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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: $150.00

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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: $150.00

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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: $153.00

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Fujifilm FinePix F550EXR

Fujifilm’s EXR-tagged, F-series cameras take great pictures. Over the past few years, Fuji turned this line into a dark-horse favorite among enthusiast shooters. With over-sized sensors and innovative processing techniques, the F-series does thing...

Grade: B+ Price: $155.00

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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: $156.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 170

Adding another $30 to Canon's most basic 2015 model gets you a better zoom, but not a whole lot else. Introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show, the 170 is a basic, yet portable camera.The 12x zoom allows the small 170 to get up close, and i...

Grade: C- Price: $159.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 IS

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 is an affordable $159--but expect to get what you pay for. The 2016 budget camera offers wi-fi and an expanded zoom range over the older ELPH 160, but still stands as a pretty basic camera.The sensor size is average fo...

Grade: C Price: $159.00

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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: $163.00

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Canon Powershot ELPH 160

Point-and-shoots aren't going anywhere--Canon released five of them at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show alone. The Canon Powershot ELPH 160 is the cheapest of the bunch, a no-frills camera that's easy on the budget.The Canon ELPH 160 use...

Grade: B- Price: $168.00

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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: $169.00

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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 setti...

Grade: A- Price: $170.00

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Fujifilm FinePix XP80

Sometimes, the most beautiful images we see are in environments that would mean disaster for the average camera. But the Fujifilm XP80 isn't your average camera. I dropped it in a water fountain. I shot through a rainstorm. I even let my two-y...

Grade: B+ Price: $170.00

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Samsung WB35

The Samsung WB35 is a budget camera that still offers wi-fi and a 12x optical zoom, rare at this price point. Designed for those who like to share images online, the WB35 offers wi-fi and NFC with auto share and remote control. These features are ...

Grade: B+ Price: $175.00

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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: $179.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 330

PowerShot ELPH 330 HS boasts enhanced built-in Wi-Fi that enables you to comment on photos and share them to social networking sites quickly and easily – even within specific groups. The powerful new 10x Optical Zoom with 24mm Wide-Angle len...

Grade: B+ Price: $179.00

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20K

It's been a few years since I played with a Panasonic. Back then, I personally felt that there was a risk in purchasing (or recommending for purchase) any camera made by a manufacturer that didn't begin with C or N. Brands like Panasonic m...

Grade: C+ Price: $179.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS

Canon introduced two budget compacts early in 2016 and the ELPH 360 is the better of the two options. For $50 more, the 360 offers a better sensor, more zoom, and faster performance over the $159 ELPH 190. The Canon ELPH 360 captures images with a...

Grade: C+ Price: $179.00

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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: $180.00

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Fujifilm XP70

The Fujifilm XP90 is a durable little shooter, able to withstand dust, cold and shock as well as being waterproof up to 33 feet. The XP90 can shoot at up to 10 fps and even has a dedicated burst button to take advantage of that extra speed. The mo...

Grade: B+ Price: $180.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 135

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 135 is nearly identical to the 140 except it doesn't include any image stabilization. With a price difference of just $10, we recommend getting the Canon ELPH 140 since image stabilization can make a big impact on imag...

Grade: B- Price: $180.00

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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: $180.00

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Canon PowerShot SX610

The Canon PowerShot SX610 is a slightly downgraded version of the SX710--it's still a good option for travel, but it's a bit easier on the budget than its big brother.The SX610 sports an 18x optical zoom, where the SX710 offers a bigger 30...

Grade: B- Price: $188.00

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Ricoh Theta SC

Ricoh has added a budget-friendly camera to their lineup of 360 options. The Ricoh Theta SC is designed to make 360 photography more accessible with a simpler interface and a lower price point.For still images, users won't see much of a gap be...

Grade: B- Price: $189.00

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Nikon D5100

The D5100 is Nikon's latest mid-range dSLR (or "advanced beginner" model, as they're calling it), sitting between the D3100 and D7000 and in the same ballpark as the Canon T3i and Sony A55. It's par for the course in that ran...

Grade: A- Price: $189.00

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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: $190.00

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Nikon Coolpix S6900

The Nikon Coolpix S6900 joins in the foray of cameras designed for selfie-lovers, but does so with quite a bit of flair. With several features designed for selfie use, the S6900 still offers quite a few imaging features for general use as well.Bui...

Grade: B Price: $190.00

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Canon Powershot SX400 IS

The new Canon Powershot SX400 IS isn't the most well-endowed super zoom on the market, but it does appear to be leading the competition price-wise, with a $249.99 list price and a solid 30x optical zoom. The super zoom cateogry has seen a lot ...

Grade: B Price: $197.00

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Sony DSC-WX220

If you're going to buy a point-and-shoot camera based on nothing but the manufacturer alone, Sony is a pretty safe bet. But there are plenty additional reasons to look at the Sony WX220--it's a well-rounded camera that comes in at a good p...

Grade: A- Price: $198.00

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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: $199.00

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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: $199.00