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Camera Name Res Lens Avg. Price
Olympus Stylus 1 digital camera image Olympus Stylus 1 12.0 10.70x $699.99
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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS digital camera image Canon PowerShot SX50 HS 12.1 50.00x $394.18
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Canon PowerShot G16 digital camera image Canon PowerShot G16 12.1 5.00x $494.16
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 digital camera image Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 10.1 3.80x $379.65
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 digital camera image Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 12.1 24.00x $461.56
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Fujifilm X100S digital camera image Fujifilm X100S 16.3 1.00x $1,034.78
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Olympus Stylus XZ-2 digital camera image Olympus Stylus XZ-2 12.0 4.00x $415.99
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Canon PowerShot G15 digital camera image Canon PowerShot G15 12.1 5.00x $436.74
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Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS digital camera image Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS 10.1 12.00x $155.24
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Pentax X-5 digital camera image Pentax X-5 16.0 26.00x $265.47
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Editor's Choice Res Lens Avg. Price
image of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 digital camera Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 10.1 3.80x $379.65
A serious photographer's digital camera in a small package Panasonic's deluxe pocket digital camera line has long been a favorite of photographers as a capable, small take-everywhere camera, when lugging their pro camera was too much to ask. Improved in several ways, the Panasonic LX7 digital camera is a joy to shoot. Key refinements that will appeal to photographers include a manual aperture ring, a manual focus toggle, and a faster, high quality lens. As we've come to expect from Lumix digital cameras, the LX7 also has rock-solid image stabilization, and the new level gauge helps straighten your horizons. Optical quality stands out as the major enhancement, which gave us the confidence to place key subjects in corners without worry that they'd be too soft. The new faster lens -- a full stop faster -- allows faster shutter speeds in low light, and delivers fairly nice bokeh as well. We enjoyed shooting with the Lumix LX7, and felt comfortable with it as our only digital camera on several outings. Click here to see our review of the Panasonic LX7, or just follow our shopping link to find the best price. (minimize)

image of Nikon Coolpix P7700 digital camera Nikon Coolpix P7700 12.2 7.10x $496.95
Revamped flagship enthusiast digicam scores big on design and image quality It's taken three tries but Nikon has finally produced a flagship Coolpix camera that stacks up favorably to its top competitors, boasting an upgraded 12-megapixel sensor and a fast 7.1x zoom lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.0. Nikon removed the optical viewfinder from the Coolpix P7700, but we actually see this as a plus, especially since the 3-inch vari-angle LCD screen is easy to view and allows you to compose in tight spots. Sans viewfinder, the Nikon P7700's design is more compact, comfy and classic than its predecessor. Ultimately, it comes down to image quality and the P7700 delivers sharp still images and Full HD videos -- with just a few quirks -- and produces large, high-quality prints at lower ISOs. Click here for our review of the Nikon P7700, or click this link to shop! (minimize)

image of Canon PowerShot G15 digital camera Canon PowerShot G15 12.1 5.00x $436.74
A major step forward for Canon's flagship premium compact Canon's PowerShot G-series cameras were some of the first premium compact cameras to really grab the attention of the professional photographer and the amateur shooter alike. With the PowerShot G15, Canon takes a huge step forward by incorporating a fast 5x optical zoom lens with a maximum aperture that ranges from f/1.8 at wide to f/2.8 at tele. The camera also boasts a 12-megapixel, 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor to produce sharper images and full 1080p HD video recording (finally). And at the heart of the Canon G15 resides a ton of advanced photographic controls, including RAW image capture. One significant downgrade from its predecessor, the G12, however, is Canon's decision to replace the articulating LCD monitor with a fixed one, ostensibly to slim the G15's dimensions. Click here for our final verdict on the Canon G15! (minimize)

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image of Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS digital camera Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS 10.1 12.00x $155.24
The long-zoom "everywhere" camera just got smaller
Iconic and capable at the same time, the PowerShot 520 HS represents quite an evolution in Canon's classic ELPH design. Duplicating the same diminutive shape and size as its spiritual predecessors, the Canon 520 offers a 12x zoom ranging from 28-336mm with optical image stabilization. Its 3-inch LCD has a higher resolution of 461K-dots, and its simple control set and intelligent exposure modes make getting good stills and videos easy. Click here for our review of the Canon 520 HS! (minimize)

image of Canon PowerShot G16 digital camera Canon PowerShot G16 12.1 5.00x $494.16
A boost of speed and connectivity for Canon's flagship premium compact
Canon's PowerShot G-series cameras have been extremely popular with both pro photographers and amateur shooters alike thanks to lots of manual controls, customizable settings and buttons and, last but not least, great image quality. With the PowerShot G16, the big story is speed: fast AF, fast continuous shooting and now Full HD video at up to 60p thanks to its new DIGIC 6 processor. While the sensor has the same 12-megapixel resolution, it is now backside illuminated for better high ISO performance. The G16 also includes built-in Wi-Fi, and a number of other new features and enhancements. Otherwise, the Canon G16 shares many of the same specs as the G15, such as the same f/1.8-2.8 5x optical zoom lens, excellent macro mode and non-articulating LCD monitor. Click here for our Canon G16 review! (minimize)

image of Canon PowerShot SX50 HS digital camera Canon PowerShot SX50 HS 12.1 50.00x $394.18
Superzoom, super pictures, super simple to use
Canon has outdone itself once again. Boasting a whopping 50x optical zoom range (24-1200mm equivalent) and excellent image quality for its class, the Canon SX50 may not only be the company's finest megazoom offering to date, but also the best megazoom we've ever tested. Improved image stabilization and advanced features such as RAW capture vault it over its predecessor, though it does suffer some of the same expected shortcomings, including poor low-light autofocus performance and fuzzy images at ISO 800 and above. Learn more by reading our in-depth Canon SX50 review here, or buy one right now! (minimize)

image of Fujifilm X100S digital camera Fujifilm X100S 16.3 1.00x $1,034.78
A powerful photographic tool for advanced shooters with patience
The Fuji X100S rangefinder-style camera takes a leap forward with its new 16.3-megapixel X-Trans CMOS II sensor that helps it deliver stellar images with low noise, high dynamic range, good color and improved resolution. Overall, its performance bests that of its popular predecessor, the X100, with speedier operation and faster autofocus in good light, thanks to the addition of on-chip phase-detect pixels to create its new hybrid AF system. However, in many ways, the Fuji X100S didn't turn out to be as big an upgrade as we had hoped, with its low-light, contrast-detect AF performance still sluggish and inaccurate in real-life situations, and its video capabilities hampered by moire and the lack of image stabilization. Still, the Fuji X100S can be a great camera for the right shooter, especially street and landscape photographers, delivering Leica-like feel and quality in a more affordable package. For more info, check out our in-depth Fuji X100S review, or buy one now! (minimize)

image of Olympus Stylus 1 digital camera Olympus Stylus 1 12.0 10.70x $699.99
A new class of enthusiast long-zoom compacts is born
We've seen bridge cameras and long zooms for less money, even one with a constant f/2.8 aperture (the Panasonic FZ200) but most all have come with 1/2.3" sensors at their core. The Olympus Stylus 1 comes with the 1/1.7" sensor and the difference in image quality and low light performance is significant. And while the sensor is less than half the surface area of the acclaimed Sony RX10 bridge camera, the Stylus 1 is much smaller and much more affordable, putting it in a class by itself. Want to learn more? Read our Olympus Stylus 1 review for all the details, or buy one now! (minimize)

image of Olympus Stylus XZ-2 digital camera Olympus Stylus XZ-2 12.0 4.00x $415.99
Same serious lens but new serious upgrades for serious photographers
With the Olympus XZ-2, the company upgrades its top-of-the-line enthusiast compact camera with a new 12-megapixel 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor, but thankfully keeps its predecessor's fast and bright f/1.8-2.5 iZUIKO 4x zoom lens. We found the pairing of these features helps the XZ-2 produce great images for its class, especially at low ISOs. Add in a new 3-inch articulating LCD touchscreen, fast-and-accurate autofocus, a nifty dual-purpose front control ring, and a ton of advanced photographic features such as PASM controls and RAW capture, and the Olympus XZ-2 makes for a near-ideal, albeit pricey, everyday or back-up camera for serious photographers. Find out more in our in-depth Olympus XZ-2 review or buy one now! (minimize)

image of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 digital camera Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 12.1 24.00x $461.56
A superzoom camera with a super bright lens
Panasonic pumped some new excitement into its acclaimed superzoom line when it paired a Leica-branded f2/.8 lens with the Panasonic FZ200. That's a constant f/2.8 max aperture across the entire 24x optical zoom range, which is a rarity among long zooms these days and -- teamed with the camera's excellent AF system -- it proved to perform well in low-light and high shutter speed situations. There's a lot more to like about the FZ200, including a 12 fps, high-res burst mode and Full HD 1080p video recording (at up to 60 fps!). And advanced photographic controls such as manual exposure and focusing, as well as RAW image capture, mean it's a viable alternative for enthusiasts wanting a lightweight, everyday alternative to a heavy, bulky DSLR with multiple zoom lenses (at least in good light), and a serious step up for beginners wanting more zoom range. The FZ200's relatively small sensor does force some compromises on image quality (like almost every other camera in its class), but the camera's convenience and versatility make it one of the best superzooms on the market. Read our Panasonic FZ200 review for more details, or buy one here. (minimize)

image of Pentax MX-1 digital camera Pentax MX-1 12.0 4.00x $418.84
Retro-styled premium compact gets by on much more than its good looks
Boasting top-notch build quality and retro-styled design, the Pentax MX-1 enthusiast compact combines timeless styling with modern niceties such as a tilting LCD screen, fast 4x optical zoom lens, RAW still image capture and Full HD movie recording. Though the 1/1.7-inch imaging sensor might not produce photos that rival those from larger sensor cameras, the image quality from the MX-1 -- especially at lower ISOs -- remains quite pleasing. It's a great compact backup for serious photographers, and a serious step-up for advanced beginners. But is it the right model for you? Read our Pentax MX-1 review to find out! Or shop for one now! (minimize)

image of Pentax X-5 digital camera Pentax X-5 16.0 26.00x $265.47
Entry-level, versatile superzoom makes taking pictures fun and easy
Boasting a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and a 26x optical zoom lens, the Pentax X-5 offers family, travel and beginning photographers a serious-looking, but ultimately easy-to-use camera that can capture good photos at a long distance. The camera features a ton of preset modes and automated functions that make picture taking fun and simple. And the X-5's 22-580mm equivalent range can bring the action up nice and close. Though it may look and feel like a DSLR, the X-5 is clearly not geared for enthusiasts wanting advanced photographic capabilities or DSLR-like image quality. While the X-5 delivers crisp, detailed images in good light -- most likely where casual photographers would use it most -- it doesn't fare as well at higher ISOs and when shooting in dim or overcast conditions. It's also a slow camera to operate, especially for candid work. Still, at its price point and with its point-and-shoot lineage, the Pentax X-5 does a lot of things right, and ranks as one of the best entry-level superzoom models we've tested. Click here for our full Pentax X-5 review or go buy one now. (minimize)

image of Samsung EX2F digital camera Samsung EX2F 12.4 3.30x $499.99
A superfast (f/1.4) lens and advanced controls premium compact camera
Serious photographers are always looking for new options for a premium compact camera they can easily carry around with them in situations when it's too much hassle to lug a DSLR. The Samsung EX2F is a new entrant that stacks up well against many of the best cameras in its class, thanks in large part to its f/1.4 Schneider-Kreuznach lens that's among the fastest digicam lenses on the market. The 12-megapixel EX2F boasts advanced photographic controls, including the ability to shoot RAW files (which we highly recommend with this model), a 3-inch articulated AMOLED display and built-in WiFi that make it an all-around solid performer. We've got a few quibbles with it, namely inconsistent JPEG capture, but we think it's a good alternative to the usual suspects, especially if you shoot a lot in low lighting. Click here for our review of the Samsung EX2F, or click the link to shop! (minimize)

image of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V digital camera Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V 18.2 30.00x $443.49
A great all-in-one imaging solution for travel photographers
Superzooms are rather like the Swiss Army knives of the digital camera world. Where some cameras seem tuned for a specific task, superzooms like the Sony HX200V aim to cover every possibly shooting situation. All that zoom reach means compromises must be made. Done right, you get a great travel companion. Done wrong, no amount of zoom will help you. On paper, the Sony HX200V looks impressive: a 30x zoom lens, 18 megapixel sensor, tilting display, geotagging, and more. How does its real-world performance measure up? Read our Sony HX200V review and find out! (minimize)

image of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 digital camera Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 20.2 8.33x $1,015.40
This weather-sealed beauty sports a lens that will change your mind about fixed-lens cameras
Conventional wisdom says that if you want the best pictures, you want interchangeable lenses. The Sony RX10 turns that theory on its head, substituting the interchangeable lenses for just the one fixed lens -- but what a great optic it is! With a bright f/2.8 aperture and a generous 24-200mm equivalent range, you'd need a lot of bulky, expensive glass to match the RX10's lens on your SLR or CSC. The RX10 also has a huge advantage over its bridge camera rivals, thanks to a much larger sensor, and it debuts some interesting features including full-sensor readout for video capture. Is it pricey? Sure, but we think it's worth it. This could just be the camera which convinces you that interchangeable lenses are overkill! Read our in-depth Sony RX10 review for all the details, or shop for one now! (minimize)

 
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