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Canon EOS Rebel T3/1100D

The Canon Rebel T3 is a bare-bones entry-level dSLR. At $600, including an 18-55mm IS II kit lens, this is one of the cheapest points of entry to any dSLR system and any interchangeable-lens camera system, for that matter. It sports a 12.1 megapix...

Grade: C Price: $350.00

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Panasonic Lumix ZS10

Panasonic invented the "travel zoom" class with the ZS series (TZ series outside of North America). These pocketable long-zoomers are incredibly versatile, suitable for taking detailed shots of objects near and far. They're great for traveling (su...

Grade: B Price: $370.00

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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

The 260 features an impressive 25-500 20x zoom. Announced alongside the cheaper SX240, the only difference between the two is the inclusion of a GPS in the 260. While the impressive zoom range is a big draw, be warned that the sacrifice you make f...

Grade: B Price: $399.00

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Casio Exilim ZR100

Casio cameras always feel like dark-horse contenders in the compact zoom category. Maybe it's because Casio only makes compact cameras, but all the enthusiast chatter and punditry revolves around the more familiar brand names. This is despite near...

Grade: B+ Price: $272.00

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Nikon Coolpix P300

Nikon's P300 looks like a great compact camera, with enough power and control to appeal to some enthusiasts but a price that puts it within reach of hobbyists and general camera buyers. The standout feature here is the f/1.8 lens, which is inc...

Grade: B- Price: $380.00

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Nikon Coolpix S9100

Nikon surprised us last fall with the S8100, a compact zoom with the chops to actually turn out some decent low-light pictures. Camera buyers had been begging for something like it for quite some time, and while a few other models had come close, ...

Grade: B- Price: $360.00

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Nikon Coolpix S6100

The Nikon S6100 is a mid-range point-and-shoot, best for casual shooters who want the added versatility of a little extra zoom. It's a 7x zoomer with a large, crisp 3-inch touch LCD and 720p video capability -- all nice specs. At a bloated 16 ...

Grade: C+ Price: $350.00

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Nikon Coolpix P500

A camera's zoom range has always been an important spec, but in the past two years, there's been an almost unhealthy obsession with making faraway objects look really big. Since 2009, the longest zoom range in a fixed-lens camera has doubl...

Grade: C+ Price: $400.00

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Panasonic Lumix S1

The S1 is Panasonic’s lowest-end digital camera for 2011, but could still be a very good budget-minded option. It's a cheaper version of the also-announced S3; the only notable difference is the lower 12.1 megapixel count. Other specs are solid, i...

Grade: B Price: $119.00

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Panasonic Lumix S3

The S3 is one of Panasonic’s lower-end models, but should still be a decent budget option. The 14.1 megapixel sensor, 720p HD video, optical image stabilization, and 28mm wide-angle 4x zoom are run of the mill. However, it uses the same Venus Engi...

Grade: B Price: $150.00

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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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Fujifilm FinePix X100

The X100 is a serious piece of equipment, packing an APS-C CMOS sensor (that's the same type of sensor used in consumer dSLRs) into a classic rangefinder-type body. It's also a fixed-lens model, which is unique for a camera with such a hug...

Grade: A- Price: $1,050.00

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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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Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS

Last year's Canon SD4000 IS was the first ELPH to approach high-end compact territory, a realm previously reserved for Canon's S and G series models. The SD4000 combined a bright lens, reliable image processor, and a new sensor that was de...

Grade: B- Price: $230.00

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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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Samsung ST65

The Samsung ST65 is yet another mid-range point-and-shoot from Samsung, with a capable 5x zoom, 27mm wide-angle lens, 720p HD video, and a 2.7-inch LCD. Specs-wise, it's very similar to the ST90, though the design is not quite as slick as the more...

Grade: B Price: $128.00

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Canon PowerShot A1200

It might seem odd that we're excited about a $100 entry-level camera, but the Canon PowerShot A1200 is exactly what we wanted to see in a cheap compact this year. Old-school shooters, rejoice: the A1200 has an optical viewfinder and takes AA b...

Grade: B- Price: $190.00

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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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Olympus VG-110

The VG-110 looks like an uninspiring point-and-shoot. Judging by Olympus' track record with cheap compacts, there won't be a compelling reason to buy it. It's cheap and it has some built-in art filters, but we don't expect much at all.

Grade: C- Price: $50.00

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Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

The Canon PowerShot A3300 IS is the flagship model in Canon’s “easy and fun” A-series. It's a budget-friendly camera, with an MSRP of $179 and street prices that are sure to plummet throughout the year. It's a replacement...

Grade: B- Price: $200.00

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Fujifilm FinePix XP30

The Fujifilm XP30 is designed to handle extreme conditions -- water, dust, freezing temperatures, and general abuse won’t phase this little digital camera. That's nothing new, but the XP30 does have a new, hyped-up feature: GPS geo-taggi...

Grade: B Price: $240.00

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Olympus VG-120

The VG-120 isn't a standout in any way, but includes a number of standard features at a very low cost. You'll find 14 megapixels, a 5x optical zoom lens and 720p HD video recording. We do find it hard to recommend this camera given Olympus' past r...

Grade: C Price: $75.00

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Casio TRYX Digital Camera

The TRYK's obvious standout feature is its design--an exterior frame allows you to angle the camera, prop it up for a self portrait or hang it up without setting up a tripod. But the camera's High-Dynamic Range feature, which combines phot...

Grade: B- Price: $588.00

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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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Pentax K-5

The K-5 is Pentax's latest enthusiast/semi-pro dSLR, an update to last year's K-7. It's remarkably similar to that camera, with a few upgrades including a 16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, expanded ISO range (up to 51,200 expanded), faster continuous sh...

Grade: A- Price: $772.00

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Pentax K-r

The Pentax K-x was a camera that took a lot of people by surprise. Offering a killer combination of features and low price, it bought the company a lot of the name recognition it had been sorely lacking in the entry-level dSLR market, and won ampl...

Grade: B Price: $208.00

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Casio Exilim Z800

The Casio Exilim EX-Z800 is a digital camera created to be the cheap alternative to the sleeker S200. The two cameras share the same 14.1-megapixel, 4x lens, and 2.7-inch LCD specs, but the S200 comes in a thinner body and sells for about $30 more...

Grade: C Price: $145.00

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Canon EOS 60D

Canon's new 60D is aimed squarely at enthusiasts who need a bit more power and control than a consumer dSLR without some of the bells, whistles, size, and price of the 7D. 60D buyers will get an 18-megapixel CMOS sensor, a hi-res 3-inch articu...

Grade: C+ Price: $1,298.00

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Nikon D3100

Nikon did entry-level dSLRs first, and they’ve usually done entry-level dSLRs well. Their latest model is the D3100, a camera without any truly head-turning features but with a competitive feature set and the benefit of about five generation...

Grade: B- Price: $459.00

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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