Want the best pocket cameras to add to your photographic arsenal, then you’ve come to the right place. In this post we’ve compiled a list of the best compact cameras to save you time when it comes to buying one from your local store or online.
There are hundreds of compact cameras on the market. You might be confused to decide which one to pick. The right choice, of course, depends on what do you want from your small digital camera? Perhaps, you may be looking for an advanced compact camera to replace your SLR, or maybe you want something versatile, all-rounder for a holiday or travel jaunt, a camera with a super zoom for some extracurricular activities or spotting that wild life on safari. There’s something out there for everyone.
1. Panasonic Lumix TZ40
When it comes to buying a more serious dedicated compact camera, Panasonic Lumix TZ40 is the right choice. It boast a powerful 20x optical zoom lens that can handle 24mm wide-angle shots for those group photos, or extend right through its 480mm equivalent to capture those distant objects large in the frame. The 18.1- megapixel high sensitivity MOS sensor is integrated in the digital camera to save your precious memories. The newly adapted Wavelet NR in the Venus engine delivers high sensitivity images with reduced noises even at high ISO settings. NFC enables easy Wi-Fi setup. You can record full HD 1,920 x 1,080 videos in AVCHD progressive format.
2. Sony’s RX100M3
Sony is back with its new pocketable camera the RX100M3. The new high-end compact camera is equipped with a new lens which can go wider than the RX100M2- 24mm compared to the previous 28mm limit. The RX100M3 comes with a high-resolution built-in pop-up viewfinder. Other amazing features include a built-in ND filter and XAVC-S video recording similar to the Sony A7s. Sony also points out that its new model boasts an Optical image stabilisation system that supports rotation on all three axis.
Price: 849 Euro or $899 Canadian Dollars
3. Canon PowerShot SX280 HS
The canon PowerShot SX280 HS is a pretty pocket-size camera that features a long 20x optical zoom lens, Wi-Fi and GPS. The Canon model is equipped with a 12.1 MP backlit CMOS sensor that measures in at ½.3 in – a size in keeping with most standard compact cameras. It is the very first Canon camera to introduce imaging processor- the Digic 6. There’s a large 3-inch LCD screen complete with Canon’s PureColor II technology.
4. Samsung Galaxy Camera 2
Samsung Galaxy Camera is more than just a camera you’re buying. Photo and video quality are very good. In daylight, it delivers excellent photos that you probably would love to share with friends and family on social networks or for viewing on mobile devices. There’s also a slightly bigger battery aboard, which Samsung claims delivers around 400 shots per charge versus 340 on the first Galaxy Camera.
5. Fujifilm X20
The Fujifilm X20 is the successor to one of the best compact cameras. The camera features a 12MP, 2/3in X-Trans CMOS II sensor. This sensor being the same size as the Fujifilm X10, shows improved performance. It has phase-detect pixels to assist the camera’s focus performance. The X20 has host of analogue controls that include a large and very useful manual exposure compensation dial, and while there’s a built-in flash there’s hot-shoe too you should need.