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Our Favorite Travel Cameras for the Road

Calling all budding travel photographers: you can take pretty decent photos with your iPhone, but why not take it to the next level with a super slick, high-quality camera? Here, we break down the 9 best out there, pixel by pixel.

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FUJIFILM X-T3 Mirrorless Digital Camera

A sleek retro-inspired camera, the Fuji’s X-T3 uses pentaprism functionality, which basically translates into a top-tier, high-resolution electronic viewfinder. You can shoot photo after photo of a landscape on autofocus, say, and, in quick succession. Plus, the smart size makes it easy to carry around.

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Nikon COOLPIX P900 Digital Camera

This premium, lightening-fast camera uses a multi-directional LCD screen, easy turnable lens ring, over 16 megapixels and can be customized to shoot any range that catches your eye. Given everything the Cool PixA offers, it's a virtual steal under $1,000 and is easily compatible with an adapter for instant Wi-Fi photo sharing.

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Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 Digital Camera

The Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 is a favorite for its manageable size and superb high-pixel and image quality, which includes a lens range built in partnership with Leica. The result? Sophisticated images and top-notch recording capabilities.

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Go Pro HERO7

For your next rugged adventure, Go Pro has created the HERO7, a high-performing action camera and the cult brand's most advanced version to date. It's got a waterproof design, 4K HD video and 12MP photos, a built-in touch screen, plus Wi-Fi + Bluetooth to share your favorite shots, killer Time Lapse video capability, and a generous battery life.

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Sony RX100 V

No photos this good have ever come from a camera this small. It's got a huge one-inch sensor ⎯ the biggest to ever fit into a pocketable zoom camera ⎯ and the images have insane amounts of detail and vivid, true colors. The Hand-Held Twilight mode is a serious bonus and the Burst mode can fire 24 frames per second. We also love the Smarter mode, which delivers killer selfies; the camera waits until it sees your face, then fires a shot every three seconds until you leave the scene.

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Polaroid Snap Touch Portable Instant Print Digital Camera

Remember old-school polaroid cameras? This updated 21st-century version delivers the same instant gratification. With a 13-megapixel sensor, it produces clear 2x3 color prints in less than sixty seconds. Bonus: You can crop, add borders and apply filters, and it fits perfectly in your jeans back pocket. Bring it to the next party.

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Samsung NX Mini

It's dubbed the “world’s slimmest and lightest camera” ⎯ and is ideal for Smartphone users looking for a step up in image quality from a pocketable. Samsung’s elegant NX Mini uses a 1-inch sensor chip for optimal compatibility and interchangeable lenses that can easily fit in your tote bag or carry-on. A 3-inch touch screen results in perfect selfies, and for those who like to make a statement, the camera is available in a variety of colors like pop-y pink and deep chocolate brown.

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Olympus TG-5 Waterproof Camera

This rugged, all-terrain, crushproof (it can withstand 220 lbs) and waterproof camera (which can venture to depths of 50 feet under sea and ocean) has excellent performance, thanks to ultra- fast and wide conversion lenses. It's the ideal companion for your next beach escape.

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Leica X2

This is the ultimate luxury travel camera, first introduced in 1954 from German maker Leica and handcrafted with an elegant leather finish. You can expect a high-performance lens, auto exposure, quiet shutter and supremely effective 16.1 megapixel sensor which sets standards in image quality. We're talking less grain in low light, better color depth and great dynamic range.

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