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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

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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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 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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Fujifilm FinePix SL300

The SL300 is identical to the S4500 but uses a lithium-ion battery rather than AA's. Both boast a solid 30x zoom in a bridge-style body, yet cut costs with a 14 megapixel CCD (rather than CMOS) and 720p video recording. Expect image quality to...

Grade: C+ Price: $400.00

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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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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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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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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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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

The successor to the highly-successful HX9, the HX10 refines the very good build and usability of its predecessor. The specifications are even more impressive, an 18 megapixel sensor and 16x optical zoom, yet the body is quite a bit lighter and mo...

Grade: B+ Price: $400.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

The 530 HS actually has a lower-resolution sensor than its spiritual predecessor, the 510 HS. This change is ostensibly to increase the camera's performance at high ISO, and it remains among the best on the market. The same 12x zoom and 3.2-inch t...

Grade: B Price: $325.00

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Olympus TG-1 iHS

The TG-1 iHS is the first waterproof camera that offers something to be excited about. Rather than focus solely on durability and neglect image quality as many underwater cameras do, the TG-1 offers a fast f2.0-4.9 4x lens that will make a real di...

Grade: B+ Price: $370.00

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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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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: $328.00

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Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Canon's highly successful SX150 IS gets a facelift with the SX160 IS, a model that keeps the AA batteries but upgrades just about everything else. The camera's zoom range has moved from 12x to 16x, the megapixel count from 14 to 16, and th...

Grade: B Price: $350.00

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Canon PowerShot S110

The S110 is a disappointingly modest upgrade to the very good S100 and it may not do enough to really differentiate itself from the rest of the pack. The camera still sports the same 12 megapixel sensor and 24-120mm f2.0-5.9 lens, but trades the G...

Grade: B Price: $359.00

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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon has leapfrogged Nikon's P510 with the SX50 HS, a camera sporting an improbably long 24-1200mm 50x optical zoom. They're claiming improved image stabilization, up to 4.5 stops, but hand-holding 1200mm is bound to be difficult. Other i...

Grade: B+ Price: $400.00

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Fujifilm XF1

The XF1 is Fujifilm's 2012 advanced compact, and it has some new tricks. The camera packs a 12 megapixel 2/3" sensor, a bit larger than those found in competitors like the LX7 or S100, and performs the EXR abilities that Fujifilm users ha...

Grade: B+ Price: $375.00