Reviewed.com Weekly Roundup: October 19

We review two Sony cameras with huge zoom ranges, a great, cheap dishwasher from Kenmore, and headphones with a terrible score but one heck of a redeeming feature. And if you're curious about NFC technology, we have a video tutorial, too.

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For over 10 years, Reviewed.com has put thousands of products to the test, all for the sake of the informed purchase. Here’s what we’ve been up to this week.

Sony Cyber-shot HX200V and HX30V Long-Zoom Digital Camera Reviews

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While ever-improving smartphones have usurped tons of market share from point-and-shoot cameras, the compact-cam world still improves and innovates. Huge zoom ranges are one of the biggest advantages of a dedicated snapshooter, and we tested two of Sony's longest-reaching models this past week. We found that the Sony Cyber-shot HX200V superzoom and HX30V travel zoom (small enough for a pocket) both offered excellent color accuracy, 1080/60p video, huge zoom ranges, and burst shooting. These still do plenty of things that smartphones don't. And with features such as WiFi in the HX30V and GPS in both models, it seems the only thing missing from these cameras is a phone.

Reviewed.com's Guide to Near Field Communication

Remember the future that old sci-fi movies promised us? In 2012, we still can't control the weather (not on purpose, anyway), we don't have flying cars, and we can't learn in our sleep. But in spite of those shortcomings, some of the more gimmicky futurisms have arrived, and they may actually be useful. With Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, phones can be used in the place of cash or credit cards at stores, to automatically update grocery lists, and to provide other checkpoint-based services. Watch our video demo to see what NFC can do for you right now.

Kenmore 13273 Dishwasher Review

Sometimes you do get superb results on a budget. In our recent test of the Kenmore 13273, we found spectacular washing performance, taking care of egg, meat, oats, and lipstick stains on all three settings for just $500. This dishwasher does have a few downsides such as its middling design and noise, and its inefficient use of water and electricity. But that extra energy consumption may be a fair tradeoff for the fantastic performance.

MEElectronics M6 Headphones Review

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Though these headphones earned an awful overall score in our lab tests, don't be so quick to write them off. They excel at isolating noise—that is, keeping ambient sounds out of your ears. That should win over buyers who frequently listen in loud environments. Audio quality isn't as good as some other recent in-ears, like the Apple EarPods, but if you value your hearing, check out the M6.

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