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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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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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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ70

With a zoom range and wide angle optics that lead the long zoom category, Panasonic's FZ70 looks to be a top contender. The powerful 60x zoom lens is paired with a solid optical image stabilization system. Panasonic also claims the new sensor in t...

Grade: A- Price: $400.00

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Fujifilm X20

With classical stylings and as one of the few advanced compacts that hasn't switched to an electronic viewfinder, the Fujifilm X20 has found a home in the hearts of many consumers. It doesn't have the largest sensor out there, but sports a...

Grade: B Price: $400.00

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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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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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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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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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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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Nikon COOLPIX S9500

The S9500 pushes the boundaries of compact travel zooms by adding a bit more zoom in a bit smaller package. The S9500 has a 22x zoom, plus packs in features like GPS and wi-fi. We expect the S9500 to be worthy of the Nikon name in image quality as...

Grade: B+ Price: $400.00

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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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Lytro ILLUM Light Field Camera

Light field photography means that image can be changed much more than the traditional JPEG or even RAW after the shutter is pressed. Focus, depth of field, tilt, perspective--all these elements can now be changed within post processing. Lytro cre...

Grade: A- Price: $400.00

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Sony QX30

Sony's QX line is interesting to say the least--they're essentially cameras without screens, instead, they operate with a smartphone and wi-fi or NFC. Last year's QX10 offered a solid 10x zoom--but the 2014 QX30 triples that, offering ...

Grade: B- Price: $400.00

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

An evolutionary upgrade from Panasonic's GF3, the GF5 is also pointed at point and shoot users looking for better image quality. It's a very small camera even with the stabilized 14-42 power zoom lens attached, a much smaller lens than Olympus' 14...

Grade: B+ Price: $406.00

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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

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Samsung NX20

Announced alongside the NX1000 and NX210, the NX20 replaces the NX10 as Samsung's top-of-the-line mirrorless camera. Within its SLR-inspired form factor lies the new 20.3 megapixel sensor found in the other NX models, which is quite competitive an...

Grade: B+ Price: $413.00

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Pentax K-S1

Pentax cameras are known for being a bit quirky--and the Pentax K-S1 may be the strangest yet. But while this camera literally includes flashing lights and an unusual body design, it also has a few features that are more than enough to entice some...

Grade: B+ Price: $416.00

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Canon EOS M100

The Canon EOS M100 may be one of the company's budget mirrorless cameras, but it now sports the same sensor of the pricier M5.The images from the M100 are shot with a 24.2 megapixel APS-C sensor, a nice upgrade from the 18 megapixels of the M1...

Grade: B Price: $424.00

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Samsung NX300 Smart Wi-Fi

Samsung's latest mirrorless model has really impressed early consumers with its versatility. The 2013 release uses a large 20.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and supports the new Samsung 3D and hybrid autofocus lenses. With 8 fps burst and a top shu...

Grade: A Price: $429.00

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Canon PowerShot SX60

Super zooms are becoming the new point-and-shoots as consumers quickly pick up the fact that cell phones simply can't offer the zoom--or the manual modes--that these guys can. At its announcement, the Canon PowerShot SX60 offers the biggest zo...

Grade: B Price: $429.00

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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: $435.00

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Sony Cyber-Shot HX50

Sony's mid-range zoom models have a history of receiving high review scores and we don't expect the newest Cyber-Shot HX50 to be any different. Sony has upped the ante on megapixels with 20.4 while continuing to impress with the light sens...

Grade: A- Price: $437.00

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Ricoh WG-4

The WG-4 officially drops the Pentax name for point-and-shoots, but there's not too much else that's new about this camera. The 2014 model offers the same sensor and lens, though there's a few additional modes that allow for manually a...

Grade: A- Price: $447.00

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Sony HX90 (DSCHX90V/B)

Viewfinders have long been sacrificed for the sake of space--not so with the Sony HX90. Sony is claiming yet another the "smallest" title, this time for the smallest compact 30x zoom with a viewfinder. That's a lot of qualifiers to c...

Grade: B+ Price: $448.00

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Panasonic Lumix ZS60 (DMC-ZS60K)

The Panasonic ZS50 is a nice travel camera with solid image quality throughout the zoom range--Panasonic just upped the ante with the ZS60, however, adding 4K video onto an already solid camera.The Panasonic ZS60 still sports the nice 30x optical ...

Grade: A Price: $448.00

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Nikon COOLPIX P520

Nikon's P510 was one of our favorite long zooms of 2012; we expect it's successor, the P520 to be a top performing superzoom as well. There's just a few minor updates to the already great model, adding a few megapixels and making it compatible wit...

Grade: A- Price: $449.00

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Nikon COOLPIX P7800

Viewfinder-lovers, rejoice--Nikon has released an update to their strong low light performer, the advanced compact Coolpix P7700, with the viewfinder-equipped P7800. The P7800 still features the large, 1/1.7" backlit sensor and fast f2.0 lens whic...

Grade: A- Price: $449.00

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

When it comes to the micro four thirds format, Olympus is the camera brand that comes to mind. The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II is an affordable entry into the popular line, sitting at under $800 with a kit lens, a pretty nice price point considerin...

Grade: B+ Price: $449.00

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Nikon COOLPIX B700

The Nikon B700 enters the competitive super zoom category with 4K video and a 60x optical zoom lens.While the name is quite different, the B700 appears to be an update to the Nikon P610, offering the same lens. The B700, however, adds 4K video at ...

Grade: A- Price: $449.00

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Fujifilm X-A3

The Fujifilm X-A3 re-wraps the company’s higher-end options into a cheaper camera, bringing Fujifilm-quality images to a $600 price tag. But budget cameras should always be approached with caution — what did Fujifilm take out to reach ...

Grade: B- Price: $449.00