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Nikon Coolpix L820

Designed more for ergonomics then compact size, the Nikon Coolpix L820 looks to be a comfortable, easy to use long zoom model. This model features a nice 30 x zoom to get up close, plus the improved sensor should handle well in lower light conditi...

Grade: B+ Price: $139.00

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Nikon D600

At $2100 body-only or $2700 with the kit 24-85mm lens, the D600 matches the 6D as the cheapest full frame release ever. Nikon has cut a few corners in order to avoid cannibalizing D800 sales, but the D600 offers a fantastic value for those who mig...

Grade: A Price: $150.00

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Nikon COOLPIX S5300

While camera manufacturers have devoted a lot of attention to advanced models, there's still a place in the market for compact, point-and-shoot cameras. The Nikon S5300 is one of those cameras. Featuring convenience features like wi-fi, it als...

Grade: B Price: $140.00

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Nikon COOLPIX S6300

Nikon's higher-end S-series models have really impressed in the last year or so. They are responsive and have the latest backside illuminated CMOS sensors. The S6300 is pretty compact for its impressive 10x zoom lens and offers key upgrades to...

Grade: C+ Price: $136.00

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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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Canon PowerShot A810

The Canon A810 sits on the bottom rung of Canon’s PowerShot lineup, announced at a very affordable $109. Canon compacts typically have among the best image quality on the market, yet past A-series models have really run the gamut from downri...

Grade: C+ Price: $120.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

The 520 HS sports an impressive 12x zoom in a very small package, yet we think they cut too many corners to get there. The 520 HS's 10 megapixel sensor is tiny, about the same size as the little chips put into cellphones. The zoom range is als...

Grade: C Price: $135.00

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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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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 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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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: $123.00

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Casio Exilim Ex-ZR400

Casio's Exilim EX-ZR400 has one of the longest lasting batteries in it's class, able to go over five hours of use without a recharge. Casio has promised fast focusing and recording with this model as well, though at f3 the lens is a bit sl...

Grade: B+ Price: $142.00

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Nikon COOLPIX L620

Nikon's popular compact zoom line received a nice speed upgrade with the Coolpix L620. While the older L610 took burst shots at a sluggish 1.9 fps, the L620 takes up to six photos in a row at 10 fps. Nikon has also added their high speed setting t...

Grade: A- Price: $146.00

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Canon PowerShot A1400

The PowerShot A1400 is a compact, easy-to-use camera that retains the familiar feel of a classic point-and-shoot. Its large grip is easy to grasp and comfortable to hold, while the Optical Viewfinder is ideal for capturing photos in bright sunligh...

Grade: A- Price: $127.00

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5K

Panasonic’s SZ line, announced just this year, is their latest budget offering that combines versatile lenses with compact and lightweight builds. All three pocketable cameras in the line look nearly identical and feature 10x zoom 25-250mm l...

Grade: B Price: $117.00

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Nikon COOLPIX S32

While the Nikon S32 doesn't sit at the top of the category for waterproof cameras by a long shot, it does sit near the top for cameras under $125. Most budget cameras have a slow, 1 fps burst speed, but this little guy at least hits four. The ...

Grade: B+ Price: $107.00

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Samsung WB50F

Samsung makes cameras with wi-fi and NFC in mind and this small shooter has several sharing features like "Tag and Go" which allows images to be shared by tapping two devices together. Image quality wasn't left completely behind, tho...

Grade: B- Price: $142.00

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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: $105.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Canon has three compact cameras that are all priced about $20 apart with a few subtle differences. The Canon ELPH 150 is more expensive than the similar ELPH 140 and 135 but has a little bit more to offer, including a better zoom (10x instead of 8...

Grade: A- Price: $129.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS

A budget-priced compact from Canon, the ELPH 140 looks on track for the price point. It's a basic camera with only 720p video and minimal features. It does, however, beat out the speed specs for it's closest competitor, the Nikon S3600 wit...

Grade: B+ Price: $129.00

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Samsung DV300

The DV300 is yet another Samsung camera with two LCD screens, which they market as a self-portrait aid. The new model adds a bright animation that will, in theory, attract children's eyes so that they look at the camera. Gimmicks aside, the DV300 ...

Grade: B Price: $118.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

The 530 HS actually has a lower-resolution sensor than its spiritual predecessor, the 510 HS. This change is ostensibly to increase the camera's performance at high ISO, and it remains among the best on the market. The same 12x zoom and 3.2-inch t...

Grade: B Price: $139.00

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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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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: $110.00

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Panasonic Lumix TS20

 The Panasonic TS20 digital camera picks up where 2010’s TS10 left off, filling a niche for the budget-minded consumer looking for a rugged compact. The TS series is most well-known for the TSx’s, the most recent being the high-end, ultra-rugged T...

Grade: B Price: $133.00

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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: $144.00

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Sony Alpha NEX-6

The NEX-6 joins Sony's mirrorless line and sits somewhere between the newly announced NEX-5R and older NEX-7. Although priced a few hundred dollars less than the NEX-7, the NEX-6 is almost assuredly the better buy for most users. It includes t...

Grade: A 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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

The miniscule WX50 and WX70 pack a lot of features into such a tiny package. Both models come with a backside-illuminated 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, which promises very good low-light image quality and fast operation. When we say fast, think 10 fps...

Grade: A- Price: $144.00