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Graduate to a better camera

Whether headed off to higher education or to start life in real world, here are our choices for cameras and camcorders for capturing whatever lies ahead.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100

If you're sending your grad out on a post-school vacation, this is a great compact camera that's a reward for hard work.
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Liquid Image Ego

The Ego is a capable little POV action cam with built-in Wi-Fi that lets you use a smartphone or table to control it and give you a live view of what the camera sees.
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ContourRoam2

Like the Liquid Image Ego, the Roam2 is pretty much a point-and-shoot action camera. However, the Contour's advantage is its waterproof body, which keeps it protected down to about 3.3 feet.
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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

An excellent camera for travel (though you'll want to get a couple extra batteries for it), the SX260 HS is nice for both casual and experienced shooters looking for excellent photo and movie quality, and its 20x zoom lens covers a lot of range.
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Samsung WB250F

The WB250F is a solid step-up camera for smartphone photographers without completely losing the easy sharing capabilities of an always-connected mobile device.
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Nikon D3200

A nice first SLR that won't break the bank, the Nikon D3200 is a good entry point for budding photographers.
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Sony Alpha NEX-6

For a grad who's an advanced photographer or just wants something better than a point-and-shoot but doesn't want the bulk of a dSLR, the NEX-6 is a great choice.

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