Even thought DSLR cameras continue to produce the best image quality out there, there are often times when we simply cannot carry around such bulky cameras. This leads us to the more compact cameras in the market, but not just a point and shoot these new batch of digital cameras come fully loaded with big sensors, 4k video, and a range of “pro” features found in top DSLR cameras.
Another reason why smaller compact cameras are on the rise is due to the fact that people love to take “selfies” and lets face it smartphones don’t always provide us with good pictures. Journalists also rely on these smaller cameras as well as citizen journalists who need to be able to shoot at fast speeds, so for whatever your reason is to use a camera why not pick from these top 10 “best compact cameras” of 2016
10. Sony Cyber-Shot RX100
The camera is the first in the Sony brand: the RX100 has been so successful that it still remains in the Sony catalog with his two older brothers and its still highly recommended! Even if it does not have the latest technological refinements, you can always uses his ultimate weapon: a 1 inch sensor that outperforms all conventional compacts.
Overall Rating: 6.9 / 10 | Price $450 or 399 € |
9. Olympus Stylus 1
If you feel you don’t need a large 1 inch censor for reasons of price and size, Stylus 1 offers a rare power zoom feature loved among experts: a x10 zoom,7 , zoom, which is now rivaled by that of the TZ100. Still used by experts who rely on compact cameras, it recovers RAW mode and a bright optical over the entire focal length (f / 2.8). And (big) bonus in addition to its swiveling screen, it has a quality electronic viewfinder.
Overall Rating: 7.0 / 10 | Price$600 or 550 € |
8. Fujifilm X-Q2
So slim in size that its very easy to slip into a shirt pocket, the X-Q2 is part of the range of “smart” cameras with a retro clean & design. Its two technical strengths are the quality of jpeg color and overall responsiveness of the device, always ready to shoot and quick to make the point (in daylight). The rise in high sensitivity is not great, the fault of too small a sensor.
Overall Rating: 7.2 / 10 | Price $350 or 370 € |
7. Canon PowerShot G7X
Take RX100 Mark II, give it more latitude and a swivel screen (for selfies) and top the finish wit an all-metal frame which Canon has mastered and you get a nice compact camera in the PowerShot S line. Nothing very innovative, but the camera looks clean. Watch out for its battery : in normal mode it only shoots around 200 pictures. And the purchase of one (or two) battery (s) extra (s) may soon be necessary when you get out of the cities (hiking, etc.)
Overall Rating: 7.5 / 10 | Price $600 or 560 € |
6. Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 Mark II
Impressive evolution from the first RX100. This Mark II has a swivel screen, Wi-Fi and a more sensitive sensor. Between a Mark I and its older brother the Mark III, you find the Mark II however it still has meaning and therefore remains at the Sony catalog. That is, if you can’t afford the Mark III.
Overall Rating: 7.6 / 10 | Price $450 or 470 € |
5. Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 Mark III
King of compact sizes, Sony has managed to integrate an electronic viewfinder and a rotating screen in a housing that fits in your jeans pocket, a real feat. Taking advantage of the same sensor as the RX100 Mark II, this new version introduces an even brighter optics. We must realize the amount of integrated technologies to accept that such a small device is also expensive.
Overall Rating: 8.0 / 10 | Price $800 or 750 € |
4. Fujifilm X30
With its “small” size and its optical sensor that features moderate specifications (f / 2-2.8), the X30 does not look take good photos but it looks good too. Only Fuji engineers, can come up with uncompromising image quality, photographic miracles: the pictures are beautiful, well-stitched, the incredible colors and the small electronic viewfinder does the job. Compact, strong and not too expensive, it is one of our favorites.
Overall Rating: 8.2 / 10 | Price $500 or 520 € |
3. Panasonic Lumix TZ100
Ideally, the Lumix TZ100 is the last scion of a ‘compact candy series’ dedicated for those who love to travel. In truth, the TZ100 is a mutant: the large 1 inch sensor and classic range and a x10 zoom, pack unprecedented power in a small package. Even though its RAW image quality is slightly inferior to the leaders in this category – you must sacrifice a little sharpness and brightness on the altar for some zoom power – is the most versatile of the competition and offers all pro shooting refinements: EVF, 4K video, RAW mode, etc.
Overall rating: 8.33 / 10 | Price $700 or 680 € |
2. Sony Cyber-shot RX100 Mark IV
Based on the RX100 Mark III, Mark IV version continues to take advantage of the same rotating screen and a very good retractable viewfinder which provides a faster AF speed, is able to shoot video at 4K. Offers a compact housing and unparalleled performance that only suffers from one defect: a very high price.
Overall Rating: 8.5 / 10 | Price $1000 or 1050 € |
1. Panasonic Lumix LX100
The LX100 is a demonstration of the expertise that we’ve come to expect from Panasonic. With its large Micro 4/3 sensor (larger than the 1 inch from Sony!), It offers the same definition of 12 Mpix in all formats (4/3, 3/2, 16/9, etc.) and with great image quality to boot. Besides its rich features (AF competition, electronic viewfinder, touch screen, etc.) it is one of the only ones that can film in 4K.
Overall Rating: 8.6 / 10 | Price $700 or 750 € |