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Canon SX40 HS

The SX40 replaces the SX30 as Canon's top-of-the-line extended zoom camera. The improvements are all under the hood; Canon has replaced the SX30's aging CCD sensor with a new 12.1 megapixel backside-illuminated sensor, bringing the SX40 in...

Grade: C+ Price: $40.00

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Sony DSC-RX100M II

We fell in love with the RX100, now Sony has released an update that adds even more features to our top pick for advanced compacts. The already large 1" sensor is now back-side illuminated, a different design that increases the camera's l...

Grade: A Price: $47.00

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Sony DSC-QX100

It's no secret that smartphones have been threatening camera sales, but Sony has decided to embrace it by designing a camera specifically for smartphone photography. Essentially, the QX100 is a complete digital camera--minus the screen. The se...

Grade: B Price: $48.00

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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: $50.00

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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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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: $59.00

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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: $60.00

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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: $61.00

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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: $65.00

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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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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: $70.00

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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: $70.00

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Olympus OM-D E-M5

Olympus joins the retro fad with the OM-D E-M5, an elegant micro 4/3 camera reminiscent of their film OM line. Highlights include a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, weather sealing, 5-axis optical stabilization, a 3-inch swivel OLED touchscreen, 1080p HD...

Grade: A Price: $75.00

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Canon EOS 6D

Just as Nikon announced their entry-level full frame camera, the D600, a few days ago, Canon has also entered into the fray with their 6D. Built upon what is essentially an enlarged 60D design, the 6D houses a 20.2 megapixel full-frame sensor, an ...

Grade: A- Price: $75.00

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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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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 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: $80.00

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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

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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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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: $85.00

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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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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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Samsung DV150F

The Samsung DV150F is a compact point and shoot camera that offers built-in wi-fi capability, and a front-facing LCD screen that allows you to take self-portraits quickly and easily. The basic form factor and 5x zoom make this camera a good fit pr...

Grade: B Price: $89.00

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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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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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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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Nikon Coolpix L610

The L610 looks to compete directly with Canon's SX150, both of which run on AA batteries and sport a decent zoom range. The L610's 14x optical zoom isn't much compared to the 20x zooms found on higher end compact zoom models, or indeed its bulkier...

Grade: B+ Price: $93.00

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Olympus VG-160

A budget model, the VG-160 has pretty impressive specifications for $100. You'll find a 14 megapixel CCD sensor, 5x zoom that starts at a bright f2.8, 3-inch LCD, and 720p HD video. It's also highly pocketable.

Grade: B+ Price: $93.00

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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: $95.00

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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