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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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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

The miniscule WX50 and WX70 pack a lot of features into such a tiny package. Both models come with a backside-illuminated 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, which promises very good low-light image quality and fast operation. When we say fast, think 10 fps...

Grade: A- Price: $300.00

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Nikon COOLPIX S6800

Nikon's S6500 was one of our favorite compacts of 2013 and we expect the S6800 to be a top performer in the category as well. The 16 megapixel 1/2.3" sensor, 12x optical zoom and 9.4 fps burst mode are good features considering the $200 p...

Grade: A- Price: $300.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

The 520 HS sports an impressive 12x zoom in a very small package, yet we think they cut too many corners to get there. The 520 HS's 10 megapixel sensor is tiny, about the same size as the little chips put into cellphones. The zoom range is als...

Grade: C Price: $300.00

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Nikon COOLPIX S9200

Power and portability blend perfectly into the Nikon COOLPIX S9200. This digital camera features 16MP backside-illuminated CMOS, 18x wide-angle optical zoom lens, VR image stabilization, Full HD (1080p) video, 3.0-inch LCD, Easy Panorama Mode, 7 f...

Grade: B- Price: $300.00

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Fujifilm FinePix XP150

Fujifilm's rugged cameras have finally made the switch to CMOS. The XP50 and XP150 both now sport 14.4 megapixel CMOS sensors and will record 1080p HD video. The XP150 is the tougher of the two, it's good to 33 feet underwater and has a GP...

Grade: B- Price: $300.00

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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: $300.00

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DxO ONE

DxO is a software company, but now they're venturing into hardware with their second version of the DxO One. The DxO One attaches to an iPhone or iPad using the lightning port, unlike other cameras like the Sony QX line that communicates via w...

Grade: B- Price: $300.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon makes some high quality compacts,and the ELPH 340 sits right in line with our exceptions. It uses a1/2.3” sensor and f3.6 to 7 lens, which is about average for theprice point. What's worth mentioning, however, is the nice 10.5 fpscontinuous ...

Grade: A- Price: $299.00

Ricoh WG-30W

The Ricoh WG-30W offers rugged features along with options like wi-fi. This compact camera can head underwater to depths of 40 feet. Drops and dust aren't a problem either, with a 4.9' shockproof rating. With a rugged body around the outsi...

Grade: B Price: $299.00

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Fujifilm XQ2

The Fujifilm XQ1 impressed us last year with category-leading speed--with a brand new processor, the XQ2 pushes that even further.While you don't see a jump in burst speed in the tech specs, the Fujifilm XQ2 has an updated processor, the EXR P...

Grade: B+ Price: $299.00

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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 SX500 IS

The SX500 IS comes in somewhere between the just-announced SX160 IS and the high-end SX40 HS, combining the price-cutting features found on the former with the zoom range on the latter. The 30x extended zoom is built into an impressively small bod...

Grade: B- Price: $298.00

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Ricoh WG-5

Ricoh's WG-5 offers several features that puts it towards the top of our list for waterproof cameras, including a bright lens and excellent macro mode, though speed prevents it from taking the top slot.The camera captures shots with a 1/2.3&qu...

Grade: A- Price: $297.00

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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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Samsung WB50F

Samsung makes cameras with wi-fi and NFC in mind and this small shooter has several sharing features like "Tag and Go" which allows images to be shared by tapping two devices together. Image quality wasn't left completely behind, tho...

Grade: B- Price: $290.00

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Canon PowerShot N

Canon's new N line alters the design of a typical compact digital. Instead of buttons, the N has a shutter release and zoom rings on the front of the camera and a touch screen tilt LCD on the back for all the other controls. But the design is not ...

Grade: A- Price: $287.00

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Kodak EasyShare Max Z990

Mostly known for cheap, easy-to-use, automatic pocket cameras, Kodak has made their first newsworthy camera in several years with the Max Z990 superzoom.With so many premium superzooms to choose from this year (from bigger brands, mostly), the Z99...

Grade: B- Price: $284.00

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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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Nikon 1 S2

The Nikon 1 line uses smaller sensors then the competitors, but what the camera giant offers that others do not is speed, and lots of it. The Nikon 1 S2 is the more budget-friendly model over the sleeker 1 J4 and faster 1 V3, but it's still go...

Grade: B+ Price: $279.00

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Polaroid Socialmatic

Thank you, Polaroid, for ensuring that the actually physical printed picture is far from gone. The Polaroid Socialmatic is a digital camera, yet in keeping with the manufacturer's past, can still spit out an instant image using the on-board pr...

Grade: B- Price: $279.00

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Olympus TG-860

Olympus's tough TG-800 line cameras are designed to be a bit more affordable than the highly ranked TG-2 and TG-3 options, while still offering waterproofing and durability. The TG-860 adds one big benefit over the older models--improved video...

Grade: B+ Price: $279.00

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Samsung WB35

The Samsung WB35 is a budget camera that still offers wi-fi and a 12x optical zoom, rare at this price point. Designed for those who like to share images online, the WB35 offers wi-fi and NFC with auto share and remote control. These features are ...

Grade: B+ Price: $270.00

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Sony H400

It's common for budget models to have a CCD sensor and a burst speed that's the equivalent of a snail's pace and the Sony H400 seems to follow that logic. It uses a 1/2.3" CCD sensor and the burst speed is just .71 fps, though it ...

Grade: B- Price: $268.00

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Sony WX350

The compact zoom category is competitive and packed full of decent shooters, so where does the Sony WX350 sit? The WX350 is one of the fastest options when considering burst speed with a nice 10 fps. The 20x optical zoom isn't the best in clas...

Grade: A- Price: $268.00

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Canon Powershot SX520 HS

Bridge-style cameras with the versatility of a macro, wide angle and telephoto lens in one fixed lens camera are becoming increasingly popular, and for good reason. They're versatile, yet much less expensive than a DSLR, but with the same comf...

Grade: B- Price: $265.00

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Nikon Coolpix S7000

At the time of it's release, the Nikon Coolpix S7000 is the lightest camera sporting a 20x zoom. Weighing in at just 5.9 ounces, the S7000 is a tiny camera that looks to still stand its ground.The highlighting feature in the S7000 is that 20x ...

Grade: A- Price: $260.00

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Nikon COOLPIX B500

The Nikon B500 is designed for simplicity. It joins the ranks of the decreasing number of cameras that use AA batteries. There aren't any manual modes, but a solid handful of automated scene modes. But, the simple camera features a 40x optical...

Grade: B- Price: $257.00

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Pentax QS-1

The Pentax Q line is one of the smallest, most colorful mirrorless lines on the market today. That line is expanding with the QS-1, a little reto-inspired shooter with a variety of creative modes and filters.The Pentax Q line has the smallest inte...

Grade: B Price: $254.00

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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: $250.00