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Nikon Coolpix S3700

Budget cameras aren't usually anything to write home about, and the Nikon Coolpix S3700 is no exception. It offers a basic set of features that will get the job done for some consumers, but certainly isn't anything to get excited about.The...

Grade: C+ Price: $139.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 IS

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 is an affordable $159--but expect to get what you pay for. The 2016 budget camera offers wi-fi and an expanded zoom range over the older ELPH 160, but still stands as a pretty basic camera.The sensor size is average fo...

Grade: C Price: $139.00

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Nikon COOLPIX S3500

The Nikon S3500 adds another four megapixels to the previous model, but doesn't upgrade the CCD sensor size. Regardless, the 20.1 megapixel camera with a 7x zoom is still a decent choice for a a smaller, more affordable point-and-shoot. Nikon ...

Grade: B+ Price: $140.00

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Casio Exilim Z800

The Casio Exilim EX-Z800 is a digital camera created to be the cheap alternative to the sleeker S200. The two cameras share the same 14.1-megapixel, 4x lens, and 2.7-inch LCD specs, but the S200 comes in a thinner body and sells for about $30 more...

Grade: C Price: $145.00

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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 DMC-TS30

Panasonic's scaled-down version of their rugged camera is easy on the wallet, pricing out at just $179.99 at first release. Of course, to get down to that price, the camera trims down a few features--does it offer enough to make it worth a pur...

Grade: B- Price: $148.00

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Nikon COOLPIX S3600

Nikon's cheapest Coolpix S-line camera for 2014 still keeps the 1/2.3" sensor, though it switches over to a CCD style. It sports a nice 8x optical zoom with vibration reduction, though doesn't offer wi-fi at this price and has a small...

Grade: B+ Price: $149.00

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Nikon COOLPIX L30

We're pleased to see that Nikon is sticking with a 1/2.3" size sensor with their budget models, instead of shrinking it down to hit the right price point. What you will sacrifice for this price is speed, with just a 1.1 fps burst mode, th...

Grade: C+ Price: $149.00

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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: $149.00

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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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Samsung DV150F

The Samsung DV150F is a compact point and shoot camera that offers built-in wi-fi capability, and a front-facing LCD screen that allows you to take self-portraits quickly and easily. The basic form factor and 5x zoom make this camera a good fit pr...

Grade: B Price: $150.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 170

Adding another $30 to Canon's most basic 2015 model gets you a better zoom, but not a whole lot else. Introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show, the 170 is a basic, yet portable camera.The 12x zoom allows the small 170 to get up close, and i...

Grade: C- Price: $150.00

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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: $155.00

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Fujifilm FinePix F550EXR

Fujifilm’s EXR-tagged, F-series cameras take great pictures. Over the past few years, Fuji turned this line into a dark-horse favorite among enthusiast shooters. With over-sized sensors and innovative processing techniques, the F-series does thing...

Grade: B+ Price: $155.00

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Samsung ST66

The Samsung ST66 and ST76 sit at the bottom rung of Samsung's digital camera lineup. Both include a versatile 25-125mm lens that starts at f2.5 (but slows to f6.3 at the long end) and a 16 megapixel CCD sensor. The ST76, for $10 over its cheaper s...

Grade: B Price: $156.00

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Nikon Coolpix W100

Nikon's budget waterproof camera now has Bluetooth. In a minor update, the Nikon Coolpix W100 repackages the W33 with Bluetooth.The W100 is a budget camera with a spec list to match. The sensor is about the size of what's inside an iPhone,...

Grade: C+ Price: $157.00

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Nikon COOLPIX S32

While the Nikon S32 doesn't sit at the top of the category for waterproof cameras by a long shot, it does sit near the top for cameras under $125. Most budget cameras have a slow, 1 fps burst speed, but this little guy at least hits four. The ...

Grade: C+ Price: $160.00

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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: $165.00

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Fujifilm FinePix XP80

Sometimes, the most beautiful images we see are in environments that would mean disaster for the average camera. But the Fujifilm XP80 isn't your average camera. I dropped it in a water fountain. I shot through a rainstorm. I even let my two-y...

Grade: B+ Price: $169.00

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Nikon COOLPIX S3300

The S3300 and S4300 are essentially identical other than the S4300's larger 3-inch LCD. Both have 16 megapixel sensors and a useful 6x zoom with a 26mm wide-angle. The video, as you'd expect from a CCD sensor, is 720p. Unless you need the ...

Grade: C Price: $170.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 330

PowerShot ELPH 330 HS boasts enhanced built-in Wi-Fi that enables you to comment on photos and share them to social networking sites quickly and easily – even within specific groups. The powerful new 10x Optical Zoom with 24mm Wide-Angle len...

Grade: B+ Price: $179.00

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20K

It's been a few years since I played with a Panasonic. Back then, I personally felt that there was a risk in purchasing (or recommending for purchase) any camera made by a manufacturer that didn't begin with C or N. Brands like Panasonic m...

Grade: C+ Price: $179.00

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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: $179.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 510 HS

Almost the same size as the 310 HS, the 510 HS packs a large 12x zoom into a very small package. Reviewed very well, the 510 HS features a 12x optical zoom, 1080p HD video, and a 3.2-inch touchscreen. Be warned that the touchscreen held the camera...

Grade: B- Price: $180.00

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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

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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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Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; }Canon's slim PowerShot SX260 fits anice 18x optical zoom within the 1.02 inch profile. Behind the sleekexterior though, are features like wi-fi and NFC and a big handful ofcreative filters. The Canon HS System has been ...

Grade: C+ Price: $186.00

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Nikon D5100

The D5100 is Nikon's latest mid-range dSLR (or "advanced beginner" model, as they're calling it), sitting between the D3100 and D7000 and in the same ballpark as the Canon T3i and Sony A55. It's par for the course in that ran...

Grade: A- Price: $189.00

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Nikon COOLPIX S6300

Nikon's higher-end S-series models have really impressed in the last year or so. They are responsive and have the latest backside illuminated CMOS sensors. The S6300 is pretty compact for its impressive 10x zoom lens and offers key upgrades to...

Grade: C+ Price: $190.00

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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: $194.00