10 COMPACT CAMERAS

WE RUN DOWN THE BEST COMPACT CAMERAS FOR EVERYDAY SHOOTING CANON POWERSHOT S100 www.canon.com UK: ?439 US: $430 Compact cameras enhance workflows by providing simple ways to capture high-quality images. Therea lot of choice out there and the variety has never been greater. We kick off this Top Ten with CanonPowerShot S100. The PowerShot range contains some of the leading compact cameras around. The PowerShot S100 epitomises everything that s exceptional about this range, with a sensitive CMOS sensor for working in low lighting. Therea dedicated High Dynamic Range mode for shooting images in high-contrast scenarios, and its latest DIGIC 5 processor is what makes this camera stand out. Capturing detail-rich RAW exposures, for more control when editing in Photoshop, is all part of the S100package. The camera s 5x optical zoom packs an impressive f/2.0 aperture. This means younever be short on any amounts of depth of field, and when used with its manual focusing ring there s even room to control exactly where to put it. NIKON COOLPIX S9300 www.nikon.com UK: ?280 US: $350 The Nikon COOLPIX S9300 is at the forefront of the company s Style series of compact cameras. The 16-megapixel CMOS sensor and EXPEED C2 image processor give high-resolution results. This superzoom compact packs an 18x optical lens, built-in GPS and an Auto HDR mode for deeply rich tones. SONY CYBER-SHOT HX10V www.sony.com UK: ?329 US: $330 Sony s powerful HX10V shooter features an Exmor R CMOS sensor and BIONZ processor that boast excellent image quality. As well as being 18,2-megapixels for large image dimensions and print sizes, the camera s autofocus operates at 0.13 seconds, quickly producing great results. PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-FZ150 www.panasonic.com UK: ?470 US:$500 The FZ range from Panasonic is a prominent figure in the compact camera market. The FZ150 features first-class optics from Leica and zooms to a long 24x optical focal length. Use the camera s versatile 3-inch flip-out screen to compose images and movies in changing scenery. The option to shoot RAW images as well as JPEGs is a big bonus if you re planning on heavy postproduction in Photoshop. Lots of manual controls get you closer to the feel of a real DSLR, but with the advantage of being a smaller, more portable shell. SAMSUNG WB750 www.samsung.com UK: ?N/A US: $280 Samsung s WB750 boasts a long 18x optical, ideal for both outdoor and indoor photography. The 3D Photo mode and in-camera Movie Maker features enable creativity in other areas of photography. GE G100 www.general-imaging.com UK: ?150 US: $180 From GE s Power Pro series comes the G100. This is an inventive compact, with a Multiple Exposure mode that enables you to capture the movement of subjects and compose them in a single frame. A full-HD 1,080p Video mode records what still images miss. OLYMPUS S2-31 MR www.olympus.com UK: ?300 US: $400 The SZ-31MR doesn t skimp on the manual modes. There s an adjustable Depth of Field mode that can even create interesting bokeh effects. Fully manual controls will enable both aperture and shutter speeds to be tweaked for getting that perfect shot. FUJIFILM FINEPIX F770EXR www.fujifilm.com UK: ?330 US: $380 Stay connected to Facebook and Geo-tag your images as they re taken with the F770EXR. The EXR CMOS sensor produces 16-megapixel images for those high-resolution stills and has a lengthy 20x optical zoom. RICOH CX6 www.ricoh.com UK: ?260 US: N/A The CX range of compacts sees constant improvements and the CX6 model has much to shout about. This is a serious and technically minded compact. If speed and efficiency are what you need, then this camera fits the bill. It has a quick autofocusing speed of just a tenth of a second that will keep moving subjects in focus. The 10.7 optical zoom lens will suit both landscapes and portrait subjects, even going as close as one centimetre in Macro mode. LEICA D-LUX 5 www.leica.com UK: ?644 US: $799 This is luxurious photography in its element. The D-LUX 5 from Leica combines a classic styling with contemporary technology. The Vario-Summicron zoom lens draws out the best from the available light in scenes and uses contrast compensation and Auto ISO for the highest image quality.

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