Best Compact Cameras

Check out the best Compact Cameras, as rated by Digital Trends' expert reviewers.

Best Compact CamerasYou might think that compact camera is just another name for the point and shoot – but you’d be wrong. Digital imaging advancements mean that manufacturers can pack more and more high-end specs into tinier and tinier packages. For the most part, cameras in this category might not win any prizes for slipping discreetly into your pocket, but they will offer more impressive results (thanks to their larger, higher quality sensors) and far more manual control than their smaller counterparts.  

Our best compact cameras list is continually updated as we review new products that enter the market.

Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS

Looking for a tough cam? Then the TG-1 should be at the top of your list. It’s hard to justify many other comparably priced units which have fewer features and capabilities.

  • Pros: Attachment lens options, Quick, easy-to-use…
  • Cons: A better sensor and more manual controls are on…
  • Megapixels 12 Megapixels
  • Features HD Video Recording
  • Image Stabilization Optical
  • Type Point and shoot
  • Optical Zoom Under 5x
Our Score: 8
Viewer Score: 0

Canon PowerShot S100

Pocket shooters looking for more of a challenge or advanced photographers who want a capable point-and-shoot will be fans of the S100's capabilities.

  • Pros: Slim, but fits well in the hands, Solid build…
  • Cons: Price makes it a hard sell, Reduced battery life
  • Megapixels 12.1
  • Optical Zoom 5 - 10x
  • Features HD Video Recording
  • Type Point and shoot
Our Score: 8
Viewer Score: 0

Canon PowerShot ELPH 510 HS

The Canon PowerShot 510 HS is a solid 12MP camera with a very useful 12x zoom. Image quality is very good and the movies are more than satisfactory.

  • Pros: Good quality stills/videos, Nicely implemented…
  • Cons: Definitely for static subjects, Relatively slow AF…
  • Optical Zoom 10 - 15x
  • Self-timer 10 seconds
  • Features HD Video Recording
  • Image Stabilization Optical
  • Type Point and shoot
Our Score: 8
Viewer Score: 0

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

This is a very good go-everywhere camera for people who want a slick point-and-shoot that takes good photos and superior videos, but please don’t spend anywhere near list.

  • Pros: Beautiful, clean design, High-quality…
  • Cons: Few manual adjustments, Uses “micro” media…
  • Megapixels 18.2 megapixels
  • Optical Zoom 5 - 10x
  • Features HD Video Recording
  • GPS No
  • Wi-Fi No
Our Score: 7.5
Viewer Score: 0

Samsung WB150F

If you aren’t looking at professional-level compact performance, but want a point-and-shoot – particularly one that’s hitting the connected ground running – then look no further.

  • Pros: Nice looking, sturdy body, Wi-Fi is easy to set…
  • Cons: Can’t push ISO high, Doesn’t perform great in…
  • Megapixels 14.2 Megapixels
  • Optical Zoom 15 - 20x
  • Features HD Video Recording
  • Type Point and shoot
Our Score: 7.5
Viewer Score: 3.0

Canon PowerShot D20

From the unconventional design to its remarkable lens, this rugged cam easily sits among the best in the bunch.

  • Pros: Great in-camera interface, Sharp lens, Impressive…
  • Cons: Moderately slow; not suitable for fast-action…
  • Megapixels 12.1
  • Optical Zoom 5 - 10x
  • Features HD Video Recording
  • Type Point and shoot
Our Score: 7.5
Viewer Score: 7.0

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

This is a camera for someone who finds they’ve outgrown their basic point-and-shoot and wants to start dipping their toe into manual settings.

  • Pros: High-speed burst mode, Good-looking and super…
  • Cons: Poor battery life, MicroSD only, Average low light…
  • Optical Zoom 10 - 15x
  • Megapixels 10.1
  • Features HD Video Recording
  • Image Stabilization Optical
  • Type Point and shoot
Our Score: 7.5
Viewer Score: 5.0

Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC100

The Galaxy Camera is a bold step into a new world of connected cameras and is the first true camera to also double as an impressive Android device. We just wish it were a better point-and-shoot camera for the price. As is, it’s a great, though bulky Android device with a so-so camera at an expensive $500 price point.

  • Pros: Incredibly fun to use, Features galore, The…
  • Cons: The lens isn’t very sharp, Slow image processor…
  • Megapixels 16.1 megapixels
  • Optical Zoom 20 - 25x
  • Features HD Video Recording
  • Type Point and shoot
  • GPS Yes
Our Score: 7
Viewer Score: 0

Fujifilm FinePix XP150

The Fujifilm XP 150 makes an affordable tough cam for places you wouldn’t venture with a more fragile cam, but doesn’t perform well enough to replace a general point-and-shoot camera.

  • Pros: Easy, quick user interface, Good underwater…
  • Cons: Overall image quality is only average; color and…
  • Megapixels 14 Megapixels
  • Optical Zoom 5 - 10x
  • Features HD Video Recording
  • Type Point and shoot
Our Score: 7
Viewer Score: 0

Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

While the PowerShot A4000 IS isn’t going to blow any minds, it will fit the bill as a dependable, quality camera for quite a few.

  • Pros: Nice, simple control interface, Inner-navigation…
  • Cons: You’re limited with it comes to ISO, Average low…
  • Megapixels 16
  • Optical Zoom 5 - 10x
  • Features HD Video Recording
  • Type Point and shoot
Our Score: 7
Viewer Score: 8.0

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