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Nikon D3200

The D3200 is a surprising upgrade to Nikon's entry-level D3100, replacing the latter and effectively outclassing the higher-end D5100 in one fell swoop. The headliner here is the 24.2 megapixel sensor, similar to the one used in Sony's A65...

Grade: A- Price: $400.00

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Samsung ST66

The Samsung ST66 and ST76 sit at the bottom rung of Samsung's digital camera lineup. Both include a versatile 25-125mm lens that starts at f2.5 (but slows to f6.3 at the long end) and a 16 megapixel CCD sensor. The ST76, for $10 over its cheaper s...

Grade: B Price: $90.00

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Samsung ST200F

The ST200F is the cheapest of Samsung's travel zooms, yet boasts an attractive feature set for the price. $200 buys you a 10x zoom, 16 megapixel CCD, and WiFi connectivity. The zoom starts at 27mm rather than the now more-typical 25mm or even 24mm...

Grade: B+ Price: $139.00

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Samsung WB850f

The king of Samsung's compact camera line, the WB850 packs a whopping 21x zoom into a relatively diminutive package. The camera replaces last year's WB750 with that longer zoom range, a 3-inch OLED screen, a backside-illuminated CMOS sensor, 1080p...

Grade: B+ Price: $330.00

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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: $340.00

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Sony Alpha A57

Sony's A57 falls under the A65 and A77 as Sony's 2012 mid-level SLT. Specifications are remarkably similar to the aging A55; the A57 uses the same 16 megapixel sensor yet trades the former's small form factor for the A65's chunkier styling. A55 us...

Grade: A- Price: $459.00

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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: $139.00

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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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Fujifilm X-Pro1

Fujifilm is jumping into the mirrorless game with the X-Pro1 a Leica-style rangefinder with a selection of fast primes. It's certainly not for everyone, but street shooters and enthusiasts will appreciate both it's retro beauty and price t...

Grade: A Price: $899.00

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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: $349.00

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Nikon D800E

The Nikon D800E is everything the D800 is but with the anti-aliasing filter removed. The anti-aliasing filter slightly blurs captured images in order to avoid moire, the funky image artifact that arises out of photographing finely patterned textur...

Grade: A- Price: $55.00

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Nikon COOLPIX L26

Nikon's cheapest camera, the L24, gets an upgrade in the L26. The sensor has been switched out for a 16 megapixel CCD, the zoom is now 5x, and video has been increased to 720p. The camera still runs on AA's, too, which is both good and bad...

Grade: B- Price: $95.00

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Nikon COOLPIX S6300

Nikon's higher-end S-series models have really impressed in the last year or so. They are responsive and have the latest backside illuminated CMOS sensors. The S6300 is pretty compact for its impressive 10x zoom lens and offers key upgrades to...

Grade: C+ Price: $136.00

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Nikon D800

Nikon's answer to the Canon 5D Mark II and now-competitor to the 5d Mark III, the D800 replaces the aging D700 as Nikon's cheapest full-frame camera (half the D4's $6000). Crucially, the D800 adds 1080p video recording and ups the reso...

Grade: A- Price: $2,799.00

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Nikon COOLPIX S3300

The S3300 and S4300 are essentially identical other than the S4300's larger 3-inch LCD. Both have 16 megapixel sensors and a useful 6x zoom with a 26mm wide-angle. The video, as you'd expect from a CCD sensor, is 720p. Unless you need the ...

Grade: C Price: $80.00

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Nikon COOLPIX S30

One of Nikon's cheapest cameras and a truly affordable waterproof camera, the S30 cuts a lot of corners but is a decent buy for the money. There's a tiny 10 megapixel sensor under the hood and an uncompetitive 3x zoom, yet for only $120 th...

Grade: B Price: $87.00

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Nikon COOLPIX L810

The L810 continues Nikon's budget line of extended zoom cameras. The headline of this newest model is its incredibly wide 23mm lens, which zooms out to 585mm. Another surprise lies in the LCD, which sports an impressive 921,000 dots; it's ...

Grade: C+ Price: $209.00

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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: $300.00

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Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR

The EXR sensor is the selling point here; the user can choose one of three modes that favor high dynamic range, low noise, or high resolution. The low noise and high dynamic range modes reduce the resolution, yet truly improve image quality. You c...

Grade: B- Price: $300.00

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Canon G1 X

Canon's answer to the mirrorless wave took most by surprise. Rather than espouse the interchangeable lens camera like Nikon, Samsung, Sony, and Panasonic, Canon built the G1 X. The body is a bit bigger than the G12 that came before it, but the...

Grade: B Price: $549.00

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Canon PowerShot A1300

Canon's A-series has been their budget line, yet the features on these models are more than enough for the casual shooter. They're a little boxier than the ELPHs and certainly not as stylish, yet these latest models feature 16 megapixel se...

Grade: B Price: $185.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

A tad pricey at release, the 320 HS is a decent choice if you want a nice blend of image quality, portability, and Canon reliability. The standout feature here is the built-in Wi-Fi, which in theory means you'll never need to connect the camer...

Grade: B Price: $182.00

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Canon PowerShot A2300

Canon's A-series has been their budget line, yet the features on these models are more than enough for the casual shooter. They're a little boxier than the ELPHs and certainly not as stylish, yet these latest models feature 16 megapixel se...

Grade: B Price: $92.00

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6

The FH6 and also-announced FH8 pair practical 5x zoom ranges with an admirably fast (for a camera in this price bracket) f2.5 at the wide end. The FH8 has a 16 megapixel sensor vs. the FH6's 14 and has a larger 3-inch LCD, but those are the on...

Grade: B Price: $80.00

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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: $485.00

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Panasonic Lumix TS4

Panasonic's top-of-the-line ruggedized camera, the TS4 is built to survive up to 40ft under water, is shockproof to 6.5, freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and dustproof. In addition to a GPS, the TS4 even includes an altimeter, compass, and ba...

Grade: B+ Price: $352.00

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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: $217.00

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-S2

A bargain, the S2 includes optical image stabilization, a 4x zoom, 720p HD video, and a 14.1 megapixel sensor for a cool $100. Don't expect wonders from this little automatic camera, but the price in itself might just qualify as one.

Grade: B+ Price: $83.00

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: $144.00

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III

The highly-anticipated successor to the 5D Mark II has finally arrived, and the changes are more of an evolution rather than revolution. The 5D's AF system has finally been upgraded to the 1DX's 61-point grid, and there are now more video controls...

Grade: A Price: $2,000.00