The compact camera has had it tough for the last few years. Ever since smartphones have become equipped with sophisticated cameras, people have been preaching that the end is in sight for this forgotten classic. However, many people appreciate these types of cameras – with many owning a high-end SLR or CSC as well as a compact. So, what do these photographers know that you don’t?
The quality of the image
With this fact alone, a compact camera trumps a smartphone any day — image quality is superior on a compact. Inside a compact camera, even a simple point-and-shoot model, there’s a sensor that is usually larger than the sensor inside a mobile phone and this enables it to gather more light and produce higher quality images.
The Canon PowerShot G9X Mark II and G5X, which have 1-inch type sensors, are all popular compact models. They have powerful image qualities, which gives them a significant advantage over smartphones for image quality. There are even models like the Fujifilm X100F (APS-C format) and Sony RX1R II (full-frame), which have the same sized sensors as top-end SLRs and CSCs.
Finding the viewfinder
Granted, not all compact cameras have a built-in viewfinder – but many do, such as the Sony RX100 III and the Panasonic TZ80. That’s especially useful in bright sunny conditions when it can be hard to compose an image on the camera’s main screen.
A good lens
It doesn’t take long before you realise that the lens on a compact camera is a lot bigger than the ones found on a mobile phone. As well as enabling them to produce better image quality, in many cases it’s possible to zoom in for tighter composition of distant subjects. Clifton Cameras, specialists in quality canon lenses, offer options for all of your photography needs. With a mobile phone it’s usually only possible to zoom-in digitally, which means the image is cropped and there’s interpolation going on – an optical zoom produces better quality images.
Models such as the Panasonic TZ80 and the Sony Cyber-Shot HX90V boast travel zoom features that offer lenses allowing you to zoom, which many SLR users would be envious of. They enable you to shoot wide vistas or cramped interiors as well as nice portraits and far distant objects, making them ideal for holidays and away days.
Many point-and-shoot models do everything for you, whilst advanced compacts allow you to take full manual control over the exposure. The Sony HX90V, for example, has a mode dial that lets you select from a collection of exposure modes including program, aperture priority, shutter priority and manual.
One attractive feature on this type of camera is that they are a lot smaller than an SLR or mirrorless camera. If that’s not all, many are small enough to fit in your pocket. That makes them a great choice for travel and days out when you need to travel light but want a proper camera to capture the sights.