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The best compact cameras for wildlife photography are the advanced point and shoot cameras which support continuous autofocus feature and a frame rate of at least 3 fps (frames per second) to capture subjects in motion. These cameras can capture images of over 18 Megapixel resolution and Full HD videos. Available from brands like Panasonic and Fujifilm, these cameras can be availed under the $450 price range.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV


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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V
Nikon Coolpix S9900
Canon PowerShot G7 X
Fujifilm X30
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V
Nikon Coolpix S9900
Canon PowerShot G7 X
Fujifilm X30
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Release Date
Sep 2015
Aug 2015
Mar 2015
Oct 2014
Sep 2014
Camera Type
Compact
Compact
Compact
Compact
Compact
Focus Type
Contrast Detect (sensor), Multi-area, Center, Selective single-point, Tracking, Single, Continuous AF, Face Detection, Live View, Manual focus
Contrast Detect (sensor), Multi-area, Center, Selective single-point, Tracking, Single, Continuous AF, Face Detection, Live View
Contrast Detect (sensor), Multi-area, Center, Selective single-point, Tracking, Single, Continuous AF, Face Detection, Live View
Contrast Detect (sensor), Multi-area, Center, Selective single-point, Single, Continuous AF, Touch, Face Detection, Live View, Manual focus
Contrast Detect (sensor), Phase Detect, Multi-area, Center, Selective single-point, Tracking, Single, Continuous AF, Face Detection, Live View, Manual focus
Frames Per Second
16.0 Frames
10.0 Frames
7.0 Frames
6.5 Frames
12.0 Frames
Optical Zoom
2.9 x
30.0 x
30.0 x
4.2 x
4.0 x
Resolution
20.0 Megapixel
18.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
12.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
13.23 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
13.23 mm
3.6 mm

Overall, the Sony RX100 IV is an amazing feat of engineering and design.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V is a solid entry in the world of compact superzooms.

If you're on a tight budget and are prepared to sacrifice a built-in electronic viewfinder, the COOLPIX S9900 represents great value for money - especially considering it sports a fully-articulated screen and built-in GPS.

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For a compact camera, the Canon PowerShot G7 X can produce alarmingly good photos.

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The X30 is a very good.