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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: $469.00

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Pentax XG-1

The super zoom category is jam packed—The Pentax XG-1 enters the fray with no fancy, frilly features like a dot sight or tilting LCD but with a solid set of capabilities at a decent price that make it an option worth considering.The manufact...

Grade: B+ Price: $465.00

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Samsung MV900F

Samsung continues its dedication to an all-wireless lineup with the svelte MV900F. With a 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor and 5x optical zoom starting at f2.5, performance may turn out to be quite good. The back real-estate is almost entirely taken up ...

Grade: B Price: $463.00

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Lytro ILLUM Light Field Camera

Light field photography means that image can be changed much more than the traditional JPEG or even RAW after the shutter is pressed. Focus, depth of field, tilt, perspective--all these elements can now be changed within post processing. Lytro cre...

Grade: A- Price: $463.00

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Sony A3000

Sony's latest DSLR is a compact compromise between the size of a mirrorless and the power of a DSLR. The A3000 uses the same lenses as their mirrorless line, allowing for a much more compact system overall, yet has an APS-C sized sensor. Despi...

Grade: A- Price: $459.00

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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: $459.00

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Sony Alpha a5000

Sony's smallest interchangeable lens camera yet (at it's introduction in January 2014), the a5000 features a large APS-C size sensor in a body that weighs less than eight ounces. Sony is claiming the small shooter has features, including a...

Grade: B+ Price: $450.00

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Samsung NX Mini

Small and sleek is what Samsung was going for in their NX Mini, and they've certainly achieved those two aspects. The camera measures 4.3x2.4x.9 inches--which is certainly mini for an interchangeable lens camera. The small camera is wrapped in...

Grade: B+ Price: $450.00

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Sony Cyber-Shot HX50

Sony's mid-range zoom models have a history of receiving high review scores and we don't expect the newest Cyber-Shot HX50 to be any different. Sony has upped the ante on megapixels with 20.4 while continuing to impress with the light sens...

Grade: A- Price: $450.00

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Nikon COOLPIX P7800

Viewfinder-lovers, rejoice--Nikon has released an update to their strong low light performer, the advanced compact Coolpix P7700, with the viewfinder-equipped P7800. The P7800 still features the large, 1/1.7" backlit sensor and fast f2.0 lens whic...

Grade: A- Price: $449.00

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Canon EOS M10

While Canon is well known among enthusiast and professionals alike, their latest mirrorless announcement is geared more towards the selfie generation.Highlighting features on the Canon EOS M10 include a touchscreen that tilts 180 degrees, wi-fi an...

Grade: B Price: $449.00

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Olympus PEN E-PL8

The Olympus PEN E-PL8 may be one of the manufacturers' more affordable options, but it's still a serious shooter with a stylish, compact body and solid features.Using the same Micro Four Thirds sensor, the E-PL8 offers 16 megapixel resolut...

Grade: B+ Price: $449.00

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Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II

Canon's PowerShot G9 X advanced compact just got an upgrade with Bluetooth connectivity, a faster processor and a "Mark II" on the end of the name. While the camera doesn't boast many high-end features, it sits at a more attainab...

Grade: B+ Price: $449.00

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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: $448.00

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Sony HX90 (DSCHX90V/B)

Viewfinders have long been sacrificed for the sake of space--not so with the Sony HX90. Sony is claiming yet another the "smallest" title, this time for the smallest compact 30x zoom with a viewfinder. That's a lot of qualifiers to c...

Grade: B+ Price: $448.00

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Olympus TG-860

Olympus's tough TG-800 line cameras are designed to be a bit more affordable than the highly ranked TG-2 and TG-3 options, while still offering waterproofing and durability. The TG-860 adds one big benefit over the older models--improved video...

Grade: B+ Price: $445.00

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Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

This Canon hits the right specs for the price point with a nice 30x optical zoom and a 8.5 fps burst mode that beats the Nikon S9700. With the ability to focus as close as .4 inches from the front of the lens plus the long zoom and manual modes, t...

Grade: B+ Price: $440.00

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Samsung NX300 Smart Wi-Fi

Samsung's latest mirrorless model has really impressed early consumers with its versatility. The 2013 release uses a large 20.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and supports the new Samsung 3D and hybrid autofocus lenses. With 8 fps burst and a top shu...

Grade: A Price: $429.00

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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: $427.00

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Canon PowerShot S120

With the processor and sensor as the G16, the PowerShot S120 is a slimmer version of Canon's popular advanced compact. While the S120 slims down by eliminating the G16's optical viewfinder, it includes a touchscreen, which allows for adjusting the...

Grade: A- Price: $426.00

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Sony DSC-HX300/B

Sony's 2013 DSC-HX300 gets up close to the action with an impressive 50x optical zoom. Images are captured using a good 20.1 megapixel 1/2.3" CMOS sensor and a moderately fast f2.8-6.3 lens. Sony has also included an optical image stabili...

Grade: B Price: $425.00

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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: $425.00

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Nikon COOLPIX P610

Nikon's Coolpix P600 was a popular option thanks to the big 60x optical zoom lens. The camera giant makes a few marginal improvements with the introduction of the Coolpix P610, a solid-looking addition to the super zoom options.The imaging tec...

Grade: B+ Price: $420.00

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Pentax K-S1

Pentax cameras are known for being a bit quirky--and the Pentax K-S1 may be the strangest yet. But while this camera literally includes flashing lights and an unusual body design, it also has a few features that are more than enough to entice some...

Grade: B+ Price: $416.00

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Samsung NX20

Announced alongside the NX1000 and NX210, the NX20 replaces the NX10 as Samsung's top-of-the-line mirrorless camera. Within its SLR-inspired form factor lies the new 20.3 megapixel sensor found in the other NX models, which is quite competitive an...

Grade: B+ Price: $413.00

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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: $410.00

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Olympus TG-4

Olympus's waterproof cameras have a long history of high rankings--and for good reason. It's not unheard of for even a professional to pick up the top camera in this line-up so they don't have to damaging risk their pricier gear for an...

Grade: A Price: $409.00

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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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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: $400.00

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Fujifilm X20

With classical stylings and as one of the few advanced compacts that hasn't switched to an electronic viewfinder, the Fujifilm X20 has found a home in the hearts of many consumers. It doesn't have the largest sensor out there, but sports a...

Grade: B Price: $400.00