Cameras:

Best compact digital cameras of 2016

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Whether you need to be discreet or just want to travel light, a camera's size and weight are important. Our top compact-camera picks run the gamut of megapixel counts, features, and prices, but all the models have two things in common: each fits comfortably into a jacket pocket and weighs 8 ounces or less, even with batteries and media installed. And they're pretty stylish little devices, too.

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Leica Q

A terrific, if expensive, full-frame compact, the Leica Q is worth every penny for landscape and street photographers.

4 stars Excellent

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

With really good photo and video quality, a great set of features and generally class-leading performance, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 is probably one of our favorite compact cameras ever. It's not for the inexperienced, though.

Price: £487.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV

A nice choice if you're looking for an advanced compact with class-leading video capabilities, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV is a little expensive if you just want a good camera for shooting stills.

4 stars Excellent

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III is an overall great camera that delivers significant improvements over the RX100 II, but not everyone will think it's worth the extra cost.

Price: £587.60 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II delivers excellent photos, speedy performance, and a broad feature set in an attractive, compact package.

Price: £379.00 - £388.18 Check prices

4 stars Excellent The best enthusiast compact to date

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100

It's been a long wait, but Sony finally delivers a pocketable camera with a large sensor and fast lens.

4.5 stars Outstanding

Canon PowerShot G5 X

Sluggish performance and a more limited feature set than similarly priced competitors hold the Canon PowerShot G5 back from being a leading contender among its peers.

3.5 stars Very good

Canon PowerShot G7 X

The Canon PowerShot G7 X would jump from very good to excellent if it could just pick up the pace.

Price: £369.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Fujifilm XQ2

The Fujifilm QX2 doesn't improve much on its predecessor, but with its larger image sensor, bright lens and fast performance even in low light, this stylish pocket camera is an excellent step-up from your smartphone or average point-and-shoot.

3.5 stars Very good

Fujifilm XF1

The XF1 is a camera that both looks great and takes impressive photos. The unusual power control on the manual zoom wheel, however, is a little fiddly and won't suit everyone. Get beyond this, though, and the wide maximum aperture and raw image recording make for a very exciting, truly pocket-sized compact.

Price: £119.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Nikon Coolpix S9700

Outside of some design quibbles, the Nikon Coolpix S9700 puts big zoom power and nice photo quality (snugly) in your pocket.

3.5 stars Very good
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