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Nikon's Coolpix P600 is a telescope dressed up like a point-and-shoot

The P600 isn't the quickest camera, but that might be a small price to pay for having such a long lens on a relatively compact, lightweight camera.

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Nikon 1 J4 gets a little angular (pictures)

The J4 loses some of the rounded edges of its J-class siblings.

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Android returns to Nikon Coolpix lineup with S810c

The 12x zoom S810c is a much more pocket- and wallet-friendly Android camera option than Samsung's Galaxy Camera 2.

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The Nikon D3300 delivers the photo quality and speed you expect when stepping up from a point-and-shoot.

The Nikon D3300: A friendly dSLR for first timers

The Nikon D3300 delivers the photo quality and speed you expect when stepping up from a point-and-shoot.

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Nikon 1 V3 promises 20fps burst

In addition to speeding up its flagship interchangeable-lens model, Nikon debuts a power-zoom kit lens and a telephoto zoom for its CX mount.

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Nikon slims down the grip, and the vertical front dial is fairly uncommon, but the rest of the camera looks a lot more typical than its predecessor.

Nikon overhauls the design of its flagship ILC

With its smaller grip and body, the V3 sheds the built-in EVF but gains a tilting touch screen.

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Nikon D3300 delivers solid pictures (photo samples)

Better than that of its predecessor, the Nikon D3300's photo quality is quite good for its class.

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<p>There's a reason the lens which ships with many entry-level interchangeable-lens cameras -- usually an 18-55mm (APS-C) or 14-42mm (Micro Four Thirds) -- adds a mere $100 to the cost of the kit. It allows manufacturers to offer the most inexpensively priced option possible while still delivering a decent out-of-the-box, point-and-shoot-like experience. But while most kit lenses are decent, their narrow aperture ranges can be both creatively stifling and inflexible for shooting in low light, the latter environment where most inexpensive cameras need the most help. Still, there's something to be said for the convenience of a multipurpose zoom lens. </p><p>Primes can be frustrating at times: when you're physically stuck working a fixed distance from your subject or traveling with folks who don't want to humor your attempts to get the right shot, to name just two (<a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/2300-35243_7-10019093.html">Here are my prime lens recommendations</a> as well as a <a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-6501_7-57560029-95/make-the-resolution-try-a-new-lens-for-your-camera/">guide to understanding lenses</a>.). But stepping up to a slightly better lens can improve your photography noticeably.</p>
<p>The latest kit-lens trend has been power-zoom lenses. These are great for convenience and portability, so from that perspective they're better than the traditional versions. But they're still generally not great optically.</p>
<p>I've kept my recommendations to less than $900 and targeted for non-full-frame cameras. While some of these lenses are designed for full-frame cameras -- they tend to be better lenses in general -- I figure if you've bought a full-frame camera you should be able to figure a lot of this out by yourself. Some of them are quite old. Newer lenses tend to be more compact, with better coatings and better optical stabilization (where applicable), but older models still provide good value for the money. </p><p>Also, while some of my recommendations have the same aperture range as most kits -- f3.5-5.6 -- they all have much longer ranges so that they offer about a stop wider aperture across most of the range.</p>
<p>There are also some lenses I'd love to recommend, such as the Olympus MFT 12-40mm f2.8 and Sony E-mount 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS, but they're both too expensive at almost $1,000.</p>

Kick your kit lens to the curb: 12 better choices (pictures)

That 18-55mm lens that came with your camera was never meant to be your one and only.

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Nikon D4S pro DSLR specs revealed: it's faster than the D4

Nikon has revealed the full specs of the D4S, the successor to the D4, and speed is the name of the game.

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Nikon D3300 revs up the entry-level SLR

Nikon brings its new entry-level SLR in line with higher-end models by removing the anti-aliasing filter and boosting its speed.

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