Faster auto-focus and burst shooting speeds
The price of the Canon PowerShot G16 is an eye-watering £529.00 / $549.99, which makes it more expensive than the class-leading Sony Cyber-shot RX100, itself bested by the RX100 Mark II, albeit at an even higher price-point. Despite the improvements, we still feel that the RX100/RX100 II with its much larger sensor delivers even better results than the G16, making it our choice in the "pocketable compact camera for enthusiasts" sector of the market.
Built-in Wifi and GPS via a smartphone, 1080p60 HD video mode.
The G16 is an easy camera to underestimate, on the face of it, it doesn't seem like it has a lot to offer one year on from its predecessor and at first glance you'd probably guess that existing G15 owners would hold off for whatever the G17 might have to offer. But I think G15 owners will see it differently, and that means anyone else looking for an advanced compact as a DSLR understudy should probably think likewise and give the G16 some serious consideration.
Excellent build quality, Manual focus with focus peaking
The Canon Powershot G16 offers a number of improvements over the previous model, including a number of new and useful shooting modes including Handheld HDR, Star modes, and built in Wi-Fi for quicker sharing, although the lack of remote shooting will be disappointing to many.
Photos are impressive with excellent colour, detail and exposure, with numerous options to expand dynamic range.
Image quality is great, raw shooting option
The G16 may be starting to look a little dated, particularly when you compare it to something like Sony's sleek RX100, but that doesn't stop the Canon remaining a top-notch snapper all round. When something's right, it's just right - and the G16 largely represents that. It won't suit all photographers on account of its bulky size, but for those that it will, it'll be spot on.
The camera delivers image quality that's consistently good, certainly among the best in class.
Good photos and videos, Enhanced response (fps, focusing)
Although Canon has made some strides with the G16 - closing the spec gap with CSCs and DSLRs on paper - we can't give it our strongest recommendation. At $550 it's just too expensive for the level of quality it delivers. We suggest anyone looking for an enthusiast pocket zoom to take a serious look at the Sony RX100 II and spend the extra bucks ($749) or check out the less expensive RX100, which is the same price as the G16 but doesn't have Wi-Fi.
Impeccable build quality, Start-up has got much quicker
The Canon PowerShot G16 is a reassuring camera that does a good job. Its only real stand-out feature is improved responsiveness brought by the Digic 6 image processor. It'll be an ideal companion for users looking for a classic safe bet and who aren't tempted by originality or eye-catching innovations. This camera is certainly built to stand the test of time, but the G series also needs to move with the times, otherwise it risks being left behind.
Excellent not-quite-pocket-sized camera
the X20 is a super camera. It's not the game-changer the RX100 is (sensor size and variety of features in such a small package), but what you do get is a superior lens, no optical low pass filter - for crispy photographs, an actually usable viewfinder, 12fps, superb build quality, and delicious, delicious bokeh! If you're cross-shopping the RX100 and X20, it's certainly a tough decision. If fitting a camera in your purse or pocket is important, the RX100 wins hands down. For build quality?
Outstanding build quality
If your head has been turned by the headline-grabbing X100S, but you really, really want a zoom lens, then the X20 is on hand to more than satisfy your needs. £519 / $599 is admittedly a lot of ask for what is essentially still a compact camera at heart, despite all the fancy trappings, but for us the Fujifilm X20 delivers such a winning combination of old and new that offers so many important improvements over the original model that we can heartily recommend it for new and X10 users...
Fast hybrid AF with on-sensor phase detect points
The Fujifilm X20 is a major upgrade to the X10, with a brand new 12 Megapixel X-trans sensor and EXR II processor providing improved image quality and low light performance as well as new shooting modes, 1080p60 video and faster continuous shooting. The new sensor's phase-detect AF points provide the X20 with one of the fastest and most accurate AF systems around, at least for stills.
Excellent in-camera Raw conversion
The Fujifilm X20 is a true enthusiast's compact, with solid build quality, a fast lens, unique optical viewfinder, and sharp, high resolution photos. It offers a wide selection of manual controls, easily adjustable settings (thanks to twin control dials, the Fn button, and Quick Menu), and 1080/60p video recording. Downsides include a mediocre, hard-to-access movie mode and sub-par battery life.
Excellent image quality
The Fujifilm X20 delivers high image quality, unique handling and features, as well as an optical viewfinder, in a well built and stylish camera, with full manual controls, raw shooting and flash hot shoe. If these are features you're looking for, and have the money to invest, then the Fujifilm X20 comes highly recommended.
Low ISO images are sharp and class-leading
The Fujifilm X20 is not only the camera that irons out its predecessor's orb-related imaging issues, it's also the camera that pushes image quality up a notch to class-leading levels.
The chunky, retro-styled build doesn't make the X20 the tiniest of models and the design, even just aesthetically, won't suit all tastes - but we're big fans and think its looks are just as stand-out as its images.
Class-leading fast and reliable autofocus
The Fuji X20 is an excellent premium compact and the only one to have a mechanical zoom. Its lens is equivalent to 28-112mm which is suitable for a wide variety of subjects and has a rather bright maximum aperture. The X20 offers complete manual controls and an efficient interface, including dual control-dials and plenty of external controls.
1080p HD video @ 60fps
The lens is the same as the X10's and has the same push-on cover. We noticed an improvement in the functionality of the focusing ring, which is now more sensitive and allows you to adjust the speed at which focus is changed. Turn it quickly to re-focus rapidly, or slowly for greater precision.
Impressive hardware with a bright lens and innovative control ring
There's no denying that the XZ-2 is an improvement on the XZ-1, or that it's one of the best advanced compact cameras available today. But it isn't the best, and in the end it's not really all that close. In terms of overall image quality, at least, it's outclassed by the Canon G15 and Sony RX100, as well as the upcoming Nikon P7700 (keep an eye out for that review). It also costs $100 more than both the Canon and the Nikon, which is bound to stick in the craws of many potential buyers.
Very good overall lens performance
In the point and shoots market, the XZ-2 soars to the top. Yet one of its biggest rivals may actually be Olympus' own E-PL5. At only $100 more, the E-PL5 comes complete with a higher megapixel count, a higher ISO range and an interchangeable lens system. But if interchangeable lenses scare you and a high performing point and shoot is what you are after, the Olympus Stylus XZ-2 will undoubtedly give you what you need.
Excellent sharpness and good overall tonality
The XZ-2 ticks most of the boxes that any experienced photographer is looking for - "sensible" 12 megapixel count, a very fast lens, raw file support, a reliable 35 multi-point AF system and a well implemented manual exposure mode complete with an optional live histogram.
Fast, accurate AF, Versatile three-mode lens ring
The Stylus XZ-2 provides a great balance between advanced control, capable handling, and ease of use that few of its competitors have achieved with equal success. In part, this is due to the way that they've cleverly limited the influence of the touch-screen, confining it to a couple of key roles in advanced modes - focus and shooting - and using it to help novices get make the most of the camera's capabilities in Intelligent Auto mode.
Great image quality, Updated grip and handling
The Olympus XZ-2 is an impressive upgrade over the original Olympus XZ-1, with addition grip, controls, and features as well as improved menus and image processing borrowed from the latest Olympus PEN cameras. The camera has grown in size, but makes up for this with additional controls and a tilting touch screen, a rarity on serious compact cameras.
Dual-function lens ring, f/1.8-2.5 maximum aperture is great for dramatic shots
Well, well, if it isn't one of the best high-end compact cameras we've seen. The XZ-2 white looks gorgeous, takes equally lovely pictures and its dual function lens ring is a joy to use. But boy is it pricey. The £479 RRP is touching upon Olympus Pen Mini territory and is well above the asking price of the Panasonic LX7 and similar competitors. We love it, it's top marks from hearts, but our wallet-tight heads disagree.
Bright, fast lens, close focus, Generally good image quality
Olympus Stylus XZ-2 compact is about as advanced as a small-sensor compact camera can get. It's great for enthusiast photographers who want to muck around with settings. Novice users might be daunted, but the XZ-2 is at the top of its class.
Fast, bright, versatile lens
All cameras that share a genre with the Stylus XZ-2 are a tough sell. They bridge the gap between stupid-simple point and shoots and MFT or DSLR devices - although they usually come with a hefty price tag.
The XZ-2 is most assuredly a niche device, though camera buyers are becoming smarter and more able use them. Eschewing entry-level point-and-shoots for something you know you can't do with your smartphone isn't a bad choice.
Produce images better than any small sensor camera
Overall the Olympus XZ-2 would make an good pocketable travel, street or backup camera, especially for someone who already has in investment in the Olympus system since it can share flash system and electronic viewfinders used with other Olympus digital cameras like those in the PEN series.
Best-in-class ergonomics, handling, and build quality
We wouldn't recommend this camera to everyone. If you're looking for a point and shoot that's a cut above the rest but won't intimidate with too many control options, we'd suggest the G15 or RX100. If you want something smaller that still packs excellent image quality, something like the RX100 or the upcoming Fuji XF1 might fit the bill. But if you want the complete package, look no further: the P7700 is the best we've seen.
Excellent build quality, Numerous controls, Good in low light
The Nikon Coolpix P7700 is a very high quality camera that does a lot of things right. Its build quality is impressive, as are its quick shooting performance, sharp, low distortion lens, very good indoor image quality and excellent movie ability. It has every option a serious photographer could want. However there are a few issues I found troubling, especially for a camera of its overall quality and price.
Excellent image quality
Still commanding the same hefty price-tag as its predecessor with an RRP of £499.99 / $499.95, the Nikon Coolpix P7700 finds itself priced alongside key rivals such as the Canon PowerShot G15, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7, Samsung EX2F and Sony Cyber-shot RX100, as well as several entry-level DSLRs and the new wave of Compact System Cameras.
Wide range of physical controls
As the market for advanced cameras fragments and compact cameras with slightly larger sensors and fixed zooms become just one choice among many for enthusiasts and improvers, it's increasingly important for manufacturers to understand what their customers want and to provide it. It's interesting to note where Canon, with the PowerShot G15 and Nikon with the Coolpix P7700 take the same or differening views on this.
Overall image quality, Excellent LCD screen
The Nikon P7700 is a formidable advanced compact that is sure to appeal to plenty of enthusiasts looking for a camera that delivers full manual controls, a solid feature set and great image quality. While some may decry the loss of the optical viewfinder, the improved vari-angle rear LCD monitor does go at least some way to making up for it. Indeed, the only real disappointment is the slow write time when shooting Raw or full resolution JPEGs.
Large strap included, 3inch swivel screen
The Nikon Coolpix P7700 offers the most optical zoom in a "serious compact" camera, and the new lens is brighter than the old lens at both the wide and telephoto end of the lens. This in combination with optical image stabilisation and a 12 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor gives this camera much better low light performance than the previous model. Other updates include quicker continuous shooting, automatic panoramic stitching and full HD video recording.
Premium performer, premium price
The Nikon P7700 looks and performs every part the high-end camera; it's far better in almost every area than its predecessor, although the lack of a viewfinder (or ability to add one that works in conjunction with the zoom) is perplexing.
This Coolpix isn't shy of controls either. Buttons and dials not only come aplenty, but they're intuitive and easy to use, which puts control firmly in the user's hands.
Speed, good looks, and pretty pictures
While the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is pricey and imperfect, it's still darn good. Plus, based on past experience, even if competitors I haven't yet tested can surpass it in design or speed, I don't think they'll be able to match the photo quality. (Canon might be able to if it matched a fast lens to the G1 X's sensor.) Despite its drawbacks, I'd still rank it as one of the best compact cameras I've ever tested, and certainly the best under $700.
Good autofocus and shutter lag performance
The Sony RX100 packs a lot of image quality punch into a truly shirt pocket portable compact digital camera. Shutter lag and autofocus performance are quite good, still image quality is on the high end of the pecking order for true compact digitals and the ability to operate in fully automatic mode along with complete manual controls and a RAW shooting option should appeal to a wide audience of potential users. Full HD video performance is pretty good.
Big sensor, pocketable compact form factor
The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 is, without doubt, one of the most exciting compact releases in many years. That it comes at a time when other manufacturers - Canon, Fujifilm and Panasonic among them - are also releasing exciting compact models makes it all the more remarkable. Its unique proposition can be summed up in four words - large sensor, small body. That magical combination is what enthusiast photographers have been wishing for for a long time.
Excellent image quality
The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 is one of very few compact cameras with a large sensor, and it's been a long time since Sony themselves put a large sensor in a compact camera with the previous model, the Sony Cyber-shot R1, dating back to 2005. Since then a re-surgence of "serious compact" cameras has happened, with most manufacturers having at least one offering, apart from Sony.
Customizable control ring and function buttons
Overall, we think that the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 offers the best compromise between sensor size and lens optics--utilizing a larger sensor of just the right size with a fast F1.8 aperture (at 28mm) while keeping things slim and compact. The svelte shooter offers reliable programmed modes, customizable buttons, fast autofocus performance and good image quality packed in a sleek chassis which may appeal to enthusiasts and beginners alike.
Colour rendition is excellent, with good levels of saturation
Offering snappy performance, excellent image quality and a sleek design, the RX100 proves that good things come in small packages. Sony's first large-sensor compact took its time to arrive on the scene, but it's just the camera that the advanced compact category needs. An advanced camera with more than enough controls to satisfy seasoned photographers, and plenty of automatic modes to welcome beginners, the RX100 is bound to find a place in many people's hearts.
Excellent image quality
The Sony RX100 brings digital SLR-like quality to a compact camera. It's a small camera that can capture wonderfully clear and well saturated images in JPEG mode and it has manual controls that allow experienced photographers to grab the reigns and take complete control of the capturing process. It even allows for manual focusing via a dedicated ring around its zoom lens.
Excellent stills, Impressive low-light results
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 doesn't come cheap, but it looks great and produces consistently first-class stills. Low-light performance can't be faulted, colour reproduction is excellent and movies are crisp, with a well-captured soundtrack. This is the best compact you can buy right now.
First camera with total connectivity
The Samsung Galaxy Camera offers a great deal of connectivity allowing users to transfer photos from the device to a tablet or phone along with one of the best implementations of connectivity seen to date. The quality of image is good as photos taken in good lighting conditions and at low ISO are relatively sharp and noise free. The camera employs a user interface that is second to none among cameras. The components far exceed any smartphone camera available.
Combines a smartphone and digital camera with 3G, 4G and WiFi
The Galaxy Camera will start shipping in October. However, its future will depend heavily on its price, which hasn't been announced. While there aren't any digital cameras that pack as many features, otherwise-comparable devices without the internet connectivity, such as Sony's DSC-HX9V, cost around £330.
Image quality is good
This is a tricky thing to evaluate. On the one hand, if we had $500 to spend on a camera of this size, we'd be more likely to spend it on a sophisticated mirrorless model that delivers better image quality. Alternatively, if we needed a cheap compact, we might opt for the Samsung WB850F, which has WiFi connectivity and the same lens and sensor as the Galaxy Camera, but costs half the price.
Convenience and flexibility is addictive
Is the Galaxy Camera a game-changer? Yes, and no. In itself, it's the best of the Android-based cameras, though that's hardly a well-stocked category. Judged purely on its photography abilities it struggles, falling short of what similarly-priced rivals can produce while costing significantly more than the point-and-shoots it's quality is on a par with.
Offer superior image quality
The CX6 is virtually indistinguishable from the slightly older CX5 in terms of its design, image quality and feature set, with only the slightly faster AF system and new aperture- and shutter-priority shooting modes to get truly excited about. The CX6 is a good compact camera and the price has commendably been kept the same as the previous model at £259 / $399, but there are now quite a few other alternatives that are better designed, more highly specified and offer superior image quality.
Variety of filters and shooting modes
The Ricoh CX6 is a light compact camera that is quick to use and enables you express your creativity and build on your skills.
The Ricoh CX6 is priced at £259.99 (around $420), and its predecessor the CX5 is still available at around £184, or $205. The extra cost could well be worth it when considering the Ricoh CX6's extra specifications, such as the advanced shooting modes, faster shooting and start-up times.
Hybrid AF system
The Ricoh CX6 boasts a specification that sits it firmly in the advanced compact market. It's 10.7x optical zoom and market-leading 1.23m-dot LCD screen, combined with the 10MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor, all add up to an impressive compact on paper. The compact also performs well in use, with Ricoh's Hybrid AF impressing. Unfortunately the 10.7x zoom does present some image quality issues, and said sensor doesn't quite deliver on it's lofty low-light claims.
Good build quality, Good colour reproduction
The Ricoh CX6 is a feature-packed camera ideal for carrying on your travels. It's great for macros and its 10.7x optical zoom lens means you can get close-up when out shooting. Image quality is good, with great colour reproduction and levels of noise throughout the ISO range up to ISO 1600. The CX6 is also fantastic at making sure you don't miss any of the action with an extremely fast focusing system and 5 fps full size image high-speed shooting.
LCD screen, decent focal range, good design, general handling
The Ricoh CX6 certainly has a lot going for it. To start off with, the LCD screen more than matches any other advanced compact on the market. Add to that the entirely reasonable 10.7x optical zoom, the new addition of shutter and aperture priority shooting modes and a eminently usable layout and body design and, in theory, you should be on for a winner. However, the CX6 still has holes in it's specification, with Raw capture being one clear example of this.
Very nice, slim and smooth design
The Sony Cyber-shot TX10 is a very nicely designed ultra compact, certainly, with the virtue of being impervious to water. It can handle being dropped and dust will not degrade it. On those tests, the TX10 scores high marks.
Exposure in the shade was uniformly insufficient, although sunlit scenes were nicely captured. Color did shift, particularly reds, but it wasn't unpleasant in sunlit shots.
Sony Cyber-shot TX10 User Review
Overall, I like this camera, it takes superb photos, not as good as a Nikon SRL but the color balance is pretty decent for the price but if you don't need a water "resistant" camera then get the recently released Sony HX7V, it takes better pictures and it is less expensive.
Mixed feelings on this Upgrade to the TX9
Overall, I like the camera, but I think that unless you will use the waterproof ability on a regular basis I think the TX9 is a better buy. They are very close in image quality with the TX10 slightly edging out the TX9 in video quality. The smaller form factor may be an issue for those with larger hands. My original intention was to keep this camera and sell the TX9 on ebay, but I actually think I'll return the TX10 and wait for the next generation.
High Expectations Not Met. Still a decent camera
So there you have it. I love (slash hate) the form factor, but for a rugged outdoor camera I would prefer a more solid build like the Panasonic TS3. Great form factor for everyday around the town use. The biggest concerns I have that will probably lead to me returning the camera are the touch screen and non-rugged build. If you want a waterproof camera to protect from a spill or just a fun day at the pool then this might be the one for you.
The TX10, a nifty little camera, but can do with some improvements.
I may add more cons later, and perhaps i'll even sell my TX10 in favor of a better model. But for now, this a cute and simple point and shoot that takes decent images. The touch screen sounds impressive at first, but i'd rather not fight with an unresponsive or erratatic screen.
I love this camera it takes wonderful pictures, is full of really cool features,and shoots amazing video in full high def. Also to add to it, it's very strong, and well built. And I have to say that before I bought it I read a review saying the sound quailty was bad and that it sounded muffeled, in my opinion the sound quailty is great. i haven't had a single problem with it. I highly recomend
Image quality is also solid
Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-TX10 is an ultracompact with a secret. Underneath its bright, modern exterior is a rugged tough-cam, built to withstand punishment from both earth and sea. Waterproof, shockproof, dustproof, and coldproof; this slim point-and-shoot is practically immune to the elements. Image quality is also solid, thanks to a few hardware and software improvements over its predecessor, the TX5.
Nice manual zoom lens
The FinePix HS20 is Fuji's latest entrant in the ultrazoom compact digital sweepstakes, and while the camera size, shape and feel mimic that of a DSLR and Fuji ad copy makes references to DSLR - like performance and image quality, potential buyers of this camera should understand that, first and foremost, this is a compact digital camera with a very large focal range.
Fully Automatic and Manual controls
FujiFilm's FinePix HS20EXR is an incredibly powerful and versatile digicam. It's loaded with appealing features, sporting Fuji's 16-Megapixel EXR CMOS imaging sensor, EXR processor and a 30x optical Fujinon lens. Its full auto modes make it easy enough for anyone to use, while the fully manual settings allow even a professional to be creative with it. It does lack a little on the performance end, and the images show a lot of image noise, especially at the mid to high ISO levels.
Fast continuous shooting speed
The Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR builds on the success of the original HS10 predominantly by using a new 16 megapixel EXR sensor, which expands the ISO range up to 12,800, maintains a fast continuous shooting speed and slow-motion movies, and adds the useful EXR modes which improve your images in certain situations.
24mm wide angle and manual zoom ring
Ultimately the FinePix HS20 EXR has plenty going for it: there's those unique EXR modes, the manual zoom ring, lots of manual control, 1080p movies, and some clever composite modes, in addition to being one of the few super-zooms to provide support for RAW shooting.
Difficult to lock focus up close and at telephoto end
Ideally Fujifilm wanted to create an easy-to-use super zoom camera, packed full of fun and creative features which ultimately produces a higher level of picture quality. What they have in fact achieved is a feature-filled super zoom that does produce stellar images when used manually, but may provide disappointing results for those shooters content with using auto commands.
High-speed movie shooting works well
On paper the HS20 looks to be an attractive proposition. The 30x zoom certainly appeals, as does the range of advanced shooting modes. However, it's important to bear in mind that despite its DSLR styling and dimensions the HS20 is essentially an advanced compact and delivers image quality to match. If all-in-one convenience tops your priorities then the HS20 certainly ticks a lot of boxes and is well worth a look.
Huge 30x optical zoom lens
The Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR features a huge 30x optical zoom lens, a large 3inch screen, and full manual controls, as well as a high speed EXR CMOS sensor for high speed video and stills. The EXR sensor can dramatically improve dynamic range and produces good colour, although as is expected with small sensor cameras to get the best results you're best sticking to the lower ISO settings.
Fujifilm FinePix HS20 is an SLR-like super-zoom camera with 16-megapixel sensor and 1080i HD video capability.
If you crave features with which to experiment, coupled with plenty of manual control and a compact DSLR-like shell, the Fuji FinePix HS20 is hard to beat. Though a little over Â£300 will buy you a basic digital SLR camera, it won't be one half so responsive, nor will it offer a 24 to 720mm zoom. Other cameras take better photos, but this is still a great budget buy.
HD video performance is rather good
Overall, the Fuji Finepix HS20 EXR is most suitable for just about any static scene, close or far. The real key is to use the right EXR mode to get the best performance according to the lighting situation. HD video performance is rather good but count in using Center AF mode and starting a new clip when the subject distance changes. While not giving the best image quality in its class, this digital camera clearly delivers on capability.
Excellent image quality
Panasonic has created a worthy competitor in a tough category that has several great cameras competing in it. With excellent image quality, speedy performance, awesome High ISO capabilities (for a compact), and all of the Panasonic bells and whistles we've come to love, the Lumix DMC-LX5 is an awesome prosumer camera.
Decent controls with a well thought-out layout
Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LX5 is certainly a very nice camera to use. It feels good in your hands, sports decent controls with a well thought-out layout, features a bright and wide lens with quick and confident focusing, enjoys the choice of full manual exposures or one of the best auto modes on the market, and delivers decent quality results. What's not to like?
Superb build quality, classic design and easy handling
The much anticipated Panasonic Lumix LX5 is expensive, but it is without a doubt one of the best compact cameras on the market, offering superb build quality, classic design and easy handling, with fast performance and outstanding photographic versatility. The longer zoom range is a welcome improvement, however in terms of image quality there's just no real advantage over the older LX3.
Veritable pocket rocket
There is clearly more to this camera than immediately meets the eye, as the LX5 comes across as a veritable pocket rocket and sports the physically smaller dimensions we imagined Micro Four Thirds hybrid models would deliver, when we first saw those cameras' press shots.
All we need now is to be able to swap the optic on the front, and thus quite possibly never need to have to buy another digital camera ever again.
Ultra-wide-angle lens with F2.0 aperture
For pure manual operation without the intimidation factor of the Nikon Coolpix P7000, the Lumix LX5 is tops. Its fine-tunable settings, macro mode, focus features, video options, strong low-light performance, and classic aesthetics are sure to make photography geeks freak (in a very good way).
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