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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: $397.00

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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: $348.00

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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: $369.00

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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: $398.00

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Canon PowerShot SX420 IS

Budget zoom is the name of the game for the Canon SX420, but the manufacturer seems to make too many cuts to shave a mere $100 off the PowerShot SX540.While the megapixel count and sensor size is the same, the SX420 uses the more affordable CCD se...

Grade: C+ Price: $349.00

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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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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: $347.00

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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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Olympus TG-4

Olympus's waterproof cameras have a long history of high rankings--and for good reason. It's not unheard of for even a professional to pick up the top camera in this line-up so they don't have to damaging risk their pricier gear for an...

Grade: A+ Price: $349.00

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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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Nikon Coolpix AW130

There's the waterproof camera that you can take to the beach, and then there's the waterproof camera that you can dive with. With one of the highest depth ratings in its class, the Nikon AW130 definitely falls in the latter category.Nikon ...

Grade: B- Price: $350.00

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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: $349.00

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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: $333.00

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Pentax QS-1

The Pentax Q line is one of the smallest, most colorful mirrorless lines on the market today. That line is expanding with the QS-1, a little reto-inspired shooter with a variety of creative modes and filters.The Pentax Q line has the smallest inte...

Grade: B Price: $399.00

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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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Sony Alpha a5000

Sony's smallest interchangeable lens camera yet (at it's introduction in January 2014), the a5000 features a large APS-C size sensor in a body that weighs less than eight ounces. Sony is claiming the small shooter has features, including a...

Grade: B+ Price: $348.00

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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: $399.00

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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: $380.00

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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: $400.00

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Olympus OM-D E-M10

Olympus' mirrorless cameras are gaining ground as more photographers pick up on their excellent Micro Four Thirds line. The OM-D E-M10 is the manufacturer's more budget-freindly option and looks to still offer a lot of features. The E-M10 ...

Grade: B Price: $399.00

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Olympus Stylus TG-850 IHS

Olympus has been one of our favorite manufacturers for rugged cameras. Now, they're the first ones to offer an all weather digital camera with a tilting LCD screen. The TG-850 utilizes a 16 megapixel 1/2.3" back-lit sensor, which is prett...

Grade: B+ Price: $300.00

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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: $397.00

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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: $389.00

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Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

The Canon SX280 is truly a feature packed compact zoom, with a 20x optical zoom, wi-fi and GPS. Canon upgraded their processor over the previous model--a big change meaning better low light images and a faster burst speed of 14 fps (up to seven sh...

Grade: A- Price: $364.00

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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

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Sony DSC-HX300/B

Sony's 2013 DSC-HX300 gets up close to the action with an impressive 50x optical zoom. Images are captured using a good 20.1 megapixel 1/2.3" CMOS sensor and a moderately fast f2.8-6.3 lens. Sony has also included an optical image stabili...

Grade: B Price: $360.00

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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: $348.00