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Compact Cameras

WHY BUY A COMPACT DIGITAL?

Compact digital cameras are as popular as their grandparent compact film counterparts. And it’s easy to see why. Here’s a few pretty obvious reasons:

  • Compact design; no surprise there
  • Instant review of image taken
  • Good, often incredible zoom
  • Automatic, easy to use modes
  • Semi-auto modes
  • Manual modes
  • Incredible quality images

Whatever you do, do not underestimate the quality and control a modern digital compact can give.

TOP TEN COMPACT CAMERAS

Well, the market is awash with some outstanding high tech compact cameras; in truth there cannot be a definitive top ten in this ever evolving market. Nevertheless here’s our current, subjective, top ten.

SONY DSCW800

OK this is just an opener; a real budget camera with good spec. Produced by Sony; heard of them?

The Sony DSCW800 is very compact, inexpensive with excellent spec. It has a 20 megapixel sensor with a most respectful 5x optical zoom. For the money it really is a snip! The W800 is extremely easy to use with very helpful ‘do it all for you’ settings.

Features include the incredible 360 degree panoramic mode … mind boggling Harry Potter stuff! Oh, nearly forgot, also comes in black.

 

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PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-SZ8

It’s Panasonic, it’s a Lumix so rest assured it’ll be good. And so it is, a lovely sleek design, a most tactile sculpture of magnificence; well OK, bit over the top, but nevertheless this is a quality budget compact with high spec.

Sports a 16 megapixel quality sensor with a 12x optical zoom.

There’s no need to say much more. Check out the Panasonic range, you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

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FUJI XP80 FinePix

Just as you were settling in to a comfort zone along came the Fuji XP80. It really is a minx, just telling you to get off your butt and get out there in extreme Bear Grylls’ territory.

The XP80 is waterproof down to 50ft, that’s a long way for you metric people. Furthermore its shock proof … BOO! Told you.

With 16 megapixels and a 5x wide optical zoom this is the camera for anyone who intends swimming with sharks. Personally I’d prefer a harpoon.

It’s also freeze-proof and dust-proof with Wi-Fi connection … surly a recipe for disaster!

Good every day camera, also great for lunatics.

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OLYMPUS TOUGH TG4

There’s a clue in the title; yes this is one tough digital cookie. Bash it with sledge hammers, run a train over it, dynamite it! Yes, then it would probably break.

For your average suicidal mountaineer this rugged, sleek gem is an absolute must; it’ll take more abuse than a politician and still come up trumps, unlike most politicians.

16 megapixels with the ability to shoot jpeg and uncompressed RAW images – be careful, for most mortals everyday jpeg images are more than adequate. RAW images will require a RAW editor program.

Don’t be put off though, this is a highly reviewed Olympus classic.

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NIKON COOLPIX S7000

Nikon Coolpix, translated, means assured quality. This isn’t cheap, nor expensive but it is that good. 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, 20x optical zoom with a bright clear 3” viewing screen.

This bad boy has a superb one button high definition video feature with an outrageous editing facility. It’s quality, it’s Nikon!

There’s more, it also comes in a gold finish! How good is that!

 

Bestseller No. 1
Nikon COOLPIX S7000 Compact Digital Camera - White (16.0 MP, CMOS Sensor, 20x Zoom) 3.0 -Inch LCD
  • Share high-quality images with a one-touch Wi-Fi button or with NFC technology just tap your camera to a smart device
  • Capture fun facial expressions and distant action with a 20x optical zoom, extendable to 40x Dynamic Fine Zoom
  • The highly sensitive back-illuminated 16MP CMOS image sensor ensures great performance with beautifully detailed shots and low noise
  • Always get clear images with 4-axis Hybrid VR (vibration reduction) compensating for camera shake even at full zoom
  • Capture all the fun instantly in Full HD with a one-touch movie record button and edit during playback to delete unwanted footage too
Bestseller No. 2
Nikon COOLPIX S7000 Compact Digital Camera - Black (16.0 MP, CMOS Sensor, 20x Zoom) 3.0 -Inch LCD
  • Share high-quality images with a one-touch Wi-Fi button or with NFC technology just tap your camera to a smart device
  • Capture fun facial expressions and distant action with a 20x optical zoom, extendable to 40x Dynamic Fine Zoom
  • The highly sensitive back-illuminated 16MP CMOS image sensor ensures great performance with beautifully detailed shots and low noise
  • Always get clear images with 4-axis Hybrid VR (vibration reduction) compensating for camera shake even at full zoom
  • Capture all the fun instantly in Full HD with a one-touch movie record button and edit during playback to delete unwanted footage too

VIVITAR X022 10MP

After much soul searching we have decided to include a Vivitar camera. Their cameras are cheap, cheap, and not of the highest quality; but they do fill a hole in the market. Maybe as a glove compartment accessory in the event of accident, or ideal for that school trip, you know the one where it’s highly unlikely you’ll ever see the camera again!

Twenty years ago Vivitar spec would have made them top of the range … not now.

Nevertheless there’s a lot of fun to be had with this 20 megapixel, 4x zoom wannabe.

Bestseller No. 1
iGadgitz Black Extendable Telescopic Handheld Self Portrait Selfie Monopod Stick for Vivitar ViviCam X022, T027, F128, T426, S529, 7399, 8225 Digital Cameras
  • Taking pictures just got easier! See above the crowd and take amazing selfies of you and your friends with the iGadgitz Monopod Selfie Stick.
  • Suitable for Vivitar ViviCam X022, T027, F128, T426, S529, 7399, 8225 Digital Cameras
  • Extends up to 98cm in length to the ball head with adjustable ball head and thumb screw allowing multi angle shooting and 180 degree positioning.
  • Strong, durable and lightweight Aluminium pole with 4 lockable extensions.
  • Padded foam handle for extra comfort and wrist strap to help secure it to your person. Comes with an adjustable phone holder to dual use.
Bestseller No. 2
Mini B Cable 10 Feet / 3M, EZOPower Braided USB Mini-B 5-Pin Cable for Canon, Nikon, Sony, GoPro and More - Black /Blue
  • Brand New EZOPower Mini-USB 5-Pin Braided Jacket USB Data Cable Cord
  • Extra Long: 10 feet
  • Tangled Free Design
  • Gold plated for performance enhancement
  • Replacement for Nikon UC-E4, Canon PowerShot N2, G7 X, G1 X Mark II, N100, SX530, SX400, SX60, SX520, SX710, SX700, SX610, SX600, SX170, SX710 HS, SX610 HS, SX510 HS, SX280, S120, G16, EOS 7D, 60D, 60Da, EOS 1200D, 700D, 650D, 600D, 100D, D30, D20 , IXUS 265 HS, IXUS 160, IXUS 170, 155, IXUS 150, IXUS 145, IXUS 132, IXUS 255 HS, IXUS 140, A3500, A2600, A2500, A1400, PowerShot N100, Facebook ready ; GoPro Hero, 1, 2, 3, 4, + silver, black, White edition

SAMSUNG NX1000 SMART

And then along came Samsung! They certainly have stamped their mark with a range of superb high tech digital compact cameras.

The Samsung NX range really did raise the bar, the NX1000 reeks of quality; 20 megapixel CMOS sensor, quality zoom lens with, the luxury of Wi-Fi connectivity.

It really is a great little camera, quality optics for crystal clear results and an abundance of useful features.

Samsung, always pushing ever nearer to perfection.

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LEICA C

To be honest this is a little tongue in cheek offering; The Leica C range would hardly be described by most of us as a budget camera. Although it depends upon ‘one’s circumstances’; you may consider anything under a £1,000 a snip. In which case this sleek, beautifully finished classic is your ideal budget camera. The rest of us can only dream.

The overall specifications of this jewel are not actually that impressive on paper; however once you’ve handle the Leica you’ll begin to understand its appeal and price tag. And of course Leica have such a huge reputation for their quality optics; expect Formula 1 performance!

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PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-TZ60EB-K

Panasonic could make up its own top ten to compete with virtually with any camera manufacturer in the world. This one is from their DMC Lumix range, the TZ60EB-K, another memorable title. This is nn upgrade on the preciously listed Lumix DMC-SZ8

The TZ60 has a 30x optical zoom with a 24 mm ultra-wide angle Leica DC Lens. Supported by a fabulous 18.1 MP high-sensitivity sensor.

It’s shoot in RAW, has a superb image stabilisation system, Wi-Fi and NFC sharing devices etc. etc.

Sweet!

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SONY DSCHX50

Well we started with a quality budget Sony and so we end with this, the more up-market Sony DSCHX50. This is a compact toy for the boys! Here’s a brief mind-boggling description of some of its features:

  • 30x optical zoom
  • 20.4 Exmor R CMOS sensor with BIONZ processor
  • Full auto and manual modes
  • A multi interface hot shoe for addition of flash or microphone
  • Wi-Fi built in

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