As nice as they are, not everyone needs a large sized digital SLR camera with exchangeable lenses, and sometimes it’s just a hassle, between the time it takes to set up and the money it costs in maintenance and lenses. Sometimes, all you need is a nice little compact digital camera, and that’s where these brands come in.
Whether you want your new camera for a vacation, family photos, that special event, or any other reason, the cameras below all have great features. They will allow you to take the best photos possible all with something that can (usually) fit right in your pocket. So ditch the big, bulky lenses, and check out what these compact digital cameras can do.
Best Compact Digital Camera for Action Shots
Best Brands: Sony, Panasonic, Canon
These electronics and camera giants know just what it takes to get great action shots – a short exposure time, to capture that “in the moment” feeling. Too long of an exposure time will make your moving shots blurry, so stick with these cameras and photograph just what you want – a clear, crisp picture for those special action moments.
Some brands will have specific “sport” or “action” modes that come with preset settings for a shorter exposure time, others have image and movement stabilization features that will cut down on blur, and some have an automatic movement detection system, so that if the thing you are trying to take a photograph of moves, it automatically adjusts to its ‘action’ settings.
Reviewers of these bragged that they took photos just as amazing as a DSLR, they loved the features and creature comforts, were very happy with the resolution and quality of their photographs as well as any video they took with these models, and the ease of use and menu navigation. There were multiple reviewers who said, about each camera, that they were great on their vacation and took stunning stills and video, perfect for their needs.
Best Compact Digital Cameras for Low Light
Best Brands: Canon, Panasonic, Sony, Fujifilm
Each of these brands has received multiple reviews with one or more models of camera, all saying that they take great low light photographs. Let’s face it, every time you’re inside and want to capture that special moment, or the sun is just going down a little too fast for that great outdoors shot, you want to throw certain cameras into the trash can.
These cameras eliminate the need to destroy it for messing up your special low light moment because they have settings and modes to help you get the best quality picture possible in low light situations. Not only are they great at adjusting the lighting (or how the light is perceived inside the camera lens, rather), but most of these will also have an anti-blur features, so you can get great low light photographs without needing a tripod to stabilize the camera during photo ops.
Reviews of these brands include many people who simply love and adore these cameras – they have each had multiple reviews saying how great they are in low light, they love that these cameras fit in their pockets, excellent quality photographs, great zoom (on some models), and fun settings.
Best Compact Digital Cameras for Video
Best Brands: Nikon, Canon
Sometimes you want your camera to multitask – who doesn’t? Sometimes still photos aren’t quite enough. That’s where these cameras come in. These camera brands are also known for taking great video as well as amazing stills, a trait that people once said was impossible for a “still” camera to do, but these really break that stereotype.
Reviewers love the high quality movies they can take with these cameras (some even 1080p HD). Some cameras also have different movie modes to capture your movies in the best quality possible, and reviewers were pleasantly surprised by how great it all turned out once they saw their videos. They loved the smooth quality available to them through these models, and even if it was not the main thing they bought the camera for, they loved it.
Best Compact Digital Cameras with High Zoom
Best Brands: Panasonic, Canon, Nikon
Need to get a photo of something a little bit farther away from you? Go with one of these brands. With cameras available with over 20x optical zoom, they’ve got you covered with crystal clear images whether you’re right next to your subject or far away.
Reviewers adored these cameras specifically for their ability to zoom while still being so compact. They loved that these cameras take close to, if not just as good as, high quality professional-grade stills without the hassle that comes with a bulky professional camera and all its removable parts. They also loved that these cameras had the high MP resolution to really make those super-zoomed photos come to life.
Best Compact Digital Cameras with a Viewfinder
Best Brands: Canon, Kodak
Two of the biggest camera brands strike gold again in these respects. Each of these brands has a model with a viewfinder, so don’t guess about what you will be seeing on the photograph on a digital screen if you are used to using a viewfinder on an older model camera. Sometimes you just want that familiar comfort of a viewfinder, or you don’t like screens. Whatever the case may be, these models got great reviews.
Reviewers of course loved the great quality photographs these too, but also the ease of use, the great features, and compact size. Overall good reviews all around, and others even said they were stylish as well as sturdy.
Best Compact Digital Cameras with Wifi
Best Brands: Canon, Nikon
Why would you need Wifi on a camera? There are many reasons, really, not the least of which are built in GPS systems, wireless file sharing, instantly tweeting that great photo you just took. Okay, it’s a ‘creature comfort’, but it’s a good one. GPS could be helpful in the long run, but also, sharing your photos is what taking photos is all about, isn’t it? Sharing your memories.
So do it right then and there, with your camera. Each of these brands have models with built in wifi. Reviews on them rave about how much the reviewers adored these features, whether it was capturing that exact spot where you took the image (with GPS) or being able to share photos online as soon as they took them, so that a friend or family member could be right there, in the action with them, without physically being there.
Reviewers also said they were great for transferring their pictures over to their own wifi enabled computers, loved the great high resolution photographs, ease of use, and much more.