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Top 10 Best Serious Compact Digital Cameras 2014

Top 10 Best Serious Compact Digital Cameras 2014 - We take a look at the top 10 best serious compact digital cameras from Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Fujifilm, Sony, Panasonic and Ricoh.

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Category : Compact Cameras
Product : Panasonic Lumix LX100
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ePHOTOzine has reviewed every "serious compact" camera available and can now let you know the Top 10 best cameras, based on our in-depth reviews. Here we highlight some of the best features of each model so you should be able to find a camera capable of delivering high image quality and speedy performance.

1. Panasonic Lumix LX100

Panasonic Lumix LX100 (10)

The Panasonic Lumix LX100 is our highest scoring serious compact camera reviewed, with an impressive Leica f/1.7-2.8 24-70mm equivalent lens, optical image stabilisation, Micro Four Thirds sensor, electronic viewfinder (EVF), Wi-Fi, 4K video recording, plus manual aperture and shutter controls.


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2. Olympus Stylus 1

Olympus Stylus 1 (2)

The Olympus Stylus 1 has a bright f/2.8 constant 10.7x optical zoom lens, along with an excellent 1.44million dot electronic viewfinder, and mini DSLR styling. The camera is quick, has an excellent 3inch tilting screen, built in Wi-Fi, and is great to use.

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=3. Sony Cyber-shot RX10

Sony Cyber Shot DSC RX10 (3)

Whilst not as compact as any of the other cameras here, the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 is about as serious as it gets, with a large 1inch sensor and a bright f/2.8 8.3x optical zoom lens by Carl Zeiss, Wi-Fi, tilting 3inch screen, top LCD, and built in electronic viewfinder (EVF).

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=3. Olympus Stylus XZ-2

Olympus Stylus XZ-2

The Olympus Stylus XZ-2 has a number of features and expansion options beyond what is available on other serious compacts and delivers very good to excellent image quality making the XZ-2 worth some very serious consideration.

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=3. Fujifilm X100s

Fujifilm X100s (14)

The Fujifilm X100s has a bright f/2.0 35mm equivalent lens and as long as you are happy with this focal length then the camera would make an excellent choice, delivering extremely high quality photos from the 16.3 megapixel APS-C sensor, with classic camera styling and a large optical viewfinder.

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=6. Nikon Coolpix P340

Nikon Coolpix P340 (3)

The Nikon Coolpix P340 is an extremely versatile camera which packs a lot of features in to a body small enough to fit in your pocket. There is a f/1.8 5x optical zoom lens, full 1080p HD video recording, Wi-Fi as well as fantastic image quality and RAW shooting.

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=6. Canon Powershot G16

Canon Powershot G16 (2)

The Canon Powershot G16 has bags of features, in a very sturdy, well-built body and image quality to match. We love the 12 fps continuous shooting, fast f/1.8-2.8 lens and built in Wi-Fi. The G16 is great to use and we are happy to highly recommend it.

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=6. Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

Cybershot DSC-RX100 II

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II features a 20.2 megapixel 1inch backlit CMOS sensor, built in Wi-Fi connectivity, NFC, tilting screen, and a multi-interface flash hot-shoe, as well as an impressive Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* f/1.8 lens. An updated version of the RX100 is available, the RX100 III, with built in electronic viewfinder and a brighter 24-70mm equivalent lens.

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=6. Fujifilm X20

Fujifilm X20 Black

The Fujifilm X20 delivers high image quality, unique handling and features, as well as an optical viewfinder, in a well built and stylish camera, with full manual controls, raw shooting and flash hot shoe. If these are features you’re looking for, and have the money to invest, then the Fujifilm X20 comes highly recommended.

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=6. Ricoh GR

Ricoh Gr With Ovf (2)

The Ricoh GR V is the World's smallest digital camera with an APS-C CMOS sensor, and with an extremely sharp 28mm equivalent lens, the camera delivers excellent image quality, and a number of reasonably priced accessories make it more versatile.

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Comments


6 Apr 2011 9:10PM
How can you rate the CANON G series so highly,there are numerous forums with complaints of lenses sticking in these cameras.They may be well specified but obviously not reliable?.

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5 Dec 2012 5:57PM
I would have thought that the Panasonic Lumix GX1 would have had the edge over the somewhat dated LX7
Gare 3
7 Dec 2012 8:56PM
It's really hard to take you guys seriously when you have the Sony RX100 at the bottom of the list.
Paul Morgan e2
13 15.6k 6 England
9 Dec 2012 2:28AM

Quote: I would have thought that the Panasonic Lumix GX1 would have had the edge over the somewhat dated LX7

The GX1 is a CSC not a compact and how can the newly released LX7 be dated.


Quote: It's really hard to take you guys seriously when you have the Sony RX100 at the bottom of the list

I don`t think posted in any particular order and why shouldn`t the RX100 be at the bottom Smile
21 Feb 2013 10:36PM
I played around with three compacts at John Lewis recently - two I loved (one I'd quite like to own but working hard to resist) and one I did not.

They were:

1) Canon G15 - I have a G10 and I have to say I loved everything about the the G15 - a very, very nice camera indeed

2) The Panasonic LX7 - f1.4, aperture control on a ring around the lens and it just felt fabulous to hold ...I am soooo drawn to this camera

3) the Sony RX100 - left me cold. There is nothing about this camera I liked.
21 Feb 2013 10:38PM

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The GX1 is a CSC not a compact



Errrrr no it's not CSC's have interchangeable lenses - the GX1 does not
Paul Morgan e2
13 15.6k 6 England
22 Feb 2013 2:35AM

Quote: Errrrr no it's not CSC's have interchangeable lenses - the GX1 does not

You need to do some home work.

http://www.ephotozine.com/article/panasonic-lumix-dmc-gx1-camera-review-18282
25 Nov 2013 3:10AM
Where is the Leica C or D lux 6 on this list
3 Oct 2014 1:24PM
You need to do some home work

Glad you replied before I had the chance Paul haha

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