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Nikon D90

The Nikon D90 is getting on in years, but it's still one of the best dSLRs for under $1,000, particularly for hobbyists with a little bit of experience shooting with dSLRs.This camera is the best of both worlds, taking some advanced features f...

Grade: B- Price: $725.00

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Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 is the world's first digital still camera with a sweep panorama mode for taking seamless 224-degree shots. The camera features a BIONZ image processor, 9.1-megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor, and a professional-grade wide-...

Grade: B Price: $339.00

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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: $329.00

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Nikon D3100

Nikon did entry-level dSLRs first, and they’ve usually done entry-level dSLRs well. Their latest model is the D3100, a camera without any truly head-turning features but with a competitive feature set and the benefit of about five generation...

Grade: B- Price: $364.00

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Canon EOS 60D

Canon's new 60D is aimed squarely at enthusiasts who need a bit more power and control than a consumer dSLR without some of the bells, whistles, size, and price of the 7D. 60D buyers will get an 18-megapixel CMOS sensor, a hi-res 3-inch articu...

Grade: C+ Price: $65.00

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Pentax K-r

The Pentax K-x was a camera that took a lot of people by surprise. Offering a killer combination of features and low price, it bought the company a lot of the name recognition it had been sorely lacking in the entry-level dSLR market, and won ampl...

Grade: B Price: $550.00

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Nikon D7000

The D7000 is Nikon's latest enthusiast dSLR, occupying the spot in their dSLR lineup between the D90 and D300s models. It's packed with a 16.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor, a wide ISO range, 6 frames per second burst mode, and an excell...

Grade: B- Price: $509.00

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Pentax K-5

The K-5 is Pentax's latest enthusiast/semi-pro dSLR, an update to last year's K-7. It's remarkably similar to that camera, with a few upgrades including a 16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, expanded ISO range (up to 51,200 expanded), faster continuous sh...

Grade: A- Price: $825.00

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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: $75.00

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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: $114.00

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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: $59.00

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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: $190.00

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Canon PowerShot A1200

It might seem odd that we're excited about a $100 entry-level camera, but the Canon PowerShot A1200 is exactly what we wanted to see in a cheap compact this year. Old-school shooters, rejoice: the A1200 has an optical viewfinder and takes AA b...

Grade: B- Price: $129.00

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Canon EOS Rebel T3i/600D

The T3i (also known as the 600D outside of the US) is Canon's latest consumer-class dSLR, topping the T2i and sitting below the 60D. It's pretty much a T2i with a few features taken from the 60D, including a tilt-and-swivel screen, guide m...

Grade: B+ Price: $424.00

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Fujifilm FinePix X100

The X100 is a serious piece of equipment, packing an APS-C CMOS sensor (that's the same type of sensor used in consumer dSLRs) into a classic rangefinder-type body. It's also a fixed-lens model, which is unique for a camera with such a hug...

Grade: A- Price: $675.00

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Sony Cyber-shot TX10

The rugged Sony TX10 is a skinny digital camera that is built to survive the elements thanks to its water, dust, freeze, and shock-proof ratings. It fits easily into a pocket and is designed for convenience with mostly automatic operations and a h...

Grade: B Price: $499.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS

Last year's Canon SD4000 IS was the first ELPH to approach high-end compact territory, a realm previously reserved for Canon's S and G series models. The SD4000 combined a bright lens, reliable image processor, and a new sensor that was de...

Grade: B- Price: $130.00

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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: $109.00

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Panasonic Lumix S3

The S3 is one of Panasonic’s lower-end models, but should still be a decent budget option. The 14.1 megapixel sensor, 720p HD video, optical image stabilization, and 28mm wide-angle 4x zoom are run of the mill. However, it uses the same Venus Engi...

Grade: B Price: $155.00

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Nikon Coolpix P300

Nikon's P300 looks like a great compact camera, with enough power and control to appeal to some enthusiasts but a price that puts it within reach of hobbyists and general camera buyers. The standout feature here is the f/1.8 lens, which is inc...

Grade: B- Price: $300.00

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Nikon Coolpix S9100

Nikon surprised us last fall with the S8100, a compact zoom with the chops to actually turn out some decent low-light pictures. Camera buyers had been begging for something like it for quite some time, and while a few other models had come close, ...

Grade: B- Price: $268.00

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Nikon Coolpix S6100

The Nikon S6100 is a mid-range point-and-shoot, best for casual shooters who want the added versatility of a little extra zoom. It's a 7x zoomer with a large, crisp 3-inch touch LCD and 720p video capability -- all nice specs. At a bloated 16 ...

Grade: C+ Price: $260.00

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Canon EOS Rebel T3/1100D

The Canon Rebel T3 is a bare-bones entry-level dSLR. At $600, including an 18-55mm IS II kit lens, this is one of the cheapest points of entry to any dSLR system and any interchangeable-lens camera system, for that matter. It sports a 12.1 megapix...

Grade: C Price: $380.00

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Panasonic Lumix ZS10

Panasonic invented the "travel zoom" class with the ZS series (TZ series outside of North America). These pocketable long-zoomers are incredibly versatile, suitable for taking detailed shots of objects near and far. They're great for traveling (su...

Grade: B Price: $278.00

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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

The 260 features an impressive 25-500 20x zoom. Announced alongside the cheaper SX240, the only difference between the two is the inclusion of a GPS in the 260. While the impressive zoom range is a big draw, be warned that the sacrifice you make f...

Grade: B Price: $212.00

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Panasonic Lumix GF3

The Panasonic Lumix GF3 is the company’s 2011 Micro Four Thirds-format shooter. At the time it was released, it was their smallest so far and arguably the most beginner-friendly mirrorless compact system camera yet. It sports a familiar 12-megapix...

Grade: B+ Price: $289.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 510 HS

Almost the same size as the 310 HS, the 510 HS packs a large 12x zoom into a very small package. Reviewed very well, the 510 HS features a 12x optical zoom, 1080p HD video, and a 3.2-inch touchscreen. Be warned that the touchscreen held the camera...

Grade: B- Price: $159.00

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Sony Alpha NEX-7

Packing the 24.3 megapixel sensor found in the A65 and A77, the NEX-7 is the first mirrorless camera that inspires absolute photographic confidence. It's solidly built, has dual control wheels, and includes a very nice electronic viewfinder. A...

Grade: B- Price: $899.00

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Sony Alpha A77

Sony's new drool-inducing A77 boasts an incredible 24.3 megapixel sensor that, as reviews have shown, doesn't sacrifice noise control for resolution. With a 12 fps burst rate, 2.4 million dot OLED viewfinder, 1080p HD video at 60 fps, and ...

Grade: A Price: $798.00

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Nikon COOLPIX P7100

The Nikon P7100 finds itself in a bit of an odd position. The Canon G12 is its closest competitor, and has a shorter zoom range, but bests the P7100 with better image quality. Other high-end compacts, like Panasonic's LX5 or Olympus's XZ-1...

Grade: C Price: $438.00