The Best Advanced Compacts of 2015 - We take a look at some of the best advanced compacts on the market

Advanced compacts have become especially popular in recent years, especially with experienced and enthusiast-level photographers that already own a DSLR but want something smaller and easier to carry around without losing an advanced feature set.

By their nature, the best advanced compact cameras will offer things such as Raw capture and full manual control over the image capture settings as standard. Menu systems will be more complex and offer much more in the way of user customisation too.

Last but not least you can also expect the best advanced compacts to sport a hotshoe on the top of the camera in order to mount external flashguns and accessories with.

We’ve taken a look at the best on offer and come up with a selection of the best advanced compacts on the market today.

Fujifilm X100T

Fujifilm-X100T-product-shot-11Street price: £870

If you’re looking for the very best in advanced compacts then your first stop may well be the Fujifilm X100T.

It sports some stunning design and an intuitive control layout which makes it a breeze to operate, while it’s capable of delivering some truly excellent images.

While it’s certainly not the cheapest on the market, the Fujifilm X100T is amongst the very best in compact camera technology.

Best Advanced Compact for: Those prepared to pay for the very best

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Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 III Sony RX100 III product shot 8

Street price: £530

In terms of pocketable advanced compacts, there are few more powerful than the RX100 III. The model sports a larger-than-average sensor, making for excellent images, while the maximum aperture of f/1.8 is also a real benefit.

An addition to this generation of the camera is a new integrated EVF, making the model more attractive than ever before

Best Advanced Compact for: Pocketable power

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Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II product shot 6

Street price: £499

Canon’s G range of PowerShot compacts used to be the last word in advanced compact performance, although in recent years the standard has arguably dropped somewhat.

The G1 X Mark II represents somewhat of a return to form however, delivering a good level of image quality and some good features.

The main thing which went against it was its extremely high list price of £799. However, it’s now available for nearly half that and as such may be worth closer consideration.

Best Advanced Compact for: Canon devotees

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Olympus Stylus 1 Olympus Stylus 1 product shot 7

Street price: £359

Olympus’s PEN range of CSCs has proved popular in recent times thanks to a combination of advanced features and retro design.

This popularity has led to Olympus trickling down the design features to its compact range, as is evidenced in the Olympus Stylus 1.

The model features an extensive zoom and DSLR-like styling, as well as a viewfinder and strong performance.

Best Advanced Compact for: DSLR-esque design

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Panasonic Lumix LX100

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Street price: £550

Clearly under pressure in what is an increasingly competitive market, Panasonic really upped its game with the LX100.

The model features as good a specification as any other on the market and is capable of capturing some stunning images, all at a price which won’t break the bank.

Best Advanced Compact for: Manual control and strong image quality

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