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Samsung NX300 with 20–50mm f/3.5–5.6 lens
This nifty retro-look ILC is jam-packed with quality and capabilities. Its 20.3MP APS-C- size sensor put up Excellent image quality in our lab tests. You get a 3.31-inch tilting touchscreen, 1920x1080p60 video, speedy hybrid contrast/phase-detection autofocus, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity to smartphones and social media—plus Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5. That’s plenty for $750 with the kit lens.
Domke f-10 Ruggedwear medium
Easy to carry and easy to access, this $70 lightweight shoulder bag can hold a DSLR with standard zoom, plus a second small lens and flash.
Adorama Flashpoint DG600
Lightweight but durable, this 300-Ws strobe has an LED modeling light and internal cooling fan, and for $310 you can get it with a portable battery pack for location shoots.
AR Parrot Drone 2.0
This quadcopter may be toylike, but at $300, it can be a fun intro to drone photography. Controlled by FreeFlight 2.0, an Android Wi-Fi app (no iOS), it has two onboard cameras, one for 720p HD video, the other for lo-res stills. Stream images to your phone or tablet, or send them to social media sites.
Trek-Tech TrekPod XL
Great for shooters on the go, this $270 carbon-fiber unit functions as a monopod, tripod, and hiking stick. Weighing just 1.5 pounds (with the included ballhead), it can support up to 13.5 pounds.