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Olympus Tough TG-1

Reviewed February 2013
Olympus Tough TG-1
*Est. $350
Best waterproof digital camera
Pros:
  • Waterproof, shockproof, crushproof, freezeproof and dustproof
  • Vibrant photos and videos, even underwater
  • Speedy performance
  • Loaded with features
Cons:
  • Can't shoot RAW files
  • Limited manual controls

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Reviewed September 2013
Canon PowerShot SX280 HS
*Est. $280
Pros:
  • 20x zoom
  • Good photos for its class
  • GPS, Wi-Fi and manual controls at a low price
Cons:
  • Battery life and battery sensor malfunctions
  • Missing some common features, like panorama
  • No RAW mode
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

Reviewed February 2013
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8
*Est. $255
Pros:
  • Good photos in bright light
  • Generally quick
  • Pocketable
  • Good battery life
Cons:
  • Shorter zoom than rivals
  • Dim-light photos only look good at small sizes
  • Owner complaints about durability
  • Video is only 720p, not full HD
  • Slow burst shooting
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Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Reviewed February 2013
Olympus SZ-31MR iHS
*Est. $300
Pros:
  • 24x zoom
  • Loaded with fun features and special effects
  • Fast performance
Cons:
  • Photo quality gets mixed reviews
  • Touch screen can be unresponsive and hard to see
  • Disappointing audio in movie mode
  • Limited manual controls
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

Reviewed February 2013
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
*Est. $305
Pros:
  • 20x zoom
  • Fast and responsive performance
  • GPS functionality
Cons:
  • Photos only look good at small sizes
  • Limited touch-screen functionality
  • Disappointing audio in movie mode
  • No manual focus
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