For ultimate photographic flexibility and versatility, you can’t beat a system camera based on a body and a collection of lenses. The problem is that the size and weight of the kit means you’ll probably leave it at home most of the time, thereby missing countless photo opportunities.

At the other end of the scale, even the best camera phones aren’t on par with a ‘proper’ camera. A good compact camera with a fixed zoom or prime lens is often the ideal solution for anyone who wants to take great photos just about anywhere and everywhere, anytime. Even so, some can be a lot more compact than others, and most have particular strengths and weaknesses. 

So if you’re searching for the best compact camera to suit your needs and budget, look no further. We’ve picked out the best models that cater to a range of budgets and lifestyles. 

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01. Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 IV

This compact is simply the best buy on the market

Type: Compact | Sensor: 1.0-type | Megapixels: 20.1MP | Screen: 3.0-inch, 1,229k, tilt | Viewfinder: Electronic, 2,359k | Lens (effective): 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 | Continuous shooting speed: 16fps | Max video resolution: 4k