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Price when rated: $699
Lowest price: $200.00 via Amazon.com Marketplace

Pros

  • Every manual control imaginable
  • Excellent photo quality
  • Best macro mode on market
  • Support for external flash and add-on lenses

Cons

  • Small LCD
  • Strange shutter-lag and buffering issues
  • No Raw file mode
  • Interface is clunky and hard to use
  • No AF illuminator
Nikon Corporation 25513
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Price when rated: $499

Pros

  • Supports external flash
  • Excellent EasyShare software
  • High-resolution LCD
  • Many manual controls
  • Electronic viewfinder usable in low light
  • Good low-light focusing

Cons

  • Details in images soft and muddy
  • No manual white balance or focus
  • Some red-eye and purple fringing
Eastman Kodak Company 8206765
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Price when rated: $499

Pros

  • Robust performance
  • Many manual controls
  • Unique SLR-style body

Cons

  • Plastic body feels cheap
  • Slowest shutter speed is 2 seconds
  • Images are noisy and overcompressed
  • No image-compression options
Fuji Photo Film Co. Ltd 43860875
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Price when rated: $449

Pros

  • Fast continuous-shooting modes
  • Supports add-on lenses and filters
  • Full manual controls

Cons

  • Hard to see electronic view-finder in low light
  • Poor low-light focusing
  • No AF illuminator
Toshiba PDR-M700
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Price when rated: $349

Pros

  • Some manual controls

Cons

  • Software not OS X native
  • Softness and jaggies in images
  • Movie, playback modes outdated
  • No AF illuminator
Kyocera Corporation 300188
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Price when rated: $599

Pros

  • VGA movie mode
  • Top-notch performance
  • Very high-quality LCD
  • Improvements in dynamic range
  • Full manual controls

Cons

  • Expensive for its class
  • Slowest shutter speed is 3 seconds
  • Limited image-quality choices
Fuji Photo Film Co. Ltd 43860830
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