It’s summer, which means holidays abroad right? Well I’m not too sure with this UK heatwave that’s causing us all to sweat at our desks. Well anyway, for the lucky ones among us, a good holiday means great memories, and what’s better than capturing those memories and documenting them so when it’s your turn to sit at your sweaty desk, you can imagine where you were a few weeks ago. Because of this, we put together this list of the top five compact cameras that are perfect to take on holiday with you.
Panasonic Lumix ZS200 / TZ200
Probably one of the better cameras out there to take on your travels, this little Panasonic Lumix TZ200 (UK) or ZS200 (USA) has a wonderful 15x optical zoom for real flexibility in your photography style. Inside is a larger one inch sensor which is bigger than its predecessor, guaranteeing sharp photos. The bonus here is the ability to shoot 4K video too, to get some ultra sharp footage. Perfect for anyone wanting to vlog their trip away.
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI
One of the original cameras to produce a one inch sensor, the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 has come a long way since its original was released. With full 4K video, up to 40x slow motion and a continuous burst mode, the size of this camera is perfect for those wanting to slip something into their pocket on a day out or holiday. It’s very light too which is a great touch. The up to 200mm zoom lens too is something not to be missed, as it gives photographers maximum flexibility with their cameras.
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III
Canon have done a wonderful job with their G1 X Mk III thanks to its very small body and a DSLR sized APS-C sensor. It shoots at 24 megapixels and has a 24-72mm f/2.8 – 5.6 lens on the front, so all in all some decent flexibility to your shots. There’s an electronic view finder too which helps in harsh sunlight. It’s not quite as small as some of the other compacts on this list, but it certainly doesn’t hinder you if you’re going to be walking around for long periods of time.
Although this camera is the most expensive in this list, the fact you’re getting a Leica Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH lens and some really quick auto-focusing abilities, the photos that you can produce from the Leica Q are beyond stunning. It’s also one of the only compact cameras that has a full frame 24 megapixel sensor too. The biggest let down is its price, as they can be found for just over £3,500, so it’s a huge investment. The other let down is the fact it can only record 1080p video, while there are other compact models now that are cheaper, that record full 4K. This really is a stills camera, so bare that in mind if you want some video capabilities.
This beauty is a blast from the past. Taking inspiration from older style cameras, the Fujifilm X100F uses a 24 megapixel APC-C sensor, so not quite full frame, but still quite capable of taking some wonderful snaps. The camera has a 23mm lens at f/2 and can shoot at 8fps continuously which is pretty cool for that stop motion kind of effect if that’s your bag, but only shoots in 1080p video so loses quality there compared to others. It’s also pricey, passing that £1000 mark.