One of the most compelling reasons to buy a compact instead of relying on your phone? Stabilized optical zooming, for getting crisp shots of far-off subjects, like your kid playing center field. The 16-megapixel SH-1 fits a 24X zoom lens into a 1.7-inch-thick body, and it’s the first compact to deploy 5-axis stabilization for both stills and videos. [$400; getolympus.com]
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