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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

  • - Macro performance not quite as good as some competitors.
    - Battery life not as good as predecessor (but still fair for its size).
    - Slightly below average saturation levels and hue accuracy.
    - Still can't capture RAW files and JPEGs at the "Extra Fine" highest quality setting.
    - Default Wi-Fi camera app lacks robust functionality; need to install additional (free) app.


  • The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV offers serious video improvements over the RX100 III, but it is very expensive for a compact camera.


  • Sony has made some good improvements to what is already an excellently performing camera, but there are still a few small problems with the RX100 IV which make it just slightly less than perfect. Even if you can put the extremely high price aside (especially as that will drop as time goes on), it remains disappointing not to see a touch sensitive screen on a Sony RX100 - if for no other reason than setting the AF point would be much easier and quicker with one. It’s also frustrating that you have to switch off raw format shooting to make full use of some of the functions on offer here, too.


  • The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V has an incredible zoom range and an excellent EVF, but its images suffer when the light gets low.


  • We liked last year's HX60V, but with slightly underwhelming image quality and no EVF or lens barrel control ring like the competition from Panasonic, it couldn't quite compete. Sony has clearly listened though and the Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V addresses most of our concerns.
    The move to an 18.2MP Exmor R sensor has given the HX90V a much-needed image quality boost, and although the results are no better than the class-leading Panasonic TZ70, they're certainly on a par, whether shooting in daylight or indoors.


  • With the HX90V/HX90, Sony presents a serious contender for the title of best 30x compact: it provides all-round performance, a plethora of features and is the only model to offer an electronic viewfinder, adjustable screen and customisable settings ring, all in one compact package. Indeed, despite having all these features, it's still the most compact camera of its kind. Unfortunately, this all makes for a relatively high RRP.


  • The addition of the versatile vari-angle screen, a dedicated command dial, enhanced GPS tracking and NFC connectivity make the new Coolpix S9900 Nikon's best travel-zoom camera yet, although it doesn't make any great strides forwards in terms of image quality or general performance.

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    - Not so good are the remote shooting features which remain very basic.
    - The COOLPIX S9900 also adds NFC for easier Wifi connections, allowing you to intitiate wireless transfers and remote control by gently tapping your smartphone against the camera body.


  • The Nikon S9900 offers a very long zoom range in a surprisingly compact body, but there's no overcoming the limitations of the small sensor, and the image quality isn't great – you can't shoot raw files, either.


  • The Canon PowerShot G7 X has a bright zoom lens that covers a lot of range and a large 1-inch image sensor, but just misses earning our Editors' Choice nod for top premium compact camera.


  • The new Canon PowerShot G7 X is an excellent pocket camera for enthusiast photographers, offering a wealth of options for shooting both still and video, excellent image quality, speedy auto-focusing, intuitive and configurable handling, and solid construction. It can't quite match the bigger and heavier G1 X Mk II in terms of performance at higher ISO speeds, but it does offer most of that camera's functionality in a smaller package, and even out-performs it in some areas.

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    The Canon Powershot G7 X provides nearly every advanced feature that you can find on a digital camera in today's marketplace, including a touch screen LCD that tilts, NFC and Wi-Fi connectivity, and Canon's latest image processor chip that yields good response speeds. With a large image sensor and 20-megapixels of resolution, the G7 X does a great job recording high-quality images too. This model's primary drawbacks are a small optical zoom lens and a high price.


  • The Fujifilm X30 has a great EVF and Classic Chrome film simulation, but some will miss the X20's optical viewfinder.


  • The new Fujifilm X30 is an evolutionary rather than revolutionary upgrade of last year's X20 model, principally adding a better electronic viewfinder and tilting LCD screen, together with more intuitive and customisable controls and a much improved movie mode.


  • Although it doesn't improve upon the image quality of the X20, the X30 makes a few useful upgrades to enhance handling and make it more versatile. However, there are similaly sized (and smaller) cameras with larger sensors.


Top 5 compact camera for wildlife photography:

  1. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
  2. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V
  3. Nikon Coolpix S9900
  4. Canon PowerShot G7 X
  5. Fujifilm X30