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
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3
Replacing our long-time favourite underwater compact, the Olympus TG-2, the TG-3 is a worthy successor. It's very similar to its predecessor, and is crushproof to 100 kg, coldproof to -10°C and waterproof to 15 m, but now comes with onboard Wi-Fi and an updated 16-Megapixel sensor. Its main advantage over competitor models is the range of add-on accessories available, including a set of converter lenses.
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 265 HS
The Canon IXUS 265 HS is small, sweet and simple, but most importantly, it performs. Excellent responsiveness and good picture quality make it a perfect companion for any occasion. It's a good choice if you want to travel light and need something easy to use. It's a shame that the zoom is so dark, though, as it means you'll have to compromise when lighting isn't so great.