Olympus Tough TG4You may feel the size or complexities of a bridge camera just isn’t for you at the moment, but you still feel drawn by the photography bug. Compact cameras are ideal for those who prefer a small,  lightweight solution that’s easy to use and easy to carry. If you want better image quality than your average smartphone you may want to look at what is available in the compact digital camera catagory.

There is a wide variety of compact camera models available, ranging from basic models to Superzoom cameras and with prices and performance that vary to suit every budget and meet the demands of even the keenest enthusiast.

From basic models providing little more than the point and shoot style now available in nearly all mobile phones, to the professional’s technology filled dream companion, there will be an ideal compact camera for everyone.

What to Look for in a Compact Camera

So how do the features compare with bridge cameras and entry level DSLR cameras.  Some of the features todays compacts can offer are:  high optical zoom in a compact body, very high quality lenses,automatic and manual controls, a variety of scene modes for easier shooting and with some of the high-performance models offering larger sensors for better image quality.

Look for cameras featuring built-in WiFi if sharing your photographs wirelessly with a smartphone or tablet appeals to you, or you love to publish your photos straight to the web on Facebook or Twitter. Some models include GPS and can ‘stamp’ your photos with the location in which they were taken. A great benefit for hikers and climbers when their friends comment ‘You never did!’

If you are the outdoors type you can find really tough, robust cameras with waterproof and shockproof designs, ready for whatever you throw at them. You can get bridge cameras like this too, of course, but they won’t slip into your back pocket.

Travel and holiday photography is where I use my compact camera most. It’s easy to carry and ideal for capturing those family memories. Best of all the rest of my fellow travellers don’t feel like they’re on holiday with Steven Spielberg, or me trying to be Steven Spielberg.

We have taken a look at three of todays bestselling compact cameras below to give you a flavour of what is available but,  honestly , the choice is staggering and highly dependent on your own specific requirements. These three are currently in the top 10 list of bestselling compact cameras at Amazon UK.  Enjoy these brief reviews.

3 Top Compact Cameras For 2016

Sony DSCW800 Digital Compact Camera

Sony DSCW800 compactThis Sony is currently Amazon’s number one bestseller in the compact camera point and shoot catagory and it’s easy to see why.  With a buyer rating of 4.3 out of 5 customers are very satisfied with the overall package this model displays at such a great price.  The CCD sensor boasts 20.1MP for great image resolution and a 26mm wide angle lens lets you get the whole family into the shot.

The 5x optical zoom isn’t the longest but at least gives you a little bit of flexibility while Son’s Steadyshot system makes camera shake a thing of the past.  Weighing around 120g with the battery on board this little camera is the most popular compact at Amazon and right now is on offer for around just £60. A bargain for sure and at that price you can’t go wrong.

QuickSpec

  • 26mm wide angle lens
  • 20.1MP CCD sensor
  • 5x optical zoom
  • 2.7inch display screen
  • Steadyshot image stabilisation

Check for best price at Amazon UK.

Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ60 EBK Compact Camera

Lumix DMC TZ60Another compact camera from the top ten best sellers is this Lumix TZ60.  From over 350 buyer reviews it scores an excellent 4.5 out of 5 rating over at Amazon UK.

With a Leica 24mm ultra wide angle lens and 30x optical zoom this camera will capture any image perfectly – near or far.  Onboard image stabilisation and 18.1 MP resolution ensure quality images are a given.  The highly detailed electronic viewfinder offers 100% field of view for easy framing.  The camera also offers several creative control options together with RAW shooting ability.

Excellent build quality together with Panasonic’s attention to detail make this a true favourite in the digital compact camera stakes. All this for around £220.

QuickSpec

  • 24mm ultra wide angle lens from Leica
  • 18.1MP high sensitivity sensor
  • 30x optical zoom
  • Enhanced Optical Image Stabilization
  • 4 creative control modes
  • WiFi and NFC enabled

Amazon UK currently have this one at almost 30% off.

Olympus Tough TG4

Olympus Tough TG4 topThis camera is just outside the top ten, but would be inside if we excluded bridge cameras from the point and shoot catagory (which we should).  Made for robust use the TG4 continues Olympus’s tradition of producing great cameras for the outdoors.

Here is a camera your children can test out for you – and it will come to no harm. That’s because it is waterproof, shockproof,  crushproof and freezeproof (perhaps it will melt if left in the sun. lol)

The TG4 is a specialist compact camera and scores a creditable 4.2 out of 5 star rating with buyers at Amazon UK.

The 16MP CMOS sensor and RAW recording produce beautiful quality images and the WiFi function allows those pictures to be shared easily with smartphones or tablets etc.  Underwater HD video recording add to the versatility of this beautifully styled camera. It’s such an intuitive little companion it even knows the current air pressure, altitude and direction. You can even check these without powering up the camera.

QuickSpec

  • 25mm wide angle lens
  • 16MP Sensor
  • 4x optical zoom
  • Shockproof – to 2.1m
  • Waterfroof – 15m
  • Freezeproof – -10deg C
  • crushproof – 100kg
  • Underwater HD Recording
  • RaAW recording

The Olympus TG4 is currently on offer as Amazon UK currently have this one at at 20% off.

It is also available in red.

Summary

You can see how varied these compact cameras are both in specification and price. All three have their strong points and each one is individually styled according to the needs of it’s user.