What Camera Should I Buy? Use Our Camera Guide To Find The Answer - Get Serious With An Advanced Compact

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Quality Is A Priority But I Still Need A Camera That's Compact & Easy To Use

Panasonic Lumix LX100


Serious Advanced Compact Positives  

For a photography enthusiast who wants to capture images with better quality but with a camera that's still small enough to not take up too much room in a bag then a Serious Advanced Compact camera is worth considering. 

A serious compact offers a larger than normal sensor, when compared with less expensive compact cameras, which in turn gives better image quality and low light performance. You also get more advanced controls so you have more of a say how your final image will look and they're also a great tool to learn more advanced photography techniques with. 

If the thought of carrying a DSLR around with you gives you tired arms then a serious advanced compact is probably for you. 

Pros: Size, approaching DSLR image quality, advanced features 


Serious Advanced Compact Negatives 

Unlike with a travel zoom or bridge camera, the zoom on these cameras isn't anything special and as they have fixed lenses, you can't change it (like you can with a DSLR). The lens build will be better than you find on other compacts, though, and this combined with better sensors and more controls should result in better images than a smartphone or cheaper compact can produce. 

Price could be a negative, too, because even the less expensive models can't be considered cheap. 

Cons: Expensive, fixed lenses 


Serious Advanced Compact Prices & Choices

You need to have a bit more money to spend on a serious advanced compact camera as prices can reach £1000. 

Click the link below to find the best Serious Advanced Compacts currently available:


Our Recommendation: Panasonic Lumix LX100 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100


The Panasonic Lumix LX100 is a large sensor (Micro Four Thirds) compact camera, with a f/1.7 - 2.8 Leica lens equivalent to 24-75mm in 35mm terms, built-in Wi-Fi and an electronic viewfinder. Even though we reviewed the camera back in 2014, it's still sitting as reigning champion in our top ten thanks to its impressive line-up of features, 4K video capture, bright lens and stylish metal body. In fact, we were that impressed with the LX100, we gave it our 'Editor's Choice' award. 

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