Over the last few years, there have been rapid and significant revolutions regarding the compact cameras and their market. The introduction of quality smartphones that serve equally well in photo shooting has made the manufacturers of the compact cameras to try and add features aimed at increasing attractiveness.

Apart from the improvement of the sensors to optimize image quality, their lenses have also been altered to increase zoom and consequently the aperture. You can move the images quickly into your phone via Wi-fi, since most of them are now enabled. Though many photographers used to have ill notions about the compact digital cameras, most of them have considered them as better alternatives to DSLRs. Even those who possess smartphones do consider carrying a compact camera as well. Below are some of the best compact cameras of the year.

1. Panasonic Lumix Lx100

Basic Features

Sensor: Micro four thirds, 12.8MP; Monitor: 3.0 inch, 921000 dots; Lens:24 – 75 mm, f/1.7 – 2.8; Viewfinder: EVF; Movies 4K; Continuous shooting: 11fps; User level: Intermediate and expert

It has a small body, big sensor, traditional controls but is prone to flares and less resolution. Albeit photographers thinking of smaller sensors for smaller cameras, Panasonic Lumix Lx100 could be a universal option. Panasonic has somehow fixed a CSC-sized micro four thirds to a small compact camera. Furthermore, it has an aperture ring around the lens, a speed dial shutter at the top and most importantly an electronic viewfinder. It price has systematically reduced overtime from its quite expensive initial price. It is a unique camera of all time.

2. Fuji X70

Basic features

Sensor: APS-C, 16.3 MP; Monitor: 3.0 inch touchscreen; Lens: 28 mm, f/2.8; Continuous shooting: 10fps; Viewfinder: No; Movie 1080p; User level: intermediate or expert.\

It has a high quality APS-C sensor, exposure traditional controls but no viewer and has lens with fixed focal lengths. Fuji has had a remarkable control over the compact and mirror-less camera with its X-series. The X70 has been one of the famous choices within the series for individuals who want small cameras. Its sensor which is the APS-C is bigger than the LX100 type, the four thirds hence produces more quality images. Though its lens is fixed and without a viewfinder, it has a superb tilting touchscreen, the shutter speed and exposure dials which makes the shooting quick. This is best compact camera option for experienced photographers.

3. Panasonic Lumix LX10 / LX15

Basic features

Sensor: 1 inch, 20.1MP; Monitor 3.0 inch touchscreen, 1,040,000 dots; Lens: 24 – 72 mm, f/1.4-2.8; View finder: No; Movies 4k; Continuous shooting: 6fps: user level: Beginner and Intermediate.

It has Ultra-fast f/1.4 lens and fast AF system but no viewfinder and it lacks proper grip. Panasonic brought the Lumix LX10 in to the market having balance features and at generally affordable price. Though it is smooth and lacks in-built EVF, its lens is one of the best and with a maximum aperture. With minor add-ons, you will have one the superb cameras around.

4. Panasonic Lumix ZS100 / TZ100

Basic features

Sensor: 1 inch type, 20.1 MP; Monitor: 3.0 inch touchscreen, 1,040,000 dots; Lens 25-250mm, f/2.8-5.9; Viewfinder: EVF; Movies 4k; Continuous shooting: 10fps; User level: Beginner and intermediate

This premium camera has 10X zoom lens range and a 1 inch type sensor but with little electronic viewfinder and a fixed screen. The ZS/TZ camera is smaller and can fit well in a pocket and can surprisingly take a long zoom. This model has progressed significantly well despite the stiff competition in the market. Panasonic has responded by trying to squeeze a larger sensor into the original camera thus making the model to be about 2.4X bigger than the other models. This is the best compact camera for traveling adventures.

5. Canon Powershot G7 X II

Basic features

Sensor:1 inch, 20.1 MP; Monitor:3.0 inch tilt-angle touchscreen, 1,040,000; Lens: 24-100 mm, f/1.8-2.8; Viewfinder: No; Continuous shooting: 8fps; Movies: 1080p; User level: Beginner and intermediate

It has polished handling and great performance even in low light. However, it has no viewfinder as well as the 4k video quality. With its latest improvement on the processor, addition of DIGIC 7 processor, has made the model easier to use. Its handling has also been improved as its has been extensively polished and refined. Its optical zoom of 4.2 is slightly higher than their counterparts like panasonic LX10/LX15 and Sony RX100 IV. If you don’t really care about a viewfinder but instead prefer a large and bright screen, then go for Canon Powershot G7 X II and you will love it.

6. Fuji X100T

Basic features

Sensor: APS-C X-Trans, 16.3MP; Monitor: 3.0-inch, 1,040,000 dots; Lens: 35mm, f/2; Viewfinder: Hybrid optical/EVF; Movies: 1080; Continuous shooting: 6fps; User level: Expert

The X100T is beautifully designed with a unique hybrid viewfinder. Its screen is however fixed and with fixed focal length lens. It is relatively large and specialized and can only be used for certain photography event such as street photography. Most of its owners do have other subsidiary cameras too. You could be able to get one but at a good price.

7. Sony RX100 IV

Basic features

Sensor:1 inch, 20.1MP; Monitor: 3.0-inch tilt-angle display; Lens: 24-70 mm, f1.8-2.8; Viewfinder: EVF; Movies: 4K; Continuous shooting: 16fps; User level: intermediate and expert.

Sony RX100 IV has a very high shooting speed and an alluring compact design. It, however, has no touch screen and its super high speed sensor tech makes is quite expensive. The original Sony RX100 was a unique compact camera which amazed a lot of people. The new RX100 IV takes a mile further with a new tech with wonderful sensor speed. Though it’s quite pricey, this camera should be on your list of devices on your way to extreme adventures.

8. Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 / FZ2500

Basic features

Sensor: 1 inch, 20.1 MP; Monitor: 3.0 inch articulating display, 1,040,000 dots; Lens: 24-480mm,f/2.8-4.5; Viewfinder: EVF; Continuous shooting: 12fps; Movies 4K; User level: intermediate

This a comparatively large camera with a super-fast Af. This panasonic FZ2000/ Fz2500 camera is a development of the trend towards cameras with large sensors. Such bridge cameras provide the best zoom at an affordable cost. Panasonic did, however, used a larger sensor so as substitute zoom range for quality. You are therefore assured of quality as well as a zoom range. If you want a cheaper camera though, you can look for FZ1000 – it is till in the market.

9. Sony RX10 III

Basic features

Sensor: 1 inch CMOS, 20.2 MP;Monitor: 3.0 inch tilt-angle display, 1.23m dots;Lens: 24-600mm, f/2.4 -4; Viewfinder: EVF; Movies: 4K; Continuous shooting: 14fps; User level: Intermediate and Expert

It has a superb sensor and a high quality zooming lens. It is, however, expensive but able to provide the large focal range. Sony took the 24-200 mm lens in RX10 II and placed it on steroids and focal length expanded to 24-600 mm. Its 1 inch sensor is able to achieve extreme details with an high ISO performance. Remember other capabilities like the 4K video. Truly, this is among the best compact cameras that are worth their costs.

10. Leica Q

Sensor: Full-frame, 24.2MP; Monitor: 3.0 -inch touchscreen, 1,040,000 dots; Lens: 28mm f/1.7; Viewfinder:EVF; Continuous shooting:10fps; Movie 1080p; User Level; Expert

Though quite expensive, the Leica Q is the best compact camera in the digital era. While most companies use smaller sensors in their cameras hence lesser quality, Leica and Sony moved an extra mile and incorporated all the necessary tools for best quality. Perhaps this is the reason they are incredibly expensive. Sony and Leica companies are the only ones that make cameras having full-frame sensors. The huge downside for Leica Q is with its price. Few people can afford it. But even with the price outcry, still Leica cannot make enough to meet its demand.