Updated on 3 December 2015 by

If you're hunting for some good small digital cameras, the best compact cameras of 2015 are available from the sub-200 range till the pricier options at $400 plus. If you are considering an expensive option, the best compacts should have a good image stabilization to match.

If you are a user on the go who would like to flip a camera out of the pocket and start clicking pictures, the best compact camera would be your ideal choice. The best compact cameras are pocket snapshooters come with a myriad features from increasing megapixel counts, high optical zooms to advanced face detection and motion deblur features, these cameras are the ideal travelers companion. They are sleek, slim, have a style quotient and fit into your pocket or handbag.

Hugely popular especially among the amateur shooters, most of the best compact cameras are available from the sub- 200$ range till the pricier options at $400 plus. Although slim and trim, offering excellent image quality, bigger LCD screens, HD video recording etc the best compact models pack a punch. There are quite a few ultra-compact models from the stalwarts like Canon, Sony and Panasonic making the choice all the more difficult. Some of the factors to consider before you make your pick would be the sensor size, LCD quality, presence of viewfinder, video recording capability and battery life.

Although even the best compact cameras in the market today struggle in low light at higher ISOs they perform extremely well in ideal conditions and outdoors, so you can leave your bulky d-SLR at home while on vacation or on the go.


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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
$870 - $1,000
$430
$450
$449 - $699
$600
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Release Date
Sep 2015
Aug 2015
Mar 2015
Oct 2014
Sep 2014
Camera Type
Compact
Compact
Compact
Compact
Compact
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
Average Rating
 4.3 stars
 4.3 stars
 4.0 stars
 4.0 stars
 4.2 stars
Focus
58% Positive
42% Negative
80% Positive
20% Negative
75% Positive
25% Negative
62% Positive
38% Negative
33% Positive
67% Negative
Video
85% Positive
15% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Negative
Image Quality
66% Positive
34% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive
78% Positive
22% Negative
75% Positive
25% Negative
Low Light
80% Positive
20% Negative
100% Negative
60% Positive
40% Negative
100% Negative
Ease of Use
75% Positive
25% Negative
100% Positive
100% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
100% Positive

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