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Olympus VG-120

The VG-120 isn't a standout in any way, but includes a number of standard features at a very low cost. You'll find 14 megapixels, a 5x optical zoom lens and 720p HD video recording. We do find it hard to recommend this camera given Olympus' past r...

Grade: B Price: $75.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 115

As far as budget models go, Canon seems to have found a nice balance between price and quality with the ELPH 115. The ELPH 115 uses a 16 megapixel 1/2.3" CCD that produces some pretty decent images and video considering the price tag. There are so...

Grade: A- Price: $89.00

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Nikon COOLPIX S02

Sub-$200 cameras are very much a hit and miss. Nikon's September 2013 budget compact, the S02, is directed towards consumers looking for a trendy, pocketable camera. Except for the lack of wi-fi, the S02 operates very much like a smart phone with ...

Grade: B- Price: $97.00

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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: $99.00

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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: $99.00

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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: $100.00

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Polaroid Snap

Move aside, boring budget cameras. The Polaroid Snap isn't just cheap, it's one of the more entertaining point-and-shoot cameras on the market. That's because, along with saving a 10 megapixel digital file, it also spits out 2x3 instan...

Grade: B- Price: $100.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 130

The Canon ELPH line has long been a top competitor in the point and shoot category for their competitive image quality. The 2013 model is also expected to impress, with the addition of wi-fi and a longer zoom than last year's model. Take note ...

Grade: B+ Price: $109.00

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Lytro Light Field 8 GB

Lytro took the photography world by storm with the announcement of its Light Field cameras that, with the help of a new light capturing process, can actually be refocused after an image has been taken. The image is made with all the necessary soft...

Grade: B- Price: $115.00

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Canon Powershot ELPH 160

Point-and-shoots aren't going anywhere--Canon released five of them at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show alone. The Canon Powershot ELPH 160 is the cheapest of the bunch, a no-frills camera that's easy on the budget.The Canon ELPH 160 use...

Grade: B- Price: $124.00

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Samsung ST65

The Samsung ST65 is yet another mid-range point-and-shoot from Samsung, with a capable 5x zoom, 27mm wide-angle lens, 720p HD video, and a 2.7-inch LCD. Specs-wise, it's very similar to the ST90, though the design is not quite as slick as the more...

Grade: B Price: $128.00

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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: $129.00

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Sony DSC-W710

Cameras for under $100 that can still take crisp images are rather hard to come by, but this Sony seems to do the trick. Retailing at $99 MSRP, this camera isn't as fast or crisp as more advanced Sony models, but the images are detailed and clear ...

Grade: B+ Price: $132.00

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Nikon COOLPIX S3500

The Nikon S3500 adds another four megapixels to the previous model, but doesn't upgrade the CCD sensor size. Regardless, the 20.1 megapixel camera with a 7x zoom is still a decent choice for a a smaller, more affordable point-and-shoot. Nikon ...

Grade: B+ Price: $135.00

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Nikon Coolpix S3700

Budget cameras aren't usually anything to write home about, and the Nikon Coolpix S3700 is no exception. It offers a basic set of features that will get the job done for some consumers, but certainly isn't anything to get excited about.The...

Grade: C+ Price: $137.00

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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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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: $139.00

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Nikon Coolpix S01

A camera of the tiniest proportions, the S01 weighs in at just under 100 grams and proportions that may make it the smallest camera on the market. Nikon has achieved this engineering feat by packing in a smaller, cellphone camera sized 10.1 megapi...

Grade: B Price: $140.00

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Panasonic Lumix S1

The S1 is Panasonic’s lowest-end digital camera for 2011, but could still be a very good budget-minded option. It's a cheaper version of the also-announced S3; the only notable difference is the lower 12.1 megapixel count. Other specs are solid, i...

Grade: B Price: $140.00

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W810

Fewer manufacturers are spending time on developing point-and-shoots, especially sub-$100 budget compacts. Sony has continued to offer a handful of models and the W810 comes in as their most budget freindly for 2014. The saying you get what you pa...

Grade: B Price: $140.00

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Olympus VG-110

The VG-110 looks like an uninspiring point-and-shoot. Judging by Olympus' track record with cheap compacts, there won't be a compelling reason to buy it. It's cheap and it has some built-in art filters, but we don't expect much at all.

Grade: B- Price: $145.00

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Panasonic DMC-TS30

Panasonic's scaled-down version of their rugged camera is easy on the wallet, pricing out at just $179.99 at first release. Of course, to get down to that price, the camera trims down a few features--does it offer enough to make it worth a pur...

Grade: B- Price: $145.00

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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: $147.00

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Nikon Coolpix S33

The Nikon Coolpix S33 is hiding quite a few surprises for a budget camera. While users will find better quality with pricier models like the Olympus TG-3, there's not a whole lot of cameras with similar features for under $150.First off, the i...

Grade: B Price: $147.00

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Canon PowerShot N

Canon's new N line alters the design of a typical compact digital. Instead of buttons, the N has a shutter release and zoom rings on the front of the camera and a touch screen tilt LCD on the back for all the other controls. But the design is not ...

Grade: A- Price: $148.00

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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: C+ Price: $149.00

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W620

The W-series has done really well in the past couple years, blending a diminutive size with stylish brushed-metal body and snappy performance. The W620 comes in at $10 more than the W610, yet we aren't sure that's money well-spent. The zoom gets a...

Grade: B Price: $149.00

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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: $150.00

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Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

The Canon PowerShot A3300 IS is the flagship model in Canon’s “easy and fun” A-series. It's a budget-friendly camera, with an MSRP of $179 and street prices that are sure to plummet throughout the year. It's a replacement...

Grade: B- Price: $150.00

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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: $156.00