Compact cameras and the compact camera market have changed considerably over the last fewyears.
Smartphones, with their ever-improving cameras, have decimated budget models and as a resultcamera manufacturers have concentrated on putting more advanced features into compactcameras to make them more attractive than ever before.
Looking for a new compact?We've picked out 10 of the best.
Sony Cyber-shot WX220.
If you're wanting a compact camera that can do a better job than your smartphone the WX220ticks a lot of boxes, especially when you consider the extra flexibility offered bythe 10x optical zoom, running from 25-250mm.
Images are bright and punchy, with decent detail – ideal for sharing online or printingat typical sizes – while it's nice to see Wi-Fi connectivity included as well.
7-inch screen is a little on the small side, but that does help to keep the dimensionsof the camera to a pocket-friendly size.
The WX220 may not have lots of bells and whistles, but what it does do, it does well.
Olympus Tough TG-5.
Waterproof down to 15m, the Tough TG-5 is also crushproof to 100kg and drop-proof from2.
It can even be used in temperatures as low as -10°C.
If you want a rugged, go-anywhere camera, this is it.
Olympus has taken the unusual step of actually dropping the pixel count from 16MP on theTG-4 to 12MP on the TG-5 for a better high ISO performance.
Add in raw file support and this makes image quality that bit better than its predecessor,while it can shoot 4K video at 30p or high speed footage at 120p in Full HD.
Our pick of the waterproof bunch of compacts.
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III.
Keen photographers usually go for a DSLR or mirrorless camera, but they also want somethingthat will slip in a pocket for those days when the big camera needs to stay at home.
Usually, that means putting up with a smaller sensor – but not this time.
Somehow, Canon has shoehorned a DSLR-sized APS-C sensor into a compact camera body.
There's also a built-in electronic viewfinder and refined touchscreen interface.
The zoom range is a bit modest at 24-72mm, but there's nothing else quite like it.
Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 / FZ2500.
This trend towards bigger sensors shows up in the Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 (known as theFZ2500 in the US).
Bridge cameras are very popular because they offer a colossal zoom range at a modest cost.
To design a big zoom, though, the makers have to use a tiny sensor – and here Panasonictook the wise choice to sacrifice zoom range for better quality.
The Panasonic FZ2000 uses a 1-inch sensor, and while the zoom tops out at 480mm equivalent,which is relatively short for a bridge camera, that's still plenty for all but the most extremeeveryday use.
We love the FZ2000 because it delivers both image quality and zoom range - if you're lookingfor something a bit cheaper, the older FZ1000 is still available.
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI.
Sony's original RX100 was a landmark camera that fused a 1-inch sensor in a compact, metalbody with the controls and image quality demanded by enthusiasts.
The RX100 VI goes several steps further, though, with a 'stacked' sensor design for high-speeddata capture.
This means it can shoot 4K video, amazing 40x slow motion and still images at 24fpsin continuous burst mode.
That's not forgetting the neat little built-in electronic viewfinder that its rivals lack,while this sixth generation model now packs an impressive 24-200mm zoom lens.
It's a pricey option and does have its quirks, but if you're looking for a versatile, pocket-sizedcompact with a quality zoom lens, you won't be disappointed.
Panasonic Lumix LX100 II.
While the 24-75mm zoom lens is modest for a compact, don't discount the Lumix LX100II if you're looking for a versatile compact that delivers great images.
Not only does the lens have a fast variable maximum aperture of f/1.
8, but the multi-aspectratio 17MP Micro Four Thirds sensor means it delivers some of the best images you'relikely to see from a compact camera.
There's also a nifty built-in electronic viewfinder, large touchscreen (though it doesn't pullaway from the body unfortunately), 4K video and a decent array of body-mounted controls.
Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II.
While there's now a decent selection of premium 1.
0-inch sensor compact cameras to choosefrom, the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II sets itself apart thanks to its dinky proportionsand streamlined controls.
The highly pocketable dimensions do mean there are sacrifices to be made, with the PowerShotG9 X Mark II featuring a relatively short focal length zoom lens.
However, if you're looking for a neat compact camera that can produce vastly superior imagesto your smartphone, and has decent connectivity options and simple-to-use controls, the PowerShotG9 X Mark II is an excellent choice.
Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV.
If you're looking for a powerful all-in-one bridge camera, then the RX10 IV from Sonyis the best there is.
You'll pay a premium for that performance, but when you look at what else is out therefor the same price, the RX10 IV is virtually in a league of its own.
Featuring a huge 24-600mm f/2.
4-4 zoom lens, the RX10 IV builds on the RX10 III with anoverhauled AF system that now does justice to the rest of the camera, while the 1-inch,20.
1MP sensor is capable of achieving excellent levels of detail.
Handling is very polished, feeling like a DSLR in the hand and complemented by a largeand bright electronic viewfinder.
That's not forgetting the ability to capture video in 4K and shoot at up to 24fps.
Panasonic Lumix ZS200 / TZ200.
Panasonic invented the travel-zoom camera genre - compact cameras that you can fit ina pocket but that have long zoom lenses built-in.
Despite strong competition, the ZS range (known as TZ outside the US) has continued to dominatesales, and it looks set to continue this with the brilliant Lumix ZS200 (called TZ200 outsidethe US).
As we first saw with the Lumix ZS100 / TZ100, Panasonic has been able to keep the camerabody about the same size as earlier ZS-series cameras but squeeze a much larger 1-inch sensorinto the camera to deliver much better image quality.
The zoom lens isn't quite so extensive as some, but the versatile 15x zoom should bemore than enough for most users, while you also get (an admittedly small) electronicviewfinder, 4K video and a great touchscreen interface.
If you're looking for a neat all-in-one compact camera that delivers great images, this isit.
It may be one of the more expensive options here and it's not a compact for everyone,but if you're after a high-quality camera, you're not going to be disappointed with thefabulous X100F.
Everything about it oozes class.
Unlike a lot of compacts here, it has a fixed lens as opposed to a zoom, but this 35mm equivalentf/2.
0 lens is paired with a DSLR-sized 24.
3MP APS-C sensor that delivers cracking results.
There's also the tactile external controls and clever hybrid viewfinder - you have theoption of electronic and optical views make it a joy to shoot with.
You'll need some photo knowledge to get the best from it, but the X100F is an exquisitecamera that you'll cherish if you take the plunge.