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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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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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Olympus VG-160

A budget model, the VG-160 has pretty impressive specifications for $100. You'll find a 14 megapixel CCD sensor, 5x zoom that starts at a bright f2.8, 3-inch LCD, and 720p HD video. It's also highly pocketable.

Grade: B+ Price: $200.00

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Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

The Canon PowerShot A3300 IS is the flagship model in Canon’s “easy and fun” A-series. It's a budget-friendly camera, with an MSRP of $179 and street prices that are sure to plummet throughout the year. It's a replacement...

Grade: B- 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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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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Panasonic Lumix TS20

 The Panasonic TS20 digital camera picks up where 2010’s TS10 left off, filling a niche for the budget-minded consumer looking for a rugged compact. The TS series is most well-known for the TSx’s, the most recent being the high-end, ultra-rugged T...

Grade: B Price: $196.00

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Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS

Extended zooms, indestructible casings, and new mirrorless formats are all exciting, of course. But the new camera I've been most excited to get my mitts on this season is the Canon Powershot SD1300 IS (known as the IXUS 105 in some regions). ...

Grade: C+ Price: $195.00

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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: $191.00

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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 range: 16.2 megapixel CMO...

Grade: A- Price: $189.00

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Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; }Canon's slim PowerShot SX260 fits anice 18x optical zoom within the 1.02 inch profile. Behind the sleekexterior though, are features like wi-fi and NFC and a big handful ofcreative filters. The Canon HS System has been ...

Grade: C+ Price: $188.00

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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: $185.00

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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: $180.00

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Nikon COOLPIX L620

Nikon's popular compact zoom line received a nice speed upgrade with the Coolpix L620. While the older L610 took burst shots at a sluggish 1.9 fps, the L620 takes up to six photos in a row at 10 fps. Nikon has also added their high speed setti...

Grade: A- Price: $179.00

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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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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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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: $175.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Canon has three compact cameras that are all priced about $20 apart with a few subtle differences. The Canon ELPH 150 is more expensive than the similar ELPH 140 and 135 but has a little bit more to offer, including a better zoom (10x instead of 8...

Grade: A- Price: $174.00

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Casio Exilim Ex-ZR400

Casio's Exilim EX-ZR400 has one of the longest lasting batteries in it's class, able to go over five hours of use without a recharge. Casio has promised fast focusing and recording with this model as well, though at f3 the lens is a bit sl...

Grade: B+ Price: $172.00

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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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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: $170.00

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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: $170.00

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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: $170.00

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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: $170.00

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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: $170.00

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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: $160.00

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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: $160.00

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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: $159.00

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Fujifilm FinePix XP90

Fujifilm didn't change much when they updated the waterproof XP80. The Fujifilm FinePix XP90 offers a higher resolution LCD screen and a new time lapse capture mode.The headlining feature for the camera is still the 50 feet waterproofing, well...

Grade: B+ Price: $159.00

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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: $157.00