How to Choose The Right Compact Camera For You

There are so many cameras to choose from these days, looking for the right camera for you can be a bit daunting.

There are simple point-and-shoot cameras, pro compact cameras and cameras that bridge the gap between compact and DSLR cameras.

Whether you need a new camera to replace an old one, or you’re looking to step up your photography game, we have made choosing your new camera a little easier.

Learn more about the types of compact cameras, how to choose the right one for you and our top picks.

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Compact Cameras

The reason why compact cameras are so popular is because they are simple to use and, well, compact. You won’t need to lug around a big camera bag with a compact camera.

They are usually small enough to fit into your pocket with ease. This doesn’t mean you will have to sacrifice quality, prosumer and bridge cameras can give DSLRs a run for their money.

Compact cameras are a great entry-level camera and perfect for kids with an interest in photography.

These cameras aren’t lacking in features either, with facial recognition and the ability to control settings, HD video recording and tough exteriors to protect your investment.

Types of Compact Cameras

There is a massive range of compact cameras available, for all kinds of photographers, at every price point. These are the main types of compact cameras, who they’re best suited to and our top pick for the category.

Point-and-Shoot Compact Cameras

Point-and-shoot cameras are built for one purpose simplicity. These cameras don’t have an massive list of functions and settings, they are designed for ease of use.

But as technology progresses and becomes cheaper to manufacture, these cameras do pick up some features previously only available in more expensive cameras.

You don’t have to be a camera expert to work a point-and-shoot. These cameras are very accessible, in use and price. The most affordable cameras on the market are point and shoots. Perfect for kids and adults looking for a good basic camera.

Our Top Point-and-Shoot Pick: Nikon Coolpix W100 Digital Compact Camera

Boasting 12 megapixels, a 2.7 inch LCD screen and full HD video recording, the Coolpix W100 is an excellent entry level camera. It’s waterproof, shockproof and dustproof, which makes it perfect for kids. This point-and-shoot even offers Bluetooth connectivity.

Standard Compact Cameras

Standard cameras are a little more advanced than a traditional point-and-shoot. With more features like more megapixels, greater zoom capabilities and wide-angle lenses.

They also have better batteries that will last longer when you’re out and about. Standard compact cameras can also have better Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity options.

These cameras can also be the perfect choice for adventurers. With waterproof, dust proof and shock proof bodies. These compact cameras cost a little more, but considering all the added features, the difference in price might be worth it.

Our Top Standard Compact Pick: Olympus TG-4 Digital Compact Camera

The TG-4 is one of the toughest cameras on the market. With a massive 3 inch LCD screen, excellent CMOS sensor, 16 megapixels, built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, it’s the perfect addition to your travel kit.

Prosumer Compact Cameras


If you’re serious about photography, an enthusiast-level compact camera might be for you. These premium compact cameras produce impressively high-quality images.

They often are designed with a much larger sensor than other compact cameras, which helps them to rival lower-end DSLRs.

Featuring manual controls and the ability to add external accessories, prosumer compact cameras are a great option for photographers looking for a second, versatile camera.

Prosumer compact cameras give photographers more ability to get creative. They are a good option if you want a pro camera that is a little more automated and easier to use than a DSLR.

Our Top Prosumer Compact Pick: Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 II Digital Compact Camera

The Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 is perfect for photographers looking for more versatility. Boasting 20 megapixels, a one-inch CMOS sensor and 3.6x optical zoom, as well as customisable controls. This camera offers enthusiasts excellent-quality images in a compact body.

Compact Superzoom Cameras

Compact Superzoom cameras are also known as bridge cameras. This is because they bridge the gap between compact cameras and DSLRs.

Superzoom cameras have wide focal ranges, and impressive image-stabilisation. With greater manual options, you can experiment with camera settings more common to DSLRs.

Superzooms are of course named for their impressive optical zooms, from 15x right up to an impressive 80x zoom range.

Our Top Compact Superzoom Pick: Nikon Coolpix B700 Digital Compact Camera

With an impressive 60x optical zoom, you won’t miss a thing with the Coolpix B700. Working with 20.3 megapixels, you can shoot in stunning 4K. Perfect for travel, and creative photography.

Find the best compact cameras and photography accessories in the Camera House online store, or visit us in-store for expert advice. You can find more answers to all your photography questions on the Camera House blog.

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