But for those who want the option of high-quality photography on its own, a compact digital camera can be an easy, portable way of getting beautiful pictures without splashing out. There are a few key things to look for when buying a camera. For our review, we focused on compact cameras.
These smaller cameras are light enough to tuck into a jacket pocket or be taken on holiday in a backpack. They don't have the bulky features of more expensive models, but still come with a raft of features. They do not come with interchangeable lenses and can be used out of the box. Many of the best point and shoot camera models right now come from Canon, which has dominated the space for the last few years.
But models in Sony's Cybershot range are also among the best. The Telegraph took a look at the top of the range of point-and-shoot cameras as well as budget options, and reviewed four of our favourites. Battery life lasts around shots. It does only have p video capture, which puts it below models from Panasonic's Lumix range and slightly more pricey cameras. Despite this it is a neat little compact camera that packs more than a punch for its price.
Buy now. P anasonic's new mid-range Lumix LX camera is an excellent compact option for casual photographers who want something more powerful than a budget point-and-shoot. It comes with a touchscreen for quickly navigating and focusing your shot.
The camera features a 1-inch sensor and a I t's a small, pocket-sized camera that you can happily take on a day out, plus it has 4K video capabilities to take it a cut above the other point-and-shoots we looked at. It will be a little light for some who prefer a more grippy camera, but for those looking for a compact model which offers next level pictures the Lumix LX is our pick.
T his Sony Cybershot RX camera puts many other models at this price to shame for the power and specs it offers, even if it is a few years old now. It comes with a It also has 3. This model is a couple of years old, so it lacks Wi-Fi connections. That said, the pictures it takes are stellar quality compared to many of the other models we took a look at and are on a par with some of the more expensive cameras we reviewed.
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The Canon Ixus is a perfect camera for slipping into your pocket with 12x optical zoom, solid image quality for the price and several colour schemes to pick from. The Ixus is largely built for use in Auto mode, so you can't get much variation out of the pictures.
It also does not feature a touchscreen. The mid-range Canon model we tested took nice, punchy photographs and had a reasonable number of manual settings for controlling ISO and saturation. It was more advanced than the Ixus and had more capable zoom and recording functionality.
G enerally the pictures appear with plenty of colour, and its autofocus was quick to pick out the details. It also had a quick and simple Wi-Fi link for uploading photos. T he Sony Cybershot took some of the cleanest pictures of the bunch. It provided clearer definition, although there is some noise around close up shots. This is not surprising as the Sony series comes highly regarded, however this camera is a couple of years old and is maybe starting to show its age.
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