Canon has pulled out all the stops to catch up with Sony and Panasonic in the superzoom compact market. In fact, the PowerShot SX700 HS has everything on its side, with a versatile 30x zoom lens, Wi-Fi, NFC, a super-fast autofocus and great picture quality. It rocks a top-quality build and is the most user-friendly and fun-to-use of all this year's high-end superzooms. This camera is a top choice for travel and holiday snaps and will suit anyone looking for a versatile 2014 compact.
Best of the rest
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 HX50V
Sony's HX superzooms have always been star compacts. This 2013 model, the HX50V, takes great-quality pictures, boasts a 30x zoom lens, fits easily in a pocket and is always ready to snap the action. It has nothing to envy of 2014 models, including Sony's own HX60, and it sells at a lower price!
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 and fuss-free.