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Canon PowerShot G-12

PowerShot G12     Photo: Courtesy of Canon

Professional photographers use this compact and rugged 10-megapixel camera as a spare. Here’s why: it shoots with the power and precision of a DSLR, fits in a breast pocket, captures 720p high-definition video in stereo sound, and sports a flip-out, adjustable viewing screen that allows for discreet composing. $500

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Nikon Coolpix P300
The big news is the P300’s 1080p full-HD video, a rarity in compact point-and-shoots—especially at this price. As for still images, it’s a 12-megapixel camera in a category that usually tops out at ten. $330

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