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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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Canon G1 X

Canon's answer to the mirrorless wave took most by surprise. Rather than espouse the interchangeable lens camera like Nikon, Samsung, Sony, and Panasonic, Canon built the G1 X. The body is a bit bigger than the G12 that came before it, but the...

Grade: B Price: $538.00

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Canon PowerShot A1300

Canon's A-series has been their budget line, yet the features on these models are more than enough for the casual shooter. They're a little boxier than the ELPHs and certainly not as stylish, yet these latest models feature 16 megapixel se...

Grade: B Price: $762.00

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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: $339.00

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Canon PowerShot A2300

Canon's A-series has been their budget line, yet the features on these models are more than enough for the casual shooter. They're a little boxier than the ELPHs and certainly not as stylish, yet these latest models feature 16 megapixel se...

Grade: B Price: $139.00

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Canon PowerShot A810

The Canon A810 sits on the bottom rung of Canon’s PowerShot lineup, announced at a very affordable $109. Canon compacts typically have among the best image quality on the market, yet past A-series models have really run the gamut from downri...

Grade: C+ Price: $99.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon’s ELPH lineup began way back in 1996 with the launch of a sleek and stylish APS film camera of that very name. The camera went on to become the best selling APS camera ever made, and the branding quickly made the switch to digital with...

Grade: B Price: $224.00

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6

The FH6 and also-announced FH8 pair practical 5x zoom ranges with an admirably fast (for a camera in this price bracket) f2.5 at the wide end. The FH8 has a 16 megapixel sensor vs. the FH6's 14 and has a larger 3-inch LCD, but those are the on...

Grade: B Price: $126.00

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Olympus TG-820 iHS

 Olympus’ TOUGH camera line pioneered the rugged digital camera, pairing waterproof bodies with shockproof exteriors that can take a beating and keep clicking away. The first TOUGH models appeared in 2007, and since then have consistently gotten s...

Grade: B Price: $370.00

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

Competing up there with the likes of Nikon's P510 and Panasonic's FZ150, the HX200V is competitive if not an outright homerun. Sony is never one to skimp on features, and the HX200V's fast 18.2 megapixel sensor, GPS tracker, and wireless functiona...

Grade: B+ Price: $369.00

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Panasonic Lumix TS4

Panasonic's top-of-the-line ruggedized camera, the TS4 is built to survive up to 40ft under water, is shockproof to 6.5, freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and dustproof. In addition to a GPS, the TS4 even includes an altimeter, compass, and ba...

Grade: B+ Price: $250.00

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

The TX20, along with the more expensive TX200, is a truly intriguing camera although a minor upgrade from the TX10. Waterproof to 16 feet and drop-resistant to five, the TX20 manages rugged without sacrificing style. It looks just like any of the ...

Grade: B Price: $400.00

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-S2

A bargain, the S2 includes optical image stabilization, a 4x zoom, 720p HD video, and a 14.1 megapixel sensor for a cool $100. Don't expect wonders from this little automatic camera, but the price in itself might just qualify as one.

Grade: B+ Price: $800.00

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Fujifilm FinePix XP50

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 GPS, but t...

Grade: C+ Price: $381.00

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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

Nikon D4

Nikon's newest top-of-the-line DSLR offers numerous upgrades to 2009's D3s and competes with Canon's 1DX. The processor and autofocus system have received a boost and the full-frame sensor has been upped to 16 megapixels. Nikon is aimi...

Grade: A Price: $6,000.00

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

Panasonic began their compact travel zoom series way back in 2006 with the TZ-1. Subsequent models in the TZ and ZS lines have always married a relatively small body with a very useful zoom range and many high-end features, like manual modes and c...

Grade: B Price: $510.00

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Panasonic Lumix TS20

 The Panasonic TS20 digital camera picks up where 2010’s TS10 left off, filling a niche for the budget-minded consumer looking for a rugged compact. The TS series is most well-known for the TSx’s, the most recent being the high-end, ultra-rugged T...

Grade: B Price: $245.00

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Samsung DV300

The DV300 is yet another Samsung camera with two LCD screens, which they market as a self-portrait aid. The new model adds a bright animation that will, in theory, attract children's eyes so that they look at the camera. Gimmicks aside, the DV300 ...

Grade: B Price: $200.00

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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: $260.00

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W620

The W-series has done really well in the past couple years, blending a diminutive size with stylish brushed-metal body and snappy performance. The W620 comes in at $10 more than the W610, yet we aren't sure that's money well-spent. The zoom gets a...

Grade: B Price: $149.00

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Fujifilm X-S1

The Fujifilm XS-1 is one of the highest-end extended zoom camera money, and lots of it, can buy. For those who want an all-in-one that offers a tactile experience that rivals that of DSLRs, the XS-1's 26x lens is operated manually rather than ...

Grade: A- Price: $715.00

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

The GX1 is in many ways the successor to original GF1, a well-built micro 4/3 model that, due to impressive image quality and a high level of external controls, was a hit among the enthusiast crowd. The GX1 builds upon that success and, due to its...

Grade: B Price: $500.00

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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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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: $400.00

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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: $630.00

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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: $392.00

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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: $420.00

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Canon PowerShot S100

Canon’s S-series lineup has, since the S30 way back in 2001, been the prosumer yet pocketable line slotted between the less functional ELPHs and larger G-series. The cameras are a DSLR owner’s pocketable alternative or a high-end point...

Grade: B- Price: $437.00