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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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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: $380.00

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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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Nikon Coolpix S6100

The Nikon S6100 is a mid-range point-and-shoot, best for casual shooters who want the added versatility of a little extra zoom. It's a 7x zoomer with a large, crisp 3-inch touch LCD and 720p video capability -- all nice specs. At a bloated 16 ...

Grade: C+ Price: $350.00

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Nikon Coolpix P500

A camera's zoom range has always been an important spec, but in the past two years, there's been an almost unhealthy obsession with making faraway objects look really big. Since 2009, the longest zoom range in a fixed-lens camera has doubl...

Grade: C+ Price: $366.00

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Casio Exilim ZR100

Casio cameras always feel like dark-horse contenders in the compact zoom category. Maybe it's because Casio only makes compact cameras, but all the enthusiast chatter and punditry revolves around the more familiar brand names. This is despite near...

Grade: B+ Price: $272.00

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Canon EOS Rebel T3/1100D

The Canon Rebel T3 is a bare-bones entry-level dSLR. At $600, including an 18-55mm IS II kit lens, this is one of the cheapest points of entry to any dSLR system and any interchangeable-lens camera system, for that matter. It sports a 12.1 megapix...

Grade: C Price: $340.00

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Panasonic Lumix ZS10

Panasonic invented the "travel zoom" class with the ZS series (TZ series outside of North America). These pocketable long-zoomers are incredibly versatile, suitable for taking detailed shots of objects near and far. They're great for traveling (su...

Grade: B Price: $370.00

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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

The 260 features an impressive 25-500 20x zoom. Announced alongside the cheaper SX240, the only difference between the two is the inclusion of a GPS in the 260. While the impressive zoom range is a big draw, be warned that the sacrifice you make f...

Grade: B Price: $345.00

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Kodak EasyShare Max Z990

Mostly known for cheap, easy-to-use, automatic pocket cameras, Kodak has made their first newsworthy camera in several years with the Max Z990 superzoom.With so many premium superzooms to choose from this year (from bigger brands, mostly), the Z99...

Grade: B- Price: $330.00

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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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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 310 HS

Canon’s ELPH line has existed now for years with nary a hiccup in image or build quality. The lineup took a turn in 2011 with the advent of Canon’s HS, or high sensitivity, system. These newer cameras boast CMOS sensors for improved lo...

Grade: B- Price: $310.00

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Sony Alpha NEX-7

Packing the 24.3 megapixel sensor found in the A65 and A77, the NEX-7 is the first mirrorless camera that inspires absolute photographic confidence. It's solidly built, has dual control wheels, and includes a very nice electronic viewfinder. A...

Grade: B- Price: $999.00

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Sony Alpha A77

Sony's new drool-inducing A77 boasts an incredible 24.3 megapixel sensor that, as reviews have shown, doesn't sacrifice noise control for resolution. With a 12 fps burst rate, 2.4 million dot OLED viewfinder, 1080p HD video at 60 fps, and ...

Grade: A- Price: $1,531.00

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Nikon COOLPIX P7100

The Nikon P7100 finds itself in a bit of an odd position. The Canon G12 is its closest competitor, and has a shorter zoom range, but bests the P7100 with better image quality. Other high-end compacts, like Panasonic's LX5 or Olympus's XZ-1...

Grade: C Price: $394.00

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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 Alpha A65

The A65 is getting on in years, but it's still a great camera with a nice price. Here's what we had to say when it was first released in 2011:The A77's cheaper companion, the A65 boasts the same best-in-class resolution 24.3 megapixel CMOS sensor,...

Grade: B+ Price: $1,198.00

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Samsung NX200

Samsung's NX200 is its second mirrorless camera, the first being somewhat of a flop. The NX200 manages to fix all of the issues in its predecessor and, with a 20.3 megapixel sensor, captures an impressive amount of detail at lower ISOs. The no...

Grade: B- Price: $934.00

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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

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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: $399.00

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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