Compact Digital Cameras

Nikon 1 J5 mirrorless camera

Nikon has a nifty camera to offer you if you want something small, yet flexible as far as lens selection and manual controls are concerned. It’s called the Nikon 1 J5, and it’s part of the mirrorless camera surge that’s occurred over the last few years. It isn’t Nikon’s first mirrorless camera (the name J5 is a hint), but it is perhaps its most alluring.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 Tough camera

The main point to remember about Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-FT30 Tough camera is that it’s very small and easy to carry with you on all types of adventures, whether they are on land on water.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70 compact camera

For the 2015 version of its Travel Zoom camera, the Lumix DMC-TZ70, Panasonic has done something a bit different. Rather than boosting the megapixel count of the sensor, it has actually reduced it, but made the individual pixels bigger. It has done this to improve the camera’s ability to take in light, making it more suitable for shooting in low-light situations.

Canon PowerShot G7X compact camera

Compact cameras that can easily fit in your pocket are no longer confined to 'point-and-shoot' status. With a camera like the Canon Powershot G7X, the capability is there for you to take the reigns of the exposure completely, rather than just making use of its auto and scene modes.

HTC Re camera review: Seeing the world differently

Innovative HTC has made a point of focussing on photography with its range of smartphones. Over the years, the Taiwanese company has introduced smartphone cameras that take 3D photos, work well in low-light situations, and can even change the point of focus after a photo has been taken. Now HTC has taken another bold step with an innovative digital camera called simply ‘Re’.

Samsung NX Mini interchangeable lens camera

The temptation to make interchangeable lens cameras even smaller has been too strong for Samsung to resist, so here we have the NX Mini: it has the body of a compact camera, but it doesn’t have a fixed lens. It’s an idea that, if executed correctly, could potentially provide a wonderful user experience. But with the NX Mini, the rest of the camera appears to be an afterthought beyond ‘let’s make a slim and light camera that can take different lenses’.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III compact digital camera

At the heart of Sony's small Cyber-shot RX100 III is a 20-megapixel sensor that can capture images at a quality level that's usually reserved for bulky digital SLRs. That's the major distinction between this compact camera and competing models; it's designed for those of you who want a truly pocketable camera that can produce crisp results.

Nikon Coolpix P340

The compact camera category isn’t as popular as it used to be since smartphones took off, but there is still a need for a proper camera if you want to do things such as play with a zoom lens and change the depth-of-field in your shots. Nikon’s Coolpix P340 is a small and light camera you can consider for such tasks, and it even has a few dials on it so that you can tune in to the exposure manually.

Olympus TG-850 review

Olympus’ latest tough camera is not easy on the eye, but the extreme enthusiast will appreciate its unyielding never-say-die attitude and its swivel 180 degree screen.

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