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Digital compact cameras

Easy to use and small enough to slip into a pocket or bag, a digital compact camera is the perfect companion when you want to take photos without having to lug a big camera around.

Digital compact cameras comparison chart for 2017

Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Canon Powershot SX130
Casio Exilim EX-H5
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3
Ricoh CX2
Nikon Coolpix S8100
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5
Excellent
Five stars means excellent
Very good
Four stars means very good
Good
Three stars means good
Average
Two stars means average /
Poor
One star means poor
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Ratings
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Overall
canon powershot s95 has a rating of five  overall panasonic lumix dmc-fx700 has a rating of five  overall samsung hz30w has a rating of five  overall sony cyber-shot dsc-tx9 has a rating of four  overall canon powershot sx130 has a rating of four  overall casio exilim ex-h5 has a rating of four  overall panasonic lumix dmc-fp3 has a rating of four  overall ricoh cx2 has a rating of four  overall nikon coolpix s8100 has a rating of four  overall sony cyber-shot dsc-hx5 has a rating of three  overall
Photo quality
canon powershot s95 has a rating of five  photo quality panasonic lumix dmc-fx700 has a rating of five  photo quality samsung hz30w has a rating of four  photo quality sony cyber-shot dsc-tx9 has a rating of four  photo quality canon powershot sx130 has a rating of four  photo quality casio exilim ex-h5 has a rating of four  photo quality panasonic lumix dmc-fp3 has a rating of four  photo quality ricoh cx2 has a rating of four  photo quality nikon coolpix s8100 has a rating of four  photo quality sony cyber-shot dsc-hx5 has a rating of three  photo quality
Features
canon powershot s95 has a rating of five  features panasonic lumix dmc-fx700 has a rating of five  features samsung hz30w has a rating of five  features sony cyber-shot dsc-tx9 has a rating of five  features canon powershot sx130 has a rating of four  features casio exilim ex-h5 has a rating of four  features panasonic lumix dmc-fp3 has a rating of four  features ricoh cx2 has a rating of four  features nikon coolpix s8100 has a rating of four  features sony cyber-shot dsc-hx5 has a rating of four  features
Ease of use
canon powershot s95 has a rating of five  ease of use panasonic lumix dmc-fx700 has a rating of five  ease of use samsung hz30w has a rating of five  ease of use sony cyber-shot dsc-tx9 has a rating of four  ease of use canon powershot sx130 has a rating of four  ease of use casio exilim ex-h5 has a rating of four  ease of use panasonic lumix dmc-fp3 has a rating of four  ease of use ricoh cx2 has a rating of four  ease of use nikon coolpix s8100 has a rating of three  ease of use sony cyber-shot dsc-hx5 has a rating of three  ease of use
Help & support
canon powershot s95 has a rating of five  help & support panasonic lumix dmc-fx700 has a rating of five  help & support samsung hz30w has a rating of five  help & support sony cyber-shot dsc-tx9 has a rating of four  help & support canon powershot sx130 has a rating of five  help & support casio exilim ex-h5 has a rating of four  help & support panasonic lumix dmc-fp3 has a rating of four  help & support ricoh cx2 has a rating of four  help & support nikon coolpix s8100 has a rating of four  help & support sony cyber-shot dsc-hx5 has a rating of four  help & support
Specification
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Resolution (megapixels)
12.1 14.0 12.0 12.20 12.0 12.1 14.1 9.3 12.10 10.2
Digital zoom
1x 4x 5x 1 4x 4x 4x 4.8x 4x 14x
Optical zoom
3x 5x 15x 4x 12x 10x 4x 10.7x 10x 10x
LCD Display (inches)
2.5 3 3 3.5 3.0 2.7 3 3 3 3
Size (inches)
3.4 x 0.7 x 2.1 4.09 x 2.2 x .98 4.21 x 2.4 x 1.1 3.9 x 2.3 x 0.7 4.45 x 2.87 x 1.81 4.09 x 2.32 x 1.14 3.9 x 2.32 x .75 4.02 x 2.28 x 1.14 4.09 x 2.36 x 1.18 4.02 x 2.28 x 1.14
Weight (ounces)
1 180g 8.64 oz 5.3 oz 11.1 oz 6.14 oz 5.47 oz 6.53 oz 6.35 oz 7.05 oz
Memory cards
SD / SDHC / SDXC SD / SDHC / SDXC card, Internal SC / SDHC / SDXC, Internal MS Duo and SD / SDHC / SDXC Compatible SD / SDHC / SDXC / MMC / MMC / HC MMC SD / SDHC card, Internal SD / SDHC / SDXC, Internal SD / SDHC card, Internal SD / SDHC Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo/ PRO HG-Duo, optional SD/SDHC, Internal
Features
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Touchscreen
canon powershot s95  touchscreen panasonic lumix dmc-fx700  touchscreen samsung hz30w  touchscreen sony cyber-shot dsc-tx9  touchscreen canon powershot sx130  touchscreen casio exilim ex-h5  touchscreen panasonic lumix dmc-fp3  touchscreen ricoh cx2  touchscreen nikon coolpix s8100  touchscreen sony cyber-shot dsc-hx5  touchscreen
Video
canon powershot s95  video panasonic lumix dmc-fx700  video samsung hz30w  video sony cyber-shot dsc-tx9  video canon powershot sx130  video casio exilim ex-h5  video panasonic lumix dmc-fp3  video ricoh cx2  video nikon coolpix s8100  video sony cyber-shot dsc-hx5  video
Built-in flash
canon powershot s95  built-in flash panasonic lumix dmc-fx700  built-in flash samsung hz30w  built-in flash sony cyber-shot dsc-tx9  built-in flash canon powershot sx130  built-in flash casio exilim ex-h5  built-in flash panasonic lumix dmc-fp3  built-in flash ricoh cx2  built-in flash nikon coolpix s8100  built-in flash sony cyber-shot dsc-hx5  built-in flash
Self timer
canon powershot s95  self timer panasonic lumix dmc-fx700  self timer samsung hz30w  self timer sony cyber-shot dsc-tx9  self timer canon powershot sx130  self timer casio exilim ex-h5  self timer panasonic lumix dmc-fp3  self timer ricoh cx2  self timer nikon coolpix s8100  self timer sony cyber-shot dsc-hx5  self timer
Image stabilizer
canon powershot s95  image stabilizer panasonic lumix dmc-fx700  image stabilizer samsung hz30w  image stabilizer sony cyber-shot dsc-tx9  image stabilizer canon powershot sx130  image stabilizer casio exilim ex-h5  image stabilizer panasonic lumix dmc-fp3  image stabilizer ricoh cx2  image stabilizer nikon coolpix s8100  image stabilizer sony cyber-shot dsc-hx5  image stabilizer
Face detection
canon powershot s95  face detection panasonic lumix dmc-fx700  face detection samsung hz30w  face detection sony cyber-shot dsc-tx9  face detection canon powershot sx130  face detection casio exilim ex-h5  face detection panasonic lumix dmc-fp3  face detection ricoh cx2  face detection nikon coolpix s8100  face detection sony cyber-shot dsc-hx5  face detection
Connectivity
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HDMI
canon powershot s95  hdmi panasonic lumix dmc-fx700  hdmi samsung hz30w  hdmi sony cyber-shot dsc-tx9  hdmi canon powershot sx130  hdmi casio exilim ex-h5  hdmi panasonic lumix dmc-fp3  hdmi ricoh cx2  hdmi nikon coolpix s8100  hdmi sony cyber-shot dsc-hx5  hdmi
USB
canon powershot s95  usb panasonic lumix dmc-fx700  usb samsung hz30w  usb sony cyber-shot dsc-tx9  usb canon powershot sx130  usb casio exilim ex-h5  usb panasonic lumix dmc-fp3  usb ricoh cx2  usb nikon coolpix s8100  usb sony cyber-shot dsc-hx5  usb
Battery
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Battery life
250 images 300 images 275 images 230 images 370 images 1000 images 300 images 290 images 210 images 310 images
Supplied battery
Lithium rechargeable battery Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery Lithium-Ion SLB-11A rechargeable battery Lithium ION N 2 x AA batteries (NiMH recommended) Lithium ION battery charger Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery Lithium-Ion DB-70 rechargeable battery Nikon EN-EL12 Lithium-Ion battery Lithium-Ion NP-BG1 battery
Battery charger
canon powershot s95  battery charger panasonic lumix dmc-fx700  battery charger samsung hz30w  battery charger sony cyber-shot dsc-tx9  battery charger canon powershot sx130  battery charger casio exilim ex-h5  battery charger panasonic lumix dmc-fp3  battery charger ricoh cx2  battery charger nikon coolpix s8100  battery charger sony cyber-shot dsc-hx5  battery charger
Warranty
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Period
1 year 1 year 1 year 90 days 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 2 years 1 year
Help & support
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Telephone support
canon powershot s95  telephone support panasonic lumix dmc-fx700  telephone support samsung hz30w  telephone support sony cyber-shot dsc-tx9  telephone support canon powershot sx130  telephone support casio exilim ex-h5  telephone support panasonic lumix dmc-fp3  telephone support ricoh cx2  telephone support nikon coolpix s8100  telephone support sony cyber-shot dsc-hx5  telephone support
Email support
canon powershot s95  email support panasonic lumix dmc-fx700  email support samsung hz30w  email support sony cyber-shot dsc-tx9  email support canon powershot sx130  email support casio exilim ex-h5  email support panasonic lumix dmc-fp3  email support ricoh cx2  email support nikon coolpix s8100  email support sony cyber-shot dsc-hx5  email support
User manual
canon powershot s95  user manual panasonic lumix dmc-fx700  user manual samsung hz30w  user manual sony cyber-shot dsc-tx9  user manual canon powershot sx130  user manual casio exilim ex-h5  user manual panasonic lumix dmc-fp3  user manual ricoh cx2  user manual nikon coolpix s8100  user manual sony cyber-shot dsc-hx5  user manual

Digital compact cameras explained

Despite their size, digital compact cameras come loaded with features to help you take great photos. Even entry-level cameras can shoot high-quality photos, at a resolution enabling you to print and view them at a whole range of sizes.

Pictures taken with a digital compact camera are stored on a memory card. You might have to purchase one of these separately, but the biggest memory cards can store hundreds or even thousands of photos. Compact cameras also usually include a lead so you can hook the camera up to your computer and copy the photos over.

Digital compact cameras have a fully automatic mode, where you simply point the camera and press the button to take a photo. However, you can usually change some of these settings too.

You can also usually select modes for different scenes; for instance, portrait shots or sunset scenes. Some models offer a manual mode too, giving you complete control over all settings.

Look for a camera with a good optical zoom to get you closer to your subject. The greater the magnification, the further in you’ll be able to zoom.

Many cameras have a ‘digital zoom’; this simply crops the photo and then enlarges it, reducing the quality. You can do the same thing with photo editing software after you’ve taken your pictures, so it’s best to ignore any digital zoom function.

Simple, straightforward controls

If you’re new to photography, a digital compact camera is a great place to start. The easy controls, big screen and automatic modes will let you take great photos immediately. As you become confident, you can experiment more with the settings.

However, digital compact cameras are also great because you can carry them easily. That means you’re more likely to have your camera when you spot a photo opportunity.

What to look for in digital compact cameras

Here are the key features you should look for in a compact digital camera.

Resolution

A general rule of thumb - the higher the number of pixels the better the quality of image.

Memory

Memory cards have become increasingly larger and affordable. There are three popular types of memory cards for digital cameras: Compact Flash (CS), Secure Digital (SD) and Smart Media (SM).

Battery

Most cameras now come with a lithium rechargable battery and charger.

Scene modes

To give you a better picture, many digital cameras come with different pre-defined scenes such as sports, night time, landscape etc. If you select sports mode for example, the camera will adjust its settings to pick up moving objects and produce a finer picture.

Rank
Canon PowerShot S95
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700
Samsung HZ30W
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX9
Canon Powershot SX130
Casio Exilim EX-H5
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3
Ricoh CX2
Nikon Coolpix S8100
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5