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Nikon D3200

Reviewed February 2014
Nikon D3200
*Est. $530
Best digital SLR for beginners
Pros:
  • Ultra-high-resolution, 24-megapixel sensor
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Shoots 1080p full HD video with manual control
Cons:
  • Overall image quality no better than lower-res cameras
  • Huge resolution means huge files
  • Sluggish autofocus in Live View and Movie mode
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Reviewed September 2013
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
*Est. $450
Best ultra-zoom digital camera
Pros:
  • 30x zoom -- biggest of any camera this size
  • Very good photos and video
  • Full manual controls and a hot shoe
  • Loaded with features
  • Solid, upscale build quality
Cons:
  • Grainy image noise at high ISOs
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Canon PowerShot G15

Reviewed February 2013
Canon PowerShot G15
*Est. $460
Best compact digital camera
Pros:
  • Outstanding photos, even in low light
  • Snappy performance and great handling
  • Rock-solid build
  • Big-camera features like a viewfinder and hot shoe
  • Fits into a jacket pocket
Cons:
  • Video mode offers little manual control
  • No in-camera panorama

Sony Alpha A58

Reviewed February 2014
Sony Alpha A58
*Est. $450
Pros:
  • Fast autofocus
  • Partially articulated LCD
  • Comfortable to hold
Cons:
  • Plastic lens mount
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Nikon D5100

Reviewed February 2014
Nikon D5100
*Est. $480
Pros:
  • Terrific image quality, even in low light
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Swiveling LCD screen
Cons:
  • Sluggish autofocus in Live View and Movie mode
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