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Best compact cameras for advanced shooters
Best overall: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
Cnet rating: 4 stars out of 5
The good: The Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II delivers excellent photos, speedy performance and a broad set of features in an attractive, compact package.
The bad: The camera tends to clip bright highlights more than other models, and the slippery body lacks a grip. Plus, the lack of a manually triggered macro mode might put off some fans of close-up photography.
The cost: $684 to $750
The bottom line: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IIs combination of looks, speed, flexibility and photo quality makes it a great choice for enthusiasts who can afford the price.Smallest: Canon PowerShot S110
Cnet rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
The good: The PowerShot S110 has better autofocus than its predecessor, while maintaining good-to-excellent photo quality.
The bad: A not-very-impressive implementation of the new wireless features and still-sluggish image processing weigh down the camera.
The cost: $219 to $405
The bottom line: Nice photo quality, improved autofocus performance and a very compact design make the Canon PowerShot S110 a solid option if youre looking for something between a point-and-shoot and an enthusiast compact. But if you can find them cheaper, the S100 or S95 are still good alternatives.Best photo quality under $1,500: Fujifilm X100S
Cnet rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
The good: The X100S produces excellent photos, and an updated viewfinder adds to the cameras increasingly streamlined shooting design.
The bad: The lens has a few quirks, as does the autofocus system.
The cost: $1,149
The bottom line: A great enthusiast compact for manual-focusing fans.Best photo quality: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1
Cnet rating: 4 stars out of 5
The good: Great photo and good video quality in a camera with a nicely functional and fluid shooting design are the highlights on the Cyber-shot DSC-RX1.
The bad: It lacks a viewfinder, autofocus is sluggish and theres no focus peaking in video mode.
The cost: $1,949 to $2,800
The bottom line: With a terrific lens and a great full-frame sensor, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 delivers the best photos weve seen from a fixed-lens camera. But that doesnt come cheap.
These Cnet staff members contributed to this report: senior editors Lori Grunin and Laura K. Cucullu. For more reviews of personal technology products, visit www.cnet.com.

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