Top 10 best compact digital camera of 2013


“Which Compact Camera is the best one to buy?” is the question often raised when it comes to buying a Compact Camera. We have a lot of choices these days regarding which Compact Camera to purchase. There has been a compelling development in the Compact Cameras in last few years which leaves a question behind, which camera is the finest. We could be attracted by the color, body, or the technical advancement of the Compact Cameras in the local or online camera store when we get there to buy one. Today, we’ve come up with an overlook of  best Compact digital Camera of 2013 which are also the best ones to own.

Panasonic Lumix LF1


A pocket sized camera, announced in April 2013, is somewhat similar to the lumix model cameras before it but has new features like a longer zoom and a built-in electronic viewfinder. Its seemingly smaller than the LX7  and offers a 7.1x optical zoom covering a focal range of 28-200 mm. and aperture range of f/2 – 5.9 vs. the f/1.4 – 8.0 of the LX7. It also assures stable framing and high visibility of image even under strong sunlight. Although the zoom range and resolution is very high, the screen could have been better. The ones with tight budget would not prefer it as it is a very expensive camera.

Key Features: 12.1MP 1/1.7” sensor; 3-inch rear display; 7.1x optical zoom (28-200mm) ; ISO 80 – 6400 (12800 extended); 1080p HD video at 50i; 3-inch, 920k-dot LCD, price- £350, Manufacturer: Panasonic.


Canon PowerShot SX280 HS



Canon PowerShot SX280 HS is a GPS (lets you see the location of the photo taken) and Wi-Fi built camera (lets you upload your photos to the social media and phones) that replaces the SX260 HS model. It has a 20x, 25-500mm optical zoom lens with built-in anti-shake system that features an enhanced IS video mode and a 5-axis stabilizer. It has a 12 megapixel CMOS sensor which leaves your images sharp with an appropriate employ of the ISO.  It’s a speedy performer suitable for all kinds of photographers. It is priced £299 / $329 / €359 and available in black, blue or red.  The disappointment is that the battery life is too short, and especially when you use the GPS and wi-fi.  I would definitely go for Canon PowerShot SX280 HS for it provides you the wi-fi, GPS services with very good video and photo qualities in a reasonable price.

Key features: 20x zoom, 25mm lens, HS System: 12.1 MP CMOS, DIGIC 6, Intelligent IS, Enhanced Dynamic IS, Wi-Fi, Full HD (60fps), 7.5 cm (3.0″) PureColor II G LCD, GPS, Hybrid Auto; Smart Auto, Manual, Av and Tv modes, High-speed shooting, price- £299, Manufacturer: Canon.


Samsung Galaxy Camera (EK-GC100)


Samsung Galaxy Camera (EK-GC100), with the point, shoot and share capability is equipped with 1/2.3 inch type CMOS sensor (6.2 x 4.6 mm) and F2.5-5.9 4.1-86.1mm lens (23-483mm equivalent in 35mm format). It offers the ISO range of 100-3200. It looks highly trendy with a 4.8in, 1280×720-pixel LCD. It has a quad-core 1.4GHz processor, 3G, Wi-Fi and GPS which lets you share the images you click on the internet. Its huge in size and shape but yes, powered by Android 4.1 operating system, we can breeze it with an ease. You could use this camera to check emails, be on the social networking sites and visit the google play app store too. It’s equipped with all Smartphone potentials except for it can’t take calls. F2.5-5.9 4.1-86.1mm lens makes it thickset and heavy. Pressing the power button makes it sleep like rest of the android devices rather than turning it off. But it only takes 3 seconds to wake it up and click a photo. The standby battery life of the Samsung Galaxy Camera (EK-GC100) is 280 hours. This android smartphone camera is certainly a very handy camera to own.

Key features :16.3 megapixels, 1/2.3 inch type CMOS sensor (6.2 x 4.6 mm), F2.5-5.9 4.1-86.1mm lens (23-483mm equivalent in 35mm format), ISO 100-3200, Continuous shooting at 4 fps, Android 4.1 Jellybean, WiFi + 3G/4G connectivity, price- £381, Manufacturer: Samsung.


Nikon Coolpix P330


A pocket camera Nikon Coolpix P330, with an amazing image qualities has a 12-megapixel CMOS sensor with 1/1.7-inch design, 5x optical zoom with a focal range of 24-120mm. It has apertures of f/1.8-5.6, and all these fitted into a pocket size! It has a built-in Global Positioning System (GPS) and Wi-Fi which means you can see where you have been and share your images as soon as you take them. It also supports RAW shooting. If you are looking for camera that can take full HD videos, you should go for Nikon Coolpix P330. Although it has an amazing image quality, it is very slow when it comes to continuous shots.

Key features: Pocket size 1/1.7-inch sensor camera, with an ISO upto 1600. Lens shift vibration reduction, 5X optical zoom, apertures f/1.8/5.6. Wi-fi and GPS connectivity. Price- $379, Manufacturer: Nikon.


Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100



The RX100 II presents a 3.6x, 28-100mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* zoom lens with an aperture of f/1.8. It has a 20.2 megapixel 1.0-type CMOS sensor. You can also have a full HD quality videos recording with a very good low light and outdoor visibility. It looks inviting with an ultra sharp 3 inch- LCD display. It is pretty fast than other compact cameras which are in competition with it. The camera looks good with overall design and shape but has a lack of grip, which may cause accidents which camera handling. It also has a redeye issue. But as a whole, it is a complete package and suitable for all the photo enthusiasts.

Key features: Integrated 3.6x, 28-100mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* zoom lens, aperture f/1.8, 20.2 megapixel 1.0-type Exmor back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, Full HD 24p/25p high-definition video recording. Wi-fi and NFC connectivity. Price- £479, Manufacturer: Sony.


Fujifilm X20


Released in June 2013, Fujifilm X20 has a 28-112mm equivalent zoom. It has a 12 megapixel resolution with a larger sensor than the average compact cameras. The X20 is equipped with an Advanced Optical Viewfinder, a very innovative viewfinder which provides focus and exposure information. It is a very fast camera with a 4x zoom lens and lots of physical controls. The image quality is good but it hassles at higher ISO settings.

Key features: 28-112mm equivalent zoom, 12 Megapixel resolutions, Advanced Optical Viewfinder, sharp images, physical activity options, hot shoe. Price- £451, Manufacturer: Fujifilm.


Pentax MX-1:


This retro styled camera has several unique features. It has a very impressive image quality for it has a 12.0 megapixel with 1/1.7″ sensor. It has a wide range of focus modes; Auto, Spot, Tracking, AF Select (25 Points), Infinity Landscape, Manual Focus, Pan Focus, AF Point Switching. The camera doesn’t lag when you are continuous shooting. The ISO ranges from 100- 12800 with f/1.8-2.5 4x optical zoom lens. Pentax MX-1 has advanced photographic features which includes LCD resolution: (approx. 920,000 dots)and Wide angle viewable: 170° viewfinder.  The types of memory cards you can use are SD, SDHC, and SDXC. But this camera has no hot shoe which is a disappointment. The camera overall has a firm construction with brass on the top and bottom plates. It also has an excellent battery life. Pentax MX-1 allures all kinds of photographers with its retro style and multiple features.

Key features: 12.0 megapixel with 1/1.7″ sensor, ISO 100- 12800 , f/1.8-2.5 4x optical zoom lens, LCD resolution, long-lasting battery life, 170° viewfinder, Price- $347-$399, Manufacturer- Pentax.


Fujifilm X100s



£1,000 is very expensive for a compact camera, but Fujifilm X100s is worth it. Released in 7 January 2013, this camera looks very trendy with its retro looks. It has a 32mm f2 equivalent fixed lens with built-in flash, auto focus and manual focus. It has 1/4000 and 30 sec exposure with 16.3 megapixels. . It has a electronic viewfinder which is very advanced with a 2.3 million dot panel. This camera doesn’t have wi-fi and GPS connectivity. It also lacks weather sealing and has fixed lens. It also lacks face detection, but that’s not a very major problem. the most appealing thing about Fujifilm X100s is its design and amazing image quality. It allows you 300 shots with full battery.

Key features: 32mm f2 equivalent fixed lens, built-in flash, auto focus and manual focus, electronic viewfinder with a 2.3 million dot panel, Price: £1,000, Manufacturer: Fujifilm.


Panasonic Lumix FZ200


Panasonic Lumix FZ200, with an improved 12.1MP High-sensitivity MOS sensor is pretty impressive. It has the ISO range from 100 – 6400. The image quality of the videos is excellent with full HD video capture feature. With the 24x optical zoom (25-600mm) with f/2.8 max aperture, the image quality doesn’t suffer in the low light conditions.  You can handle it with ease as it has a very proper build quality. But there is a lack of eye sensor in it; you’ll have to press a button to switch from the LCD to viewfinder.

Key features: 12.1MP High-sensitivity MOS sensor, ISO 100 – 6400, full HD video capture, 24x optical zoom (25-600mm) with f/2.8 max aperture, Price-  £440.00, Manufacturer- Panasonic.


Fujifilm X-Q1


Fujifilm’s more advanced and techno savy camera is with 12 megapixel 2/3 inch X-Trans CMOS II sensor. This is a very large sensor for a compact camera and leaves behind a very good image quality. It is a very fast camera with f/1.8. It has a very easy access to image settings. You can share your image as soon as you click it with its in-built Wi-fi connectivity. It’s a very easy to use camera, with a high resolution screen. With these many features, the battery life is too short and the camera often struggles with focusing. Available for £350, this camera is very cheap and fitted with numerous features for such low price than most of its competitors.


Key features: 12 megapixel 2/3 inch X-Trans CMOS II sensor, small size, smooth operation, wi-fi connectivity, Price- £350, manufacturer: Fujifilm.

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