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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: $330.00

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Sony HX80

The Sony HX80 is a "new" compact zoom camera, but there really isn't much new about it. Basically, the HX80 is the older Sony HX90 without GPS.Both cameras offer a 1/2.3 inch sensor paired with a solid 30x optical zoom lens. The HX80...

Grade: B+ Price: $368.00

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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: $364.00

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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: $354.00

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

The successor to the highly-successful HX9, the HX10 refines the very good build and usability of its predecessor. The specifications are even more impressive, an 18 megapixel sensor and 16x optical zoom, yet the body is quite a bit lighter and mo...

Grade: B+ Price: $400.00

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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: $300.00

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Nikon COOLPIX AW110

Nikon has been steadily improving their all-weather lineup and the AW110 is a good choice for the rugged photographer. Capable of diving down to 59 feet for an hour, the AW110 can handle more depth than any other waterproof model for 2013. Nikon&#...

Grade: B+ Price: $300.00

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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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Nikon Coolpix L840

Introduced alongside the $500 P610, the Nikon Coolpix L840 axes advanced features like manual modes and rechargeable batteries to keep the cost low.Where the P610 sports a 60x zoom, the L840 offers a much smaller yet still solid 38x optical zoom. ...

Grade: B+ Price: $330.00

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

The TX20, along with the more expensive TX200, is a truly intriguing camera although a minor upgrade from the TX10. Waterproof to 16 feet and drop-resistant to five, the TX20 manages rugged without sacrificing style. It looks just like any of the ...

Grade: B Price: $400.00

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Nikon COOLPIX S9700

Nikon's 2014 compact zoom, the S9700, looks to have an excellent set of features for the $350 retail price tag. The S9700 features the same 16.1 megapixel 1/2.3 sensor as Nikon's bulkier and pricer P520 and P600 ($450 and $500 retail, resp...

Grade: B Price: $350.00

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Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Canon's highly successful SX150 IS gets a facelift with the SX160 IS, a model that keeps the AA batteries but upgrades just about everything else. The camera's zoom range has moved from 12x to 16x, the megapixel count from 14 to 16, and th...

Grade: B Price: $350.00

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Canon EOS M

Canon's long-awaited entry to the mirrorless market has arrived, and we aren't entirely sure it was worth the wait (if you were waiting at all). Essentially a slimmed-down version of the new T4i, the M's claim to fame is the multi-touch screen fro...

Grade: B Price: $335.00

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Sony WX500

We thought the Sony HX90 was a bit pricey at release--the Sony WX500 answers that with a bit more palatable price, but axes a lot of the usability features. Selling for about $410 at its first release, the Sony WX500 offers a big 30x optical zoom,...

Grade: B Price: $348.00

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Olympus XZ-2 iHS

A relatively dramatic upgrade from the aging but excellent XZ-1, the XZ-2 gains the iHS moniker that accompanies Olympus's latest high-speed cameras. This is due to the switch to a 12 megapixel CMOS sensor that should offer better high ISO perform...

Grade: B Price: $399.00

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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: $370.00

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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: $345.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

A tad pricey at release, the 320 HS is a decent choice if you want a nice blend of image quality, portability, and Canon reliability. The standout feature here is the built-in Wi-Fi, which in theory means you'll never need to connect the camer...

Grade: B Price: $339.00

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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: $325.00

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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

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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: $370.00

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Canon PowerShot S110

The S110 is a disappointingly modest upgrade to the very good S100 and it may not do enough to really differentiate itself from the rest of the pack. The camera still sports the same 12 megapixel sensor and 24-120mm f2.0-5.9 lens, but trades the G...

Grade: B Price: $399.00

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Canon PowerShot SX540 IS

Canon has spent a lot of resources developing their high-end cameras--and their smaller cameras are starting to suffer for that a bit. The Canon PowerShot SX540 IS is a small update to the SX530, bumping up the megapixels from 16 to 20 and allowin...

Grade: B Price: $370.00

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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

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Nikon COOLPIX P530

Nikon's P530 is essentially a dialed down version of their P600. The two cameras have the same sensors and speed (7 fps burst), the main differences are in the lenses. The P530 uses a 42x optical zoom (compared to the P600's 60x) and can a...

Grade: B- Price: $335.00

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Ricoh Theta S

Forget a wide 180 degree perspective, the Ricoh Theta will do you one better with a 360 degree perspective. The third camera in the line, Theta cameras are unlike any other because they use two lenses and two sensors to capture a 360 degree spheri...

Grade: B- Price: $349.00

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Fujifilm FinePix XP150

Fujifilm's rugged cameras have finally made the switch to CMOS. The XP50 and XP150 both now sport 14.4 megapixel CMOS sensors and will record 1080p HD video. The XP150 is the tougher of the two, it's good to 33 feet underwater and has a GP...

Grade: B- Price: $300.00

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Sony QX30

Sony's QX line is interesting to say the least--they're essentially cameras without screens, instead, they operate with a smartphone and wi-fi or NFC. Last year's QX10 offered a solid 10x zoom--but the 2014 QX30 triples that, offering ...

Grade: B- Price: $310.00

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Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

The SX500 IS comes in somewhere between the just-announced SX160 IS and the high-end SX40 HS, combining the price-cutting features found on the former with the zoom range on the latter. The 30x extended zoom is built into an impressively small bod...

Grade: B- Price: $328.00

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Pentax Q7

Small and stylish is the name of the game for Pentax's new Q7 mirrorless. Marketed as the "smallest, lightest interchangeable lens system in the world," the Q7 weighs only seven ounces, yet packs a pretty big punch with a 1/1.7"...

Grade: B- Price: $399.00