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The Olympus Stylus XZ-2 iHS is an excellent bright lens enthusiast compact. At this point, though, you should skip it at its full $600 price.
For those who crave an enthusiast compact with more zoom range, the Olympus Stylus 1 should be high on your list for its excellent balance of performance, design, and features.
The enthusiast-targeted XZ-2 iHS is quite capable of taking excellent-quality photos. Get an idea of what it can do in this slideshow.
The TG-3 is just as tough as its predecessor, but gets a cool new macro trick and accessory, while the 24x compact zoom SH-1 gets styling and image stabilization to match the company's interchangeable lens cameras.
Though its 24-1200mm lens keeps pace with competitors, its unique tracking system may give this camera the edge it needs.
With its bright lens, (slightly) larger sensor, tilting touch screen, direct controls, and ample shooting options, the XZ-2 is made for those who want to do more than snapshots.
Even more than a year after its release this enthusiast compact is a nice choice, though not at its full $600 price.
The TG-850 brings some firsts to the rugged point-and-shoot category to help beat out the stale competition.
The new Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS is prepared to go down to 50 feet underwater.
It has the look, control, and lens of an enthusiast compact, but its sensor is common point-and-shoot size.