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Updated: Apr 24, 2014 02:34

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Sony DSC-RX 100 II

A major portion of the rear-side is occupied by the 3-inch 1229k-dot tilting LCD screen. It is...

35 expert reviews | 255 user reviews

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Fujifilm X100S

After using the X100S for a while, it’s easy to see why Fujifilm remains a force in digital...

54 expert reviews | 131 user reviews

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Canon PowerShot G16

Don't let the high price tag on the PowerShot G16 cause you to skip past this camera, even if you...

30 expert reviews | 38 user reviews

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#4
alaScore 98

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100

The RX100 is probably the most capable compact camera on the market today, combining the image...

84 expert reviews | 977 user reviews

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#5
alaScore 98

Olympus Stylus 1

The Olympus Stylus 1 combines a fantastic feature set with excellent image quality and...

19 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

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#6
alaScore 98

Samsung EK-GC100 / EK-GC110 Galaxy Camera

The Galaxy Camera is the first device to combine a smartphone/tablet with a camera.

127 expert reviews | 868 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10

The Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 offers a great combination of still and video quality, thanks to its 1"...

12 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Sony Cyber-shot RX10

Let's not beat about the bush here: the Sony RX10 is the most powerful and capable bridge camera...

9 expert reviews

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#9
alaScore 97

Canon PowerShot G15

The Scene mode has limited but the most useful presets including portrait, smooth skin, hand-held...

43 expert reviews | 312 user reviews

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#10
alaScore 97

Fujifilm X20

Why buy a compact digital camera these days when every smartphone and tablet has a built-in...

31 expert reviews | 216 user reviews

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#11
alaScore 97

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon has created a very likable pocket-sized advanced fixed-lens camera with its PowerShot S120...

14 expert reviews | 29 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 97

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 / DMC-TZ40

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 ($399.99 direct) is a compact camera that manages to squeeze a 20x...

30 expert reviews | 357 user reviews

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#13
alaScore 96

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

If you have the budget for an entry-level DSLR camera and are contemplating whether a prosumer...

34 expert reviews | 1053 user reviews

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#14
alaScore 96

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5

For users upgrading from a simple point-and-shoot to an interchangeable lens camera, the Olympus...

44 expert reviews | 227 user reviews

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#15
alaScore 96

Fujifilm FinePix HS50 EXR

The left side of the camera has a new addition, which is a switch to set the focus to single...

17 expert reviews | 137 user reviews

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#16
alaScore 96

Canon Powershot SX260 HS

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS is available in India at an MRP of 22,995. This camera is a solid...

46 expert reviews | 1493 user reviews

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#17
alaScore 96

Olympus Stylus XZ-2

The Olympus Stylus XZ-2 iHS is an excellent bright lens enthusiast compact. At this point, though...

37 expert reviews | 68 user reviews

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#18
alaScore 96

Samsung EX2F

The EX2F, at the end of the day, is still a point-and-shoot, but a very good one.

59 expert reviews | 111 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is a powerful and compact digicam, featuring some of the latest and...

19 expert reviews | 773 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Fujifilm XF1

The XF1 can shoot videos at up to full HD at 30 fps. Other resolutions include 1280 x 720 and 640...

38 expert reviews | 130 user reviews

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Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

A change in sensor brings the 30x zoom Canon PowerShot SX510 HS' photo and movie quality as well...

8 expert reviews | 264 user reviews

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#22
alaScore 96

Nikon Coolpix A

The biggest flaw in the UI is the absence of a dedicated button for video recording. It’s not...

48 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

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#23
alaScore 95

Sony RX10

The camera for everyone, for everything

6 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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#24
alaScore 95

Pentax K-5 II

Bearing all that the K-5 II does minus an optical low-pass filter, the K-5 IIS is a specialized...

31 expert reviews | 77 user reviews

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#25
alaScore 95

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1

With a terrific lens and a great full-frame sensor, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 delivers the best...

39 expert reviews | 19 user reviews

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Buying Guide

Buying Guide - Digital Compact Cameras

Compact digital cameras have become trend now in popularity, and consumer enthusiasm for the advantages offered by digital models shows no sign of changing. Many consumers are asking themselves what kind of digital camera they need? More and more are embracing digital compact cameras as their model of choice.



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Digital Compact Camera Advantages

The size of a credit card, and not weighing much more, digital compact cameras come packed with options like video recording and touch-screen displays. They offer the versatility of a standard digital camera and the portability of a cell phone.

When compared against standard film cameras, the advantages of digital compact cameras are obvious. The savings in money and time are enormous! The cost of film and developing it are both removed, and there is no more waiting hours or days to get your photos back from the developer. There is also no more wondering whether you got the shot you wanted – you can always check your photographs and immediately know if you have that precious memory saved, or if you need another shot to capture it forever.

When compared against digital SLR cameras, there are also a number of distinct advantages to owning a compact digital camera:

Cost: Digital compact cameras are much less expensive than digital SLR cameras. You will be getting more bang for your buck with a compact model.

Point and Shoot: Digital compact cameras are designed to be easy to use in all conditions, and for a wide range of applications. There is no fussing with different settings for different types of pictures, and no need to be schooled in the principles of professional photography – you just point and shoot, and the camera takes care of the rest for you!

Easy to Share Pictures: Digital compact cameras offer less resolution than digital SLR cameras, but this is not the disadvantage that it might seem to be. This reduced resolution is usually not noticeable and still more than sufficient for 99% of your photography needs, but has the immediate benefit of smaller file size per picture. This makes it easy to quickly email, upload, and share your photographs. The bulky picture files created by SLRs can take a long time to upload, even with DSL or broadband service – digital compact camera photo files are designed to make sharing them a snap!

What to Look for in a Digital Compact Camera

Resolution – Most digital compact cameras on the market have sufficiently high resolution that you don't need to worry about too few pixels. If you plan on blowing up pictures to a larger size, or taking more detailed photos, go for 10mp or more. But remember more megapixels does not necessarily mean better photo quality. In digital compact cameras, manufacturers increase resolution for marketing and cost reasons, rarely for quality reasons.

Zoom – Most compact digital cameras come with a zoom feature – optically, digitally or both. Optical zoom measures the ability of the camera's lens and other parts to capture more light, and more detail, from a particular faraway point. Digital zoom crops the image and resizes it, giving the same effect as optical zoom but significantly reducing picture quality. If you shoot lots of close-ups, pick a camera with a high optical zoom and blow up the picture later with image editing software like Photoshop.

Battery Life – Battery life is measured by how many pictures you can take on a single charge – from 100 to more than 450. Digital compact cameras drain batteries at different rates, so think about your shooting habits. Are you outdoors or at home? Do you have access to an outlet or not? Buy accordingly. Battery life is usually good for all digital compact cameras, but get a model that features extended battery life if you anticipate a long time passing between charges.

Shutter Lag – It's the time between clicking the shutter button and the camera taking the picture, can range from 0.22 second to nearly two seconds. Pick the camera that suits your habits. You can hold still for a portrait, but you don't want to miss your child scoring a goal at school match.

Storage – High-megapixel cameras take great photos, but they also eat lots of memory. Most digital compact cameras ship with a relatively small memory card. Update to at least a 1GB (2GB or more is better) card to get the most out of your sessions.

Additional Features – Digital compact cameras with video capabilities are much in demand, and the difference in price is very modest. If you plan on taking your camera hiking, biking, or in harsh weather conditions, choose a sturdy, water-resistant model. Snapshots are usually taken on the fly without perfect composition or ideal lighting. A few features in particular can turn snap-photos into great photos.

  • Red-eye reduction eliminates the annoying glare in eyes, which occurs when the flash reflects off the retinas. (Note: red-eye reduction slightly increases shutter lag.)
  • To avoid camera shake, the blurred effect from subtle movements when shooting in low light or while zoomed, pick a compact digital camera with image stabilization (IS). IS digitally counteracts those subtle movements to shoot a clear picture.
  • Facial recognition software centers on a subject's face, and adjusts aperture and shutter speed accordingly, making the face the focus of the shot. Or take it one step further with Sony's smile recognition feature – the camera focuses on the person's smile.

Popular Digital Compact Camera Brands

Nikon, Canon, and Olympus are names that need no introduction in the world of photography – their digital compact camera models are at the top of the field for both price and performance. FujiFilm has several very well-reviewed models at a number of different performance levels. Pentax and Panasonic have made an effort to focus on value, and they have a number of good entry-level models. Sony and Ricoh have several high-end models that offer outstanding performance and bridge the gap into the digital SLR range of cameras.

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