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Pentax MX-1

Pentax's new MX-1 brings a retro styling to the small yet sophisticated advanced compact category. Introduced in February 2013, the MX-1 has the undeniable look and feel of a classic camera with a full neck strap, brass trim, textured grip and...

Grade: B- Price: $400.00

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

The FZ200 marks a return to the series' vaunted past, with this latest addition boasting an incredible nano coated 25-600mm f2.8 constant zoom. While other manufacturers are piling on the megapixels (Sony) or the zoom range (Nikon and Canon), ...

Grade: A- Price: $400.00

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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: $400.00

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Lytro ILLUM Light Field Camera

Light field photography means that image can be changed much more than the traditional JPEG or even RAW after the shutter is pressed. Focus, depth of field, tilt, perspective--all these elements can now be changed within post processing. Lytro cre...

Grade: A- Price: $400.00

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Pentax K-S1

Pentax cameras are known for being a bit quirky--and the Pentax K-S1 may be the strangest yet. But while this camera literally includes flashing lights and an unusual body design, it also has a few features that are more than enough to entice some...

Grade: B+ Price: $416.00

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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: $440.00

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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: $448.00

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Sony HX90 (DSCHX90V/B)

Viewfinders have long been sacrificed for the sake of space--not so with the Sony HX90. Sony is claiming yet another the "smallest" title, this time for the smallest compact 30x zoom with a viewfinder. That's a lot of qualifiers to c...

Grade: B+ Price: $448.00

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

When it comes to the micro four thirds format, Olympus is the camera brand that comes to mind. The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II is an affordable entry into the popular line, sitting at under $800 with a kit lens, a pretty nice price point considerin...

Grade: B+ Price: $449.00

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Canon EOS M10

While Canon is well known among enthusiast and professionals alike, their latest mirrorless announcement is geared more towards the selfie generation.Highlighting features on the Canon EOS M10 include a touchscreen that tilts 180 degrees, wi-fi an...

Grade: B Price: $449.00

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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: $449.00

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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: $450.00

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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: $450.00

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Sony a5100

It's no secret the point of mirrorless cameras is to pack big imaging power into small packages. Sony is one of the leaders in this area, and they seem to introduce a "smallest yet" camera every year. The 2014 Sony a5100 takes that &...

Grade: A- Price: $450.00

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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: $450.00

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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: $470.00

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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: $476.00

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Olympus TG-3

Olympus makes a minor upgrade to the already excellent TG-2 with the TG-3. The TG-3 keeps our favorite features about the TG-2, including a bright f2.0 lens and excellent macro mode for stunning close-ups, but adds wi-fi and four microscope modes ...

Grade: A Price: $480.00

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Fujifilm XQ1

The popular Fujifilm X line now has a compact camera, putting the company's popular X-Trans sensors in a pocket-sized shooter. The Fujifilm XQ1 is certainly an advanced compact with manual modes, RAW shooting, a 2/3” CMOS sensor with no ...

Grade: B Price: $480.00

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Nikon 1 J3

The Nikon 1 line has always been the more compact of the mirrorless options, but the camera giant is now claiming the smallest interchangeable lens camera on the market with the 2013 introduction of the 1 J3. With a body as tall and wide as a poin...

Grade: B+ Price: $490.00

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Nikon D7000

The D7000 is Nikon's latest enthusiast dSLR, occupying the spot in their dSLR lineup between the D90 and D300s models. It's packed with a 16.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor, a wide ISO range, 6 frames per second burst mode, and an excell...

Grade: B- Price: $493.00

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Nikon 1 J5

After the Nikon 1 J4 fell flat by trading speed for a touchscreen, the J5 puts Nikon's mirrorless line back on track with an excellent 20 fps burst speed. The 2015 model still capitalizes on speed, but it is now wrapped up in a retro-inspired ...

Grade: A- Price: $497.00

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Panasonic G7

4K video is beginning to shrink in price--the new Panasonic G7 wraps up both 4K video and 16 megapixel images into one mirrorless shooter that comes in at a surprising price.Panasonic introduced the first compact camera system with 4K video last y...

Grade: B+ Price: $497.00

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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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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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Canon PowerShot G7 X

Canon's first compact camera to feature a one-inch sensor is the Canon PowerShot G7 X. Announced in September 2014, the G7 X is a smaller, pared down version of the G1X Mark II that competes directly with the similar Sony RX100 II.The Canon Po...

Grade: B+ Price: $544.00

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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: $548.00