Photography is not just a career choice for certain people it is their passion. Naturally, then they want the best cameras to help make their dreams become reality.
However, cameras are niche products and often finding one which is suitable for you is not as easy as it seems. To help you with that we compiled a list of the 10 best compact cameras available in the market.
We analyzed each of their features and compared them to the best point possible. After reading this you can get a fair idea of which compact cameras rule the roost and should be your preference.
If budget is a constraint you can visibly find out a compact camera which is apt for that price point and pick accordingly.
Your dream of being a photographer should be realized and these compact cameras would help you in doing just that.
1. Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ200
The panasonic lumix zs200 includes a 24mm ultra wide angle leica dc vario-elmar lens offers a powerful 15x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 24-360mm) and 5-axis hybrid o.I.S.+ (optical image stabilizer plus) for superior photo and video recording. Additional features: 1-inch 20.1 megapixel mos sensor; 12800 iso; high-speed dfd autofocus technology; 6 fps burst shooting with afc; 4k video; 4k photo; bluetooth & wi-fi; plus more! Take more high-resolution pictures faster (up to 95mb/sec.) with this transcend 64gb sdxc uhs-I class 10 u3 v30 memory card. Increase your shooting capacity with this powerful dmw-blg10e lithium-ion rechargeable battery.
We loved the idea of the Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS100, a premium pocket camera with a long zoom lens and a large 1-inch sensor. Its lens was a disappointment, however, delivering so-so results when zoomed in. The ZS200 ($799) not only has a longer zoom ratio, but also a better overall lens. It delivers better images than a smartphone or small-sensor superzoom, while providing ample range for all but serious wildlife and sports photographers (who wouldn’t use this type of camera for that work to begin with). We like it, but wish it had a larger EVF and a tilting LCD, both of which you’ll find in Sony’s similar RX100 VI, but it’s a more costly choice at just under $1,200.
2. Sony RX100 VI 20.1 MP Premium Compact Digital Camera
Touch sharing; input output terminals: multi/micro usb terminal, high-speed usb (usb2.0), micro hdmi
Since its debut in 2012, Sony’s RX100 series has been on a mission to redefine what we can expect from a premium, large-sensor compact camera.
Successive generations have introduced new features to maintain its lead, with the adoption of a tilting screen in the RX100 II, a pop-up viewfinder and large-aperture zoom in the RX100 III, 4K video in the RX100 IV and high-speed shooting on the RX100 V.
3. Canon Powershot SX730 HS
Capture subjects near, far and in-between with the PowerShot SX730 HS digital camera’s powerful 40x Optical Zoom. Take shots of epic moments with Zoom Framing Assist when using longer focal lengths, like capturing your friend surfing waves in the distance.
There’s even an automatic feature to choose the best composition for your subject. Let’s not forget about those all-important selfies, too – the new 180° tilt-type screen can face all the way forward to put you in the center of the frame.
The Smooth Skin effect, which is now available in all modes, can help enhance your natural features. Share your photos and videos right away with a range of connection options, which now includes versatile built-in Bluetooth, as well as built-in Wi-Fi and NFC technology.
Smartphones may well have replaced entry-level compact cameras for most day-to-day shooting, but one market they’ve yet to successfully crash is that of the long-zoom camera. If you really need to home in on far-away details, the only practical solution is either an interchangeable lens camera with a telephoto optic or a compact camera with similar ambitions.
The Canon PowerShot SX730 HS belongs in the latter camp, and with a lens equivalent to 24-960mm in 35mm terms it reaches further than the average DSLR/superzoom lens combination can manage. Of course, DSLRs and compact system cameras with larger sensors offer a variety of advantages, but if you’re looking for a pocket-friendly, all-purpose option, the SX730 HS is likely to appeal.
4. Fujifilm X100F
The Fujifilm X100F signifies the achievement of new heights in Fujifilm’s endless pursuit of perfection in photography. Perfection means creating a system that allows photographers to control, frame, and create with style, ease, and purpose.
A long-anticipated iteration of the X100 series, the Fujifilm X100F is a powerful addition to Fujifilm X Series, offering photographers the versatility of endless creativity.
The previous generation of Fujifilm’s popular enthusiast “compact” with an APS-C-size sensor, the X100T, had been around for over two years before Fujifilm debuted the X100F, and the camera had only gotten one significant update since it launched in 2011, when the original X100 graduated to the X100S.
And while the X100F has essentially the same design, albeit with a few layout tweaks, Fujifilm has made some notable improvements in the camera. That, combined with a dearth of cameras in its category — fixed-lens compacts with large-ish APS-C sized sensors — makes the X100F pretty much the only game in town at a reasonable price. Thankfully, it’s worth the money.
5. Leica Q
Combine what is technically possible with what makes sense photographically. A philosophy that leads to innovation, rewriting photographic history again and again. As it has with the new Leica Q, a digital camera which continues this groundbreaking Leica tradition with a full-frame sensor and a fixed focal length.
Whether your subject involves depth of field, an available-light situation or a macro photography shot, the Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH. provides everything you need to express yourself photographically.
I’ve never been a big Leica fan: while its cameras’ photo quality is great and they feel like tanks, the cameras always felt stubbornly anti-tech and too quirky for their price britches. I only put this out there for context so that when I say that the Leica Q is the first Leica I have ever wanted and that I hated having to give it back after a mere five days of testing, it’s not hyperbole.
At $4,250 I’ll never own one, but this full-frame, fixed-lens “compact” incorporates all of Leica’s traditional quality and aesthetics without forgoing the modern features many of us lower-level beings want, like autofocus, optical image stabilization, a touchscreen and Wi-Fi.
6. Canon Ixus 185
High-resolution shooting in a compact, portable form factor, IXUS 185 Digital Camera from Canon is a convenient point-and-shoot featuring a 20.0MP 1/2.3″ CCD sensor and DIGIC 4+ image processor. Together, the sensor and processor offer notable image quality for stills shooting as well as HD 720p video recording at 25 fps.
Complementing the imaging capabilities, an 8x optical zoom lens covers wide-angle to telephoto perspectives to suit shooting in a variety of locations. This lens is also benefitted by Digital IS, which helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting.
Additionally, the camera’s sleek design is complemented by a 2.7″ 230k-dot LCD for image playback and live view monitoring, and a host of shooting features are available to intelligently select exposure settings, creatively adjust the look of imagery, or to simply learn more about how to use all of the shooting controls of the ELPH IXUS
I bought this for my adolescent daughter to support her budding interest in photography. The pictures come out pretty clear, and there are nice zooming and focusing features. It would be nice to be able to just charge the camera with a plug-in, rather than having to remove the battery and attach it to the charger.
7. Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III
With many features typically found in an interchangeable lens camera and performance and image quality to match, Canon’s PowerShot G1 X Mark III camera establishes itself as the new flagship in the premium G-Series lineup. The PowerShot G1 X Mark III camera breaks new ground as the first Canon compact digital camera to feature a large 24.2 Megapixel APS-C sensor for detailed images and Dual Pixel CMOS AF for fast autofocus.
A wealth of advanced features including a built-in electronic viewfinder, a 3.0-inch Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD with Touch and Drag AF and built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth technology offer impressive performance in virtually any situation. Whatever your need, the PowerShot G1 X Mark III camera delivers outstanding results. 24.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) Sensor.
Don’t let the PowerShot G1 X Mark III camera’s size deceive you. This all-in-one, compact camera features a large 24.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, the same sensor found in many interchangeable lens cameras. This sensor allows the PowerShot G1 X Mark III to shoot breathtaking, nuanced images with wide dynamic range, amazing detail and low noise, even at high ISOs. It enables significant cropping and large prints of still images while delivering phenomenal movie files perfect for sharing or projecting. 3x Zoom Lens (24-72mm) with Optical Image Stabilizer.
Canon’s G1 X Mark II was almost a great camera. It had a solid, wide aperture zoom lens, paired with a bigger sensor than competing models. But there was no built-in EVF, and its 13MP image sensor didn’t offer as much resolution as competitors like the Sony RX100 III. Its replacement, the G1 X Mark III ($1,299), ups the sensor size to APS-C, the same as you get in an SLR, while at the same time sizing down the body.
But it comes at the cost of zoom range—the Mark II’s 24-120mm f/2-3.9 zoom has been replaced by a shorter 24-70mm f/2.8-5.6 lens. Image quality is strong, but I question its value and place in the Canon line, especially when the G5 X delivers a longer zoom range with a brighter lens for a lot less money, albeit it with a smaller image sensor.
8. Nikon Coolpix A10
Capture stunning, high-quality images with the Nikon COOLPIX A10 camera that combines slim and stylish design with capable imaging qualities. Featuring a 16.1MP 1/2.3″ CCD sensor and a NIKKOR 5x Optical Zoom Lens the A10 captures magnificent shots in wide-angle, telephoto and everything in between. Forget the worry of getting bad shots in low-light because with an ISO range of 80-1600 you get bright, vibrant images in every setting.
Blurry photos are also a thing of the past thanks to the A10’s Electronic Vibration Reduction and add to that the camera’s Scene Auto Selector you get the ideal camera setting for every shot. Producing sharp, well-exposed portraits has never been as simple as it is when using Smart Portrait Mode that activates Face Priority AF, Blink Warning, Skin Softening and more.
On top of all this, the A10 can turn into a powerful video camera with the ability to capture 720p HD video and lets you use an audio video cable to connect to your compatible TV for sharing your creations. For easy menu navigation and pleasant photo viewing the A10 features a 207” 230k-dot large and bright LCD monitor. Just pop two AA batteries into the Nikon COOLPIX A10 and the camera is all ready to capture the wonderful moments of your life.
9. Panasonic Lumix LX100 II
Lumix LX100 II features large four Thirds sensor Technology in Panasonic’s world-renowned LX high-end compact camera series. The LUMIX LX100 II offers a 17. Megapixel in 4: 3 aspect. Even the finest details can be precisely captured with the increased resolution of the new sensor. Along with a full hybrid photography experience with 24P/ 30P 4K video and exclusive 4K PHOTO modes plus focus stacking and 4K pre-burst, the LUMIX LX100 II delivers improved photo Capture modes, Bluetooth 4. 2, Wi-Fi 2. 4GHz and a near DSLR-like photo experience with traditional lens-mounted and camera body-mounted exposure controls. The Leica DC vario-summilux lens (35mm camera equivalent: 24-75mm) comprises 11 elements in 8 groups, including 2 Ed lenses and 5 aspherical lenses with 8 aspherical surfaces with power O. I. S. (Optical image Stabilizer). the lens boasts F1. 7-F2. 8 high speed light capture and high descriptiveness in detail and resolution to corners.
The Lumix LX100 II is the long-awaited follow-up to Panasonic’s brilliant high-end compact camera, the Lumix LX100.
With some cameras you’re looking for a single killer feature, such as resolution for commercial photographers, or speed for sports shooters, while if your interest is travel and street photography you need a more complex balance of qualities – and the Panasonic Lumix LX100 II appears to provide pretty much everything.
10. Nikon Coolpix W300
The Nikon COOLPIX W300 Digital Camera loves adventure and fun as much as you do. Being waterproof to 100 feet, shockproof to 7.9 feet, cold resistant to 14°F and dustproof there’s almost nothing the W300 can’t do. The W300 features a 16MP ½.3 BSI CMOS Sensor with ISO of 6400 and a NIKKOR 5x f/2.8 Optical Zoom lens with optical VR (34-120mm equivalent) so you can get sharp, fantastic shots in practically every situation and environment. With Electronic VR nothing can stop the W300 from producing crystal clear stills and videos. For video recording the W300 offers UHD 4K/30p Video Recording and with built-in SnapBridge Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi you can easily share your creations. You can have a blast with the W300 by applying fisheye effects, minimizing a scene, adding makeup effects on faces, and more. Additional W300 features include a 3.0″ 921k-dot LCD monitor with an easy-to-use interface, a built-in flash for dark scenes and a Micro-USB port for charging on-the-go. The Nikon COOLPIX W300 is ready when you are to capture all your amazing adventure and fun.
The W300 is Nikon’s most rugged compact camera, a pocket-sized point-and-shoot designed to withstand almost anything life can throw at it.
It’s dust-proof, waterproof to a depth of 30 meters, freeze-proof to -10ºC and can be dropped onto a hard floor from up to 2.4 meters without breaking.
It also comes with GPS to track all your outdoor adventures and 4K video recording to capture them, plus a 16-megapixel sensor and built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.