The best compact digital cameras 2010: Top ten compact digital camera reviews
- Fri, 25 Jun 2010
The best compact digital cameras 2010
As every manufacturer refreshes their camera range every six months it can be difficult to pick a model to purchase before the replacement hits the shelves. For almost every requirement, whether it's zoom, movie recording or manual controls, a compact digital camera has the features you'll need.
Best compact digital camera for low light
Even though it's been replaced by the F80 EXR the F70 EXR is still the better camera thanks to less aggressive pixel smoothing. The EXR chip can take two images at once at different exposure levels and combine into a HDR-style photo without the user needing to bother with Photoshop. The 10x zoom and 10MP sensor help hugely as well, with the lack of HD video being the only real downside.
Best compact digital camera for long zoom
With a 10x optical zoom the Sony HX5 may not have the longest magnification available, but the manner in which still takes sharp, well exposed shots is impressive to say the least. Add to that the likes of HD video and a superb sweep panorama mode, along with GPS for Geotagging, and the HX5 is a well built compact packed with features.
Best compact digital camera for toughness
Tough compacts are some of the most specialist cameras available, insuring the lens, battery and memory card compartments are protected from the likes of water and sand. The Panasonic FT2 manages to combine these facets with being a decent compact camera as well, making it the perfect companion for going swimming, mountain biking or even travelling to colder climates thanks to the -10 degrees freeze proof.
Best compact digital camera with pro controls
One of the most highly recommended cameras for any photographer looking to avoid lugging a whole DSLR kit around, the PowerShot G11 has all the manual controls a pro would need. Add to that a 5x optical zoom and 28mm wide angle lens, as well as generally superb optics and some highly impressive low light performance, and the Canon PowerShot G11 is one of the most impressive cameras made.
Best compact digital camera for landscapes
It's not always easy to sell the benefits of a fixed lens camera, but Fuji's GRD III virtually sells itself with some superb optics and full manual controls. The lack of versatility from having a zoom is more than compensated for by the end image quality, which is uncompromised by the limited amount of glass with the lens.
Best compact digital camera for good design
The IXUS range offers a metallic body, often resulting in some excellent looking cameras. The 980IS not only has jaw-dropping looks, but offers the image quality and features to make the camera a substantial performer on every front. The only real downside is the price, although style like this rarely comes cheap.
Best compact digital camera as a DSLR backup
Anyone after a small compact to take away when a DSLR is just too big would have trouble going too far wrong with the Canon PowerShot S90. A pocketable camera with excellent build quality and all the manual controls a serious photographer would need, this powerful compact does everything asked of it and more besides.
Best compact digital camera for a budget
For around the £100 mark the choice of digital cameras isn't exactly vast, but in the Panasonic DMC-FS7 there's an impressive package capable of taking some impressive images. The 4x zoom and slight frame make it versatile as well, so even for those with a limited amount of cash have the opportunity to take some top images.
Best compact digital camera for gadgets
A pocketable digital camera with the kind of features that would put a DSLR to shame, the WX1 offers all a gadget fiend could ever ask for. A 5x optical zoom, 24mm wide angle lens, HD video, panoramic sweep, smile shutter and far more besides make this little compact a feature-packed marvel.
Best compact digital camera for underwater use
Those out for a scuba holiday or engaging in a touch of diving in the pool would be advised not to take a normal compact within a few feet of the water, which is where Canon's D10 comes in. This underwater specialist gives the user the chance to go up to 10m underwater without issue, and takes some excellent shots while down there.