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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Reviewed May 2014
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
*Est. $350
Pros:
  • Outstanding photos, even in low light
  • Snappy performance
  • Great video mode with lots of manual control
Cons:
  • No viewfinder
  • Short zoom

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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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60

Reviewed February 2013
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60
*Est. $315
Pros:
  • 24x zoom lens
  • Very good photos and good HD video
  • Full manual controls and a viewfinder
  • Outstanding auto mode
Cons:
  • Can't shoot RAW files
  • Unimpressive in low light
  • Plastic body
  • Won't fit in a pocket
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