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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: $300.00

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

The miniscule WX50 and WX70 pack a lot of features into such a tiny package. Both models come with a backside-illuminated 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, which promises very good low-light image quality and fast operation. When we say fast, think 10 fps...

Grade: A- Price: $300.00

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Nikon COOLPIX S810c

The Nikon Coolpix S810c is only the camera giant's second model to offer an Android operating system in the growing world of smart cameras. Consumers looking for a smart camera should note though that the S810c is only equipped with Wi-Fi--whe...

Grade: B+ Price: $300.00

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Nikon Coolpix S6100

The Nikon S6100 is a mid-range point-and-shoot, best for casual shooters who want the added versatility of a little extra zoom. It's a 7x zoomer with a large, crisp 3-inch touch LCD and 720p video capability -- all nice specs. At a bloated 16 ...

Grade: C+ Price: $300.00

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Fujifilm FinePix XP150

Fujifilm's rugged cameras have finally made the switch to CMOS. The XP50 and XP150 both now sport 14.4 megapixel CMOS sensors and will record 1080p HD video. The XP150 is the tougher of the two, it's good to 33 feet underwater and has a GP...

Grade: B- Price: $300.00

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50

More megapixels isn't always better—that's the motto Panasonic is taking with the compact zoom ZS50 camera. While there's a lower number of megapixels on the ZS50 from the older ZS40, that move is designed to bump up the low ligh...

Grade: A Price: $300.00

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Panasonic DMC-TS6

The Panasonic DMC-TS6 is designed for outdoor adventures. While there's a handful of similar options, one of the highlighting features is that the TS6 hits an excellent burst speed of 10 fps, a big plus for those shooting rugged sports.The TS6...

Grade: A- Price: $300.00

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Nikon COOLPIX AW120

Nikon has certainly taken a step in the right direction with the all-weather AW120. When taking images underwater, lighting is much more limited, so a good lens is a must. The AW120 features an f2.8-4.9 lens, which is much brighter than the previo...

Grade: A- Price: $299.00

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Pentax X-5

In a nod to it's top-end K-5's styling, Pentax's X-5 looks like a DSLR but trades the APS-C sensor for a smaller 16 megapixel sensor and 26x manually operated zoom. Other key features include a 10fps burst mode, 1080/30p HD video capture, electron...

Grade: B+ Price: $299.00

Ricoh WG-30W

The Ricoh WG-30W offers rugged features along with options like wi-fi. This compact camera can head underwater to depths of 40 feet. Drops and dust aren't a problem either, with a 4.9' shockproof rating. With a rugged body around the outsi...

Grade: B Price: $299.00

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Fujifilm XQ2

The Fujifilm XQ1 impressed us last year with category-leading speed--with a brand new processor, the XQ2 pushes that even further.While you don't see a jump in burst speed in the tech specs, the Fujifilm XQ2 has an updated processor, the EXR P...

Grade: B+ Price: $299.00

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Olympus Air A01

The are really two types of cameras: the camera that can fit in your pocket, and the camera that can take great pictures. The Olympus Air A01 is an attempt to merge both, creating a tool for smartphone photography that doesn't rely on a tiny b...

Grade: B Price: $299.00

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Ricoh WG-5

Ricoh's WG-5 offers several features that puts it towards the top of our list for waterproof cameras, including a bright lens and excellent macro mode, though speed prevents it from taking the top slot.The camera captures shots with a 1/2.3&qu...

Grade: A- Price: $297.00

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Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR

Fujifilm garnered a cult-like following of true believers following the release of 2006’s F30 and subsequent F31 and cheaper F20 cameras. These compacts, equipped with the latest in Fujifilm’s proprietary Super CCD technology, approach...

Grade: B- Price: $291.00

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Olympus TG-860

Olympus's tough TG-800 line cameras are designed to be a bit more affordable than the highly ranked TG-2 and TG-3 options, while still offering waterproofing and durability. The TG-860 adds one big benefit over the older models--improved video...

Grade: B+ Price: $290.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

The 520 HS sports an impressive 12x zoom in a very small package, yet we think they cut too many corners to get there. The 520 HS's 10 megapixel sensor is tiny, about the same size as the little chips put into cellphones. The zoom range is als...

Grade: C Price: $289.00

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Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

The Canon SX720 offers a big 40x zoom lens--but in a camera that could fit in your pocket.The older SX710 (and SX700) offered 30x zoom, but the SX720 increases that while still keeping the camera's slim profile. Besides just being able to zoom...

Grade: B- Price: $288.00

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Nikon 1 S2

The Nikon 1 line uses smaller sensors then the competitors, but what the camera giant offers that others do not is speed, and lots of it. The Nikon 1 S2 is the more budget-friendly model over the sleeker 1 J4 and faster 1 V3, but it's still go...

Grade: B+ Price: $279.00

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Canon PowerShot SX530

Introduced at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, the Canon SX530 sports a 50x zoom, along with HD video and wi-fi.Super Zooms are a growing category, thanks largely to the fact that cell phone camera technology hasn't yet offered such a big z...

Grade: B Price: $279.00

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Polaroid Socialmatic

Thank you, Polaroid, for ensuring that the actually physical printed picture is far from gone. The Polaroid Socialmatic is a digital camera, yet in keeping with the manufacturer's past, can still spit out an instant image using the on-board pr...

Grade: B- Price: $279.00

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Ricoh WG-50

Ricoh is continuing their budget-friendly waterproof compacts with the WG-50. The $280 camera is waterproof down to 45 feet -- and is designed to withstand drops, cold and dirt too.The WG-50 uses a 16 megapixel 1/2.3 inch sensor that's backlit...

Grade: C+ Price: $277.00

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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: $275.00

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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: $273.00

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Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

The Canon PowerShot SX710 sports a 30x zoom at about half the weight of their 50x super zoom, making it an excellent option for travel. While the SX710 sports a solid 30x zoom, it can also focus on objects as close as .4 inches from the front of t...

Grade: B+ Price: $272.00

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Nikon COOLPIX P330

Interestingly, Nikon lowered the number of megapixels in the P330 from the previous model, yet stepped up the image sensor size. Nikon also put a f1.8 lens in front of the larger sensor, and increased the aperture range—all signs that this m...

Grade: B+ Price: $270.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon makes some high quality compacts,and the ELPH 340 sits right in line with our exceptions. It uses a1/2.3” sensor and f3.6 to 7 lens, which is about average for theprice point. What's worth mentioning, however, is the nice 10.5 fpscontinuous ...

Grade: A- Price: $270.00

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Sony H400

It's common for budget models to have a CCD sensor and a burst speed that's the equivalent of a snail's pace and the Sony H400 seems to follow that logic. It uses a 1/2.3" CCD sensor and the burst speed is just .71 fps, though it ...

Grade: B- Price: $268.00

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Sony WX350

The compact zoom category is competitive and packed full of decent shooters, so where does the Sony WX350 sit? The WX350 is one of the fastest options when considering burst speed with a nice 10 fps. The 20x optical zoom isn't the best in clas...

Grade: A- Price: $268.00

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Nikon Coolpix L840

Introduced alongside the $500 P610, the Nikon Coolpix L840 axes advanced features like manual modes and rechargeable batteries to keep the cost low.Where the P610 sports a 60x zoom, the L840 offers a much smaller yet still solid 38x optical zoom. ...

Grade: B+ Price: $265.00

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Canon PowerShot A2300

Canon's A-series has been their budget line, yet the features on these models are more than enough for the casual shooter. They're a little boxier than the ELPHs and certainly not as stylish, yet these latest models feature 16 megapixel se...

Grade: B Price: $258.00