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Panasonic Lumix ZR1

The Panasonic ZR1 is a compact point-and-shoot camera with an impressive 8x optical zoom lens and 12.1-megapixel sensor, providing a robust image-taking experience. That lens, while long, is also wide, with 25mm wide-angle capabilities as well. Th...

Grade: B Price: $0.00

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Panasonic Lumix FS25

Panasonic's FS25 is a powerful point and shoot that is an excellent choice for someone looking for a step up from the entry level. A 5x MEGA optical image-stabilized zoom and 12.1-megapixel resolution allows you to get close to action without fear...

Grade: B Price: $0.00

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Canon Powershot E1

There's a debate raging in our household, and it centers on the appearance of the new Canon Powershot E1. I personally think this camera is adorable. To me, it looks like a KitchenAid blender, with a round, bubbly body and retro-style pastel paint...

Grade: B Price: $0.00

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Olympus Stylus 550WP

We recommend taking a look at the TOUGH 3000 as an alternative to this year-old camera. But here's what we had to say about the 550WP when it came out last January:A new lightweight and durable offering from Olympus, the Stylus 550WP features 10-m...

Grade: B Price: $0.00

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Olympus PEN E-P2

Despite widespread confusion about this model when it was first launched in late 2009 -- why would Olympus charge $300 extra for a camera that's barely different from its predecessor? -- it has legs and remains Oly's flagship mirrorless model. It'...

Grade: B Price: $0.00

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Kodak EasyShare Mini M200

The Kodak Mini is a straightforward ultracompact camera, with average specs and a budget-friendly $99 price tag. It's toward the bottom-end of ultracompacts, at least in terms of specs. But sometimes a cheap camera with 3x zoom, VGA video, and a d...

Grade: B Price: $0.00

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Fujifilm FinePix S2800

Fujifilm has a decent reputation with superzoom cameras. This year’s HS10 model, for example, earned a decent amount of praise from reviewers for its fast performance, full HD video capability, and 30x zoom. That’s a very good camera, able to comp...

Grade: B Price: $0.00

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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: $160.00

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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: $150.00

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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: $419.00

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Pentax K-r

The Pentax K-x was a camera that took a lot of people by surprise. Offering a killer combination of features and low price, it bought the company a lot of the name recognition it had been sorely lacking in the entry-level dSLR market, and won ampl...

Grade: B Price: $208.00

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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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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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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: $249.00

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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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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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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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Nikon COOLPIX S5300

While camera manufacturers have devoted a lot of attention to advanced models, there's still a place in the market for compact, point-and-shoot cameras. The Nikon S5300 is one of those cameras. Featuring convenience features like wi-fi, it als...

Grade: B Price: $180.00

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Samsung MV900F

Samsung continues its dedication to an all-wireless lineup with the svelte MV900F. With a 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor and 5x optical zoom starting at f2.5, performance may turn out to be quite good. The back real-estate is almost entirely taken up ...

Grade: B Price: $463.00

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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: $533.00

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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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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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Nikon D5600

Nikon’s affordable DSLR is getting even more connected — the Nikon D5600 packs in much of the same imaging tech and body style of the D5500, but adds Bluetooth connectivity and built-in time lapses. Sitting towards the low end price-wi...

Grade: B Price: $999.00

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Canon Powershot A495

Replaced by the A800. Here's what we said in early 2010:One of Canon's A Series offerings for 2010, the A495 is about as straightforward as budget compact cameras get: 10 megapixels, an uninspired 3.3x zoom lacking wide-angle, a low-res 2.5-inch L...

Grade: B Price: $0.00

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Olympus SZ-30MR

The SZ-30MR is the latest Olympus superzoom, packing a 24x zoom and simultaneous 1080p video/16mp photo recording. It's a significant redesign from their SP line of past years, and looks like it might be one of the thinnest superzooms ever (though...

Grade: B Price: $0.00

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Sony Cybershot T99

The T99 is yet another ultra-sleek model in the pricey Sony T series. This looks to be a pretty standard ultracompact shooter, circa 2010, with a 14 megapixel CCD sensor and run-of-the-mill 4x zoom lens. The 3-inch touchscreen certainly drives up ...

Grade: B Price: $0.00

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Sony Cyber-shot W510

We always appreciate Sony W-series cameras for their stylish designs and consumer-friendly prices. The W510 looks like it'll carry on the tradition. It isn'tthe most fully-featured camera on the market, or even in the cheap point-and-shoot space, ...

Grade: B Price: $0.00

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Sony Alpha A560

The A560 is a consumer-oriented dSLR with specs to put it in line with the rest of the pack. It's not as forward-thinking or intriguing as Sony's new translucent-mirror A55 and A33 models, and as such, won't get as much attention, but the specific...

Grade: B Price: $0.00

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Canon Powershot S90 IS

The Canon S90 was a versatile, powerful compact camera, intended for serious photographers who desire high control and high performance in a small, easy-to-tote package. The S90 excelled in low-light performance, with ISO settings up to 12,000. Th...

Grade: B Price: $0.00

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Panasonic Lumix ZS7

Update July 27, 2011: The ZS7 is still a fantastic compact zoom camera, but the going rate is far too expensive. The lowest street price we've seen recently is $400 (up from an average of $225 in its heyday), so it's no longer a good value for buy...

Grade: B Price: $0.00