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The greatest compact cameras don't give up many capabilities or higher resolution, but they're compact enough to carry in a pocket.
Many DSLR and mirrorless camera owners also invest in a high-end small camera to use on excursions and outings when a full-size camera would be impractical.
Below are some excellent compact cameras for you to rent if ut suit your needs.
- 20MP – 1/2.3 BSI-CMOS Sensor
- ISO – 80 - 3200 (expands to 6400)
- 4K at 30fps – and FHD at 60fps Video Recording
- 17MP – Four Thirds CMOS Sensor
- ISO – 200 - 25600 (expands to 100)
- 4k at 30fps – and FHD at 60fps Video Recording
- 24.2MP – ISO 100-25600, ISO auto (100-25600)
- CMOS sensor – Dual Pixel autofocus for stills and video
- 1080/60p video – 9fps burst shooting (7fps continuous AF)
- 20MP – 1"-type stacked CMOS sensor
- 24-120mm equivalent – F1.8-2.8 lens
- 4K/30p, 1080/60p video with IS – 1080/120p slow motion
- 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm) – BSI-CMOS + 20 MP
- Weight 304 g (0.67 lb / 10.72 oz) – 24–100 mm lens
- Articulated LCD Tilting 3″ Screen – Max aperture F1.8–2.8
- 20MP 1"-type stacked-CMOS sensor – with built-in DRAM
- 24-200mm equivalent – F2.8-4.5 zoom
- 90 fps 'single burst' mode – High speed video at up to 1000 fps
- Best cameras for vlogging in 2021 – 20MP
- Auto ISO, 125-12800 – built-in 24–70 mm lens
- Wight 294 g (0.65 lb/10.37 oz) – with max aperture F1.8–2.8
- 26MP X-Trans sensor – Built-in 4-stop ND filter
- Up to 4K/30p with Eterna film sim – and F-Log internal capture
- Weather-sealed – Tilting 1.62M-dot touchscreen LCD panel
The 9 best compact cameras
1. Panasonic LUMIX ZS80
Panasonic ZS80 is in portable size and comes with a 30x zoom range. It has a smaller grip and thumb rest than many competitors, and a control ring around the lens may be set for easy adjustments like zoom and focus.
Although the sensor is small and the camera's shooting capabilities are good.
While the 24-70mm (35mm equivalent) lens range isn't as wide as the RX100 VI and RX100 VII, it does have a wider f/1.8-2.8 aperture.
The 2.36 million-dot viewfinder is discreetly hidden when not in use, and optical image stabilization inside the lens keeps everything stable.
You may wish to use it with a different grip for better control, but if you need a robust compact that fits in your pocket and you don't want to spend a fortune on it, the RX100 IV will suffice.
- Excellent sensor for such a compact camera
- Ingeniously hidden viewfinder
- LCD is not touch-sensitive
- Imperfect EVF
2. Panasonic LUMIX LX100 II
Sensor: 1.33in multi-aspect four-thirds sensor with 17 megapixels
Leica DC high-speed lens, f1.7-f2.8
Panasonic has managed to develop an excellent compact set-up with the latest edition of the LX100 II, which employs micro four-thirds sensor technology, which is somewhat smaller than some of the crop sensors used in the most compact bridge, and DSLR cameras.
When combined with a lens that folds down snugly into the camera's body, you can slide it into your pocket and take it with you wherever you go, which we thought was a great feature for taking this camera on the road.
An easy-to-use, flexible camera that would be a good investment for any beginner or professional photographer
- Travel friendly
- Good image quality
- Adequate body-mounted controls
- Slow zooming
- Fixed rear screen
3. Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III
APS-C sensor (22.3 x 14.9 mm CMOS)
Lens: f/2.8 - f/5.6
For DLSR users or more experienced photographers seeking something a little more compact, we thought the G1X Mark III would be a superb choice.
It has the same crop sensor as the Canon 80D (which is not available now), so you get a lot of bang for your buck, even if it is a few hundred pounds more than some of the other options on this list.
This is the arrangement we'd recommend if you're a DSLR user or a more experienced photographer wishing to downsize or have a second camera for B-roll.
- Small body
- Large sensors
- Refined touchscreen controls
- Limited zoom range
- Captures videos at 1080p
4. Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II
The G5 X 2 is a significant step forward in design and specifications for the series. The DSLR-style shell has been replaced with a streamlined body that is still comfortable to hold but much easier to slide into a pocket.
A new 20.1MP stacked CMOS sensor, powered by Canon's DIGIC 8 processor, can take uncropped 4K video, while a new 24-100mm lens has a wide focal range and a reasonably wide maximum aperture.
The G5 X Mark II is well-rounded and enjoyable to use, with consistently good image quality, quick focusing, and a robust feature set.
- Good handling for a small body
- Clear, useful EVF
- High cost
- Low battery life
- The lens can be a little soft at longer focal lengths
5. Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III
While the newer ZV-1 has primarily eclipsed the G7 X Mark III, it still offers a lot. For vloggers, we recommended the PowerShot G7 X Mark III.
This little camera, popular among YouTubers, can shoot uncropped 4K video using the entire width of its 1-inch sensor and has a 3.5mm mic connection for better sound clarity.
The G7 X Mark III can also live-stream footage to your preferred site, be it YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, or something else entirely, allowing you to expand your vlogging choices.
- Live streaming
- Uncropped 4K video
- No viewfinder
- No hot shoe for mics
6. Sony CyberShot RX100 VII
On a variety of levels, the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VII is outrageous.
The 24-200mm zoom range in such a compact body, the pop-up electronic viewfinder in a camera that appears too small to have one, and the good-sized 1-inch 20.1MP sensor are all pluses.
It can also shoot a 4K video, which is excellent, but things start to go odd after that. This camera features a 357-point phase-detection autofocus system, a continuous shooting speed of 20 frames per second (up to 90 frames per second in Single Burst mode), and a 0.02sec AF response time with Real-Time AF tracking.
Sony's S-Log2 and S-Log3 video modes are also included for high-end video recording and color grading – all in a pocket-sized camera.
- Smaller size
- Wide zoom range
- 4K video and fast burst shooting
- High cost
7. Sony ZV-1
Lens: 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8
The Sony ZV-1 is the greatest tiny camera option for video rather than stills. The ZV-1's greatest strength is its video capabilities.
These features include class-leading autofocus, which allows it to lock on to people and move objects in your picture with tenacity, as well as exceptional video quality with its 20.1MP 1-inch sensor.
There's also a 3.5mm mic port for using an external microphone to improve audio quality, as well as a hot-shoe for mounting.
- Good video capabilities
- Autofocus ability
- Mic port
- Not many
8. Fujifilm X100V
APS-C CMOS image sensor with 26.1MP
23mmF2 lens is a brand new design.
The Fujifilm X100V is a visually appealing camera that we'd use repeatedly. It's ideal for street photography with a fixed 23mm lens and a beautiful retro style. The bundle is somewhat let down by the excessive pricing.
So, we believe that other solutions will perform just as well for this amount of money.
- 4K video
- Tilting touchscreen
- Improved sensor and focusing
- For a complete weather seal, a filter is required
9. Leica Q2
Leica Q2 is beautiful and capable of shooting excellent images, even though it's a bit of a wildcard.
First and foremost, you must accept the concept of a camera that can only take black-and-white photographs – it is not for everyone.
Because it's a Leica, the price tag will make your eyes wet. Those willing to put in the time and money will be rewarded with a stunning body design, a superb 47.3MP full-frame sensor and 28mm f/1.7 lens, Cinema 4K video capture, minimum external controls, and an excellent viewfinder and screen combo.
- Superior Summicron 28mm f/1.7
- Full frame 47MP sensor
- Fixed LCD screen
- No pop-up flash
Rent or subscribe to a compact camera
Compact cameras are now increasingly becoming popular. They come with outstanding features that match with DSLR and other good cameras equally. Panasonic LUMIX LX100 II
Canon, PowerShot G1 X Mark III, and Sony CyberShot RX100 VII are good compact cameras.
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What is a compact camera?
A compact camera, also known as a point and shoot camera sometimes abbreviated to P&S, is a still camera designed primarily for simple operation. Most uses focus free lenses or autofocus for focusing, automatic systems for setting the exposure options, and have flash units built-in.
Which compact camera has the best image quality?
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III has the best image quality.
What compact camera is best?
Fujifilm X100V is the best compact camera.
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