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Best Advanced Compacts

The advanced compact is what you get when you add enthusiast and professional features onto a small point-and-shoot compact camera. These little gems are popular for those who want a little more quality than your average point-and-shoot and even seasoned pros that like to leave their clunky DSLRs at home once in a while. Advanced compacts are defined as point-and-shoot cameras that have manual modes. But, this usually isn't the only advantage. They tend to have larger sensors and brighter lenses, so they perform better in low light even if you never take them off automatic. The best advanced compact cameras will have large sensors and bright lenses wrapped up in a small body. Take a look at this category before you buy a regular point-and-shoot, often even the budget advanced compacts offer much more.

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Pentax MX-1

Pentax's new MX-1 brings a retro styling to the small yet sophisticated advanced compact category. Introduced in February 2013, the MX-1 has the undeniable look and feel of a classic camera with a full neck strap, brass trim, textured grip and...

Grade: B- Price: $400.00

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Canon PowerShot G16

One of our favorite advanced compacts gets an upgrade in the G16, introduced in October 2013. The G16's older sibling, the G15, was noted for its image quality, bright lens and design; the G16 continues that same tradition but adds wi-fi. Sporting...

Grade: A Price: $750.00

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Fujifilm XQ1

The popular Fujifilm X line now has a compact camera, putting the company's popular X-Trans sensors in a pocket-sized shooter. The Fujifilm XQ1 is certainly an advanced compact with manual modes, RAW shooting, a 2/3” CMOS sensor with no ...

Grade: B Price: $430.00

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Olympus Stylus 1

A few years ago, the advanced compact wowed with large sensors and manual modes allowing for big images from tiny cameras. But there's been one thing sorely lacking from the advanced compact category—zoom.Well, it's not missing any l...

Grade: A- Price: $689.00

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

4K is quickly becoming the new HD--and now, it's available in even compact cameras. The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 is the world's first compact camera with 4K video, according to the manufacturer. But, that's not all this little bridge-sty...

Grade: B+ Price: $798.00

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Sony DSC-RX100M III

When Sony introduced the RX100 back in 2012, we were quite impressed with the little shooter and didn't see too many ways such an impressive camera could be improved on. Well, they blew us away with the RX100 II and now, they've introduced...

Grade: A- Price: $698.00

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Fujifilm X30

Fujifilm is a leader when it comes to retro-inspired cameras—the Fujifilm X30 is a retro-inspired beast of a camera, with a sturdy build and solid specs to boot. A fast lens, a high resolution electronic viewfinder and a tilting LCD screen a...

Grade: A- Price: $499.00

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Panasonic LUMIX LX100

The Panasonic Lumix LX100 is entering a crowded advanced compact category, but make way, because this stylish compact looks to be quite the competitor with big performance and a not-so-bad price tag to boot.The LX100 features a Micro Four Thirds s...

Grade: A- Price: $798.00

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Fujifilm XQ2

The Fujifilm XQ1 impressed us last year with category-leading speed--with a brand new processor, the XQ2 pushes that even further.While you don't see a jump in burst speed in the tech specs, the Fujifilm XQ2 has an updated processor, the EXR P...

Grade: B+ Price: $299.00

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Sony RX100 IV

In a market where point-and-shoot cameras are largely ignored, Sony has introduced a wealth of new technology in their top-of-the-line compact, the Sony RX100 IV. The previous versions have all impressed with the large sensor and bright lens, maki...

Grade: A Price: $739.00

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Ricoh GR II

Nothing quite predicts the image quality like the size and quality of the sensor. Ricoh has managed to pack an APS-C sensor (the size found in entry-level DSLRs) into a camera that weighs about half a pound. The advanced compact category is quite ...

Grade: A- Price: $597.00

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Canon PowerShot G3 X

Just a few years ago, consumers had to choose between an advanced compact or a camera with a big zoom, but that's certainly not the case anymore. Joining the likes of the Olympus Stylus 1, Sony RX10 II and Panasonic FZ1000, the Canon G3 X impr...

Grade: A Price: $849.00

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Canon PowerShot G5 X

The Canon G5 X is essential the G7 X repackaged in a new body. Where the older G7 X was built for selfie-lovers, the G5 X brings a welcome change with a body that caters more towards enthusiast shooters. (As if camera names already were not confus...

Grade: B+ Price: $619.00

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Canon PowerShot G9 X

The Canon G9 X is the sleeker, lighter sibling to the G5 X. While it doesn't list quite as many features, it's also nearly half the weight and $300 less than the G5 X, introduced at the same time.Like the G5 X, the Canon G9 X sports a larg...

Grade: B+ Price: $399.00

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Fujifilm X70

Fujifilm certainly isn't a stranger to advanced compacts, but options like the X100T come with a pretty high-end price tag. So when the company introduced the $700 X70, I was intrigued, to say the least. The X70 includes the same X-Trans senso...

Grade: A- Price: $699.00

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Panasonic Lumix ZS100 (DMC-ZS100)

The Panasonic ZS100 is a versatile advanced compact with a 10x optical zoom packed in front of a large 1" sensor. But perhaps even more enticing is the 4K capability. Panasonic is one of the leading manufacturers when it comes to finding 4K o...

Grade: A- Price: $683.00

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Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

The Canon G7 X was the company's first advanced compact to use the 1 inch sensor, after the success of the 1.5" sensors in the pricer options. The Canon G7 X Mark II, as the name suggests, is an update to that original 1 inch sensor camer...

Grade: A- Price: $589.00

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Sony RX100 V

Sony is back with the latest update to their popular flagship compact, and keeping true to the RX100 tradition, boasts some pretty impressive specs (and a pretty jaw dropping price tag).The Sony RX100 V uses the same 1 inch sensor size, but now th...

Grade: A Price: $399.00

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Panasonic Lumix LX10

The advanced compact category is becoming increasingly competitive, but the Panasonic Lumix LX10 enters the mix with a very bright f/1.4 lens at the widest point.That wide lens, which hits a maximum f/2.8 using the 3x optical zoom, is paired with ...

Grade: A- Price: $683.00

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Panasonic Lumix FZ2500

All 4Ks are not created equal -- and the Panasonic FZ2500 sports a true cinema quality 4K video mode.4K is technically 4,000 pixels, but most manufacturers will classify 3800 as 4K. While Panasonic’s bump up to 4096 pixels is a less noticeab...

Grade: A- Price: $1,119.00

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Fujifilm X100F

Fujifilm's X100 line is a favorite among street photographers for the high-end sensor in a sleek, unobtrusive design. The Fujifilm X100F continues in that tradition with an upgraded sensor and processor as well as better black and whites.Fujif...

Grade: A- Price: $1,300.00