Compact cameras may not be as prevalent as it once was a few years back but it is far from being extinct. With several of these examples coming in sizes smaller than professional cameras while packing sensors just as large, there is always a digital camera for every occasion and budget. Take a seat and get comfortable as we’re about to drop this mega-list of compact cameras to tickle your photographic fancy.
The Sony CyberShot DSC-WX350 is an outstandingly capable camera that performs where it counts with its 20x zoom lens that's stabilized with Sony's Optical SteadyShot image stabilization technology. This stabilization paired with its back-illuminated 18.2MP sensor with a maximum ISO of 3,200 (expandable to 12,800) promises stable and clear photos in low-light situations that are rich and full of details.
Helping to make the most of this sensor is the BIONZ X image processor that allows 1080p videos to be captured as well as 10fps burst capabilities. Factor in WiFi, built-in creative effect filters, one of the best automatic shooting modes, excellent autofocus and exposure metering; you’ve got yourself a highly potent travel zoom camera that won’t disappoint.
The CyberShot W830 is Sony’s mid-range ultra-compact digital camera with a 20.1MP sensor and 8x retractable optical zoom lens that packs down flat when off. It’s a conventional point and shoot camera with automatic scene detection and intelligent auto-exposure viewed on a 2.7” screen but due to its very pocketable dimensions, does not provide manual exposure controls.
Sony has made this camera extra friendly with a smile shutter function that automatically takes a photo when the subject is smiling on camera. With 720p video capabilities and sensitivity of ISO 80-3,200, the W830 is an easy-to-use camera that is extremely pocket-friendly; in cost and in size.
Sporting a body that is slightly larger than its 2.8” diagonal touchscreen, the Canon PowerShot N expresses personality and creative possibility in its unique foldable square body. The PowerShot N is not a slouch in features; equipped with a 12.1MP sensor and 8x optical zoom as well as WiFi connectivity.
Its folding screen lets you stand the camera at angles, frame selfies when folded upright or even give multi-directional shooting a new experience as its image stabilization adapts to your scene. Using a unique shutter mechanism that triggers by squeezing its zoom ring, the PowerShot N redefines compact in compact cameras.
Sometimes, all you need is a dependable camera that is compact, easy to use, lightweight and above all, reliably able to produce good photos. This is where the ultra-svelte Sony CyberShot DSC-TX7 comes in, an elegant 10.2MP camera with a 4x optical zoom ultra-wide lens that sports a physical sliding shutter cover. The front of this camera also holds a stereo microphone and xenon flash.
Controls and framing on this camera are dealt on a 3.5” high-resolution LCD touchscreen on the back and features an intelligent Sweep Panorama Mode that allows users to capture wide panoramic shots without using a tripod. Without packing in unnecessary bulk, the TX-7 is a do-all camera that you can bring with you all day every day.
Featuring a multi-mode styled lens that is wirelessly connected to its screen, the Casio Exilim EX-FR200 is a 21.4MP water-loving wonder. Shooting underwater using its 185-degree Dome View mode lets you record yourself and your entire aquatic surroundings at the same time for an unbeatable sense of presence.
Placing the camera flat on a surface allows you to take 360-degree footages of the view around the FR200 and the new Exilim lets you combine 2 cameras to take full circular 360-degree images. With its unique detachable lens, you can take selfies and angle your shots like never before.
Sony’s CyberShot DSC-HX90V is a travel zoom camera with an impressive Zeiss 30x optical zoom lens inside a compact body that sports both a 3” tilting LCD screen and pop-up electronic viewfinder. Many owners will use the 18.2MP HX09V for their travels, which makes its built-in GPS system very useful for geotagging photos on a virtual map view mode.
An intelligent Active Mode featuring Sony’s 5-axis image stabilization and frame-analysis keeps all your handheld 1080p videos steady. Its built-in WiFi connectivity links up the Sony PlayMemories app for remote control and access to its camera functions.
Nikon’s Coolpix P900 is a bridge-style camera with the longest zoom of any camera in its class at 83x optical zoom that goes from 24-2000mm (!) equivalent. With excellent image stabilization technology and good low-light shooting, the P900 produces very good overall photo quality from its 16MP sensor. This is the camera used to shoot the surface of the moon with pristine clarity and brings your subjects real close no matter how far they are.
Although bulky and heavy, its flipping LCD display and clear electronic viewfinder provide a comfortable handling. This is hands-down, one of the most versatile cameras that makes an excellent travel companion.
Feeling good in the hand as a bridge-style camera, the Nikon Coolpix B500 makes zooming in with its super-telephoto 40x lens as easy as filming 1080p videos on its tilting 3” LCD screen. Its automatic modes take the work out of high-quality photos and videos on its 16MP sensor shooting through the B500’s stabilized Nikkor ED glass lens.
Connectivity comes from built-in WiFi, NFC and Bluetooth Low Energy to maintain a constant link to devices. Rated to last up to 600 shots, the B500 is the longest lasting compact camera on our list.
Slim, compact but packing a potent 40x optical zoom lens, the unassuming Canon PowerShot SX730 HS is versatility personified. Out back on the 20.3MP PowerShot SX730 HS is a 180-degree tilting LCD screen for framing and menu navigation. Furthermore, automatic modes to enhance shots such as Smooth Skin and Blur Background makes for prettier and stunning pictures at a moment’s notice.
Smartphone connectivity is the PowerShot SX730 HS’s forte with WiFi, NFC and Bluetooth Low Energy for remote control shooting in long periods of time. The extension of features via Canon Image Gateway makes it a cinch to upload images onto social media platforms.
Time-lapse photography is all about stability, good battery performance and sweet image processing abilities; everything the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX400V has in spades. Housed in a comfortable and solid bridge-style body, the 20.4MP 50x optical zoom HX400V is a solid still image camera that shines with its BIONZ X image processor and Optical SteadyShot technology.
Setting up the camera is simple via its high-resolution viewfinder and 3” tilting LCD screen for perfect framing. Using its built-in WiFi and PlayMemories App, time-lapse shots can be programmed for intervals, movie length and quality. Just push it and watch the magic happen.
Simply put, the Sony CyberShot RX1R II is the ultimate in image quality that fits in the palm of your hands. It is the most powerful compact camera in the market sporting a professional 42.4MP full frame sensor paired with an industry-topping Zeiss 35mm f/2 lens that does macro photography. Up-top is a pop-up electronic viewfinder that is twice as detailed as the 3” tilting LCD screen at the back.
The talking piece for the RX1R II is the peak performance of that mighty sensor to produce uncompressed 14-bit RAW images just like the professional A9 series from Sony. This camera is all about producing the absolute best in image quality and it demands no less from its owner.
Panasonic’s Lumix LX100 features many professional features such as full manual controls that are direct, intuitive with dedicated lens rings, dials and control rings for aperture and zoom. In this camera beats a highly sensitive 16.8MP Micro Four Thirds sensor and f/1.7-2.8 Leica DC Vario-Summlux lens that captures detailed images with a professional finish.
Additionally, a high-resolution electronic viewfinder helps you frame your shots with Panasonic’s fast autofocus featuring a new Depth From Defocus to lock in subjects in 0.14 seconds. The already impressive feature set is rounded out with 4K video capturing capabilities that let you grab 8MP images from its footages.
Fujifilm’s X100F is a highly advanced range-finder styled camera that is impressive in many ways but listed here for doing one thing other cameras can barely match; bring light out of darkness. Sporting a 24.3MP APS-C sized sensor found in DSLRs, the X100F works with a fixed 23mm f/2 lens in conjunction with a powerful X-Processor Pro image processor. This results in a world-beating maximum ISO range of 51,200 that turns a moonlit night into bright day.
Its hybrid optical and electronic viewfinder frames shots and locks them using a 91-point autofocus system. Footages are done in 1080p giving the X100F a cinematic finish from its fast lens and large sensor.
The Sony CyberShot DSC-RX100V is considered to be one of the best performing compacts with its 20.1MP 1” sensor and fast Zeiss lens. Autofocus happens in a blazing 0.05 second on a comprehensive wide 315-point system capable of 24fps shooting that is accurately tracked. A quiet electronic shutter allows you to get close to your subjects and shoot discretely.
Its trick 3” LCD screen flips out 180-degrees for self-portraits and through an articulating brace, flips outwards and down for high-angle shooting. For high-brightness situations, the RX100 V also features a pop-up electronic viewfinder for range-finder style shooting.
A camera that has everything you need to make stunning images, Sony’s CyberShot DSC-WX500 doesn’t disappoint. The culmination of a high performing 18.2MP sensor, fast image-processor and outstanding Zeiss 30x optical zoom lens, every budding photographer can master photography with the WX500. Its 3” 180-degree tilting screen makes framing easy and easily improves self-portraits.
Sony’s renowned Intelligent Auto makes a comeback in the WX500 and instantly assists new photographers on camera settings. You can also use its WiFi and NFC connectivity to pair it with the PlayMemories App to gain instant easy editing and touch-up functions before posting online.
Every Vlogger and fashionista worth their salt should already be familiar with Casio’s range of Exilim cameras. The Casio Exilim TR80 is a colourful purpose-built camera with beauty in mind. Its body comes integrated with a kickstand and rotating LCD screen for perfect framing and angles. The TR80’s lighting system brings out balanced tones via 2 light sources flanking its 21mm equivalent lens.
Additionally, the TR80’s interface includes the option to beautify the subject and touch-up skin imperfections using its many filters and Selfie Art feature. This function also extends to the video modes for live video shooting that is shared using the Exilim Auto Transfer Function via Bluetooth connection to your smartphone.
Olympus takes no quarter with the Tough TG-5 camera with 12MP high sensitivity sensor capable of ISO 12,800 shots on its 4x optical zoom lens. Backed with the same TruePic VIII image processor found on Olympus’ flagship OM-D series, the TG-5 is made to deliver high-resolution images in low-light and challenging scenes.
Hermetically sealed with double-locking covers and dual pane protective glass, the TG-5 is not only waterproof, dustproof, freezeproof and shockproof; it is also the only camera in this list to be crushproof rated and does not fog up underwater. If you ever want to conquer the world and the seven seas, make sure you have the TG-5 by your side to document it.
Life as a child is not without its adventures, from exploring the world and going through the rough and tumble fun of playing in the mud. What better way to introduce photography to children than with the life proof Nikon Coolpix W100; a shockproof, waterproof, dustproof and tough little camera. Moreover, it's available in 5 bright and distinctive colours, the W100 is a 13.2MP 4x optical zoom camera with simple automatic functions that are designed for kids.
Shoot high-quality 1080p videos in stereo sound while Nikon’s SnapBridge system automatically transfers images to your smartphone via built-in WiFi. This little W100 makes photography accessible and fun for everyone.
Another specialized tool in Sony’s arsenal, the CyberShot DSC-RX10 IV is a compact solution for cinematographers looking for speed, reach and versatile recording features. It packs a potent 20.1MP 1” sensor and with the BIONZ X image processor, records 4K videos in 30fps or 1080p up to 120fps. Image shooting is not a problem with 24fps burst capabilities at up to ISO 12,800.
To round out its imaging prowess, the RX10 IV has a 25x optical zoom Zeiss lens that is stabilized with Sony’s Optical SteadyShot technology. Advanced videographers will appreciate the picture profile and image controls available including S-Log2 and S-Log3 gammas as well as recording videos in 4:2:2 uncompressed video for professional editing.
Luxury camera makers Leica, in partnership with Panasonic, has a range of compact digital cameras under their belt, one such being the Leica V-Lux Typ 114. Essentially a bridge-style camera with a 1” 20MP sensor and 16x optical zoom DC Vario-Elmarit lens, the V-Lux Typ 114 carries moderately fast apertures and a high ISO range of 120-12,500.
With its electronic shutter, the V-Lux Typ 114 is capable of firing off in 50fps bursts when correctly set. Framing on the Leica is done via electronic viewfinder or a 3” rotatable LCD screen. This camera is also able to capture 4K video in stereo sound with its built-in stereo microphone.
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