Best compact cameras to make taking perfect pictures simple

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No matter how good our smartphone cameras claim to be, they always seem to let us down at the worst of times. Whether it’s trying to take that great picture of a sunset on holiday or capture that hilarious moment at a family gathering, sometimes we can’t just rely on them.

Enter the compact camera, a small lightweight camera with inbuilt flash that allows users to take casual photos in a simple manner.

If you think we’re talking about those bulky cameras you had back in the 2000s where photos looked so blurry before you even began to contemplate using the zoom button, then think again as compact cameras have come a long way since then and now come with a whole host of features that your smartphone camera could only dream of being able to do.

What to consider when buying a compact camera

With thousands of compact cameras on the market and most of them coming with a hefty price tag, it can seem overwhelming to know which one is right for you. That’s why we’ve got some top tips on things to look out for when shopping around.

Most importantly, you want to consider what you will be using a compact camera for. If you’re looking to take a few family snaps on holiday then a simple, cheap model with flash may do the job.

In contrast, if you’re big into your amatuer photography and looking for the state of the art compact camera, you may want to ensure your camera has features such as 4K video, lengthy optical zoom and microphone socket (particularly handy for all the vloggers out there).

You should also consider other factors such as size of camera and durability, particularly for those who love their outdoor or water based activities as some compact cameras are designed to survive the elements, whilst others less so.

If you’re worried about how stylish a compact camera looks then fear not as many designs have moved past the ‘only your dad would carry one of these around’ era and come in a range of cool colours and shapes.

Bearing all this in mind we’ve rounded up the best compact cameras on the market from fashionable snappers to state of the art gadgets.

Canon SX740 HS

Best for: Great zoom feature

If you’re looking to take pictures and videos which require zoom then this camera is ideal as it comes with an incredible 40x optical zoom. It also has an amazing 4K movie resolution meaning no more fuzzy videos.

As one of the smaller cameras we reviewed, this is a great buy for those who are planning on taking their camera on holiday as it fits perfectly into a pocket so you don’t need to sacrifice on luggage space. The flip forward screen makes it is easy and simple to use.

Buy now £359.06, Amazon

Sony Vlog camera ZV-1

Best for: vloggers

If content creation is your thing and you love trying out the latest TikTok trend then little else rivals the Sony Vlog camera. Featuring a selfie-friendly LCD screen, a recording lamp and a body grip, this camera is perfect for taking videos and photos wherever you are.

We particularly liked the 3-capsure microphone attached to the camera which reduces background wind noise making your voice clearer - perfect for those outdoor vlogs. The ZV-1 is also compatible with Sony’s Bluetooth shooting grips which makes recording even easier.

Buy now £695.00, Amazon

Polaroid Go Instant Camera

Best for: Fashionable photogrpahers

This iconic camera with its signature retro look is far from retro in terms of its features. We love the addition of a selfie mirror, a self-timer and a micro USB charger to keep it running. As one of the smallest compact cameras on the market (designed to be used with just one hand), you can take this nifty gadget on-the-go as it fits easily into most pockets.

If you’re looking to buy the Polaroid Go, look out for deals which include sets of film so you can start taking pictures instantly.

Buy now £84.99, Amazon

Digital Camera, BRIHIEVY FHD 1080P

Best for: Child friendly camera

If you’re searching for a bargain, look no further than this digital camera priced at just over £50. Available in various colours including blue, black and pink, Amazon’s compact camera is a great camera for children and teenagers wanting to take their own photos.

It comes with a built in 32 GB SD card so there is plenty of trial and error space on to nail the perfect shot. Weighing only 220g, the camera is also lightweight and can easily be placed in a pocket or backpack. Despite its light size, it’s pretty sturdy and can endure a lot.

Buy now £53.54, Amazon

Fujifilm X100V Digital Camera

Best for: Professional shooters

As one of the higher priced cameras on our list, you would expect this option from Fujifilm to do a lot, and it does. The X100V is the fifth camera in the X100-series and has been redesigned to be far more ergonomic and weather resistant whilst still maintaining its classic retro look.

The new features of this camera includes a Colour Chrome lens which helps increase contrast in pictures automatically and an auto-focus which helps capture fast moving objects without the blur.

Buy now £1299.00, Jessops

OLYMPUS Tough TG-6 Waterproof Camera

Best for: Travellers

If you’re looking to capture your latest moves on the slope or that treacherous dive into the sea then this camera is your best friend as we found it to be the sturdiest of the cameras we reviewed.

The TG-6 boasts qualities such as being waterproof to 15 metres, shockproof, freezeproof to -10 degrees, dustproof and an anti-fog coating meaning it is perfect for every adventure. It also ensures your pictures are high quality even if the light quality is low.

Buy now £435.00, Amazon

Polaroid Now+ i‑Type Instant Camera

Best for: Cool shots

Polaroid’s latest camera is the Now+ which comes in a range of stylish colours from mint green to orange. If you’re not a photographer by nature, this camera is ideal as its auto-focus two lens system automatically decides which lens is best for the picture.

In terms of getting that arty shot, the camera features built in double exposure so you are able to capture two frames in one picture. If you’re looking to switch up the colour of your pictures then the included 5 lens filters, ranging in colours include red vignette and starburst, will do just that.

Buy now £139.99, Amazon

SONY W800 Compact Camera

Best for: Budget friendly

If you want a camera that will take great pictures but the lofty prices of many compact cameras is holding you back, then this Sony W800 is perfect coming in at just over £100. This compact camera is perfect for everyday use, features a 5x zoom and HD video shooting.

This camera is also great for those looking to capture the feel of parties, gatherings and events. The ‘party mode’ feature of this camera automatically adjusts the main settings to help produce the perfect party photo meaning no more faffing with the flash button.

Buy now £109.00, Jessops

Vintage Canon Sure Shot

Best for: vintage photos

If you’re looking for your photos to have that retro 90s look about them then this vintage Canon camera is on hand. Featuring an automatic 35mm point and shoot, three times zoom capabilities, automatic flash and self timer, this camera is guaranteed to take the coolest of photos.

We also like the three point Smart Autofocus system embedded in the camera which provides crisp shots and reduces blurriness even if the subject is far away or not centred. In fact, with this compact camera you can have your subject as near as two feet to the camera or as far back as you like.

Buy now £107.23, Etsy

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