Looking for a new compact? We have reviewed the best of these:
Compact cameras and the compact camera market have changed a lot in recent years. Smartphones have decimated the entry-level Point and Shoot models that were once popular and, as a result, manufacturers have focused on introducing more advanced features into cameras to make them more appealing.
In addition to having physically larger sensors to improve image quality that can compete with DSLRs in some cases, some compact cameras have a lens with a wide zoom range or maximum apertures. Wi-Fi connectivity has also become standard on most compacts, allowing you to quickly upload photos to a phone for sharing on Facebook, and more.
Best compact cameras
Many enthusiastic photographers used to be very cautious about the use of compact digital cameras, but the range has improved so much that it now offers a great alternative to a DSLR or a mirror less camera. And those who are new to photography and who are thinking of getting out of a smartphone are also spoiled for choice
There are small cameras that can fit in the pocket, but have huge zoom ranges, and large Bridge devices resembling DSLRs but having a fixed lens as well as many easy-to-use automated options.
These devices prove that you do not have to buy a camera with interchangeable lenses to get great pictures.
If you need a little more help finding the type of camera you need, read this article: Which camera should I buy?
Or if you already know what kind of camera you want, then check out our more specific compact camera guides:
If not, keep reading this article to find out which are the best compact cameras on the market today, and why.
1. Fujifilm X100F
The X100F is the perfect compact for passionate photographers.
2. Panasonic Lumix ZS100 / TZ100
The Panasonic Travel Camera is equipped with a larger sensor than the rest of the range
3. Panasonic Lumix LX100
A masterpiece for a compact, with a large sensor, classic controls and a viewfinder.
4. Panasonic Lumix LX10 / LX15
With a tough market competition, here is our selection of one-inch compact (sensor)
5. Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II
A concentrate of technology for a compact camera
6. Sony RX100 V
Sony’s super-fast sensor technology is great … but expensive
7. Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 / FZ2500
The FZ2000 / FZ2500 combines a zoom of a Bridge camera with a large 1 inch sensor
8. Sony R X10 III
Costly, but very powerful and offering a wide focal range
9. Sony WX220
Cheap and friendly for a compact 10x
10. Leica Q
It’s incredibly expensive, but the Q is the best compact camera on the market.
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