Ted's - Top 5 Advanced Compact Cameras

12 November 2018 4:04:02 PM AEDT

Best Advanced Compact Cameras

For some time it seemed like the compact camera may have been a thing of the past. Smartphone cameras had improved at such a rate, that many couldn’t see the need to carry a camera as well, while anyone wanting a better quality image could reach for a now-lower-priced DSLR.

Here are our picks of the best advanced compact cameras.

Canon Powershot G1X III

If at first glance the Canon Powershot G1X III doesn’t seem too compact, take a look over the specifications and consider where it sits in the market. Feature-wise the G1X III borrows heavily from Canon’s interchangeable lens models, namely the 24.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor, wide ISO range and speedy Dual Pixel CMOS AF.

Appealing to both beginners and enthusiasts who are both looking for a simplified, yet user-friendly camera, the lens on the front of this camera is fixed, offering a versatile 3x optical zoom range and fast f2.8-5.6 aperture rating.

Also noteworthy is the camera’s weather-sealed, rugged body and continuous shooting rate which tops out at 9 frames per second with fixed AF.

Best Advanced Compact Cameras

Best Advanced Compact Cameras

Canon Powershot G9X II

The Canon Powershot G9X Mark II is a more-traditionally sized compact camera than the previously discussed G1X Mark III, safely slipping into your shirt pocket so you can continue on your travels around town.

The body, made of metal and composite feels anything but flimsy, but it is the internals that really impresses, with a large 20MP 1-inch CMOS sensor. Continuous shooting can be done at up to 8 frames per second, which is decent for its class, while RAW image capture allows you to eek every possible detail out of your images.

The lens at the front of the G9X Mark II features a usable zoom range and fast f2.8-4.9 aperture, while smartphone users will appreciate the touchscreen-heavy menu operation.

Sony RX100 Mark VI

Adding a longer 8x optical zoom lens to the already world-class feature set, Sony has really impressed with this, the Mark VI version of their popular RX100 range of cameras.

Also new and improved is the AF system, which is at the top of its class, and the addition of a touchscreen and electronic viewfinder, the of which extends and retracts with ease so as to keep the camera pocketable.

4K video and a high-speed continuous shooting rate of 24 fps put the RX100 Mark IV in a class of its own, but we must dampen things a little and mention that this model is quite expensive, sneaking well into interchangeable lens territory.

Best Advanced Compact Cameras

Best Advanced Compact Cameras

Ricoh GRII

Quite a niche product, the Ricoh GRII’s lineage goes back to the GR series of 35mm film cameras, which were favoured by street and travel photographers.

Within its small pocket-friendly body the GRII features a 16.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor, capable of producing excellent images with low-noise up to the max ISO of 25600.

The unique feature of the GRII is the wide 28mm f2.8 lens at the front, which is great for those wide, shoot-from-the-hip style candids, but will come across as limiting to many photographers with a more varied taste.

Fujifilm X100F

Fujifilm continues to redesign and refine their exceptionally popular retro-inspired X100 range, with this brand new X100F.

Physically you could be mistaken for thinking not much has changed with the X100F, but a closer inspection will reveal a reshuffle in button placement and an extra dial which has all been carried out to hopefully deliver an improved user experience. Internally you will be pleased to find an improved 24MP X-trans sensor, while a change in the battery to the same type used in Fuji’s interchangeable lens range leads to increased battery life and faster performance.

Once again Fuji is taking the approach of making any critical and necessary adjustments while leaving the already successful components untouched.

Best Advanced Compact Cameras
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Thanks to the release of numerous more advanced models, the compact camera is back in the hearts of photographers of all levels, with their high-level of image quality, well-rounded feature set and importantly, compact stature being their major selling points.

If you need some more help or would like to discuss your options, the skilled staff at Ted’s camera stores would be more than happy to help.


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