Tech

Top 5 Best Small Digital Cameras

best cameras, best small digital camera, best compact camera, compact camera reviews, small camera reviews, digital photography

(Getty)


With so many types of digital camera models on the market, choosing just one can be a difficult task. If you’re looking for top-level performance, a digital SLR camera is the way to go. This doesn’t mean you have to lug around a professional kit if you’re looking for great images, however. These smaller, pocket size point-and-shoots deliver high quality photos right from the palm of your hand.

Canon PowerShot Elph 330 HS


This camera is comparable to the Canon PowerShot A1400, but the Elph makes our list because its 3-inch LCD viewing screen trumps the A1400’s 2.7-inch one.

Pros:
• 10x optical zoom with 12.1-megapixel resolution
• Wi-Fi enabled for easy sharing to networking sites (includes Canon Gateway software)
• Full 1080 HD video capability
• Good battery life (roughly 220 still images on one charge)

Cons:
• Slide switch toggles between auto and enhanced auto instead of manual function
• Buttons are small and set into camera body, making it difficult to press
• Digital noise in low-light situations

Buy it here


Panasonic Lumix DMC–ZS30


With a Leica lens, this Lumix powerhouse performs well on the go, with super high imaging capability. Panasonic’s speed focusing capabilities mean performance that doesn’t lag or delay.

Pros:
• 20x optical zoom with 18.1-megapixel resolution
• 3” LCD touch screen display
• Full 1080 HD video capability
• On-board GPS and Wi-Fi enabled
• Optional image stabilization setting

Cons:
• Touch screen can be difficult to operate with larger fingers
• No external battery charger
• Video records in ACVHD, will need software to convert it to mp4 format

Buy it here


Sony Cyber-shot DSC WX300


This is the lightest and smallest point-and-shoot you can get on the market today, but you don’t necessarily pay more for it. This is our top choice on this list for travel cameras.

Pros:
• 20x optical zoom and 40x digital zoom with 18-megapixel resolution
• Full 1080 HD video capability
• Great image stabilization
• Wi-Fi enabled (requires Sony PlayMemories app)
• Creative feature to blur background

Cons:
• It’s so light the zoom lens can be unwieldy to operate at full potential
• Limited aperture—works best outside in well-lit conditions
• Does not shoot in RAW

Buy it here


Olympus VR–340


This is the most inexpensive model in its class. You’ll trade some of the more advanced features of comparable cameras for the lower price tag, but you won’t sacrifice image quality.

Pros:
• 10x optical zoom with 16-megapixel resolution
• Intuitive menus make it easy to change manual features (such as white balance and ISO)
• Extensive built-in creative features and filters
• Sturdy, all-metal body

Cons:
• Only shoots in 720p HD video
• Shutter lags in low-light or cloudy situations
• Flash photography not always true to color

Buy it here


Fujifilm XF1


The most unique and stylish point-and-shoot on the market, this Fujifilm model keeps you looking good while creating amazing photos.

Pros:
• Fast 1.8 aperture setting, great for low-light photography
• 12-megapixel, large 2/3-inch CMOS sensor

• 3-inch super clear LCD viewing screen
• Full 1080 HD video capability
• Can create custom function settings
• Possible to shoot in RAW

Cons:
• Basic operations are not intuitive
• No option to add external flash
• When zoomed in, lens is a bit slow

Buy it here


Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

5 comments

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 681 other followers