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Sony NEX-3NL

The camera market is saturated with mirrorless models—there are lots of them out there. And there are even a few $500 budget models. But budget models with an APS-C sized sensor (that's the same size used in entry level DSLRs) for under ...

Grade: A- Price: $469.00

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Sony Alpha NEX-F3

The NEX-F3 camera is the logical upgrade to Sony's NEX-C3, replacing the former with a slightly thicker build but adding a couple much-needed features. First and most importantly, the F3 now has a built-in flash, eschewing the former's bul...

Grade: B Price: $470.00

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Sony SLT-A58K

Sony improved the sensor in the A58 for enhanced detail in low-light performance over the A57. Beware, however, that the A58 isn't an upgrade to the A57 in every category. The A57 has a 12 fps burst speed--which is unrivaled in the entry-level DSL...

Grade: B- Price: $470.00

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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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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

An evolutionary upgrade from Panasonic's GF3, the GF5 is also pointed at point and shoot users looking for better image quality. It's a very small camera even with the stabilized 14-42 power zoom lens attached, a much smaller lens than Olympus' 14...

Grade: B+ Price: $476.00

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Panasonic Lumix ZS60 (DMC-ZS60K)

The Panasonic ZS50 is a nice travel camera with solid image quality throughout the zoom range--Panasonic just upped the ante with the ZS60, however, adding 4K video onto an already solid camera.The Panasonic ZS60 still sports the nice 30x optical ...

Grade: A Price: $478.00

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Olympus TG-3

Olympus makes a minor upgrade to the already excellent TG-2 with the TG-3. The TG-3 keeps our favorite features about the TG-2, including a bright f2.0 lens and excellent macro mode for stunning close-ups, but adds wi-fi and four microscope modes ...

Grade: A Price: $480.00

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Fujifilm XQ1

The popular Fujifilm X line now has a compact camera, putting the company's popular X-Trans sensors in a pocket-sized shooter. The Fujifilm XQ1 is certainly an advanced compact with manual modes, RAW shooting, a 2/3” CMOS sensor with no ...

Grade: B Price: $480.00

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Canon PowerShot N100 HS

Canon's latest camera line puts the photographer in the picture with a second lens on the back. The camera will also compile several files into one with the Story Highlight feature. While we find the idea interesting, what's more enticing ...

Grade: B- Price: $490.00

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Nikon D7000

The D7000 is Nikon's latest enthusiast dSLR, occupying the spot in their dSLR lineup between the D90 and D300s models. It's packed with a 16.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor, a wide ISO range, 6 frames per second burst mode, and an excell...

Grade: B- Price: $493.00

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Nikon 1 J5

After the Nikon 1 J4 fell flat by trading speed for a touchscreen, the J5 puts Nikon's mirrorless line back on track with an excellent 20 fps burst speed. The 2015 model still capitalizes on speed, but it is now wrapped up in a retro-inspired ...

Grade: A- Price: $497.00

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Panasonic DMC-FZ300

The problem with long zoom lenses is that they typically don't have a very wide aperture, which makes using that big zoom in low light a bit tougher. The Panasonic FZ300 doesn't have the biggest zoom lens on the market, but it does have a ...

Grade: A- Price: $498.00

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Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2

The E-PM2 was announced alongside the more expensive E-PL5, both of which include the excellent 16 megapixel CMOS sensor found within the OM-D E-M5. Basic operation and features between the two cameras are very similar, but the E-PL5 does have a s...

Grade: A- Price: $499.00

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Canon PowerShot D30

The Canon PowerShot D30, at the time of its introduction, has the deepest waterproof rating at 82 feet, but frankly, that's really all it has. The f3.9-4.8 lens is average for a point-and-shoot, but when you're heading underwater, there&#3...

Grade: C+ Price: $499.00

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Fujifilm X30

Fujifilm is a leader when it comes to retro-inspired cameras—the Fujifilm X30 is a retro-inspired beast of a camera, with a sturdy build and solid specs to boot. A fast lens, a high resolution electronic viewfinder and a tilting LCD screen a...

Grade: A- Price: $499.00

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Nikon COOLPIX P900

If one thing can rescue the point-and-shoot camera market from the smartphone, it's a good zoom. And if there's one camera with a good zoom on the market right now, it's the Nikon Coolpix P900. The camera giant just breezed past the 50...

Grade: A- Price: $499.00

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

When it comes to the micro four thirds format, Olympus is the camera brand that comes to mind. The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II is an affordable entry into the popular line, sitting at under $800 with a kit lens, a pretty nice price point considerin...

Grade: B+ Price: $499.00

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Olympus TG-870 Tough

Cheap cameras are notorious for being, well, cheap. But can a budget camera that's also waterproof and crushproof break that mold?The Olympus TG-870 Tough is a more budget-friendly version of our top recommended waterproof, the TG-4. Despite s...

Grade: B Price: $499.00

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Olympus Stylus TG-2 iHS

The top choice for all-weather models in 2013, the Olympus Stylus TG-2 blends a tough exterior with the capability to take high quality images. One of the key perks of the TG-2 is it's fast, f2.0 lens--but when that isn't enough, the TG-2 ...

Grade: B Price: $500.00

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Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5

Olympus, along with Panasonic, helped to create the Micro Four Thirds standard and now they’ve attempted to perfect it with their new model that improves both on the predecessors and other cameras in their lineup—it even includes the s...

Grade: B Price: $500.00

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Sony DSC-QX100

It's no secret that smartphones have been threatening camera sales, but Sony has decided to embrace it by designing a camera specifically for smartphone photography. Essentially, the QX100 is a complete digital camera--minus the screen. The se...

Grade: B Price: $500.00

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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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Nikon Coolpix P7700

The Coolpix line of pocket cameras have been high performers in the category, even if they haven't always looked the part. The latest models feature large rotatable LCD panels, and this replacement to the P7100 improves on the predecessor in m...

Grade: B+ Price: $500.00

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Sony Cyber-shot TX10

The rugged Sony TX10 is a skinny digital camera that is built to survive the elements thanks to its water, dust, freeze, and shock-proof ratings. It fits easily into a pocket and is designed for convenience with mostly automatic operations and a h...

Grade: B Price: $500.00

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Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

We were pretty impressed with Fujifilm's last extended zoom so our expectations are high for the newest model that offers an even longer zoom and faster shooting with 11 fps in burst mode. This model offers an impressive 42x optical zoom that ...

Grade: A- Price: $500.00

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Sony QX1

It's a digital camera without a lens and without a screen--but it's likely to be a very popular option. The Sony QX1 essentially turns a smartphone into a mirrorless camera, complete with manual modes and even RAW compatibility. The QX1 is...

Grade: B Price: $500.00

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Panasonic GM5

You pay a premium for small size, and that pretty much sums up the new Panasonic GM5. It's a capable camera, but it's a bit pricer (and smaller) than similar models.The Panasonic GM5 replaces last year's GM1, and there's not too ma...

Grade: B Price: $500.00

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Sony DSC-QX100 Smartphone Attachable Camera

It's no secret that smartphones have been threatening camera sales, but Sony has decided to embrace it by designing a camera specifically for smartphone photography. Essentially, the QX100 is a complete digital camera--minus the screen. The se...

Grade: B Price: $500.00

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Pentax K-50

Pentax may be considered the underdog compared to DSLR giants like Nikon and Canon, but the weather-sealed, colorful 2013 release, the K-50, isn't a model to gloss over. Sitting pretty at about $780 MSRP, the K-50 has a feature set and capabil...

Grade: A Price: $508.00

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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