April 30th, 2019 | Updated on October 26th, 2020
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. Canon EOS 70D Digital SLR Camera
The Canon 8469B009 EOS 70D 20.2MP Digital SLR Camera Body plus EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Standard Zoom Lens features an APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+ image processor to ensure high-resolution images and excellent low-light sensitivity. Both the sensor and processor work together to produce well-detailed, clear imagery that exhibits natural tonality and color gradations with minimal noise when working in difficult lighting conditions.
The processor also provides notable speed throughout the camera system, including the ability to record up to 7 fps in full-resolution, quickened AF speeds, and full HD 1080p video recording. The 3.0-inch Clear View II touchscreen LCD monitor profits greatly from the advent Dual Pixel CMOS AF system and its ability to utilize Touch AF focusing for finely controlled selection of the point of focus.
The monitor’s vari-angle design also enables more efficient shooting and viewing from both high and low angles and an anti-reflective, smudge-resistant coating allows for clear well-detailed viewing. The included 18-55mm IS STM standard zoom lens features the optics, AF and image stabilization necessary for shooting in any number of situations.
“My go-to camera is the Canon 70D with an EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM lens. [Editor’s note: There’s an updated version of this camera that our tech writer Steven John loves, too.] This camera and lens combo are very versatile for video and different types of photography.
I mainly shoot food for my social-media page, but I like to have the option of using the equipment for landscape and street photography. This setup allows me to capture close-up food shots and wide-angle landscape shots without having to carry extra equipment … I decided I wanted a DSLR camera, as opposed to a mirrorless camera, even though they tend to be heavier, because you have a wider range of lenses at your disposal.
The viewfinder that pops out is extremely helpful to me because I am five feet tall, and it allows me to hoist and maneuver the camera above my head while still seeing what I am capturing.”
2. Sony RX100 IV 20.1 MP Premium Compact Digital Camera
Introducing the world’s first 1” (1.0-type) stacked CMOS image sensor with DRAM chip and a blazingly fast shutter speed of up to 1/32000.
This new Exmor RS sensor not only enhances efficiency and speed of A/D conversion through its stacked structure with more circuit sections; it also realizes over five times faster readout speed of the previous RX100 III.
While every compact camera we tested came with an auto mode for easy picture taking, the Sony RX100 IV was our favorite for teaching us how to take more advanced photos. When you scroll through the various modes, such as shutter priority, manual exposure, and filming, the screen displays a helpful reminder of what each particular mode is used for. It’s a thoughtful inclusion that makes learning how to use the more complex features of the camera much easier.
The closest competitor in terms of overall design, the Canon PowerShot G7 X, allows you to scroll through similar options, but it doesn’t explain what they do. We appreciate being able to tinker and learn with the Sony without needing to pull up online photography guides on our phone.
3. Nikon Coolpix A1000A small camera with huge potential. Packed inside this sleek, high-end design is a super telephoto NIKKOR zoom lens and serious photo and video power: versatile low-light capabilities, rock-steady image and video stabilization, 4K Ultra HD recording, P/S/A/M control, RAW shooting, creative modes and filters, a tilting touchscreen and even an ultra-sharp electronic viewfinder for composing like a pro.
It connects to the SnapBridge 2.5 app for instant sharing and remote control, and it handles like a dream. For those who want an all-in-one camera that can do it all, the COOLPIX A1000 delivers.35x Zoom-NIKKOR ED Glass Lens16 MP Low-light CMOS Sensor3.0″ Tilt LCD4K UHD 3840 x 2160 at 30/25pSnapBridge Built-in Wi-Fi & BluetoothNear, far and everything in between35x optical zoom lens with macro capability COOLPIX A1000 is compact and lightweight—perfect for a pocket or purse.
Start zooming, and it’s superb 35x optical zoom NIKKOR lens begins to extend, taking you from wide-angle vistas to flattering portraits, all the way to super-telephoto close-ups (840mm equivalent view). In the rare cases when you need to get closer, Dynamic Fine Zoom doubles that reach for a whopping 1,680mm equivalent view. Turn on Macro Mode and get as close as approx. 0.4 in. from your subject to reveal the smallest details. Beautiful photos in challenging lightBackside-illuminated CMOS sensor and wide ISO rangeA backside-illuminated image sensor gathers maximum light, so.
Review: DIGITAL TRENDS
Nikon has a new pair of high-zoom, budget-friendly cameras. After unveiling the Coolpix B600 bridge-style zoom and the Coolpix A1000 compact zoom cameras in January, Nikon Inc. shared U.S. availability for the new compacts on Tuesday, February 25.
The Nikon Coolpix B600 mixes a 60x optical zoom lens, covering a range equivalent to a 24-1440mm lens, with a 16-megapixel sensor 2/3-inch sensor. The lens also allows for macro shooting. Vibration reduction, rated for three stops, is also included, along with four-axis Hybrid VR for videos. Speed-wise, the camera can shoot at 7.7 fps for up to seven shots.
4. Canon PowerShot SX620 Digital CameraWhether you’re taking a vacation, celebrating a special family occasion or just having some everyday fun, the slim and sleek PowerShot SX620 HS camera is ready for your next shot. Enjoy the versatility of a powerful 25x (25-625mm) Optical Zoom for subjects both near and far.
Equipped with Intelligent IS for optimized image stabilization, it helps capture everything from lovely close-ups to distant sights virtually shake-free, with confidence. You can then show off your photos with built-in Wi-Fi* and NFC**, which lets you transfer them to your compatible devices and upload to select social networking sites for your family, friends and the world to see.
Stunning image quality comes via a 20.2 Megapixel*** CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 4+ Image Processor for beautiful shots whether you’re picnicking during the day or camping at night. If videos are more your thing, rest assured they’ll have gorgeous detail with 1080p Full HD video at your fingertips. With the PowerShot SX620 HS camera, you can relax knowing you can capture subjects far off in the distance.
The Canon PowerShot SX620 offers increased image quality and versatility compared to smartphone cameras.
Its key features include a 20 MP image sensor sitting behind a versatile 25-times magnification zoom lens (meaning crisper and more close-up photos), intelligent image stabilization, and a 3-inch display with an intuitive user interface.
The PowerShot SX620 has Wi-Fi connectivity, so you can instantly transfer photos you have captured to your smartphone. And it’s available in three colors: black, silver, and attention-commanding red.
Canon’s beginner-friendly camera has earned it a Photography Blog recommendation. According to the review editor, the PowerShot SX620 offers better image quality than most smartphones.
5. Nikon D500 DX-Format Digital SLR
The Nikon D500 Digital SLR Camera Body is ready to go wherever your passion leads you, capturing everything with stunning clarity, speed and resolution.
From busy, low-light cityscapes to thrilling wildlife scenes and fast action shots, the D500 is the ideal companion to your wanderlust. Marvel at the clarity of its cinematic 4K UHD video. Be amazed at its ruggedness and versatility.
And, once you’ve captured your gorgeous photos, admire them on the D500’s high resolution tilt touchscreen display and share them via the built-in SnapBridge (Wi-Fi + Bluetooth) capabilities. No matter what you shoot, you can be sure that the D500 will be up to the task, time and time again.
Though smartphone and mirrorless cameras have been encroaching on the turf of traditional DSLRs, the Nikon D500 is proof that the category has a lot of life left in it. With a combination of video quality, speed, and image quality that would’ve been unimaginable a few years ago, the Nikon D500 is one of the best DSLRs ever made.
While it doesn’t have a full-frame sensor, the D500 has everything else you could want in a DSLR. It is especially well-suited to sports and action shooting, with speedy autofocus, fast burst speeds, and excellent video quality.
6. Fujifilm X-Pro2 Body Professional Mirrorless Camera
The FUJIFILM X-Pro2 takes X-Series camera performance to new heights. The new 24MP X-Trans CMOS III image sensor and high performance X Processor Pro image processing engine dramatically improve image quality. The Ad-vanced Hybrid Viewfinder is capable of instantly switching between optical and electronic viewfinders.
Fast focal plane shutter and intelligent Hybrid Phase detection take performance a step further. Plus, there’s a new weather resistant rugged body and dual SD memory card slots to fulfill the wishes of every pro photographer.
By combining these features with the ultra-high image quality of FUJINON X-Mount lenses and FUJIFILM’s renowned color reproduction technology, the X-Pro2 delivers the best ever results from an X-series camera.
Review: GADGET REVIEWS
Instead of doing the usual slight spec upgrade plus new feature for it’s next generation X-Pro2 compat camera, Fujifilm has decided to throw everything possible into this camera (an ironic decision considering how the Pro1 was designed as a throwback to original camera designs), including several new technologies and far better picture quality. Taken together, these advances make the X-Pro2 one of the best compact cameras 2018 has shown us thus far.
Let’s start with the hardware: The camera sports a 24-megapixel sensor, as well as a unique interchangeable hybrid viewfinder that uses both optical and electric viewfind technology. The 3-inch LCD screen is a bit less impressive, although we do like that the compact model has plenty of manual buttons. The shutter is mechanical, but it can still snp in 1/8000 of a second. Fujifilm claims that this camera is weather resistant and rugged, but gives few stats on just what it can resist, so buyers may still want to take care.
7. PANASONIC LUMIX GX9
20.3 MP high-resolution MOS Sensor with optimal results 4K 30p video, 4K Live Crop and 4K PHOTO burst 5-axis Dual I.S.2 enables up to 4-stop slower shutter speeds 2760k-dot high-resolution LFV tilts up by approx. 80 degrees 100% color reproduction 1.39x / 0.7x magnification and 100% field of view 49 focus points plus Custom Multi AF mode Light Composition mode captures perfect moments Included with 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 Lens
A smidge bulkier than the other models here, the GX9 offers added capability, like a 20.3-megapixel sensor and a full array of manual controls. Rich black-and-white film simulation modes and focusing features suited for astrophotography make it an alluring portal to artistic experimentation. It also plays nice with nearly any micro four-thirds lens.
8. Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 V 20.1 MP Digital Still Camera
Introducing a new level of AF performance and speed to today’s compact camera market. The RX100 V boasts the world’s fastest AF speed 0.05 sec., world’s fastest continuous shooting speed 24fps with world’s most AF points 315 for a compact camera. LCD: Screen type 7.5 cm 3.0-type 4:3 / 1,228,800 dots / Xtra Fine / TFT LCD, Brightness Control Manual 5 steps / Sunny Weather, Adjustable Angle Up by approx. 180 degrees, down by approx. 45 degrees.
“This little pocket camera has the ability to shoot 4K video, 240 frames in slow-motion, features a flip-out screen, and [has] image stabilization! That is completely unheard of in a platform this small!”
9. Ricoh GR
Building upon an award-winning series, the RICOH GR II categorically redesigns the digital compact camera with its newly developed wide-angle lens and 16-megapixel APS-C size image sensor, all built into one of the smallest bodies in its class.
Not only does the GR feature a larger sensor, its anti-aliasing filter-less design and fast 28mm equivalent F2.8 lens make for incredible, high-sensitivity, professional-grade imagery.
In addition to high-speed autofocus improvements and onboard Wi-Fi compatibility, enjoy DSLR-like handling and functionality with full 1080 HD video capture capabilities.
Whether you’re looking for a second body to count on as a trusty sidekick, or simply want big pictures from a small camera, the GR II will redefine your photography.
Review: DIGITAL TRENDS
Ricoh’s long-awaited GR III compact camera is finally here — and with a trio of big upgrades in the sensor, lens, and processor. On Thursday, February 21, Ricoh announced the full details for the previously teased Ricoh GR III along with the waterproof WG-6 and a new industrial camera. The three new cameras extend Ricoh’s line of compact shooters.
10. Sony a7R III Mirrorless Camera
Thanks to an evolutionary leap in image processing power and efficiency, the a7R III combines a high-resolution 42.4 MP back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor with impressive shooting speeds at up to 10 fps with full AF/AE tracking, as well as beautiful 4K HDR video quality, wide 15-stop dynamic range and high sensitivity with noise reduction of almost a full stop.
The full-frame Sony a7R III is the best mirrorless camera you can buy. It can capture 42 MP still images and 4K video with exceptional quality. It has 5-axis, in-body image stabilization and a cutting-edge image processing engine, plus a sophisticated autofocus with 399 phase-detect points and 425 contrast-focus points.
Wi-Fi, NFC connectivity, and an excellent selection of Zeiss lenses are also among the camera’s highlights. The A7R III has a tilting touchscreen and a sharp electronic viewfinder. As expected from its price tag, it also offers a weather-proof body and excellent manual controls.
If you plan to focus primarily on low-light photos, consider the Sony Alpha a7S II instead. It features similar design and ergonomics, but a different 12 MP image sensor with a barely believable ISO range of 50 to 4,096,004, which allows it to literally see in the dark.
The price tag of the Sony a7R III is for a body only. In order to make the most of your camera, budget accordingly for high-quality lenses.