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Polaroid Snap

Move aside, boring budget cameras. The Polaroid Snap isn't just cheap, it's one of the more entertaining point-and-shoot cameras on the market. That's because, along with saving a 10 megapixel digital file, it also spits out 2x3 instan...

Grade: B- Price: $100.00

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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

Samsung has made a few updates to their connected compact, the Galaxy Camera, with the introduction of the aptly named Galaxy Camera 2. The most notable is a better processor, which should help boost the image quality some. It's also sporting a ne...

Grade: B+ Price: $0.00

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Nikon COOLPIX S02

Sub-$200 cameras are very much a hit and miss. Nikon's September 2013 budget compact, the S02, is directed towards consumers looking for a trendy, pocketable camera. Except for the lack of wi-fi, the S02 operates very much like a smart phone with ...

Grade: B- Price: $96.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 115

As far as budget models go, Canon seems to have found a nice balance between price and quality with the ELPH 115. The ELPH 115 uses a 16 megapixel 1/2.3" CCD that produces some pretty decent images and video considering the price tag. There are so...

Grade: A- Price: $89.00

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Sigma SD1m

The SD1m has no changes from the original SD1, it is simply being re-branded alongside the new DP1m and DP2m. The original SD1 was announced at a ludicrous price and the new model brings the price down to just over $2000. It still has the same slo...

Grade: B Price: $0.00

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Sigma DP2m

Sigma's DP1 was one of the first large-sensor compact cameras to hit the market, about a year ahead of the start of the mirrorless craze. The DP1m and DP2m finally exchange that initial 4.7 megapixel Foveon sensor, which had been used in the DP1, ...

Grade: B Price: $0.00

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Sigma DP1m

Sigma's DP1 was one of the first large-sensor compact cameras to hit the market, about a year ahead of the start of the mirrorless craze. The DP1m and DP2m finally exchange that initial 4.7 megapixel Foveon sensor, which had been used in the DP1, ...

Grade: B Price: $0.00

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Kodak EasyShare Z5120

A bit of a unique camera, the Z5120 has an impressive 26x zoom, fast f2.8 lens at the wide end, and 720p video recording. Kodak has even included manual modes. This is an unbeatable feature set for the price, but image quality is an unknown so far...

Grade: B+ Price: $0.00

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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: $100.00

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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: $99.00

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Nikon COOLPIX S30

One of Nikon's cheapest cameras and a truly affordable waterproof camera, the S30 cuts a lot of corners but is a decent buy for the money. There's a tiny 10 megapixel sensor under the hood and an uncompetitive 3x zoom, yet for only $120 th...

Grade: B Price: $99.00

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Kodak EasyShare Z5010

The Z5010 has an impressive 21x optical zoom yet otherwise is a letdown. Reviews note noisy photos in even the best conditions and poor, choppy video quality. It's also slow to turn on and bulkier than it needs to be. There's little, other...

Grade: B- Price: $0.00

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Lytro Light Field 16 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: $0.00

Canon EOS 9D

The Canon EOS 9D has never officially been announced. This has been a rumored product for several years but has never materialized. The original rumored specs in 2008 were similar to the camera that became the 5D Mk. II. Rumors have continued to f...

Grade: B- Price: $0.00

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Kodak EasyShare M522

The M522 is basically Kodak's lowest-end camera for 2011, with run-of-the-mill specs like a 4x optical zoom, 2.7-inch LCD, and 720p HD video. Kodak's cheap cameras have been decent as of late, but we can't really wholeheartedly recomme...

Grade: B- Price: $0.00

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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: $77.00

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Olympus VG-120

The VG-120 isn't a standout in any way, but includes a number of standard features at a very low cost. You'll find 14 megapixels, a 5x optical zoom lens and 720p HD video recording. We do find it hard to recommend this camera given Olympus' past r...

Grade: B Price: $75.00

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Casio Exilim S200

Here's another dime-a-dozen ultracompact from Casio. It has a thin, attractive design, which should help its in-store sales, but there's nothing about the actual feature set or picture-taking ability that warrants much excitement. If it's anything...

Grade: B Price: $0.00

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Kodak Easyshare M550

The M550 gains a longer and wider range compared to the cheaper M530 but that's the only difference. It lacks HD video and image quality is disappointing; this isn't surprising for a cheap Kodak. You're better off looking elsewhere.

Grade: B Price: $0.00

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Fuji FinePix HS10

The Fuji HS10 has been discontinued and replaced by the HS20EXR, an all-around improvement on the HS10. We'd recommend that you go with the HS20 (or one of our other top superzoom picks) instead of the HS10 -- it's still a solid superzoom, but it ...

Grade: B+ Price: $0.00

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Kodak Easyshare Z981

The Z981 has been replaced by the Z990, which seems to be an improvement. Here's what we had to say about the Z981 when it came out last year:The Z981 has a heck of a lot of zoom in its lens -- 26x, to be exact. It's very similar to last y...

Grade: B Price: $0.00

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Fuji FinePix AV100

The AV200 has replaced the AV100. Here's what we had to say about the AV100 when it was released in March 2010:The Fuji FinePix AV100 would be just another light-featured ultra-compact -- except it has 720p HD video. Even as HD video becomes, shal...

Grade: C+ Price: $0.00

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Fuji FinePix S1600

The S1600 has been replaced by the S2950. Here's what we had to say about this low-end superzoom when it was released in early 2010:The S1600 is Fuji's low-end bridge model for 2010. This type of camera is Fuji's strong suit, combining a big zoom ...

Grade: C+ Price: $0.00

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Fuji FinePix JZ300

The JZ300 has been replaced by the T300. Here's what we had to say about the JZ300 when it was released in February 2010:The JZ300 is one of Fuji's new fun zoom models, the lower-cost option to the JZ500. This type of camera is popular with consum...

Grade: B Price: $0.00

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Fuji FinePix XP10

The XP10 is waterproof to about 10 feet, shockproof to about 3.5 feet (table height) and freezeproof to 14 Fahrenheit. It's not quite as rugged as other tough-guy models like the Olympus Tough 8010 or Panasonic TS1/TS2, but who among us really nee...

Grade: C+ Price: $0.00

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Fuji FinePix S2550

The S2500/S2550 has been replaced by the S2950. Here's what we had to say about it last year:The S2500/S2550 is one of Fuji's bridge models for 2010 -- a big 18x zoom that shoots HD video. Fuji does have a good reputation with this genre, though t...

Grade: B Price: $0.00

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Fuji FinePix S1800

With the S1800, you get a big zoom for a low price -- an 18x zoom for a suggested price of $229, to be precise. You'll also get HD video and some speedy continuous shooting. It looks like a solid bridge/mini-dSLR/whatever-ya-call-it model, somethi...

Grade: B- Price: $0.00

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Fuji FinePix Z700EXR

Fuji packed a bunch of "slick" features into the Z700EXR. We don't care so much about the touch screen (many have tried, none have really succeeded yet), but we do like Fuji's EXR sensor. The low-light performance really is better than your averag...

Grade: B+ Price: $0.00

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Fuji FinePix Z70

The Z70 is out of production, replaced by the Z90. Here's what we had to say about it in early 2010:There's a lot to like about the Z70. It has a slick design, HD video, and some endearing bells and whistles for optimized "social networking." Time...

Grade: B- Price: $0.00

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Fuji FinePix JZ500

The JZ500 has been replaced by the T300 budget-oriented compact zoom model. Here's what we had to say about the JZ500 when it was released in February 2010:The JZ500 is a "fun zoom" compact camera with a comfy 10x zoom. When done right, this type ...

Grade: B Price: $0.00