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.
Casio’s Exilim EX-F1 and Exilim EX-FH20 break the speed barrier Capturing photos at five frames per second is pretty fast. Pro SLR models can do about twice that at the top end. Then Casio released the EX-F1, with burst speeds up to 60 fps, and followed up with the higher-resolution EX-FH20, with a burst rate of up to 40 fps, making even professional SLRs seem kind of slow. But there’s a lot more to these zoom-lens cameras than mere speed.
Buyer's Guide 2009: Best Of Compact Cameras
Top-of-the-line pocket cameras make pro features more portable The best photos are those you actually take. Chances are, you don't carry your D-SLR with you every time you leave the house, but you never know when a good photograph will present itself. That's when a compact camera that you can slip into your pocket really pays off.
First Look: Sigma DP1
A compact digital camera with the sensor—and sensibility—of a D-SLR
Sigma is best known for its wide line of lenses, but the company has also produced a series of film and digital SLRs. Now, it has taken the big sensor from its latest D-SLR and put it into a compact digital camera body with a lens designed specifically for the sensor. The compact size and D-SLR image quality make this a great camera when you want to travel very light.
Toolbox: Take Me With You
Compact cameras offer quick shooting, easy portability and advanced features
The best camera is the one you actually take with you. It's true that for ultimate image quality and control, compact cameras can't beat digital SLRs, but advances in technology have made pocketable models a terrific alternative for many situations. We're not suggesting that you replace your D-SLR, but rather that you give yourself the option of a smaller system when size and weight matter. With sensor sizes hitting the 12-megapixel range, compacts are a great solution for occasions when a D-SLR and its various accessories would be a burden.
10 Hot New Cameras
Top technologies and features are finding their way into the whole range of digital cameras, from compacts to D-SLRs
The annual Photo Marketing Association (PMA) Show is an exciting time of year for camera enthusiasts because that's when many new models are introduced. This year's show (March 8-11) was no exception, bringing us a number of exciting new cameras with some great features. We'll look at these features and then at 10 new models that incorporate the latest digital camera technologies.