New Compact Cameras in The Market

Compact cameras are a boon to those who wish to click high quality images every now and then yet don’t want high-end DSLRs with all their fuss.

Nowadays, the compact cameras offer the features of a DSLR including manual controls and easy sharing technique without having to change the lenses or bear the weight of a DSLR.

If you, too, want a fully featured camera but DSLRs or even phone cameras feature nowhere in your vicinity, read on the list to find out the top 5 compact cameras you should own without delay—

1. Fujifilm X100S

Fujifilm X100SSpecifications:

• Pixel count: 16.3 megapixels
• Sensor size: APS-C, CMOS II
• Screen type/size/resolution: LCD, 2.8 inch, 460,000 dots
• Max video resolution: 1080p
• Max continuous shooting rate: 6fps

Fujifilm X100S offers you a stylish retro look while its amazing APS-C format along with a 16.3MP sensor and a stunning ESR Processor II with 6×6 RGGB filter makes it a great camera; to say the least, it provides you with crisp, detailed and clear images always.

What’s more is that the Fujifilm X100S is very fast providing a continuous shooting speed of 6 frames per second (around 29images in full resolution). A hybrid autofocus system with the ability to shoot as many as 14bit raw files makes this a photographer’s choice on the go. The shutter-lag has also been slashed to 0.01 seconds. Depending on the screen’s brightness and the AF point chosen, you can opt for either phase detection or contrast.

Owing to a fast and fairly large sensor of f/2, 23mm lens, the image quality becomes much commendable. However, if you are using zoom, the focal length may seem restricted. This camera, though brilliant, is definitely on the heavier side when compared to its counterparts. Although the autofocus system isn’t as fast as a DSLR or some of its counterpart compact cameras, the Fujifilm is a fairly great camera to start with.

2. Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16Specifications:

• Sensor size: CMOS, 1/1.7-inch
• Screen type/size/resolution: LCD, 3 inch, 922,000 dots
• Pixel count: 12.1 megapixels
• Max video resolution: 1080p
• Max continuous shooting rate: 9.3 frames per second

The latest addition to the Canon PowerShot G range, the G16 is available at cheaper rates than its predecessor though it shows smaller sensor as well. Although the pixel count and size of the CMOS sensor is as good as the G15, its backlit design makes up for this.

The camera also includes Digic 6 Image Processor that offers a continuous shooting speed of 9.3 frames per second. Since the card doesn’t have a buffer, you can literary keep shooting pictures until your card is completely full. With an ISO range that goes up to a mammoth 12800, shooting images in low light becomes much swifter than its counterparts. It also possesses a superior 5x optical zoom lens with the focal length ranging between f/1.8-f/2.8, and offers a maximum wide-angle width of 28mm. It offers 35mm equivalent of 140mm. The aperture width is f/2.8.

Background Defocus and Star Mode are two new amazing shooting modes featuring in this camera. It also has built-in WiFi for easy sharing and edit. The lack of a touchscreen may irritate many users though.

3. Sony Cybershot RX1R

Sony Cybershot RX1RSpecifications:

• Sensor size: Full frame
• Screen type/size/resolution: LCD, 3 inch, 1229000 dots
• Pixel count: 24.3 megapixel
Max video resolution: 1080p
• Max continuous shooting rate: 5 frames per second

If you want a better successor to the RX100 by Sony with anti-aliasing feature, here’s the perfect one for you. The anti-aliasing features enable the creation of better quality and detailed images right from the camera sans any editing.

The camera is based on 24.3MP full frame XMOS CMOS sensor. Although the images are quite crisp and detailed, noise does appear at the higher ISOs. Its optical lens provide you with f/2.0 35mm Carl Zeiss T* lens that is very good considering a camera of such an incredibly small size.

However, poor battery life along with a lack of an external battery charger makes this camera raise few eyebrows, especially at this higher price range.

4. Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G1X Mark IISpecifications:

• Pixel count: 12.8 megapixel
• Sensor size: CMOS, 1.5-inch
• Screen type/size/resolution: Touchscreen LCD, 3 inch, 10,400,00 dots
• Max video resolution: 1080p
• Max continuous shooting rate: 5.2 frames per second

Marketed by Canon as a SLR backup, this camera comes with a 12.8MP 1.5inch sensor akin to its predecessor. The brilliant Digic 6 Image Processor has a great reputation of minimizing the noise at low light sensitivity besides making this amazingly fast.

It has a 5X optical zoom lens that opens up to a width of f/2. Again, this feature is simply brilliant for shooting in low light and creating background blur. The focusing distance has also been cut from 30cm to 5cm, making it shoot crisper images than its predecessors.

Other than these, you get a 3-inch touchscreen LCD at its rear; and, it also comes with a great Wifi support for easy sharing and editing. Although it is quite a feature-packed camera, it comes at a cost of an intermediate DSLR. So, many photographers have a difficult time choosing between the two.

5. Ricoh GR

Ricoh GRSpecifications:

• Pixel count: 16.2 megapixel
• Sensor size: APS-C
• Screen type/size/resolution: LCD, 3 inch, 1230000 dots
• Max video resolution: 1080p
• Max continuous shooting rate: 4 frames per second

This great powerful and feature-packed camera offers an APS-C format with 16.2MP sensor and an 18.3mm lens with an aperture width of f/2.8. This features enables it to shoot great quality images at low light sensitivity and reduces depth of field—thus, creating creative effects. When you combine this with the amazingly handy style of this camera, it makes up for a great camera for street photography. There is also an optional adaptor that widens the lens till 21mm.

It may not possess a Wifi connectivity but thanks to its EyeFi feature, you can share and transfer images with ease. The camera gives green signal to raw shooting mode and full manual control, too. However, the lack of Macro focusing along with an irremovable LCD creates some problem.

Although it has its own flaws, when it comes to power and portability, there cannot be many compact cameras which offer efficiency like the Ricoh GR.

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My name is Chris and I am the owner and operator of CamcorderChris.com. For over 10 years I have worked with computers, servers, video camcorders, software editing tools, and many other areas of information technology.

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