Ted's Top 5 Compact Cameras

12/11/2019 8:31 AM

Smartphone cameras have improved at such a rapid rate, 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 needing to sacrifice 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 Ted’s top picks of the best compact digital cameras for gifting this Christmas.

If at first glance the Canon Powershot G1X III doesn’t seem that 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.


A great little camera for both beginners and enthusiasts looking for a user-friendly camera with oomph, 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. For extra confidence in the field, the G1X III has a weather-sealed, rugged body and continuous shooting rate topping out at 9 frames per second with fixed AF.

Ted's top 5 compact cameras

Ted's top 5 compact cameras

The Canon Powershot G9X Mark II is a more-traditionally sized compact camera than the G1X Mark III, safely slipping into a pocket so you can travel about worry-free and light on your feet.


The body, made of metal and composite, feels far from flimsy - but it’s the large 20MP 1-inch CMOS sensor inside that really impresses. Continuous shooting can be done with ease, at up to 8 frames per second, which is decent for its class, while RAW image capture allows you to seek 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.

The RX100 IV may be compact, but it certainly packs a punch with its array of cutting-edge new functions. As one of the world's first memory-attached 1.0-type stacked CMOS sensor with DRAM chip, this camera delivers a whole new level of image shooting possibilities. With a versatile 24-200mm 8x zoom range and 1-inch 20.1MP Exmor RS CMOS Sensor, this camera will help you capture high quality images every time.


Users will enjoy lightning-fast AF speeds, with real-time tracking and Eye-AF - so any high speed action images can be captured without distortion or blur. The innovative 20 FPS Blackout shooting also makes it possible to capture high quality pictures without blackout, so you'll never miss out on any details.

Ted's top 5 compact cameras

In addition, this camera boasts some excellent vlogging friendly features in a familiar portable body with pop-up EV. Users will love the 4K Video, 3.5mm Mic Input, 3-inch tilting screen - plus excellent compatibility with handgrips and tripods for extra support and mounting of an external microphone. Built-in Image Stabilisation, with a new active mode ensures all content creation is silky smooth and extra crisp.

Ted's top 5 compact cameras

Using a 17MP Micro Four Thirds sensor, the LX100 Mark II is a user-friendly, more portable way to explore the quality of the popular MFT mirrorless system. Not the first release in this range, the Mark II enhances resolution, as well as adding a Bluetooth connection and a handy touchscreen to keep the camera more in line with the modern needs of users.


Great for the traveller and street photography enthusiast, this camera is more versatile than the similarly-retro Fujifilm X100F, thanks to the 3.1x optical zoom lens, with an f1.7-2.8 maximum aperture for premium low-light performance.


As well as 4K resolution video, this classically-inspired compact camera can fire off shots at a burst rate of 11 frames per second, making it a solid choice for all-around everyday shooting.

The XF10 is ideal for anyone looking for premium image quality in a tiny package. With a streamlined, pocket-friendly build, this compact camera features an 18.5mm fixed lens, and 28mm equivalent focal length - a classic enthusiast favourite field of view that’s great for landscapes, street and travel photography.


Fuji is well known for its colour reproduction technology, and the new XF10 makes full use of this innovation with a 24.2MP APS-C sensor, which is the same size as the sensor found in Fuji’s X-Series Mirrorless cameras - that’s pretty impressive for a compact model. Users will notice the stunning image quality, no matter what the lighting condition.

Ted's top 5 compact cameras

If your loved one is a social butterfly, they’ll also find the built-in Instagram-friendly 1:1 square ratio, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity perfect for fast uploads to their social media accounts.

Keeping Christmas simple but effective

The key to successful Christmas shopping is to keep things simple, thoughtful, and useful - which is why it’s hard to go wrong with a present from Ted’s. 


For more gift inspiration, check out our guide to the best digital cameras for photography, or head into your local Ted’s store for some help from our expert team.


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