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The Best Compact Camera For Every Price

Best Image Quality Compact Digital Cameras

This infographic shows which compact fixed-lens digital camera offers the best image-quality in any given price range. Each camera shown delivers the highest image-quality at its selling price until the one below it. Cameras going straight down are purely based on output quality, while the ones branching to the right offer long zoom lenses while compromising on image-quality improvements.

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Best Compact Digital Camera For Every Price Sony RX100 Panasonic Lumix LX10 Panasonic Lumix LX100 Review Panasonic Lumix ZS100 Sony RX10 Canon Powershot G3 X Review Panasonic Lumix FZ2500 Sony RX10 II Sony RX10 IV Fujifilm X100F Sony RX1R II Buy Sony RX100 Buy Panasonic Lumix LX10 Buy Panasonic Lumix ZS100 Buy Panasonic Lumix LX100 Sony RX10 Buy Canon Powershot G3 X Buy Panasonic Lumix FZ2500 Buy Sony RX10 II Buy Fujifilm X100F Buy Sony RX10 IV Buy Sony RX1R II

Notes

  • Cellphones have made huge strides in technology, destroying the low-end market of digital cameras, forcing manufacturers to develop more Premium Compact cameras.
  • The dominant determinant of image-quality is sensor-size, then technology. A smaller sensor can eventually catch to a much older cameras, yet this is unlikely between current models.
  • Sony makes 5 RX100 models, each one better than the previous for a more expensive price. The III+ models switched to a wider and brighter lens at the telephoto end with a little less reach. A built-in EVF was added as of the III and later improved in the IV+ models.
  • The Panasonic LX100 uses a Micro Four-Thirds sensor with a slight crop. This lets it preserve a wide angle-of-view using 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 aspect-ratio while easily besting 1" sensors on image-quality.
  • Long zooms make cameras extremely versatile, although their lenses let less light in which causes them to fall behind in terms of image-quality even compared to cameras with the same sensor size.
  • Fujifilm created a unique technology to produce APS-C sensors without anti-alias filters that are not prone to moire, allowing the X100F match the sharpness of high-end DSLRs.
  • It is clear that Sony dominates Premium digital cameras since they are the ones making the sensors.
  • All prices in USD and current on February 2018 as available at Adorama. Support us by buying using these links. Taxes and duty extra, when applicable.
By on 2018/02/06

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