Best Compact Digital Cameras: Group test

Image 1 of 5 Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ20
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20
Image 2 of 5 Casio Exilim EX H30
Casio Exilim EX-H30
Image 3 of 5 Nikon CoolPix S9100
Nikon CoolPix S9100
Image 4 of 5 Olympus SZ 20
Olympus SZ-20
Image 5 of 5 Canon PowerShot SX 220 HS
Canon PowerShot SX 220 HS

Which Compact camera will be king of the castle?

These pocket-sized compact cameras hide impressive zooms of up to 18x. They allow for ultra-wide landscape pics and bring far-off subjects up close and personal. They’re perfect for traditional British holidays: documenting the effects of severe sunburn and watching the rain through your hotel window. Also on board: HD video and plenty of megapixels.

Best: In low light
Canon PowerShot SX 220 HS
£230
Love: Manual controls. Crisp shots at max zoom
Hate: Dull design
Canon PowerShot SX 220 HS review I Link: Canon

Best: Battery life
Casio Exilim EX-H30
£230
Love: Long battery life. Easy to use. Affordable
Hate: 720p only. No HD MI
Casio Exilim EX-H30 review I Link: Casio

Best: Range of features
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20
£300
Love: Plenty of features
Hate: Pretty pricey for a point-and-shoot
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TX20 review I Link: Panasonic

Best: Budget option
Olympus SZ-20
£200
Love: Full-HD and 3D stills. Lots of megapixels
Hate: Soft shots and poor results at max zoom
Olympus SZ-20 review I Link: Olympus

Best: Picture quality
Nikon CoolPix S9100
£250
Love: Colourful photos. 18x zoom. Full-HD video. Reasonably priced
Hate: Few manual controls
Nikon CoolPix S9100 review I Link: Nikon