BUYER'S GUIDE / The Best Compact Cameras
Waterproof cameras, superzoom compacts and more!
The 4 best digital cameras of the moment: the best all-rounder, the best-value digital camera, the best budget option, the best choice if money is no object.
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.
Olympus has not been sitting on its laurels, and we're delighted to finally have a rugged compact with RAW shooting. With its outstanding macro and underwater modes, the TG-4 offers all sorts of possibilities. We'd strongly recommend this sturdy all-terrain camera to nature-lovers.
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.
With the HX90V/HX90, Sony presents a serious contender for the title of best 30x compact: it provides all-round performance, a plethora of features and is the only model to offer an electronic viewfinder, adjustable screen and customisable settings ring, all in one compact package. Indeed, despite having all these features, it's still the most compact camera of its kind. Unfortunately, this all makes for a relatively high RRP.