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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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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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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: $338.00

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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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Sony DSC-WX300

Sony's 2013 release WX300 looks to be a promising compact zoom, combining a 20x optical zoom with 18.2 megapixels and wi-fi in a compact body. Sony has included their improved CMOS sensor with this line, as well as an upgrade to battery life, rati...

Grade: A- Price: $330.00

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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: $300.00

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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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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

Competing up there with the likes of Nikon's P510 and Panasonic's FZ150, the HX200V is competitive if not an outright homerun. Sony is never one to skimp on features, and the HX200V's fast 18.2 megapixel sensor, GPS tracker, and wireless functiona...

Grade: B+ Price: $369.00

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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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Samsung WB850f

The king of Samsung's compact camera line, the WB850 packs a whopping 21x zoom into a relatively diminutive package. The camera replaces last year's WB750 with that longer zoom range, a 3-inch OLED screen, a backside-illuminated CMOS sensor, 1080p...

Grade: B+ Price: $380.00

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Samsung Galaxy Camera

In a not-so-surprising move, Samsung has blended their popular phone technologies with those from the camera department, producing an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean camera with 3G and 4G connectivity (extra money for a plan). This is the first phone to in...

Grade: B+ Price: $399.00

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Ricoh Theta V 360 Spherical Camera

The Ricoh Theta was one of the first consumer 360 cameras that simplified the process with a simple point-and-shoot design -- the Theta V is the company's best yet. The Ricoh Theta V offers 4K video at 30 fps as well as 4K live-streaming and 1...

Grade: B+ Price: $397.00

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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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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: $329.00

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Pentax WG-3 GPS

Pentax added an image stabilization system when upgrading their rugged WG line—a big plus in our opinion. The newer model is slightly heavier than its predecessor, however, which was already a bit bulkier to begin with. Pentax has continued to off...

Grade: B+ Price: $350.00

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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

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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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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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Panasonic Lumix TS5D

Panasonic upgraded to a CMOS sensor in the Lumix TS5 from the well-reviewed TS4. Waterproof to 43 feet, shockproof to 6.6 feet and freezeproof to 14 degrees F, the TS5 is truly a tough camera. It includes not just wi-fi and GPS, but a barometer, d...

Grade: A- Price: $349.00

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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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Panasonic Lumix FZ80

The super zoom category is jam packed with cameras offering the reach that pocketable cameras cannot -- but the Panasonic FZ80 enters the fray with a brighter than average lens and 4K video.The Panasonic FZ80 uses a 1/2.3" sensor, typical for...

Grade: A- Price: $348.00

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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-ZS45

Where the Panasonic ZS50 is designed as a top-of-the-line compact travel zoom, the ZS50 is more consumer-oriented camera, trading a few of the more advanced features for a wink-to-shoot selfie feature.The ZS45 keeps a compact body and a 1/2.3&quot...

Grade: A- Price: $330.00

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10

Most budget cameras ax extras like wi-fi and a good optical zoom. While the $199 Panasonic DMC-SZ10 isn't the cheapest camera around, it does offer a few features that are harder to find at this price point.Despite being small enough to fit in...

Grade: C+ Price: $316.00

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

The FZ200 marks a return to the series' vaunted past, with this latest addition boasting an incredible nano coated 25-600mm f2.8 constant zoom. While other manufacturers are piling on the megapixels (Sony) or the zoom range (Nikon and Canon), ...

Grade: A- Price: $381.00

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Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS70

The Panasonic ZS70 is a compact camera with a big zoom and big 4K photo capabilities.The camera uses the basic 1/2.3" sensor found on most point-and-shoots, but the resolution is bumped up slightly from the older model to 20.3 megapixels. The...

Grade: A- Price: $397.00

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Panasonic DMC-TS6

The Panasonic DMC-TS6 is designed for outdoor adventures. While there's a handful of similar options, one of the highlighting features is that the TS6 hits an excellent burst speed of 10 fps, a big plus for those shooting rugged sports.The TS6...

Grade: A- Price: $300.00

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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: $350.00

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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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Olympus TG-5

Olympus' single-digit TG Tough cameras have long been a popular choice because of a bright lens and excellent macro mode and the company is continuing the tradition with the new TG-5. Like earlier models, the TG-5 features a waterproof design,...

Grade: A Price: $399.00