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Nikon COOLPIX P900

If one thing can rescue the point-and-shoot camera market from the smartphone, it's a good zoom. And if there's one camera with a good zoom on the market right now, it's the Nikon Coolpix P900. The camera giant just breezed past the 50...

Grade: A- Price: $549.00

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Fujifilm X-A3

The Fujifilm X-A3 re-wraps the company’s higher-end options into a cheaper camera, bringing Fujifilm-quality images to a $600 price tag. But budget cameras should always be approached with caution — what did Fujifilm take out to reach ...

Grade: B- Price: $549.00

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

Panasonic began their compact travel zoom series way back in 2006 with the TZ-1. Subsequent models in the TZ and ZS lines have always married a relatively small body with a very useful zoom range and many high-end features, like manual modes and c...

Grade: B Price: $510.00

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Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5

Olympus, along with Panasonic, helped to create the Micro Four Thirds standard and now they’ve attempted to perfect it with their new model that improves both on the predecessors and other cameras in their lineup—it even includes the s...

Grade: B Price: $500.00

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Nikon Coolpix P7700

The Coolpix line of pocket cameras have been high performers in the category, even if they haven't always looked the part. The latest models feature large rotatable LCD panels, and this replacement to the P7100 improves on the predecessor in m...

Grade: B+ Price: $500.00

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Nikon COOLPIX P310

Nikon’s P-series currently represents their high-end compact lineup. The line came to the fore with the arrival of the P5000 in 2007, an enthusiast compact that blended the separation between point and shoot and DSLR. Subsequent models have ...

Grade: C+ Price: $499.00

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Fujifilm X30

Fujifilm is a leader when it comes to retro-inspired cameras—the Fujifilm X30 is a retro-inspired beast of a camera, with a sturdy build and solid specs to boot. A fast lens, a high resolution electronic viewfinder and a tilting LCD screen a...

Grade: A- Price: $499.00

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Olympus TG-870 Tough

Cheap cameras are notorious for being, well, cheap. But can a budget camera that's also waterproof and crushproof break that mold?The Olympus TG-870 Tough is a more budget-friendly version of our top recommended waterproof, the TG-4. Despite s...

Grade: B Price: $499.00

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Nikon 1 J5

After the Nikon 1 J4 fell flat by trading speed for a touchscreen, the J5 puts Nikon's mirrorless line back on track with an excellent 20 fps burst speed. The 2015 model still capitalizes on speed, but it is now wrapped up in a retro-inspired ...

Grade: A- Price: $497.00

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Nikon 1 J3

The Nikon 1 line has always been the more compact of the mirrorless options, but the camera giant is now claiming the smallest interchangeable lens camera on the market with the 2013 introduction of the 1 J3. With a body as tall and wide as a poin...

Grade: B+ Price: $480.00

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Fujifilm XQ1

The popular Fujifilm X line now has a compact camera, putting the company's popular X-Trans sensors in a pocket-sized shooter. The Fujifilm XQ1 is certainly an advanced compact with manual modes, RAW shooting, a 2/3” CMOS sensor with no ...

Grade: B Price: $480.00

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Nikon COOLPIX P510

The Nikon P510 is the follow-up to 2011’s P500, a well-reviewed camera that pushed the limits of zoom range in a compact. That camera’s 36x optical zoom, however, pales in comparison to the P510’s monstrous 42x range, a number th...

Grade: B+ Price: $450.00

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Nikon Coolpix AW130

There's the waterproof camera that you can take to the beach, and then there's the waterproof camera that you can dive with. With one of the highest depth ratings in its class, the Nikon AW130 definitely falls in the latter category.Nikon ...

Grade: B- Price: $450.00

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

When it comes to the micro four thirds format, Olympus is the camera brand that comes to mind. The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II is an affordable entry into the popular line, sitting at under $800 with a kit lens, a pretty nice price point considerin...

Grade: B+ Price: $449.00

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Sony NEX-3NL

The camera market is saturated with mirrorless models—there are lots of them out there. And there are even a few $500 budget models. But budget models with an APS-C sized sensor (that's the same size used in entry level DSLRs) for under ...

Grade: A- Price: $440.00

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Canon PowerShot S100

Canon’s S-series lineup has, since the S30 way back in 2001, been the prosumer yet pocketable line slotted between the less functional ELPHs and larger G-series. The cameras are a DSLR owner’s pocketable alternative or a high-end point...

Grade: B- Price: $440.00

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX30V

Sony began its HX compact line just in 2010 with the HX5, a camera sporting a decent 10x zoom range, high-end CMOS sensor, and high-speed burst modes. These same three pillars, zoom range, image quality, and speed, have come to define Sony’s...

Grade: B+ Price: $406.00

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

The LX5 is the successor to the beloved LX3, a high-performance compact in league with the Canon G11 or the Samsung TL500. It's the kind of camera that hardcore photographers carry around as a supplement to a dSLR setup, one that's portabl...

Grade: A- Price: $400.00

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Pentax MX-1

Pentax's new MX-1 brings a retro styling to the small yet sophisticated advanced compact category. Introduced in February 2013, the MX-1 has the undeniable look and feel of a classic camera with a full neck strap, brass trim, textured grip and...

Grade: B- Price: $400.00

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Nikon Coolpix P500

A camera's zoom range has always been an important spec, but in the past two years, there's been an almost unhealthy obsession with making faraway objects look really big. Since 2009, the longest zoom range in a fixed-lens camera has doubl...

Grade: C+ Price: $400.00

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Sony HX400

Cameras with big zooms can capture images that just aren't possible with the average shooter. The Sony HX400 doesn't just have a huge 50x zoom, it can also capture macro shots of little things as close as one inch from the front of the len...

Grade: B+ Price: $398.00

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Olympus TG-820 iHS

 Olympus’ TOUGH camera line pioneered the rugged digital camera, pairing waterproof bodies with shockproof exteriors that can take a beating and keep clicking away. The first TOUGH models appeared in 2007, and since then have consistently gotten s...

Grade: B Price: $380.00

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Nikon COOLPIX P340

The advanced compact market has long been defined by the Sony RX-100, but $600+ for a compact camera is a little bit much to ask for some consumers, considering the price of an entry-level DSLR. That's where this little sub-category of budget ...

Grade: B+ Price: $380.00

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Panasonic Lumix FH25

The FH25 is a compact, medium-zoom camera, which is just the type of digital camera that Panasonic excels at making. It follows in the footsteps of a great little shooter: Its predecessor, the FH20, was Digital Camera HQ’s Best Consumer Camera of ...

Grade: A- Price: $374.00

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50

More megapixels isn't always better—that's the motto Panasonic is taking with the compact zoom ZS50 camera. While there's a lower number of megapixels on the ZS50 from the older ZS40, that move is designed to bump up the low ligh...

Grade: A Price: $370.00

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Sony DSC-RX100

There's no denying the advantage of a DSLR, but there's also a distinct benefit to having a camera that can fit in a pocket. Enter the Sony DSC-RX100, a camera that attempts to bridge the gap between compact and SLR. The size of the RX100 ...

Grade: A- Price: $365.00

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Olympus SH-1

Basic point-and-shoots are compact and travel easily, but often lack zoom and speed. Enter the Olympus SH-1, a compact camera that packs in a pretty solid zoom along with excellent speed, wrapped up in a sturdy, retro-styled body.Because the Olymp...

Grade: B+ Price: $349.00

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Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

For everything that Canon does right, they've always struggled with the compact-zoom genre. Last year's SX210 IS and SD4500 IS, for example, had some great qualities, yet puzzling design choices stifled their appeal.But 2011 is a year wher...

Grade: C+ Price: $340.00

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Olympus Stylus SP-100 IHS

Super zoom cameras offer some of the biggest versatility, thanks to lenses that top out at 50x and even 60x optical zooms but can still perform up close. The Olympus Stylus SP-100 is one of a dozen or so such cameras. And while the SP-100 offers s...

Grade: B+ Price: $330.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 310 HS

Canon’s ELPH line has existed now for years with nary a hiccup in image or build quality. The lineup took a turn in 2011 with the advent of Canon’s HS, or high sensitivity, system. These newer cameras boast CMOS sensors for improved lo...

Grade: B- Price: $300.00