Best of the worst! These are the worst cameras of 2023

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Picking the worst cameras of 2023 is tougher than it first sounds, because it's actually hard to find a truly bad camera these days. Yes there are the occasional dumpster fires like the Yashica Y35, but truly crap cameras are a bit of a rarity.

Still, just because a camera doesn't qualify for a poo emoji doesn't mean there's nothing wrong with it. From a single highly touted feature that flat-out doesn't work, to an entire camera so misguided that it leaves us wondering why it even exists, we've seen our share of clangers this year. 

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