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The Best Travel Digital Cameras

Going on vacation gives us a much-needed respite form the daily grind. We see new places, eat new foods, and experience things we that couldn't at home. We use cameras to capture a visual record of the once-in-a-lifetime memories, so having the right digital camera for the job is as important as remembering your passport and packing enough socks. The digital cameras below are all great choices, just choose the one that satisfies your desired feature-set and price point.

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Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS70

The Panasonic ZS70 is a compact camera with a big zoom and big 4K photo capabilities.The camera uses the basic 1/2.3" sensor found on most point-and-shoots, but the resolution is bumped up slightly from the older model to 20.3 megapixels. The...

Grade: A- Price: $450.00

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Pentax KP

Pentax is cramming more features into a smaller body with the KP, a compact, weather-sealed DSLR.The KP uses an APS-C sensor, and like several of Pentax's earlier models, doesn't have an anti-aliasing filter but uses the sensor shift stabi...

Grade: A- Price: $1,097.00

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Sony a6300

The Sony a6300 is making big boasts about speed, and if the earlier model is any indication, should offer pretty good image quality to boot. In Sony's tests, the a6300 locked focus as fast as .05 seconds--a pretty quick focus if Sony's lab...

Grade: A- Price: $1,048.00

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Sony RX10 Mark III

The Sony RX10 line combines the higher resolution of a 1" sensor with a much bigger zoom than the small RX100 line can muster. That just expanded even more with the Sony RX10 Mark III. With the previous camera offering about an 8x zoom, the l...

Grade: A Price: $1,398.00

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Nikon COOLPIX A900

The Nikon COOLPIX A900 is a small camera with a big zoom and even big video capabilities with 4K.While the A900 looks like a typical point-and-shoot and uses the standard 1/2.3" sensor, the 35x optical zoom is hiding in a pretty small camera....

Grade: A- Price: $347.00

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Sony HX80

The Sony HX80 is a "new" compact zoom camera, but there really isn't much new about it. Basically, the HX80 is the older Sony HX90 without GPS.Both cameras offer a 1/2.3 inch sensor paired with a solid 30x optical zoom lens. The HX80...

Grade: B+ Price: $338.00

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Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

The Canon SX720 offers a big 40x zoom lens--but in a camera that could fit in your pocket.The older SX710 (and SX700) offered 30x zoom, but the SX720 increases that while still keeping the camera's slim profile. Besides just being able to zoom...

Grade: B- Price: $349.00

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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: $629.00

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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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Sony HX90 (DSCHX90V/B)

Viewfinders have long been sacrificed for the sake of space--not so with the Sony HX90. Sony is claiming yet another the "smallest" title, this time for the smallest compact 30x zoom with a viewfinder. That's a lot of qualifiers to c...

Grade: B+ Price: $448.00

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Olympus TG-4

Olympus's waterproof cameras have a long history of high rankings--and for good reason. It's not unheard of for even a professional to pick up the top camera in this line-up so they don't have to damaging risk their pricier gear for an...

Grade: A+ Price: $349.00

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10

Most budget cameras ax extras like wi-fi and a good optical zoom. While the $199 Panasonic DMC-SZ10 isn't the cheapest camera around, it does offer a few features that are harder to find at this price point.Despite being small enough to fit in...

Grade: C+ Price: $316.00

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Nikon Coolpix S9900

Zoom is a big deal—but it also makes for a big camera. The Nikon Coolpix S9900 doesn't offer the 83x optical zoom of their P900 superzoom, but it packs a nice 30x optical zoom in a package that travels easily.The S9900 is a bit faster th...

Grade: B+ Price: $249.00

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Fujifilm FinePix S9900W

The super zoom category is booming—but should consumers really be spending $500-600 on a compact camera when an entry-level DSLR will cost you that much? The Fujifilm S9900 (and S9900W with wi-fi) enters the fray as an option that won't ...

Grade: B Price: $346.00

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50

More megapixels isn't always better—that's the motto Panasonic is taking with the compact zoom ZS50 camera. While there's a lower number of megapixels on the ZS50 from the older ZS40, that move is designed to bump up the low ligh...

Grade: A Price: $298.00

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Canon PowerShot G7 X

Canon's first compact camera to feature a one-inch sensor is the Canon PowerShot G7 X. Announced in September 2014, the G7 X is a smaller, pared down version of the G1X Mark II that competes directly with the similar Sony RX100 II.The Canon Po...

Grade: B+ Price: $619.00

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Sony a5100

It's no secret the point of mirrorless cameras is to pack big imaging power into small packages. Sony is one of the leaders in this area, and they seem to introduce a "smallest yet" camera every year. The 2014 Sony a5100 takes that &...

Grade: A- Price: $548.00

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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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Olympus SH-1

Basic point-and-shoots are compact and travel easily, but often lack zoom and speed. Enter the Olympus SH-1, a compact camera that packs in a pretty solid zoom along with excellent speed, wrapped up in a sturdy, retro-styled body.Because the Olymp...

Grade: B+ Price: $199.00

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Fujifilm FinePix S1

A 50x zoom is no longer unheard of, in fact, 50x is becoming the norm in the realm of super zoom cameras. But what's much harder to find is a camera that can take images at the long end of that big zoom that are quite similar in quality to the...

Grade: A- Price: $500.00

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Sony Alpha a5000

Sony's smallest interchangeable lens camera yet (at it's introduction in January 2014), the a5000 features a large APS-C size sensor in a body that weighs less than eight ounces. Sony is claiming the small shooter has features, including a...

Grade: B+ Price: $528.00

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Sony HX400

Cameras with big zooms can capture images that just aren't possible with the average shooter. The Sony HX400 doesn't just have a huge 50x zoom, it can also capture macro shots of little things as close as one inch from the front of the len...

Grade: B+ Price: $450.00

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Panasonic DMC-ZS40S

The Panasonic DMC-ZS40S is a compact zoom camera--but offers a lot of the same features as the advanced category. With the exception of the smaller 1/2.3" sensor, the ZS40 could be considered part of both categories. Manual modes, RAW shootin...

Grade: A- Price: $300.00

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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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Fujifilm X-M1

Classic. Compact. Simple. There's a lot of great words to describe Fujifilm's X-M1—and very few bad ones. Fujifilm has really hit the mark with their 2013 classically styled mirrorless in two big ways—one, with the filterless A...

Grade: B+ Price: $900.00

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Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

The Canon SX280 is truly a feature packed compact zoom, with a 20x optical zoom, wi-fi and GPS. Canon upgraded their processor over the previous model--a big change meaning better low light images and a faster burst speed of 14 fps (up to seven sh...

Grade: A- Price: $234.00

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Nikon COOLPIX AW100

Nikon finally got the ruggedized camera right in the AW100, it seems. The AW100 is still a compromise in some respects (battery life), but image quality is good enough for most purposes and, with waterproofing to 33 ft and shockproofing to 5, it c...

Grade: B Price: $290.00