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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

The TX20, along with the more expensive TX200, is a truly intriguing camera although a minor upgrade from the TX10. Waterproof to 16 feet and drop-resistant to five, the TX20 manages rugged without sacrificing style. It looks just like any of the ...

Grade: B Price: $400.00

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

Competing up there with the likes of Nikon's P510 and Panasonic's FZ150, the HX200V is competitive if not an outright homerun. Sony is never one to skimp on features, and the HX200V's fast 18.2 megapixel sensor, GPS tracker, and wireless functiona...

Grade: B+ Price: $369.00

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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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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: $330.00

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Nikon 1 J1

Nikon's entry into the mirrorless field, the J1 accompanies the V1 as compact alternatives to Sony and Samsung's bulkier APS-C models. The 1's are modeled around a 2.7x crop sensor (compared to 2x for micro 4/3 and 1.5x for APS-C), whi...

Grade: B- Price: $310.00

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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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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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Nikon COOLPIX AW100

Nikon finally got the ruggedized camera right in the AW100, it seems. The AW100 is still a compromise in some respects (battery life), but image quality is good enough for most purposes and, with waterproofing to 33 ft and shockproofing to 5, it c...

Grade: B Price: $300.00

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Panasonic Lumix GF3

The Panasonic Lumix GF3 is the company’s 2011 Micro Four Thirds-format shooter. At the time it was released, it was their smallest so far and arguably the most beginner-friendly mirrorless compact system camera yet. It sports a familiar 12-megapix...

Grade: B+ Price: $354.00

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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: $379.00

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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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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: $400.00

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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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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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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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Olympus Stylus TOUGH 8010

Lastsummer I took the Olympus TOUGH 8000 with me on a whitewater raftingtrip with my girlfriend's family. Though I wasn't impressed with theimage quality it produced, there was no arguing with its utility insuch a demanding environment. I was able...

Grade: C+ Price: $400.00