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The best compact digital cameras are best suited for beginners and most of these cameras are from Samsung. These cameras have 6x optical zoom and atleast 10 Megapixel camera resolution.

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS (IXUS 155)
Canon PowerShot SX600 HS
Samsung WB350F
Nikon Coolpix S32
Nikon Coolpix S3600
Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS (IXUS 155)
Canon PowerShot SX600 HS
Samsung WB350F
Nikon Coolpix S32
Nikon Coolpix S3600
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Release Date
Jul 2014
Mar 2014
Mar 2014
Mar 2014
Feb 2014
Camera Type
Compact
Compact
Compact
Compact
Compact
Optical Zoom
12.0 x
18.0 x
21.0 x
3.0 x
8.0 x
Resolution
14.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
13.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CCD
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CCD
CCD
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
2.7 in.
2.7 in.
Image Sensor Size
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
3.16 mm
2.5 mm

  • The Canon PowerShot Elph 150 IS packs a long zoom lens into a small body, but its images have way too much noise.


  • The Canon IXUS 155 has been designed to be appealing to look at and very easy to use. However, this sexiness with the point and shoot mentality isn't necessarily enough so the camera adds a few other bits and bobs to lure you up from the IXUS 150.
    It's a very easy camera to use and as such will suit most people in a family from young to old, technophobe to tech savvy. The compact design will slip easily into a pocket or bag which makes it great for days out or nights on the town.


  • The Canon Powershot SX150 IS has its share of niggles. But it is nevertheless a good buy. Definitely, not an upgrade over its predecessor but worth a look for first-time buyers. Casual users who wish to have a truckload of manual controls will enjoy the camera.


  • The Canon PowerShot SX600 HS is a slim camera with an 18x zoom lens and Wi-Fi, but its images are on the noisy side.


  • There’s a lot to like about Canon’s latest midrange travel-zoom compact. The Canon PowerShot SX600 HS is a doddle to operate thanks to simple menus and sensible controls, plus autofocusing, exposure metering and auto white balance all perform admirably.
    The camera’s extra features are a bit of a mixed bag though.


  • If you're looking for a reliable camera with a decent zoom range and that is capable of producing good quality images – without too much input from you – the SX600HS is a good option.


  • The Samsung WB350F is essentially the same as last year's WB800F camera, with added NFC connectivity, a repositioned pop-up flash, loss of a handgrip and mini HDMI port, and the adoption of the micro SD memory card format to make it slimmer.
    While the Samsung WB350F matches most of its main rivals in terms of features and handling, image quality is still not so great.


  • All in all, then, this is a versatile, decent performer, with the zoom range, manual options and easy sharing features that will immediately endear it to more ambitious travel photographers – especially those who aren't ready to step up to a DSLR or mirrorless device. It lived up to our expectations, and it's fairly priced, to boot.


  • For the price, the WB350F is a good camera coupled with a terrific long lens, easy-to-use operation, and excellent Wi-Fi. While it may not be as thin as many slim compact cameras, it’s not bad considering that a 21x optical zoom lens is packed inside it. Autofocusing is good and performance speed is fine, even though it isn’t the fastest camera you can find. Image quality is generally good, especially if you are using them in small to medium sizes, but they aren’t as sharp when viewed in larger sizes and suffer from noise in low-light situations.


  • The Nikon Coolpix S32 is so easy to use that it's easy to become a little lackadaisical in your attitude to photography while using it. Saying that, it's not really a camera designed for the keen photographer. The S32 is a camera that's intended to be used by a point and shoot family. The happy snappers that wish to go abroad with a camera and not worry if it gets dropped in the pool or if the kids knock it off a table.
    Still, it does have limitations, such as the 3x optical zoom.


  • The Coolpix S32 is a fun camera for the whole family that takes pretty okay pictures. Nikon stepped things up compared to the previous models by adding a 13 Mpx CMOS sensor and Full HD video. A low price is one of its main selling points, and it actually has an advantage over more traditional compacts: it's waterproof!.

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    If you're a typical point and shooter, using a camera on days out, nights on the town and holidays, then the Nikon Coolpix S3600 is great for those situations. Bright light or using with flash is good for the camera because you can use a low ISO and obviate the noise issues. For the price of the camera, the noise performance isn't too bad though. The screen on the back of the camera does the photographs no favours, though.