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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.