Panasonic is back on top with the Lumix TZ40 superzoom compact. Its impressive spec sheet includes GPS, Wi-Fi, NFC, a touchscreen and a 20x zoom lens with an excellent stabilisation system. This camera is also speedily responsive, so you shouldn't miss out on any of the action. The TZ40 is a feature-rich, versatile and nicely balanced superzoom compact for intrepid travellers, tech-fans and roving point-and-shooters looking for a lightweight snapper.
Best of the rest
Sony Cyber-shot HX50V
Sony's HX superzooms have always been star compacts. The latest high-end model, the HX50V, has the most powerful zoom lens of all current compacts at a huge 30x! On top of that, it takes great-quality pictures, fits easily in a pocket and is always ready to snap the action.
Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
The Canon SX260 is a direct rival for Sony's superzoom compact. However, it missed out on a five-star review due to its insufficient battery life. Otherwise, picture quality is good and the camera generally handles well. It's a 2012 model but it still holds its own. It has come down in price a lot since its initial release.
Canon Ixus 240 HS
With a 16-Megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 5x zoom lens (24-120 mm), Full HD video mode, Wi-Fi and touchscreen, the Canon IXus 240 HS is a reliable budget buy for anyone who's not bothered about superzoom lenses or advanced settings. With its wallet-friendly price tag, this pocket point-and-shooter is simple, fuss-free and discreet.
The Olympus TG-2 is a fearless kind of camera. It's waterproof to 15 m, shock/drop-resistant to 2 m and crushproof to 100 kg. It's a responsive and versatile compact that takes good-quality pictures and has a handy range of optional accessories. What more could you ask for?
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100
Sony's QX smartphone modules are unusual devices that bring the specs of a stand-alone compact camera to a mobile phone. The QX100 uses the same inner workings as the excellent RX100 II expert compact (1" 20-Megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 28-100 mm lens) and connects to a smartphone running Android or iOS. It's a surprising, fun and interesting add-on that gadget fans will love playing around with.