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Best Overall: Nikon Coolpix P900 at Amazon
"At just under two pounds, the P900 is highly portable and full of features including NFC-connectivity and a 166x super-telephoto lens."
Best Point-and-Shoot: Canon PowerShot SX740 at Amazon
"Portability, excellent picture quality and reasonable pricing make the SX740 stand out among mountains of competition."
Best Value: Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II at Amazon
"The G7 X packs a lot of bite for its size, with high-quality video, continuous shooting at 8 frames per second, and Wi-Fi built-in."
Best for Adventures: Nikon Coolpix AW130 at Amazon
"Perfect for adventures, the AW130 is waterproof up to 100 feet, shockproof from 7 feet, and freezeproof down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit."
Best Mirrorless: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 at Amazon
"The mirrorless DMC-GX85 is a worthy cross between a DSLR and a point-and-shoot."
Best Splurge: Sony DSC-RX10 III at Amazon
"The DSC-RX10 III is a well-designed, fully-featured DSLR with top-notch build quality and carefully-considered button placement."
Runner-Up, Best Point-and-Shoot: Nikon Coolpix S7000 at Amazon
"The Coolpix S7000 offers an excellent point-and-shoot option that's both NFC-compatible and ready for close-ups of distant action."
Runner-Up, Best Mirrorless: Sony Alpha a6300 at Amazon
"The a6300 is a standout choice for photographers looking for a world-class autofocus and crisp video in a portable package."
Nikon’s Coolpix P900 is a standout NFC-ready camera that features an outstanding 83x optical zoom and a 166x dynamic fine zoom super telephoto lens. Said another way, the P900 can focus on a subject around 2,000 meters away or up to 4,000 meters away on its dynamic fine zoom. The P900 and its zoom all center around a 16-megapixel image sensor that offers full manual exposure control via a dial on the top of the camera. At just under two pounds, the P900 is highly portable and full of additional features, including HD video, up to 360 shots per charge and built-in GPS for location recording of every shot you take.
Whether it’s for birding, taking pictures of wildlife from a distance or for travel, the P900 is ready for you to put down the binoculars and get shooting. Once you’ve snapped pictures, the Nikon continues to standout thanks to “snapbridge” which allows for quickly sending photos wirelessly via NFC to compatible smartphones or tablets.
Canon’s PowerShot line has been one of the most successful point-and-shoot lineups in recent years and for good reason. Portability, excellent picture quality and reasonable pricing make this line stand out among mountains of competition. The PowerShot SX740 is an excellent Canon product featuring 40x optical zoom and a 20.3-megapixel sensor and an eight-image processor to help deliver excellent low-light images. Capturing 4K video on the three-inch tilting LCD allows for easy viewing from a wide angle. Additionally, the SX740 features an Optical Image Stabilizer, which helps provide correction to shaky videos or images allowing the photographer to concentrate on finding that perfect shot.
With NFC, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth on board, the SX740 is ready for quick and easy photo transfer. Connecting via NFC requires just a single tap to connect to a compatible mobile with the Canon Camera Connect app. Shoot remotely using your phone, or instantly share to social media.
Featuring a one-inch, 20.1-megapixel sensor and Canon's proprietary seven-image processor, the PowerShot G7 X Mark II is a standout camera for the price. At 1.4 ounces, the G7 X packs a lot of bite for its size, with an intuitive LCD touch panel that allows for easy setting changes even while capturing a photo. Plus, there's full HD 1080p MP4 video with stereo sound that can play right back on your TV via the built-in HDMI output.
While the video quality will more than impress, the G7 X's capability of continuously shooting speeds of up to eight-frames-per-second helps ensure you don't miss any sudden movements of fast-moving subjects. This is one feature parents are sure to love! Throw in one more unique feature with remote shooting via Canon’s camera connect app with any compatible smartphone or tablet and you’re still just scraping the surface of what this camera can do.
Beyond the inclusion of Wi-Fi, the G7 X offers built-in NFC support, which eliminates the need to open Canon's Camera Connect app on your smartphone. A simple touch to a compatible Android device will launch the Camera Connect app and, voila, image transfers will begin. Canon's quick and easy NFC transfer is the guiding light for all other NFC-enabled devices. In the words of Steve Jobs, it just works.
The Nikon Coolpix AW130 camera is waterproof up to a depth of 100 feet, shockproof from seven feet in the air and freezeproof all the way down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, so it's perfect for adventures. The 16.-megapixel camera delivers excellent photography, while the 5x optical zoom can help you get up close and personal to a subject from a distance. While some rugged cameras force you to pick between durability and image quality, the AW130 offers no such compromise. It adds welcome extras such as Wi-Fi and NFC for quickly and easily moving pictures from the camera to another device. Additional extras such as GPS, red-eye reduction, cropping and a multitude of scene modes are all present. And it can even take five shots per second.
Whether you’re a serious photographer looking for a cross between a DSLR and a point-and-shoot or a casual photographer looking for a step up, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 is a terrific mirrorless camera. Combining a compact build, 4K video capture at 30fps, fast autofocus and a 16-megapixel MFT sensor, the GX85 delivers by allowing you to shoot light and fast. The inclusion of a built-in flash is welcomed, especially in a mirrorless camera this compact, which makes low light photography even better.
The integration of thumbwheel controls alongside touch functionality on the tilting three-inch LCD display help the GX85 avoid the overwhelming nature that plagues many of its competitors. Moreover, 4K photo capture adds a highlight that’s still a rarity in this price range, which makes the inclusion of Wi-Fi (and NFC) welcomed for quickly moving images off the camera onto an Android or iOS device courtesy of the Panasonic image app.
As far as mid-range DSLR models go, the 20.1-megapixel Sony DSC-RX10 III is a head above the rest. Right from the start, the metal design distinguishes itself as both dust- and splash-resistant, while buttons have been positioned on the camera in a way to consider quick adjustments without looking down. Among the button choices are zoom, focus and aperture control; image results are viewed on a tilting three-inch OLED display. For scene photography, there's a large number of choices, including manual, aperture and shuttle priority modes, as well as a high-frame-rate for shooting video at an eye-popping 960fps, which yields incredible slow-motion results. With extras such as 4K movie recording, excellent zoom range on the included 25-600mm lens, intelligent autofocus and both Wi-Fi and NFC technology for transferring pictures from the camera, you’ve got a standout DSLR that’s worth every penny.
Nikon's Coolpix S7000 offers an excellent point-and-shoot option that's both NFC-compatible and ready for close-ups of distant action. Right out of your pocket, the S7000 20x optical zoom and 40x dynamic fine zoom offer more power than you'd expect from such a small camera. The S7000 optical zoom goes from wide-angle, which is great for portraits and landscape shots, all the way to telephoto, which is perfect for capturing a sporting event or concert. The superb zoom pairs beautifully with 18 different scene modes allowing the camera settings to match the environment, including the beach, snow, sunset and more.
Additionally, the 16-megapixel S7000 captures 1080i video with four-axis vibration reduction to help shoot smoother and more stable videos. The inclusion of Target Finding AF (auto-focus) aids in picture taking by assisting the photographer in identifying the target and providing intelligent autofocus before pressing the shutter button. With all these features, Nikon's inclusion of NFC makes transferring photos to any NFC-compatible smartphone or tablet a breeze. Utilizing Snapbridge, Nikon allows camera owners to share photos whether they’re on a remote safari or right in the middle of town.
Offering one of the world's fastest autofocus speeds at .05 seconds, the 24.2-megapixel Sony Alpha a6300 is a standout choice for photographers looking for class-leading results. Right off the bat, it’s easy to tell that the a6300 excels at white balance, with excellent detail, as well as crisp and clear 4K video. One of the real highlights is the autofocus system that includes an excellent subject recognition and tracking system that handily outclasses the competition. The weather-sealed magnesium alloy body has a faux leather grip for a great in-hand feel that makes every day shooting a delight.
Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC make pairing to an Android or iOS device easy for transferring any of the 350 shots you’ll take on a single battery charge. Sony also offers its PlayMemories app for Android and iOS that adds remote shooting, photo uploading, as well as firmware updates and tips for better photography.