Ted's Top 5 Compact Cameras

11/12/2020 6:32 am

Smartphone cameras have improved at such a rapid rate that many people now rely on their mobiles for taking simple snaps on the go. But if you think that means the compact camera is a thing of the past, think again. Today, compact cameras are lighter and more powerful than ever before, allowing users to benefit from maximum convenience without sacrificing the quality of their images and video content. 


Whether you’re looking for compact travel cameras, the best for professional photographers, or a budget camera perfect for beginners, here are our top picks of the best compact digital cameras.

Sony ZV-1

If you’re looking for a compact camera for a budding content creator, look no further than the Sony ZV-1. This sleek and stylish compact camera will appeal to anyone looking to improve their content creation on the go. This Sony camera features a 20.1MP 1-inch CMOS sensor and it can record beautiful 4K resolution videos, all housed in a body that fits comfortably in your handbag or backpack.


To make best use of the camera's video capabilities, whether you’re vlogging or just capturing your adventures, the Sony ZV-1 features a 3-inch side-tilting LCD screen for accurately framing all of your shots, including selfies.

In addition to its built-in high-quality directional microphone, the ZV-1 features a microphone input and accessory shoe for attaching external microphones and really boosting the audio quality of your content. Pairing this camera with the separately available VPT2BT grip allows for the best vlogging: you can use the grip to capture steady handheld footage, use it as a versatile mini tripod, and operate the camera’s key functions via Bluetooth. What’s not to love?

For anyone looking to use their compact camera for super-telephoto purposes such as wildlife photography, sports photography or even astrophotography, you can’t go past the Nikon Coolpix P950 with its huge 83x optical zoom lens. The Nikon Coolpix P950 features a 16MP sensor, can record 4K videos, and thanks to built-in VR stabilisation, users can enjoy the full-potential of this lens without camera shake spoiling their fun.


Sports-lovers looking to put the long telephoto lens of this Nikon compact camera to work will be pleased with the 7 frames per second continuous shooting, updated autofocus system, and top ISO of 6400 which allows a faster shutter speed to aptly freeze the action as it unfolds. Sports photographers will also be interested in the separately available Nikon DF-M1 Dot Sight, which helps when tracking moving subjects with the zoom lens at long magnifications.


With its tilting LCD screen, accessory shoe and microphone input, the Coolpix P950 is also a great camera choice for vlogs and similar purposes. As an added bonus, the connectivity to Nikon’s SnapBridge allows the quick sharing of results after they have been captured.



With its RX100 range of cameras, Sony has redefined what was possible from pocket-sized compact cameras - and with this Mark 7 version, they take things another step further. The RX100 Mark VII has the same processing engine as Sony’s premium A9 mirrorless camera, which leads to lightning-fast user speeds and exceptional pictures captured by the 20.1MP 1-inch CMOS sensor.


The Sony RX100 Mark VII is a versatile beast, being just as capable at capturing stills as it is video, which is available in UHD 4K resolution. This camera features a tilting LCD screen and a 3.5mm microphone input for anyone who wants to take their vlogs to the next level, while a pop-up EVF, versatile 24-200mm zoom lens and 20 frames per second continuous shooting make this a solid choice for photographic enthusiasts to use daily.

The Canon Powershot G7X Mark III is a more-traditionally sized compact camera than some previous advanced digital compacts, safely slipping into a pocket so you can travel about worry-free and light on your feet.


The G7X Mark III is sleek and stylish in appearance - but it’s the large 20MP 1-inch CMOS sensor inside that really impresses. Continuous shooting can be done with ease, at a maximum of 30 frames per second (with fixed AF), which is excellent for its class, while RAW image capture allows you to seek every possible detail out of your images. Vlogging is also well supported, with this petite high-performer offering 4K video, an external mic-input and more advanced features, such as clean HDMI output.


The lens at the front of the G7X Mark III features a usable zoom range and bright f1.8-2.8 aperture, while smartphone users will appreciate the touchscreen-heavy menu operation and built-in WiFI and Bluetooth connectivity.

Ted's top 5 compact cameras

The lens at the front of the G7X Mark III features a usable zoom range and bright f1.8-2.8 aperture, while smartphone users will appreciate the touchscreen-heavy menu operation and built-in WiFI and Bluetooth connectivity.



The Fujifilm X100V is the latest addition to the retro-inspired compact camera range from Fuji. As with previous entries in the range, the X100V wouldn’t look out of place amongst a bunch of rangefinder cameras from film's glory days, but in function it holds its own against modern contemporaries.


The lens on this advanced compact camera is still a 23mm f2 type, but it has been redesigned to maximise the resolution captured by the new 26.1MP X-trans APS-C sensor - meaning the quality of the images it produces is in line with Mirrorless or DSLR cameras, as opposed to compact cameras.


A unique feature of the X100 series has always been the hybrid electronic/optical viewfinder, which is still present, only now it is joined by a 3-inch tilting LCD screen - this is great for shooting at tricky angles or filming 4K videos. With the X100V, your user experience can be as classic or as modern as you want it to be.

Good things sometimes come in small packages

The right camera can turn your casual photography hobby into a lifelong passion. Particularly when you’re just starting your photography journey, it’s important to choose a camera that suits your ability level, photography style, and budget. While there’s no one ‘right camera’ for everyone, our range of compact digital cameras is a great place to start.


If you’re an advanced beginner looking to upgrade your gear, check out our guide to the best digital cameras for photography or get expert advice by heading into your local Ted’s store today!


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