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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: $248.00

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Sony Alpha a5000

Sony's smallest interchangeable lens camera yet (at it's introduction in January 2014), the a5000 features a large APS-C size sensor in a body that weighs less than eight ounces. Sony is claiming the small shooter has features, including a...

Grade: A Price: $448.00

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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: $258.00

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Fujifilm XP70

The Fujifilm XP90 is a durable little shooter, able to withstand dust, cold and shock as well as being waterproof up to 33 feet. The XP90 can shoot at up to 10 fps and even has a dedicated burst button to take advantage of that extra speed. The mo...

Grade: B+ Price: $175.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 135

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 135 is nearly identical to the 140 except it doesn't include any image stabilization. With a price difference of just $10, we recommend getting the Canon ELPH 140 since image stabilization can make a big impact on imag...

Grade: B- Price: $99.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Canon has three compact cameras that are all priced about $20 apart with a few subtle differences. The Canon ELPH 150 is more expensive than the similar ELPH 140 and 135 but has a little bit more to offer, including a better zoom (10x instead of 8...

Grade: A- Price: $129.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS

A budget-priced compact from Canon, the ELPH 140 looks on track for the price point. It's a basic camera with only 720p video and minimal features. It does, however, beat out the speed specs for it's closest competitor, the Nikon S3600 wit...

Grade: B+ Price: $129.00

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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: $179.00

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Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; }Canon's slim PowerShot SX260 fits anice 18x optical zoom within the 1.02 inch profile. Behind the sleekexterior though, are features like wi-fi and NFC and a big handful ofcreative filters. The Canon HS System has been ...

Grade: A- Price: $199.00

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Canon EOS Rebel T5

The Canon EOS Rebel T3 is one of the top selling DSLRs, but its successor hasn't really made many updates from the 2011 model. If you find the Canon Rebel T5 for a low price, it's still a decent camera but the Nikon D3300 and Pentax K-3 bo...

Grade: B Price: $498.00

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Fujifilm FinePix JX660

The JX660 is a very basic model from Fujifilm, though it offers a rechargeable battery (unlike the AZ660). The resolution isn't bad for the price with the 16 megapixel 1/2.3" sensor, but like the other $100ish cameras out there, it's ...

Grade: B+ Price: $83.00

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Fujifilm FinePix S9400W

The FinePix S9400W is one of a handful of long zoom options Fujifilm introduced at CES 2014 and is probably one of the better options when you factor in the $350 price (over the S1's $500). The S9400 actually has the same sensor as the S1, tho...

Grade: A- Price: $277.00

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Fujifilm FinePix AX660

A no-frills budget camera, the Fujfilm FinePix AX660 is priced under $100 and still offers HD video and a nice 2.7" LCD screen. The cameras uses a 1/2.3" sensor, so the resolution shouldn't be too bad, but, like other budget models, ...

Grade: B- Price: $69.00

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Fujifilm X-T1

The Fujifilm X-T1 combines some of the most intriguing features of today's most talked about cameras. The X-T1 has five mechanical dials for adjusting shutter speed, aperture, ISO and other features, similar to the controls on the Nikon Df. Th...

Grade: A Price: $1,698.00

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Nikon D4S

Nikon has tweaked the excellent D4 with the announcement of the D4S. While the cameras are nearly identical on the outside, the Nikon D4S includes a few important upgrades. Arguably the most notable of the upgrades is a 30 percent faster recording...

Grade: A+ Price: $6,497.00

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Nikon COOLPIX AW120

Nikon has certainly taken a step in the right direction with the all-weather AW120. When taking images underwater, lighting is much more limited, so a good lens is a must. The AW120 features an f2.8-4.9 lens, which is much brighter than the previo...

Grade: A- Price: $297.00

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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: $170.00

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Nikon COOLPIX P530

Nikon's P530 is essentially a dialed down version of their P600. The two cameras have the same sensors and speed (7 fps burst), the main differences are in the lenses. The P530 uses a 42x optical zoom (compared to the P600's 60x) and can a...

Grade: B- Price: $347.00

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Olympus OM-D E-M10

Olympus' mirrorless cameras are gaining ground as more photographers pick up on their excellent Micro Four Thirds line. The OM-D E-M10 is the manufacturer's more budget-freindly option and looks to still offer a lot of features. The E-M10 ...

Grade: A- Price: $749.00

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Olympus Stylus TG-850 IHS

Olympus has been one of our favorite manufacturers for rugged cameras. Now, they're the first ones to offer an all weather digital camera with a tilting LCD screen. The TG-850 utilizes a 16 megapixel 1/2.3" back-lit sensor, which is prett...

Grade: B+ Price: $229.00

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Nikon COOLPIX S3600

Nikon's cheapest Coolpix S-line camera for 2014 still keeps the 1/2.3" sensor, though it switches over to a CCD style. It sports a nice 8x optical zoom with vibration reduction, though doesn't offer wi-fi at this price and has a small...

Grade: B+ Price: $97.00

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Nikon COOLPIX L30

We're pleased to see that Nikon is sticking with a 1/2.3" size sensor with their budget models, instead of shrinking it down to hit the right price point. What you will sacrifice for this price is speed, with just a 1.1 fps burst mode, th...

Grade: B Price: $90.00

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Nikon COOLPIX L830

The Nikon Coolpix L830 is an ergonomic, easy to use camera with a nice 34x optical zoom (68x dynamic zoom). It's one of few cameras that still use AA batteries, which makes it nice for traveling since the batteries are easy to swap out. Since ...

Grade: B+ Price: $197.00

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Sony DSC-W830

Sony is usually a pretty safe bet for budget compacts, and with a 20.5 megapixel 1/2.3” sensor and intelligent automatic settings, the image quality on the W830 should be pretty good considering the $130 budget price tag. Equipped with a bun...

Grade: A- Price: $105.00

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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

Samsung has made a few updates to their connected compact, the Galaxy Camera, with the introduction of the aptly named Galaxy Camera 2. The most notable is a better processor, which should help boost the image quality some. It's also sporting a ne...

Grade: B+ Price: $0.00

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Samsung NX30

With over a year since Samsung's introduction of the NX20, the 2013 top-of-the-line mirrorless NX30 sees quite a few improvements. There are plenty of advanced features on the NX30, so many that it's difficult to choose which ones to highlight. Wh...

Grade: A- Price: $0.00

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Nikon Df

When camera giant Nikon finally decided to release a retro-inspired DSLR, they did it in style with the Df, a lightweight full frame DSLR that has a style similar to the old Nikon F film cameras. The sensor and processor are the same one that'...

Grade: A Price: $2,997.00

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Samsung Galaxy NX EK-GN120ZKAXAR

Samsung has, no question, the most connected cameras. The GN120 mirrorless is a 3G/4G camera that can also surf the web, use image editing apps, share images and even connect with other photographers who have shot at the same location. And to use ...

Grade: A- Price: $1,249.00

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GM1

The smallest Micro Four Thirds camera yet, the size of the GM1 rivals that of one of our favorite compacts, the Sony RX100 II. While the GM1 is tiny, it seems to make the right sacrifices, keeping a large sensor and adding a touchscreen for the co...

Grade: A- Price: $748.00

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Fujifilm X-E2

Fujifilm's X line is an excellent collection of high resolution mirrorless models. Their November 2013 model, the X-E2, emphasizes speed, particularly a snappy .08 second autofocus. Fujifilm claims the new processor doubles the processing spee...

Grade: A- Price: $700.00