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The Best Travel Zoom Digital Cameras

Zoom can get you images that you can't snap with any other camera. Travel zooms are small point-and-shoot cameras with at least a 15x zoom, though many of them reach 20 and 30. These cameras have all the benefits of a point-and-shoot, including a compact size, with the added benefit of a big zoom. Their size and capabilities make them popular for travelers, but they are just well-rounded cameras overall and are suitable for a variety of different consumers. The best travel zoom digital cameras won't just have a compact size, they'll have solid image quality too.

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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: $448.00

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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: $379.00

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Panasonic Lumix ZS60 (DMC-ZS60K)

The Panasonic ZS50 is a nice travel camera with solid image quality throughout the zoom range--Panasonic just upped the ante with the ZS60, however, adding 4K video onto an already solid camera.The Panasonic ZS60 still sports the nice 30x optical ...

Grade: A Price: $397.00

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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: $729.00

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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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Sony WX500

We thought the Sony HX90 was a bit pricey at release--the Sony WX500 answers that with a bit more palatable price, but axes a lot of the usability features. Selling for about $410 at its first release, the Sony WX500 offers a big 30x optical zoom,...

Grade: B Price: $348.00

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Nikon Coolpix S7000

At the time of it's release, the Nikon Coolpix S7000 is the lightest camera sporting a 20x zoom. Weighing in at just 5.9 ounces, the S7000 is a tiny camera that looks to still stand its ground.The highlighting feature in the S7000 is that 20x ...

Grade: A- Price: $229.00

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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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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: $265.00

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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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Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

This Canon hits the right specs for the price point with a nice 30x optical zoom and a 8.5 fps burst mode that beats the Nikon S9700. With the ability to focus as close as .4 inches from the front of the lens plus the long zoom and manual modes, t...

Grade: A Price: $384.00

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Sony WX350

The compact zoom category is competitive and packed full of decent shooters, so where does the Sony WX350 sit? The WX350 is one of the fastest options when considering burst speed with a nice 10 fps. The 20x optical zoom isn't the best in clas...

Grade: A- Price: $268.00

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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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Nikon COOLPIX S9700

Nikon's 2014 compact zoom, the S9700, looks to have an excellent set of features for the $350 retail price tag. The S9700 features the same 16.1 megapixel 1/2.3 sensor as Nikon's bulkier and pricer P520 and P600 ($450 and $500 retail, resp...

Grade: B Price: $320.00

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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