When you want to travel light, these lenses offer extreme range All-in-one zooms—those that go from wide-angle to medium telephoto—are quite versatile.
Toolbox: Big Zoom Compacts
Get extensive focal range and high-tech features in a camera that’s smaller and lighter than a typical telephoto lens While interchangeable-lens cameras offer superior versatility and image quality, there's a lot to be said in praise of fixed-lens, compact cameras, particularly those with extreme zoom capabilities.
New cameras combine point-and-shoot simplicity with tablet-like apps and connectivity. But will they make you a better photographer? Everywhere you look, people are snapping photos and shooting videos with their smartphones, iPads and Android tablets.
Big zooms and other unique, high-performance features in affordable, portable cameras For many photo opportunities, compact "superzoom" cameras are the perfect blend of size and performance, combining DSLR features with a versatile, big-range zoom lens.
Compact Super Zooms
When you want to travel light, these cameras deliver extreme ranges and some unique features, too. For many photo opportunities, compact "superzoom" cameras are the perfect blend of size and performance, combining DSLR features with a versatile, big-range zoom lens.
Premium Compact Cameras
Feature-Packed Models Pair Pocket Portability With Advanced Performance Ideal as a backup camera for your SLR and for those times when you need a small camera that doesn’t sacrifice control and features, the upper tier of compact cameras can do some amazing things.
Which Camera Is Right For You?
Before comparing specific models, get a grip on the type of camera that will suit you best If you're not familiar with Aesop’s fable, “The Fox and the Cat,” here’s how it goes: A Fox was boasting to a Cat of its clever devices for escaping its enemies.
When portability is essential, nothing beats these ultracompact models There are two types of photographs: the kind we set out with the intention to make and the kind that happen when we’re doing other things.
Generous zoom ranges and enhanced controls make these cameras a good option when portability is essential Interchangeable-lens cameras offer the most options for creative control, but don’t count out the capabilities of the advanced fixed-lens cameras.
Toolbox: Top Compact Cameras
For candid and casual photography, today’s fixed-lens cameras offer near-SLR performance and some unique tricks all their own In terms of sheer performance and flexibility, nothing beats a digital SLR for serious photography, but try slipping one into your pocket. There are times when it’s more important to have a camera that’s portable, speedy and nimble—when a D-SLR, for all of its benefits, is too large, heavy or conspicuous.