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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: $400.00

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Nikon COOLPIX P600

A little zoom goes a long way when it comes to what photos you're able to snap—and with a 60x optical zoom, the Nikon P600 has more than just a little zoom. The P600 currently leads the extended zoom category while most competitors sit d...

Grade: B Price: $447.00

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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: $475.00

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Nikon COOLPIX P530

Nikon's P530 is essentially a dialed down version of their P600. The two cameras have the same sensors and speed (7 fps burst), the main differences are in the lenses. The P530 uses a 42x optical zoom (compared to the P600's 60x) and can a...

Grade: B- Price: $400.00

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Nikon D3300

Nikon's entry level DSLRs have always been an excellent option for beginners—My first DSLR was actually the D3000, back in 2009. The D3300 is Nikon's latest addition to the line and has proven to be a solid shooter for novices.But al...

Grade: A- Price: $547.00

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GM1

The smallest Micro Four Thirds camera yet, the size of the GM1 rivals that of one of our favorite compacts, the Sony RX100 II. While the GM1 is tiny, it seems to make the right sacrifices, keeping a large sensor and adding a touchscreen for the co...

Grade: A- Price: $590.00

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Fujifilm X-A1

The X-A1 is essentially a cheaper version of Fujifilm's popular X-M1 and the least expensive model in the mirrorless X line. The most notable difference between the X-M1 and the X-A1 is the sensor. The X-A1 still has the large, APS-C sensor, b...

Grade: A- Price: $490.00

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Canon PowerShot S120

With the processor and sensor as the G16, the PowerShot S120 is a slimmer version of Canon's popular advanced compact. While the S120 slims down by eliminating the G16's optical viewfinder, it includes a touchscreen, which allows for adjusting the...

Grade: A- Price: $576.00

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Sony DSC-QX100

It's no secret that smartphones have been threatening camera sales, but Sony has decided to embrace it by designing a camera specifically for smartphone photography. Essentially, the QX100 is a complete digital camera--minus the screen. The se...

Grade: B Price: $479.00

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Pentax K-50

Pentax may be considered the underdog compared to DSLR giants like Nikon and Canon, but the weather-sealed, colorful 2013 release, the K-50, isn't a model to gloss over. Sitting pretty at about $780 MSRP, the K-50 has a feature set and capabil...

Grade: A Price: $447.00

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Canon EOS Rebel SL1

Advertised as the smallest DSLR on the market, the Canon EOD Rebel SL1 has received positive initial reviews. The SL1 has the same sensor and processor as the popular but larger T5i, however it's 4 fps burst speed is slightly slower than the T...

Grade: A- Price: $499.00

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Fujifilm FinePix XP200

Fujilm's Finepix XP200 is tough--waterproof to 49.2 feet, shockproof to 6.5 feet, Freeze proof to 14° & Dustproof--but image quality is rather mediocre. The XP200 is fun to use, however, and comes in a bit lower price than some competitors in ...

Grade: B- Price: $449.00

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Samsung NX300 Smart Wi-Fi

Samsung's latest mirrorless model has really impressed early consumers with its versatility. The 2013 release uses a large 20.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and supports the new Samsung 3D and hybrid autofocus lenses. With 8 fps burst and a top shu...

Grade: A Price: $429.00

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Sony NEX-3NL

The camera market is saturated with mirrorless models—there are lots of them out there. And there are even a few $500 budget models. But budget models with an APS-C sized sensor (that's the same size used in entry level DSLRs) for under ...

Grade: A- Price: $420.00

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Fujifilm X20

With classical stylings and as one of the few advanced compacts that hasn't switched to an electronic viewfinder, the Fujifilm X20 has found a home in the hearts of many consumers. It doesn't have the largest sensor out there, but sports a...

Grade: A Price: $500.00

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Olympus Stylus TG-2 iHS

The top choice for all-weather models in 2013, the Olympus Stylus TG-2 blends a tough exterior with the capability to take high quality images. One of the key perks of the TG-2 is it's fast, f2.0 lens--but when that isn't enough, the TG-2 ...

Grade: A Price: $489.00

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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: $600.00

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Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5

Olympus, along with Panasonic, helped to create the Micro Four Thirds standard and now they’ve attempted to perfect it with their new model that improves both on the predecessors and other cameras in their lineup—it even includes the s...

Grade: B Price: $500.00

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Canon PowerShot G15

The G15 stands as proof that Canon hasn't moved entirely from the smaller sensors that made up the G-series prior to the G1 X. The G15 is the worthy successor to 2010's G12, with the most notable improvement found in the 28-140mm f1.8-2.8 ...

Grade: B+ Price: $559.00

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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon has leapfrogged Nikon's P510 with the SX50 HS, a camera sporting an improbably long 24-1200mm 50x optical zoom. They're claiming improved image stabilization, up to 4.5 stops, but hand-holding 1200mm is bound to be difficult. Other i...

Grade: B+ Price: $520.00

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Canon PowerShot S110

The S110 is a disappointingly modest upgrade to the very good S100 and it may not do enough to really differentiate itself from the rest of the pack. The camera still sports the same 12 megapixel sensor and 24-120mm f2.0-5.9 lens, but trades the G...

Grade: B Price: $450.00

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Nikon Coolpix P7700

The Coolpix line of pocket cameras have been high performers in the category, even if they haven't always looked the part. The latest models feature large rotatable LCD panels, and this replacement to the P7100 improves on the predecessor in m...

Grade: B+ Price: $460.00

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Nikon 1 J2

Nikon has announced a modest upgrade to their popular J1 in the J2. Specifications are almost entirely the same, still a 10.1 megapixel sensor, 1080/60p video, and 10fps burst with autofocus, but the screen resolution has jumped to 921,000 dots fr...

Grade: B+ Price: $489.00

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Showcased in a pre-release event in Sonoma, the G5 replaces the G3 as Panasonic's high-end mirrorless camera. With new "light speed" autofocus, a rebuilt 16 megapixel MOS sensor, 1080/60p HD video at a whopping 28mbps bitrate, and 3....

Grade: B+ Price: $450.00

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Canon EOS M

Canon's long-awaited entry to the mirrorless market has arrived, and we aren't entirely sure it was worth the wait (if you were waiting at all). Essentially a slimmed-down version of the new T4i, the M's claim to fame is the multi-touch screen fro...

Grade: B Price: $479.00

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic's popular and very good LX5 gets a much-needed facelift in the LX7, which features the same 24-90mm range but a faster f1.4-2.3 aperture. This bests Samsung's new EX2f on the long end and ties it for the fastest aperture found in a compa...

Grade: B+ Price: $400.00

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Samsung MV900F

Samsung continues its dedication to an all-wireless lineup with the svelte MV900F. With a 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor and 5x optical zoom starting at f2.5, performance may turn out to be quite good. The back real-estate is almost entirely taken up ...

Grade: B Price: $463.00

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Sony DSC-RX100

There's no denying the advantage of a DSLR, but there's also a distinct benefit to having a camera that can fit in a pocket. Enter the Sony DSC-RX100, a camera that attempts to bridge the gap between compact and SLR. The size of the RX100 ...

Grade: A- Price: $498.00

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Olympus TG-1 iHS

The TG-1 iHS is the first waterproof camera that offers something to be excited about. Rather than focus solely on durability and neglect image quality as many underwater cameras do, the TG-1 offers a fast f2.0-4.9 4x lens that will make a real di...

Grade: B+ Price: $500.00

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Sony Alpha NEX-F3

The NEX-F3 camera is the logical upgrade to Sony's NEX-C3, replacing the former with a slightly thicker build but adding a couple much-needed features. First and most importantly, the F3 now has a built-in flash, eschewing the former's bul...

Grade: B Price: $559.00