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Nikon COOLPIX S6800

Nikon's S6500 was one of our favorite compacts of 2013 and we expect the S6800 to be a top performer in the category as well. The 16 megapixel 1/2.3" sensor, 12x optical zoom and 9.4 fps burst mode are good features considering the $200 p...

Grade: A- Price: $200.00

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Sony DSC-WX220

If you're going to buy a point-and-shoot camera based on nothing but the manufacturer alone, Sony is a pretty safe bet. But there are plenty additional reasons to look at the Sony WX220--it's a well-rounded camera that comes in at a good p...

Grade: A- Price: $198.00

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Nikon D5100

The D5100 is Nikon's latest mid-range dSLR (or "advanced beginner" model, as they're calling it), sitting between the D3100 and D7000 and in the same ballpark as the Canon T3i and Sony A55. It's par for the course in that ran...

Grade: A- Price: $189.00

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Nikon D7500

There are those speedy, sports-loving cameras. The steady landscape shooters. The video-focused cameras. And then there’s the camera that looks at all of those shots and says, “Sure, I can do that.” With an 8 fps burst mode, snap...

Grade: A- Price: $159.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS

A budget-priced compact from Canon, the ELPH 140 looks on track for the price point. It's a basic camera with only 720p video and minimal features. It does, however, beat out the speed specs for it's closest competitor, the Nikon S3600 wit...

Grade: B+ Price: $199.00

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Nikon Coolpix L610

The L610 looks to compete directly with Canon's SX150, both of which run on AA batteries and sport a decent zoom range. The L610's 14x optical zoom isn't much compared to the 20x zooms found on higher end compact zoom models, or indeed...

Grade: B+ Price: $180.00

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Fujifilm XF1

The XF1 is Fujifilm's 2012 advanced compact, and it has some new tricks. The camera packs a 12 megapixel 2/3" sensor, a bit larger than those found in competitors like the LX7 or S100, and performs the EXR abilities that Fujifilm users ha...

Grade: B+ Price: $200.00

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Nikon COOLPIX S6500

Nikon's more advanced point and shoot models have caught quite a bit of attention in the past few years. The camera giant's newest addition, the Nikon Coolpix S6500, adds wi-fi, a few more megapixels and a longer zoom range over the older ...

Grade: B+ Price: $171.00

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Olympus SH-1

Basic point-and-shoots are compact and travel easily, but often lack zoom and speed. Enter the Olympus SH-1, a compact camera that packs in a pretty solid zoom along with excellent speed, wrapped up in a sturdy, retro-styled body.Because the Olymp...

Grade: B+ Price: $199.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 330

PowerShot ELPH 330 HS boasts enhanced built-in Wi-Fi that enables you to comment on photos and share them to social networking sites quickly and easily – even within specific groups. The powerful new 10x Optical Zoom with 24mm Wide-Angle len...

Grade: B+ Price: $179.00

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Fujifilm XP70

The Fujifilm XP90 is a durable little shooter, able to withstand dust, cold and shock as well as being waterproof up to 33 feet. The XP90 can shoot at up to 10 fps and even has a dedicated burst button to take advantage of that extra speed. The mo...

Grade: B+ Price: $180.00

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Fujifilm FinePix XP80

Sometimes, the most beautiful images we see are in environments that would mean disaster for the average camera. But the Fujifilm XP80 isn't your average camera. I dropped it in a water fountain. I shot through a rainstorm. I even let my two-y...

Grade: B+ Price: $180.00

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Fujifilm FinePix F550EXR

Fujifilm’s EXR-tagged, F-series cameras take great pictures. Over the past few years, Fuji turned this line into a dark-horse favorite among enthusiast shooters. With over-sized sensors and innovative processing techniques, the F-series does thing...

Grade: B+ Price: $155.00

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Nikon COOLPIX L830

The Nikon Coolpix L830 is an ergonomic, easy to use camera with a nice 34x optical zoom (68x dynamic zoom). It's one of few cameras that still use AA batteries, which makes it nice for traveling since the batteries are easy to swap out. Since ...

Grade: B Price: $160.00

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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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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 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: $180.00

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5K

Panasonic’s SZ line, announced just this year, is their latest budget offering that combines versatile lenses with compact and lightweight builds. All three pocketable cameras in the line look nearly identical and feature 10x zoom 25-250mm l...

Grade: B Price: $200.00

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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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Samsung ST66

The Samsung ST66 and ST76 sit at the bottom rung of Samsung's digital camera lineup. Both include a versatile 25-125mm lens that starts at f2.5 (but slows to f6.3 at the long end) and a 16 megapixel CCD sensor. The ST76, for $10 over its cheaper s...

Grade: B Price: $156.00

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Canon Powershot SX400 IS

The new Canon Powershot SX400 IS isn't the most well-endowed super zoom on the market, but it does appear to be leading the competition price-wise, with a $249.99 list price and a solid 30x optical zoom. The super zoom cateogry has seen a lot ...

Grade: B Price: $197.00

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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 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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Nikon COOLPIX S9200

Power and portability blend perfectly into the Nikon COOLPIX S9200. This digital camera features 16MP backside-illuminated CMOS, 18x wide-angle optical zoom lens, VR image stabilization, Full HD (1080p) video, 3.0-inch LCD, Easy Panorama Mode, 7 f...

Grade: B- Price: $170.00

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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: $180.00

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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: $170.00

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Canon PowerShot SX610

The Canon PowerShot SX610 is a slightly downgraded version of the SX710--it's still a good option for travel, but it's a bit easier on the budget than its big brother.The SX610 sports an 18x optical zoom, where the SX710 offers a bigger 30...

Grade: B- Price: $188.00

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Ricoh Theta SC

Ricoh has added a budget-friendly camera to their lineup of 360 options. The Ricoh Theta SC is designed to make 360 photography more accessible with a simpler interface and a lower price point.For still images, users won't see much of a gap be...

Grade: B- Price: $189.00

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20K

It's been a few years since I played with a Panasonic. Back then, I personally felt that there was a risk in purchasing (or recommending for purchase) any camera made by a manufacturer that didn't begin with C or N. Brands like Panasonic m...

Grade: C+ Price: $179.00

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Nikon COOLPIX S32

While the Nikon S32 doesn't sit at the top of the category for waterproof cameras by a long shot, it does sit near the top for cameras under $125. Most budget cameras have a slow, 1 fps burst speed, but this little guy at least hits four. The ...

Grade: C+ Price: $160.00