Best compact cameras

Pocket-friendly snappers with serious tech appeal

See our pick of the best pint-sized cameras that capture stunning pics and fit snug inside your pocket

1. Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
£346, www.panasonic.co.uk

PERFORMANCE: The best blend of power and portability currently available, with the Leica lens and ISO up to 1600
meaning excellent pics in all conditions
LOVE: Splendid Leica lens. Sharp, colourful images. Solid build
HATE: Almost as pricey as an SLR

2. Nikon Coolpix P7000
£325, www.nikon.co.uk

PERFORMANCE: Offering the feel and response of a top-end SLR, with a good range of manual controls, a built-in flash and well-defined results that really pop, the P7000 is a powerhouse. As a side effect it is also bulkier than average
LOVE: DSLR-like controls and manual options. Sharp images
HATE: DSLR-like price and size to match


3. Samsung EX1
£298, www.samsung.co.uk

PERFORMANCE: The spec may at first appear sub-par, but the EX1 can shoot at full-res up to ISO 3200 and offers optical
and digital stabilisation for great results in low light. Also adds lots of creative modes
LOVE: Tiltable AMOLED screen. Bright lens
HATE: No HD video. Only a 3x zoom

4. Olympus XZ-1
£369, www.olympus.co.uk

PERFORMANCE: This compact is packed with creative shooting modes, an OLED screen and built-in, pop-up flash. That’s
more than your average compact…
LOVE: Bright f/1.8 lens. Numerous shooting options
HATE: Expensive and complex

5. Canon Powershot S95
£341, www.canon.co.uk

PERFORMANCE: A bright f/2.0 lens with 3.8x zoom and HD video packed into a slim, 29.5mm body. Image results are always reliable, occasionally outstanding
LOVE: Solid build. Wide range of features
HATE: No optical zoom when shooting video. Some may miss a handgrip