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Canon PowerShot A810

The Canon A810 sits on the bottom rung of Canon’s PowerShot lineup, announced at a very affordable $109. Canon compacts typically have among the best image quality on the market, yet past A-series models have really run the gamut from downri...

Grade: C+ Price: $99.00

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Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS

Extended zooms, indestructible casings, and new mirrorless formats are all exciting, of course. But the new camera I've been most excited to get my mitts on this season is the Canon Powershot SD1300 IS (known as the IXUS 105 in some regions). ...

Grade: C+ Price: $160.00

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Fujifilm FinePix XP80

Sometimes, the most beautiful images we see are in environments that would mean disaster for the average camera. But the Fujifilm XP80 isn't your average camera. I dropped it in a water fountain. I shot through a rainstorm. I even let my two-y...

Grade: B+ Price: $169.00

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20K

It's been a few years since I played with a Panasonic. Back then, I personally felt that there was a risk in purchasing (or recommending for purchase) any camera made by a manufacturer that didn't begin with C or N. Brands like Panasonic m...

Grade: C+ Price: $179.00

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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: $200.00

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Panasonic Lumix FH25

The FH25 is a compact, medium-zoom camera, which is just the type of digital camera that Panasonic excels at making. It follows in the footsteps of a great little shooter: Its predecessor, the FH20, was Digital Camera HQ’s Best Consumer Camera of ...

Grade: A- Price: $200.00

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Panasonic Lumix TS20

 The Panasonic TS20 digital camera picks up where 2010’s TS10 left off, filling a niche for the budget-minded consumer looking for a rugged compact. The TS series is most well-known for the TSx’s, the most recent being the high-end, ultra-rugged T...

Grade: B Price: $210.00

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Nikon COOLPIX S5300

While camera manufacturers have devoted a lot of attention to advanced models, there's still a place in the market for compact, point-and-shoot cameras. The Nikon S5300 is one of those cameras. Featuring convenience features like wi-fi, it als...

Grade: B Price: $210.00

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Sony QX10

What would happen if the all-powerful smartphone and the struggling consumer camera met, hit it off right and decided to start a long term relationship? Well, you'd get a product like the Sony QX10, a lens and sensor combo that attaches to a smart...

Grade: B- Price: $222.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon’s ELPH lineup began way back in 1996 with the launch of a sleek and stylish APS film camera of that very name. The camera went on to become the best selling APS camera ever made, and the branding quickly made the switch to digital with...

Grade: B Price: $224.00

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Nikon Coolpix S9900

Zoom is a big deal—but it also makes for a big camera. The Nikon Coolpix S9900 doesn't offer the 83x optical zoom of their P900 superzoom, but it packs a nice 30x optical zoom in a package that travels easily.The S9900 is a bit faster th...

Grade: B+ Price: $241.00

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Nikon COOLPIX S9300

Yet another entry to the compact travel zoom category, the Nikon S9300 replaces the S9100 as Nikon’s high-end all-in-one compact. The S-series, which truly spans the compact spectrum from the budget-oriented S3300 up to the $350 S9300, has b...

Grade: C Price: $249.00

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Sony DSC-W370

The Sony Cybershot W370 is the high-end installation in Sony's popular Cybershot W-series. Like the slew of other 14-megapixel shooters. I had reservations about cramming another couple million pixels onto a sensor no larger than what other di...

Grade: B- Price: $250.00

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Nikon COOLPIX S6500

Nikon's more advanced point and shoot models have caught quite a bit of attention in the past few years. The camera giant's newest addition, the Nikon Coolpix S6500, adds wi-fi, a few more megapixels and a longer zoom range over the older ...

Grade: B+ Price: $280.00

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Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR

Fujifilm garnered a cult-like following of true believers following the release of 2006’s F30 and subsequent F31 and cheaper F20 cameras. These compacts, equipped with the latest in Fujifilm’s proprietary Super CCD technology, approach...

Grade: B- Price: $291.00

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Olympus Air A01

The are really two types of cameras: the camera that can fit in your pocket, and the camera that can take great pictures. The Olympus Air A01 is an attempt to merge both, creating a tool for smartphone photography that doesn't rely on a tiny b...

Grade: B Price: $299.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 310 HS

Canon’s ELPH line has existed now for years with nary a hiccup in image or build quality. The lineup took a turn in 2011 with the advent of Canon’s HS, or high sensitivity, system. These newer cameras boast CMOS sensors for improved lo...

Grade: B- Price: $300.00

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Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

Pentax has been in the waterproof digital camera arena since 2005, if we don’t count the earlier water resistant models, with the release of the Pentax Optio WP. Megapixel counts have soared since that first 4.9 megapixel model, and waterpro...

Grade: B Price: $330.00

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Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

For everything that Canon does right, they've always struggled with the compact-zoom genre. Last year's SX210 IS and SD4500 IS, for example, had some great qualities, yet puzzling design choices stifled their appeal.But 2011 is a year wher...

Grade: C+ Price: $340.00

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Olympus SH-1

Basic point-and-shoots are compact and travel easily, but often lack zoom and speed. Enter the Olympus SH-1, a compact camera that packs in a pretty solid zoom along with excellent speed, wrapped up in a sturdy, retro-styled body.Because the Olymp...

Grade: B+ Price: $349.00

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Canon PowerShot S100

Canon’s S-series lineup has, since the S30 way back in 2001, been the prosumer yet pocketable line slotted between the less functional ELPHs and larger G-series. The cameras are a DSLR owner’s pocketable alternative or a high-end point...

Grade: B- Price: $360.00

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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: $368.00

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50

More megapixels isn't always better—that's the motto Panasonic is taking with the compact zoom ZS50 camera. While there's a lower number of megapixels on the ZS50 from the older ZS40, that move is designed to bump up the low ligh...

Grade: A Price: $369.00

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Olympus TG-820 iHS

 Olympus’ TOUGH camera line pioneered the rugged digital camera, pairing waterproof bodies with shockproof exteriors that can take a beating and keep clicking away. The first TOUGH models appeared in 2007, and since then have consistently gotten s...

Grade: B Price: $380.00

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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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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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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: $399.00

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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: $400.00

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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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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX30V

Sony began its HX compact line just in 2010 with the HX5, a camera sporting a decent 10x zoom range, high-end CMOS sensor, and high-speed burst modes. These same three pillars, zoom range, image quality, and speed, have come to define Sony’s...

Grade: B+ Price: $406.00