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Nikon COOLPIX P900

If one thing can rescue the point-and-shoot camera market from the smartphone, it's a good zoom. And if there's one camera with a good zoom on the market right now, it's the Nikon Coolpix P900. The camera giant just breezed past the 50...

Grade: A- Price: $499.00

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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: $499.00

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Canon EOS M100

The Canon EOS M100 may be one of the company's budget mirrorless cameras, but it now sports the same sensor of the pricier M5.The images from the M100 are shot with a 24.2 megapixel APS-C sensor, a nice upgrade from the 18 megapixels of the M1...

Grade: B Price: $499.00

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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: $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: B Price: $500.00

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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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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

The GX1 is in many ways the successor to original GF1, a well-built micro 4/3 model that, due to impressive image quality and a high level of external controls, was a hit among the enthusiast crowd. The GX1 builds upon that success and, due to its...

Grade: B Price: $500.00

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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: $500.00

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Sony Cyber-shot TX10

The rugged Sony TX10 is a skinny digital camera that is built to survive the elements thanks to its water, dust, freeze, and shock-proof ratings. It fits easily into a pocket and is designed for convenience with mostly automatic operations and a h...

Grade: B Price: $500.00

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Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

We were pretty impressed with Fujifilm's last extended zoom so our expectations are high for the newest model that offers an even longer zoom and faster shooting with 11 fps in burst mode. This model offers an impressive 42x optical zoom that ...

Grade: A- Price: $500.00

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Sony QX1

It's a digital camera without a lens and without a screen--but it's likely to be a very popular option. The Sony QX1 essentially turns a smartphone into a mirrorless camera, complete with manual modes and even RAW compatibility. The QX1 is...

Grade: B Price: $500.00

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Panasonic GM5

You pay a premium for small size, and that pretty much sums up the new Panasonic GM5. It's a capable camera, but it's a bit pricer (and smaller) than similar models.The Panasonic GM5 replaces last year's GM1, and there's not too ma...

Grade: B Price: $500.00

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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: $502.00

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

Panasonic began their compact travel zoom series way back in 2006 with the TZ-1. Subsequent models in the TZ and ZS lines have always married a relatively small body with a very useful zoom range and many high-end features, like manual modes and c...

Grade: B Price: $510.00

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Nikon D3200

The D3200 is a surprising upgrade to Nikon's entry-level D3100, replacing the latter and effectively outclassing the higher-end D5100 in one fell swoop. The headliner here is the 24.2 megapixel sensor, similar to the one used in Sony's A65...

Grade: A- Price: $518.00

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Sony Alpha A37

The A37 replaces the A35 and clearly defines Sony's Alpha product lineup. As the lowest in the line, the A37 camera loses out on the burst speed, video quality, and screen resolutions of the more expensive models but does retain a smaller form fac...

Grade: B+ Price: $522.00

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Samsung NX Mini

Small and sleek is what Samsung was going for in their NX Mini, and they've certainly achieved those two aspects. The camera measures 4.3x2.4x.9 inches--which is certainly mini for an interchangeable lens camera. The small camera is wrapped in...

Grade: B+ Price: $530.00

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Ricoh WG-4

The WG-4 officially drops the Pentax name for point-and-shoots, but there's not too much else that's new about this camera. The 2014 model offers the same sensor and lens, though there's a few additional modes that allow for manually a...

Grade: A- Price: $530.00

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Canon EOS Rebel T5i

Along the lines of "don't fix what isn't broken," Canon's 2013 EOS Rebel T5i builds on the success of the T4i without making many changes to the popular line. The T5i continues to offer easy photo taking in a capable basic DS...

Grade: A Price: $537.00

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Canon G1 X

Canon's answer to the mirrorless wave took most by surprise. Rather than espouse the interchangeable lens camera like Nikon, Samsung, Sony, and Panasonic, Canon built the G1 X. The body is a bit bigger than the G12 that came before it, but the...

Grade: B Price: $538.00

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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: $539.00

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Panasonic Lumix ZS100 (DMC-ZS100)

The Panasonic ZS100 is a versatile advanced compact with a 10x optical zoom packed in front of a large 1" sensor. But perhaps even more enticing is the 4K capability. Panasonic is one of the leading manufacturers when it comes to finding 4K o...

Grade: A- Price: $548.00

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Panasonic Lumix LX10

The advanced compact category is becoming increasingly competitive, but the Panasonic Lumix LX10 enters the mix with a very bright f/1.4 lens at the widest point.That wide lens, which hits a maximum f/2.8 using the 3x optical zoom, is paired with ...

Grade: A- Price: $548.00

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

The LX5 is the successor to the beloved LX3, a high-performance compact in league with the Canon G11 or the Samsung TL500. It's the kind of camera that hardcore photographers carry around as a supplement to a dSLR setup, one that's portabl...

Grade: A- Price: $549.00

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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: $549.00

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Fujifilm X-A3

The Fujifilm X-A3 re-wraps the company’s higher-end options into a cheaper camera, bringing Fujifilm-quality images to a $600 price tag. But budget cameras should always be approached with caution — what did Fujifilm take out to reach ...

Grade: B- Price: $549.00

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Canon EOS Rebel T3i/600D

The T3i (also known as the 600D outside of the US) is Canon's latest consumer-class dSLR, topping the T2i and sitting below the 60D. It's pretty much a T2i with a few features taken from the 60D, including a tilt-and-swivel screen, guide m...

Grade: B+ Price: $550.00

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Fujifilm X-A2

If camera shopping is like dating, the Fujifilm X-A2 is the date you remember for their personality. Because while it certainly has a few flaws, when it comes down to what really matters (i.e. image quality), the X-A2 hits all the right marks. Fuj...

Grade: B+ Price: $550.00

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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: $552.00

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Ricoh GR II

Nothing quite predicts the image quality like the size and quality of the sensor. Ricoh has managed to pack an APS-C sensor (the size found in entry-level DSLRs) into a camera that weighs about half a pound. The advanced compact category is quite ...

Grade: A- Price: $559.00