ePHOTOzine has reviewed every serious / advanced compact camera available and here, we reveal the top 10 best cameras, based on our in-depth reviews over the past year. Below, 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. Sony Cyber-shot RX10 Mark II
The Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II is the top scoring serious compact camera reviewed this year. It features the world's first stacked 1 inch BSI CMOS sensor with a DRAM memory chip. It's capable of 40x super slow motion capture and 4K video shooting, along with a super fast electronic shutter. It has a weather sealed body and we praised its excellent image quality.
The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) is based on the Panasonic Lumix LX100 and features a bright f/1.7 - 2.8 Leica lens equivalent to 24-75mm in 35mm terms. It has built-in Wi-Fi, an electronic viewfinder along with 4K video recording. It comes with a 3 year warranty and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom in the box. The excellent build quality of this camera coupled with Leica's reputation for top of the range image quality make the D-Lux (Typ 116) a great choice.
The Panasonic Lumix TZ70 surprised us by using a lower resolution sensor than its predecessor at 12.1 megapixels, but still produces fantastic images with a high-sensitivity MOS sensor. There is built-in Wi-Fi along with hybrid optical image stabilisation and 5-axis image correction. This camera is a great choice if you want lots of shooting modes in a camera that's also capable of full manual settings with excellent image quality.
The Ricoh GR II has several new and improved features over its predecessor including Wi-Fi, NFC, improved white balance and noise performance. It has a 16.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and a well built, tough feeling body. The GR II holds the accolade of being the smallest camera with an APS-C CMOS sensor, giving excellent performance in such a compact body. It's marketed as an expert compact camera.
The Canon Powershot G3 X features a 25x optical zoom lens on a compact body and features a 20 megapixel 1 inch BSI CMOS sensor. It also has a 1.6 million dot touch-screen plus built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity. The body of the G3 X is weather sealed and the touch-screen flips up to 180 degrees. It's capable of recording FullHD video and features a minimum focusing distance of just 5cm, making it an ideal choice for those that enjoy macro.
The Fujifilm X100T has a large 16.3 megapixel APS-C sensor and features an electronic rangefinder display. If you're after a camera with classic styling, then this could be the one for you. It also features wireless remote shooting, interval timer shooting and is capable of 1080p 60fps video. We love its excellent colour reproduction, and fantastic noise performance.
The Leica Q (Typ 116) has a fixed 28mm f/1.7 Summilux ASPH lens and 24 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor. It's at the premium end of the serious compact market but represents good value as the 28mm lens alone can sell for more than this camera, so you're sure to have the best glass on the market at the front of your camera. It features built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and can record 1080p HD video. It's extremely sharp even when shooting wide open and has a 2-year warranty with 1-year accidental cover, too.
The Canon Powershot G7 X is Canon's first serious compact to feature a 20.2 megapixel 1-inch BSI CMOS sensor. It also has a newly developed 4.2x optical zoom lens and features HDR shooting along with FullHD 1080p video capture. There is also a lens control ring to make changing an assigned setting easier. The camera has a solid-feeling metal body and this coupled with a good 3 inch touch screen make it feel like a premium camera.
The Olympus Stylus SH-2 has a 16 megapixel sensor, 24x optical zoom lens and a 3-inch touch screen. Another classically styled camera, the design harks back to the original Olympus PEN film series. The 3-inch touch screen has a 460,000 dot resolution and there is a minimum focusing distance of just 3cm. The camera has a 2-year warranty and Live composite shooting, allowing you to see the image develop in real time on the screen.
This year's update to the RX100 Mark III, the RX100 IV features the same stacked 1 inch BSI CMOS sensor as used in the RX10 II. It's a really compact model that still has some top of the range features such as 4K video recording and 16 frames per second continuous shooting. It has a pop-up viewfinder and we praised it for excellent image quality and noise performance.