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Canon PowerShot SX730 HS

The Canon PowerShot SX730 is all about zoom, portability, and connectivity. Boasting a nice 40x zoom lens, the camera is still a compact 10.6 ounces.The SX730 uses a 1/2.3" sensor, a pretty standard size for a compact camera, with 20.3 megapi...

Grade: B- Price: $399.00

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Panasonic Lumix FZ80

The super zoom category is jam packed with cameras offering the reach that pocketable cameras cannot -- but the Panasonic FZ80 enters the fray with a brighter than average lens and 4K video.The Panasonic FZ80 uses a 1/2.3" sensor, typical for...

Grade: A- Price: $398.00

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Nikon D3400

Nikon’s 3300 is a solid beginner’s DSLR and now the manufacturer is expanding on that with the D3400. The latest entry-level DSLR from Nikon wraps up much of the same features as the 3300. So what’s new? Nikon has added Bluetooth...

Grade: A- Price: $377.00

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Nikon COOLPIX A900

The Nikon COOLPIX A900 is a small camera with a big zoom and even big video capabilities with 4K.While the A900 looks like a typical point-and-shoot and uses the standard 1/2.3" sensor, the 35x optical zoom is hiding in a pretty small camera....

Grade: A- Price: $379.00

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Sony HX80

The Sony HX80 is a "new" compact zoom camera, but there really isn't much new about it. Basically, the HX80 is the older Sony HX90 without GPS.Both cameras offer a 1/2.3 inch sensor paired with a solid 30x optical zoom lens. The HX80...

Grade: B+ Price: $338.00

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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: $349.00

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Olympus TG-870 Tough

Cheap cameras are notorious for being, well, cheap. But can a budget camera that's also waterproof and crushproof break that mold?The Olympus TG-870 Tough is a more budget-friendly version of our top recommended waterproof, the TG-4. Despite s...

Grade: B Price: $330.00

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Panasonic Lumix ZS60 (DMC-ZS60K)

The Panasonic ZS50 is a nice travel camera with solid image quality throughout the zoom range--Panasonic just upped the ante with the ZS60, however, adding 4K video onto an already solid camera.The Panasonic ZS60 still sports the nice 30x optical ...

Grade: A Price: $397.00

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Canon PowerShot SX540 IS

Canon has spent a lot of resources developing their high-end cameras--and their smaller cameras are starting to suffer for that a bit. The Canon PowerShot SX540 IS is a small update to the SX530, bumping up the megapixels from 16 to 20 and allowin...

Grade: B Price: $399.00

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Canon PowerShot G9 X

The Canon G9 X is the sleeker, lighter sibling to the G5 X. While it doesn't list quite as many features, it's also nearly half the weight and $300 less than the G5 X, introduced at the same time.Like the G5 X, the Canon G9 X sports a larg...

Grade: B+ Price: $399.00

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Ricoh Theta S

Forget a wide 180 degree perspective, the Ricoh Theta will do you one better with a 360 degree perspective. The third camera in the line, Theta cameras are unlike any other because they use two lenses and two sensors to capture a 360 degree spheri...

Grade: B- Price: $349.00

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Sony WX500

We thought the Sony HX90 was a bit pricey at release--the Sony WX500 answers that with a bit more palatable price, but axes a lot of the usability features. Selling for about $410 at its first release, the Sony WX500 offers a big 30x optical zoom,...

Grade: B Price: $348.00

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Nikon Coolpix S6900

The Nikon Coolpix S6900 joins in the foray of cameras designed for selfie-lovers, but does so with quite a bit of flair. With several features designed for selfie use, the S6900 still offers quite a few imaging features for general use as well.Bui...

Grade: B Price: $320.00

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10

Most budget cameras ax extras like wi-fi and a good optical zoom. While the $199 Panasonic DMC-SZ10 isn't the cheapest camera around, it does offer a few features that are harder to find at this price point.Despite being small enough to fit in...

Grade: C+ Price: $316.00

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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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Fujifilm FinePix S9900W

The super zoom category is booming—but should consumers really be spending $500-600 on a compact camera when an entry-level DSLR will cost you that much? The Fujifilm S9900 (and S9900W with wi-fi) enters the fray as an option that won't ...

Grade: B Price: $360.00

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Sony QX30

Sony's QX line is interesting to say the least--they're essentially cameras without screens, instead, they operate with a smartphone and wi-fi or NFC. Last year's QX10 offered a solid 10x zoom--but the 2014 QX30 triples that, offering ...

Grade: B- Price: $348.00

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Olympus Stylus SP-100 IHS

Super zoom cameras offer some of the biggest versatility, thanks to lenses that top out at 50x and even 60x optical zooms but can still perform up close. The Olympus Stylus SP-100 is one of a dozen or so such cameras. And while the SP-100 offers s...

Grade: B+ Price: $400.00

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Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

This Canon hits the right specs for the price point with a nice 30x optical zoom and a 8.5 fps burst mode that beats the Nikon S9700. With the ability to focus as close as .4 inches from the front of the lens plus the long zoom and manual modes, t...

Grade: A Price: $384.00

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Sony HX400

Cameras with big zooms can capture images that just aren't possible with the average shooter. The Sony HX400 doesn't just have a huge 50x zoom, it can also capture macro shots of little things as close as one inch from the front of the len...

Grade: B+ Price: $398.00

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Panasonic DMC-ZS40S

The Panasonic DMC-ZS40S is a compact zoom camera--but offers a lot of the same features as the advanced category. With the exception of the smaller 1/2.3" sensor, the ZS40 could be considered part of both categories. Manual modes, RAW shootin...

Grade: A- Price: $300.00

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Canon EOS Rebel T5

The Canon EOS Rebel T3 is one of the top selling DSLRs, but its successor hasn't really made many updates from the 2011 model. If you find the Canon Rebel T5 for a low price, it's still a decent camera but the Nikon D3300 and Pentax K-3 bo...

Grade: C+ Price: $350.00

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Fujifilm FinePix S9400W

The FinePix S9400W is one of a handful of long zoom options Fujifilm introduced at CES 2014, along with the Fujifilm S1. The S9400 actually has the same sensor as the S1, though takes AA batteries instead of a rechargeable lithium-ion, has a bit s...

Grade: B+ Price: $330.00

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Nikon COOLPIX P340

The advanced compact market has long been defined by the Sony RX-100, but $600+ for a compact camera is a little bit much to ask for some consumers, considering the price of an entry-level DSLR. That's where this little sub-category of budget ...

Grade: B+ Price: $380.00

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Nikon COOLPIX S9700

Nikon's 2014 compact zoom, the S9700, looks to have an excellent set of features for the $350 retail price tag. The S9700 features the same 16.1 megapixel 1/2.3 sensor as Nikon's bulkier and pricer P520 and P600 ($450 and $500 retail, resp...

Grade: B Price: $320.00

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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: $345.00

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Pentax Q7

Small and stylish is the name of the game for Pentax's new Q7 mirrorless. Marketed as the "smallest, lightest interchangeable lens system in the world," the Q7 weighs only seven ounces, yet packs a pretty big punch with a 1/1.7"...

Grade: B- Price: $300.00

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Sony A3000

Sony's latest DSLR is a compact compromise between the size of a mirrorless and the power of a DSLR. The A3000 uses the same lenses as their mirrorless line, allowing for a much more compact system overall, yet has an APS-C sized sensor. Despi...

Grade: A- Price: $398.00

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Pentax WG-3 GPS

Pentax added an image stabilization system when upgrading their rugged WG line—a big plus in our opinion. The newer model is slightly heavier than its predecessor, however, which was already a bit bulkier to begin with. Pentax has continued to off...

Grade: B+ Price: $350.00

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Sony DSC-WX300

Sony's 2013 release WX300 looks to be a promising compact zoom, combining a 20x optical zoom with 18.2 megapixels and wi-fi in a compact body. Sony has included their improved CMOS sensor with this line, as well as an upgrade to battery life, rati...

Grade: A- Price: $330.00