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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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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: $320.00

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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 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: $305.00

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

The miniscule WX50 and WX70 pack a lot of features into such a tiny package. Both models come with a backside-illuminated 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, which promises very good low-light image quality and fast operation. When we say fast, think 10 fps...

Grade: A- 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: $300.00

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Fujifilm FinePix XP150

Fujifilm's rugged cameras have finally made the switch to CMOS. The XP50 and XP150 both now sport 14.4 megapixel CMOS sensors and will record 1080p HD video. The XP150 is the tougher of the two, it's good to 33 feet underwater and has a GP...

Grade: B- Price: $300.00

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Panasonic DMC-TS6

The Panasonic DMC-TS6 is designed for outdoor adventures. While there's a handful of similar options, one of the highlighting features is that the TS6 hits an excellent burst speed of 10 fps, a big plus for those shooting rugged sports.The TS6...

Grade: A- Price: $300.00

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Fujifilm XF1

The XF1 is Fujifilm's 2012 advanced compact, and it has some new tricks. The camera packs a 12 megapixel 2/3" sensor, a bit larger than those found in competitors like the LX7 or S100, and performs the EXR abilities that Fujifilm users ha...

Grade: B+ Price: $299.00

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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: $299.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon makes some high quality compacts,and the ELPH 340 sits right in line with our exceptions. It uses a1/2.3” sensor and f3.6 to 7 lens, which is about average for theprice point. What's worth mentioning, however, is the nice 10.5 fpscontinuous ...

Grade: A- Price: $299.00

Ricoh WG-30W

The Ricoh WG-30W offers rugged features along with options like wi-fi. This compact camera can head underwater to depths of 40 feet. Drops and dust aren't a problem either, with a 4.9' shockproof rating. With a rugged body around the outsi...

Grade: B Price: $299.00

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Fujifilm XQ2

The Fujifilm XQ1 impressed us last year with category-leading speed--with a brand new processor, the XQ2 pushes that even further.While you don't see a jump in burst speed in the tech specs, the Fujifilm XQ2 has an updated processor, the EXR P...

Grade: B+ Price: $299.00

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ70

With a zoom range and wide angle optics that lead the long zoom category, Panasonic's FZ70 looks to be a top contender. The powerful 60x zoom lens is paired with a solid optical image stabilization system. Panasonic also claims the new sensor in t...

Grade: A- Price: $298.00

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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: $298.00

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Ricoh WG-5

Ricoh's WG-5 offers several features that puts it towards the top of our list for waterproof cameras, including a bright lens and excellent macro mode, though speed prevents it from taking the top slot.The camera captures shots with a 1/2.3&qu...

Grade: A- Price: $297.00

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Nikon COOLPIX L830

The Nikon Coolpix L830 is an ergonomic, easy to use camera with a nice 34x optical zoom (68x dynamic zoom). It's one of few cameras that still use AA batteries, which makes it nice for traveling since the batteries are easy to swap out. Since ...

Grade: B Price: $289.00

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Nikon Coolpix L840

Introduced alongside the $500 P610, the Nikon Coolpix L840 axes advanced features like manual modes and rechargeable batteries to keep the cost low.Where the P610 sports a 60x zoom, the L840 offers a much smaller yet still solid 38x optical zoom. ...

Grade: B+ Price: $289.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

The 520 HS sports an impressive 12x zoom in a very small package, yet we think they cut too many corners to get there. The 520 HS's 10 megapixel sensor is tiny, about the same size as the little chips put into cellphones. The zoom range is als...

Grade: C Price: $280.00

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Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

The Canon PowerShot SX710 sports a 30x zoom at about half the weight of their 50x super zoom, making it an excellent option for travel. While the SX710 sports a solid 30x zoom, it can also focus on objects as close as .4 inches from the front of t...

Grade: B+ Price: $280.00

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Nikon 1 S2

The Nikon 1 line uses smaller sensors then the competitors, but what the camera giant offers that others do not is speed, and lots of it. The Nikon 1 S2 is the more budget-friendly model over the sleeker 1 J4 and faster 1 V3, but it's still go...

Grade: B+ Price: $279.00

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Nikon COOLPIX P330

Interestingly, Nikon lowered the number of megapixels in the P330 from the previous model, yet stepped up the image sensor size. Nikon also put a f1.8 lens in front of the larger sensor, and increased the aperture range—all signs that this m...

Grade: B+ Price: $270.00

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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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Sony WX350

The compact zoom category is competitive and packed full of decent shooters, so where does the Sony WX350 sit? The WX350 is one of the fastest options when considering burst speed with a nice 10 fps. The 20x optical zoom isn't the best in clas...

Grade: A- Price: $268.00

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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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Pentax QS-1

The Pentax Q line is one of the smallest, most colorful mirrorless lines on the market today. That line is expanding with the QS-1, a little reto-inspired shooter with a variety of creative modes and filters.The Pentax Q line has the smallest inte...

Grade: B Price: $254.00

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS30

The slimmest compact zoom when introduced at the beginning of 2013, the ZS30 looks to be a compact, yet powerful performer. The ZS20 includes features like GPS, wi-fi and full HD video, yet is fast enough to support a 10 fps burst. This Panasonic ...

Grade: A- Price: $250.00

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Fujifilm XP70

The Fujifilm XP90 is a durable little shooter, able to withstand dust, cold and shock as well as being waterproof up to 33 feet. The XP90 can shoot at up to 10 fps and even has a dedicated burst button to take advantage of that extra speed. The mo...

Grade: B+ Price: $250.00