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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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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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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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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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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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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: $149.00

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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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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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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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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: $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 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: $139.00

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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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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: $128.00

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Kodak EasyShare Z1085 IS

The Kodak 'Z' series has been a faint glimmer of hope among a generally disappointing series of digital cameras from the once venerable brand. While the budget 'C' and compact 'M' series cameras have left a trail of disappo...

Grade: C+ Price: $125.00

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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: $120.00

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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: $120.00

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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

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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: $113.00

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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: $109.00

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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