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Nikon Coolpix A300

Just when we thought camera companies were done with the budget compacts, Nikon announced the $139 Coolpix A300. Actually, the A300 was announced almost a year ago outside the U.S. -- so it's not exactly even a new camera.The camera uses the c...

Grade: C- Price: $137.00

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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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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 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: $137.00

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Nikon Coolpix S33

The Nikon Coolpix S33 is hiding quite a few surprises for a budget camera. While users will find better quality with pricier models like the Olympus TG-3, there's not a whole lot of cameras with similar features for under $150.First off, the i...

Grade: C+ Price: $110.00

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Nikon COOLPIX L32

The phrase "you get what you pay for" certainly applies to cameras, and the $120 Nikon Coolpix L32 budget cam is no exception. The basic camera might be suited for some, but as with any budget model, proceed with extreme caution.The L32 ...

Grade: C+ Price: $119.00

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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: $149.00

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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: $148.00

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Samsung WB35

The Samsung WB35 is a budget camera that still offers wi-fi and a 12x optical zoom, rare at this price point. Designed for those who like to share images online, the WB35 offers wi-fi and NFC with auto share and remote control. These features are ...

Grade: B+ Price: $105.00

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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: $150.00

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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: $116.00

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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: $150.00

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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: $145.00

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Sony DSC-W830

Sony is usually a pretty safe bet for budget compacts, and with a 20.5 megapixel 1/2.3” sensor and intelligent automatic settings, the image quality on the W830 should be pretty good considering the $130 budget price tag. Equipped with a bun...

Grade: A- Price: $110.00

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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 130

The Canon ELPH line has long been a top competitor in the point and shoot category for their competitive image quality. The 2013 model is also expected to impress, with the addition of wi-fi and a longer zoom than last year's model. Take note ...

Grade: B+ Price: $109.00

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Sony DSC-W710

Cameras for under $100 that can still take crisp images are rather hard to come by, but this Sony seems to do the trick. Retailing at $99 MSRP, this camera isn't as fast or crisp as more advanced Sony models, but the images are detailed and clear ...

Grade: B+ Price: $132.00

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Nikon Coolpix S01

A camera of the tiniest proportions, the S01 weighs in at just under 100 grams and proportions that may make it the smallest camera on the market. Nikon has achieved this engineering feat by packing in a smaller, cellphone camera sized 10.1 megapi...

Grade: B Price: $140.00

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Samsung ST200F

The ST200F is the cheapest of Samsung's travel zooms, yet boasts an attractive feature set for the price. $200 buys you a 10x zoom, 16 megapixel CCD, and WiFi connectivity. The zoom starts at 27mm rather than the now more-typical 25mm or even 24mm...

Grade: B+ Price: $139.00

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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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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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Samsung DV300

The DV300 is yet another Samsung camera with two LCD screens, which they market as a self-portrait aid. The new model adds a bright animation that will, in theory, attract children's eyes so that they look at the camera. Gimmicks aside, the DV300 ...

Grade: B Price: $150.00

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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

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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: $115.00

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Kodak EasyShare Sport C123

The Kodak EasyShare Sport C123 (we'll just call it the Sport) is the most basic of point-and-shoots -- and it can survive a dunk underwater. The Sport has an average 12 megapixel resolution, a tiny 2.4-inch LCD screen, a fixed lens that doesn&...

Grade: B Price: $100.00

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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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Samsung ST65

The Samsung ST65 is yet another mid-range point-and-shoot from Samsung, with a capable 5x zoom, 27mm wide-angle lens, 720p HD video, and a 2.7-inch LCD. Specs-wise, it's very similar to the ST90, though the design is not quite as slick as the more...

Grade: B Price: $133.00

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Olympus VG-110

The VG-110 looks like an uninspiring point-and-shoot. Judging by Olympus' track record with cheap compacts, there won't be a compelling reason to buy it. It's cheap and it has some built-in art filters, but we don't expect much at all.

Grade: C- Price: $120.00

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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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Nikon Coolpix S4000

WhenNikon released the S220 and S230 point-and-shoot cameras last year,their aim was simple: produce thin, sleek, simple little cameras in aslew of color options. For the S230, they offered touchscreen controlas well, at a price at least $75 cheap...

Grade: B+ Price: $120.00