canon PowerShot A1400

The PowerShot A1400 is a compact, easy-to-use camera that retains the familiar feel of a classic point-and-shoot. Its large grip is easy to grasp and comfortable to hold, while the Optical Viewfinder is ideal for capturing photos in bright sunligh...

Grade: A- Price: $305.00

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Nikon Coolpix L820

Designed more for ergonomics then compact size, the Nikon Coolpix L820 looks to be a comfortable, easy to use long zoom model. This model features a nice 30 x zoom to get up close, plus the improved sensor should handle well in lower light conditi...

Grade: B+ Price: $301.00