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8 Best Compact Cameras For Christmas

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People are not willing to buy cameras anymore, They are quite happy with the cameras comes with smartphones now and they are right in a way, They are compact available everywhere in your pocket but what these cameras can do cannot be compared to phone cameras.

Until such time as smartphones have proper zooms, optical viewfinders, bigger sensors and many other standard digital compact tricks, they’ll be neither as versatile or as useful as a compact.

So if you’re thinking of a buying a new camera for Christmas, you should start with the eight on this list. Though you probably only need to buy one of them.

 

CANON POWERSHOT G1 X MARK II

The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II is the kind of camera that sits squarely between smartphone and DSLR and thumbs its nose at both of them. It has a big sensor – really big, bigger than that in a Micro Four Thirds system camera – giving it superb low-light performance and excellent image quality all round. Yet it has a small, sturdy body that could fit in a jacket pocket. It’s a win-win, basically.

CANON POWERSHOT G16

A do-it-all compact that really does do it all, the Canon PowerShot G16 has a handy 5x zoom range with fast f1.8-f2.8 lens, 12.1MP CMOS sensor, optical viewfinder, masses of manual controls and full HD Video recording. But most of all it has speed – and then some. The G16 can rattle off pictures at up to 9.3fps, a rate of which many a DSLR would be proud.

READ MORE: Canon PowerShot G16 review

FUJIFILM X30

All of Fuji’s recent cameras have had a real sense of style, and the X30 is no exception. But look past the gorgeous, retro-tinged exterior (do we have to? Oh alright then) and you’ll find a more than capable snapper with a big, bright OLED screen and a big, bright OLED viewfinder, plenty of manual controls for those who want them and a 4x zoom.

READ MORE: Fujifilm X30 review

NIKON COOLPIX AW120

Most cameras aren’t keen on being dropped, dunked or generally treated with disdain. But the Nikon Coolpix AW120 isn’t most cameras – it’s a tough cam. But the really revolutionary thing about it is that it’s a tough cam which doesn’t compromise massively on image quality, serving up great stills and video befitting far weedier snappers.

READ MORE: Nikon Coolpix AW120 review

NIKON COOLPIX S6700

These days, £100 doesn’t go very far. It will buy you roughly 20 pints of beer in some of London’s swankier boozers. Or 10 takeaways. Or four gig tickets. Or it could buy you a Nikon Coolpix S6700 camera. Which, given that it has a 10x zoom and 20.1MP sensor, sounds like money well spent to us.

READ MORE: Nikon Coolpix S6700 review

PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-TZ60

Big zooms are one of the major advantages compact cameras have over both smartphones and system cameras: smartphones can’t usually do it at all, or at least not without image-destroying digital trickery, while a big zoom on a DSLR typically carries with it a four-figure price tag. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60, on the other hand, has a faintly ridiculous 30x zoom, meaning it can go from the equivalent of 24mm to 720mm. All that, and it costs a mere £300…

READ MORE: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 review

SONY CYBER-SHOT DSC-HX60V

The HX50 made the shortlist for our 2013 Camera of the Year category, so it’s no surprise to see its successor repeat the trick. As with last year’s model (and the Panasonic above), the HX60 has a super-long 30x zoom, and it also retains its predecessor’s excellent 20.4MP sensor. What is new is the processor inside it, which aids low-light shooting and speeds everything up a little.

READ MORE: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX60V review

SONY CYBER-SHOT RX100 III

The third generation of Sony’s RX100 is also the best. Where the previous two were excellent, the MK III is near flawless thanks to the addition of an electronic viewfinder, new wide-angle Zeiss lens and a raft of other improvements and enhancements big and small.


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