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Nikon 1 J2

Nikon has announced a modest upgrade to their popular J1 in the J2. Specifications are almost entirely the same, still a 10.1 megapixel sensor, 1080/60p video, and 10fps burst with autofocus, but the screen resolution has jumped to 921,000 dots fr...

Grade: B+ Price: $600.00

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Nikon Coolpix P7700

The Coolpix line of pocket cameras have been high performers in the category, even if they haven't always looked the part. The latest models feature large rotatable LCD panels, and this replacement to the P7100 improves on the predecessor in m...

Grade: B+ Price: $500.00

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Canon PowerShot G15

The G15 stands as proof that Canon hasn't moved entirely from the smaller sensors that made up the G-series prior to the G1 X. The G15 is the worthy successor to 2010's G12, with the most notable improvement found in the 28-140mm f1.8-2.8 ...

Grade: B+ Price: $549.00

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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon has leapfrogged Nikon's P510 with the SX50 HS, a camera sporting an improbably long 24-1200mm 50x optical zoom. They're claiming improved image stabilization, up to 4.5 stops, but hand-holding 1200mm is bound to be difficult. Other i...

Grade: B+ Price: $400.00

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Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5

Olympus, along with Panasonic, helped to create the Micro Four Thirds standard and now they’ve attempted to perfect it with their new model that improves both on the predecessors and other cameras in their lineup—it even includes the s...

Grade: B Price: $500.00

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Olympus Stylus TG-2 iHS

The top choice for all-weather models in 2013, the Olympus Stylus TG-2 blends a tough exterior with the capability to take high quality images. One of the key perks of the TG-2 is it's fast, f2.0 lens--but when that isn't enough, the TG-2 ...

Grade: B Price: $500.00

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Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

We were pretty impressed with Fujifilm's last extended zoom so our expectations are high for the newest model that offers an even longer zoom and faster shooting with 11 fps in burst mode. This model offers an impressive 42x optical zoom that ...

Grade: A- Price: $500.00

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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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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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Nikon COOLPIX P520

Nikon's P510 was one of our favorite long zooms of 2012; we expect it's successor, the P520 to be a top performing superzoom as well. There's just a few minor updates to the already great model, adding a few megapixels and making it compatible wit...

Grade: A- Price: $449.00

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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: $440.00

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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: $470.00

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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 EOS Rebel T5i

Along the lines of "don't fix what isn't broken," Canon's 2013 EOS Rebel T5i builds on the success of the T4i without making many changes to the popular line. The T5i continues to offer easy photo taking in a capable basic DS...

Grade: A Price: $549.00

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Canon EOS Rebel SL1

Advertised as the smallest DSLR on the market, the Canon EOD Rebel SL1 has received positive initial reviews. The SL1 has the same sensor and processor as the popular but larger T5i, however it's 4 fps burst speed is slightly slower than the T...

Grade: B- Price: $549.00

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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: $437.00

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Sony DSC-RX100M II

We fell in love with the RX100, now Sony has released an update that adds even more features to our top pick for advanced compacts. The already large 1" sensor is now back-side illuminated, a different design that increases the camera's l...

Grade: A- Price: $598.00

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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: $478.00

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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: $476.00

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Sony DSC-QX100

It's no secret that smartphones have been threatening camera sales, but Sony has decided to embrace it by designing a camera specifically for smartphone photography. Essentially, the QX100 is a complete digital camera--minus the screen. The se...

Grade: B Price: $500.00

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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 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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Fujifilm X-A1

The X-A1 is essentially a cheaper version of Fujifilm's popular X-M1 and the least expensive model in the mirrorless X line. The most notable difference between the X-M1 and the X-A1 is the sensor. The X-A1 still has the large, APS-C sensor, b...

Grade: A- Price: $599.00

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Fujifilm XQ1

The popular Fujifilm X line now has a compact camera, putting the company's popular X-Trans sensors in a pocket-sized shooter. The Fujifilm XQ1 is certainly an advanced compact with manual modes, RAW shooting, a 2/3” CMOS sensor with no ...

Grade: B Price: $480.00

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Nikon D3300

Nikon's entry level DSLRs have always been an excellent option for beginners—My first DSLR was actually the D3000, back in 2009. The D3300 is Nikon's latest addition to the line and has proven to be a solid shooter for novices.But al...

Grade: A- Price: $597.00

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Nikon COOLPIX P600

A little zoom goes a long way when it comes to what photos you're able to snap—and with a 60x optical zoom, the Nikon P600 has more than just a little zoom. The P600 currently leads the extended zoom category while most competitors sit d...

Grade: B Price: $580.00

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Nikon COOLPIX AW120

Nikon has certainly taken a step in the right direction with the all-weather AW120. When taking images underwater, lighting is much more limited, so a good lens is a must. The AW120 features an f2.8-4.9 lens, which is much brighter than the previo...

Grade: A- Price: $539.00

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Panasonic DMC-ZS40S

The Panasonic DMC-ZS40S is a compact zoom camera--but offers a lot of the same features as the advanced category. With the exception of the smaller 1/2.3" sensor, the ZS40 could be considered part of both categories. Manual modes, RAW shootin...

Grade: A- Price: $450.00

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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: $448.00

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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