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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 ($899.99) is an extremely ambitious camera, and a radical update to...

32 expert reviews | 213 user reviews

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Sony Alpha 6000

If you love the dramatic perspective that an ultra-wide angle lens can produce, the Sony Vario...

59 expert reviews | 1462 user reviews

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

With excellent photo and video quality and a deep feature set, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 is...

54 expert reviews | 510 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Sony CyberShot RX100 Mark III

Sony latest version of the RX100 takes one of the best pocket cameras in the world and makes it...

37 expert reviews | 766 user reviews

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Samsung NX500

Is a bigger camera necessarily better? Or, put a different way, does a big sensor need to have a...

18 expert reviews | 68 user reviews

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 / DMC-TZ70

In a year when 20-megapixel compacts are becoming the norm, Panasonic made a bold decision to...

18 expert reviews | 57 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Leica Q (TYP 116)

The Leica Q (Typ 116) ($4,250) is the rare camera that somehow manages to be both old-school and...

5 expert reviews | 4 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 one...

56 expert reviews | 318 user reviews

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#9
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Fujifilm X30

The Fujifilm X20 was an impressive enthusiast compact, and the X30 continues that tradition. It...

25 expert reviews | 238 user reviews

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100

Sony ignited the premium compact market in 2012 when it introduced the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100. The...

125 expert reviews | 2085 user reviews

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Canon PowerShot G16

The PowerShot G16 is a compact workhorse camera that’s hard to beat. It has a rock-solid build...

55 expert reviews | 750 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Fujifilm X-T10

Fujifilm's latest ILC has been christened the X-T10. With a 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II...

9 expert reviews | 28 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Canon EOS 5DS

Canon has long lagged behind Nikon in the race to create SLRs with higher and higher megapixel...

12 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Fujifilm X100T

Fujifilm has created another very powerful fixed lens camera with the X100T, building on its two...

27 expert reviews | 635 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Nikon D7200

It's been a couple of years since the Nikon D7100 wowed us with its image quality and performance...

16 expert reviews | 1360 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Sony Cyber-SHOT DSC-RX100M2

The RX100 II performs much the same as its RX100 predecessor, turning out some of the best image...

57 expert reviews | 1273 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Pentax K-S2

Despite its name, the Pentax K-S2 ($699.95, body only) isn't a replacement for last year's K-S1...

10 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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Nikon Nikon 1 J5

The DT Accessory Pack Up your game and get the most out of your gear with the following extras...

10 expert reviews | 25 user reviews

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Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon's PowerShot SX60 HS is one of the top bridge cameras in its class thanks to improved design...

19 expert reviews | 458 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

The Canon PowerShot SX710 HS provides some nice features that make it a good option as a travel...

9 expert reviews | 273 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Fujifilm X100S

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

48 expert reviews | 521 user reviews

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Sony Alpha 77 II

The Sony Alpha 77 II ($1,199.99, body only) is a camera that's sure to be of keen interest to...

28 expert reviews | 96 user reviews

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#23
alaScore 95

Nikon Coolpix P610

The Nikon CoolPix P610 is a compact digicam with a huge 60x optical zoom lens that allows you to...

5 expert reviews | 139 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Olympus Stylus 1

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

49 expert reviews | 476 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Fujifilm X20

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

55 expert reviews | 678 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.

    Popular Digital Compact Camera products

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