Not sure which camera is right for you? Fancy lenses and filters should not be the first thing on your mind when you are looking for an inexpensive compact camera. Photography beginners who want an easy to use, lightweight and cheap digital camera often look towards compact cameras to fill this void.
The best compact digital cameras can deliver good image quality and offer access to lots of creative user-friendly modes and features so you have control over your photos. Impressive compact cameras offer those yearning after more the options to capture video with sound, auto and manual control modes, sharp shots of moving subjects, better shots after dark and an overall decent performance.
Sony RX100 II
The RX100 II is one of the few compact cameras to catch the attention of both enthusiasts and casual photographers. The impressive camera features a 1 inch 20.2MP Exmor R BSI-CMOS sensor the largest ever commercialized which means you can capture more detail at a much higher resolution. The Sony RX100 II features steady-shot image stabilization, a tilt-able 3 inch 1.2M-dot ‘WhiteMagic’ LCD screen, Wi-Fi for easy pairing and sharing and an ISO range of 160-12,800, which can extend to ISO 25,600 in certain modes.
The camera can capture 1080p footage at 24 frames per second or in MP4 format. The RX100 II offers photographers full manual shooting control, the ability to shoot raw files and auto shooting modes. The multi interface shoe of the camera also allows connection to a remote control or electronic viewfinder.
The Fujifiilm X20 is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a compact camera with a well-designed, high-end build quality and features. Boasting a sleek black exterior, the X20 sports a host of analog controls that makes it resemble a retro styled camera and a 12MP 2/3 inch type X-Trans CMOS II sensor that makes it perform better than the traditional compact cameras.
The camera has a strong all-round image performance, a hybrid AF system, 4x optical zoom lens, 2.8 inch LCD screen and an optical viewfinder with Digital Trans Panel. The X20 has a start-up time and shooting interval of 0.5 sec and it offers full HD video recording as well as different film modes should you want to give some photos a vintage touch.
Canon PowerShot G16
The Canon G16 is a good camera that is perfect for snapping shots of people and places. The camera boasts a 1/1.7 inch 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, which is smaller than the sensor on the interchangeable lens models. The G16 produces high quality images and it includes inbuilt Wi-Fi for instant sharing and transferring of photos and movies.
The camera comes with the Digic 6 processor which enables fast 9.3fps, built-in optical viewfinder, 5x optical lens and a 3.0 inch 922k-dot LCD monitor. The G16 also offers users full manual control, full HD 1080p video recording with a frame rate up to 60 fps, built in HDR image creation, the ability to shoot in raw format and an extremely responsive autofocus.
Additionally, these cameras have photography tips and photography tutorials online to help you snap the best pictures. The cameras are also easy-to-carry, cheap and are recommended for simple point-and-shoot photography.