Cameras:

Best compact digital cameras of 2015

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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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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.

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.

4 stars Excellent

Best enthusiast compact

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: £5.19 - £439.00 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

Olympus Stylus 1

For those who crave an enthusiast compact with more zoom range, the Olympus Stylus 1 should be high on your list for its excellent balance of performance, design, and features.

4 stars Excellent

Canon PowerShot G7 X

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

3.5 stars Very good

Fujifilm X100S

A great enthusiast compact for manual-focusing fans.

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: £164.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Nikon Coolpix S9700

Nikon Coolpix S9700 - digital camera

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

Price: £179.00 - £199.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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