Compact Digital Cameras

Compact Digital Cameras

Taking sublime photographs is easier than ever because today's modern compact cameras have better optics and image sensors, plus a host of intelligent and smart features.

In recent years, compact cameras have faced fierce competition from the ever evolving smartphone. But if you want the absolute best image quality, a SLR or compact camera is still the number one choice.

Recent tests show that the new generation of compact cameras have much better light sensitivity, dynamic range, wide-angle and image stabilization that the best camera phones simply cannot match. Not even the latest iPhone or Samsung Galaxy comes close when comparing image, sharpness and colour reproduction.

The biggest advantage with a compact camera over other cameras is that they small enough to fit in your pocket or bag, meaning you can take them anywhere you like, and take stunning pictures on the go.

However, with as many as a hundred 100+ different models being released every year from various manufacturers, it can be a minefield trying to choose the right one, especially when there is a huge variety of models, sizes and price ranges.

First, one should consider what needs you have and how the camera is going to be used. Do you need a Ultra-compact, Super Zoom, or Enthusiast Compact. Ultra compact cameras are very small and light, often with a touch screen and a relatively short zoom. Compact cameras with super zoom can zoom up to 35x and tend to have relatively advanced settings. Enthusiast Compact cameras are intended as competitors to SLRs because they have large light-sensitive image sensors, excellent quality lenses and numerous manual settings.

Do not stare blindly at the number of megapixels when you buy a digital compact camera. Many believe that the more megapixels a camera has, the better it is. However, this is far from true.

Contrary to belief, cameras with a high megapixels count can deliver poorer picture quality than those with a lower number. The large number of pixels will only come into their own on a digital camera that has a lens with sufficiently good optics and light sensitivity (ISO number).

Likewise, one should also be careful when buying a camera based only on Zoom. The optics are enormously important for image quality, as is the quality of the camera image processor and software. These are important for, among other things, the digital camera's response speed, noise suppression and battery consumption. If the menus and controls are simple and fast this dramatically increases your chances capturing your subject when you see it.

On this page we've compiled a list of some of the best compact digital cameras you can buy in 2017.

Sony Cypershot DSC-RX100 III

The Sony CyberShot RX100 Mark III compact camera features a large tiltable display, wireless features, and captures incredible detail even in poor lighting conditions.
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • Full HD 1080p video capture
  • Wi-Fi and NFC

Conclusion: Although the Sony Cypershot DSC-RX100 III is not the latest compact camera on the market, and more of a 2016 model, it's still one of the best with impressive image quality, especially in low light conditions.

Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II

The Canon PowerShot G7X Mark 2 camera comes with 20 megapixel sensor, DIGIC 7 image processor, wide aperture, fast closing time, Full HD 1080p video and easy sharing via WiFi and NFC.
  • 20 Mp 1" CMOS sensor
  • 4.2x optical zoom
  • WiFi with NFC pairing

Conclusion: This Canon compact camera is a new model for 2017 with a host of new and improved features from its predecessor the Canon Powershot G7 X, which was also highly rated and won several awards. The PowerShot G7X Mark 2 is undoubtably one of the best compact cameras on the market today, and definitely worth buying, whether you're an amateur or professional.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80 Ultra-Zoom Camera

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80 Ultra-Zoom Camera
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80 comes with 30x optical zoom, high resolution sensor and a variety of smart features that let you shoot this in 4K, and the ability to pick out the best pictures and refocus after taking the shot.
  • 18.1 megapixels
  • 30x optical zoom
  • Video recording in 4K

Conclusion: Although the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80 is one of the cheapest cameras in this list, it still packs a host of features and takes beautiful photos and 4K video. For just over £300 you get yourself an impressive camera for the money, which caters for the entire family, whether you're taking holiday snaps, or something more professional.