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10 Best Compact Cameras UK 2022 | Canon, Panasonic and More

While the compact camera has taken a massive hit from the meteoric rise of the smartphone, there are still plenty of people who prefer to have a device dedicated to snapping their most memorable moments. So, if you're looking for a lightweight, portable camera that fits in your bag, we're here to help!


We've compared the 10 best compact cameras in the UK, from big brands like Canon, Panasonic, Sony and more. From megapixels, to zoom lenses and image stabilisation, we'll go over each of the key features to look for, to ensure high quality images at any price point.

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  • Last updated: 17-05-2022
Table of Contents

Compare the Best Compact Cameras

For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:


  1. Sony - Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 for £699.00
  2. Ricoh - GR II for £844.00
  3. Fujifilm - X100V for £1,299.00
  4. Polaroid - 9030 Instant Camera for £92.99
  5. Sony - Cybershot WX350 for £169.99

For a more in-depth look at the comprehensive top 10 selection, make sure to read on to learn more about the different types of compact cameras available and understand how our ranking was determined.

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Sony  Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 1

Sony

2
Ricoh GR II 1

Ricoh

3
Fujifilm X100V  1

Fujifilm

4
Polaroid 9030 - Instant Camera 1

Polaroid

5
Sony Cybershot WX350 1

Sony

6
Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ200EB-S Zoom Travel Camera 1

Panasonic

7
Canon PowerShot G9 2422H63  1

Canon

8
Olympus Tough TG-6 Action Camera 1

Olympus

9
Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Compact System Camera 1

Panasonic

10
Sony A6000 1

Sony

Name

Cyber-shot DSC-RX100

GR II

X100V

9030 - Instant Camera

Cybershot WX350

Lumix DC-TZ200EB-S Zoom Travel Camera

PowerShot G9 2422H63

Tough TG-6 Action Camera

Lumix DC-G9 Compact System Camera

A6000

Features

Game-Changing Premium 4K Compact Camera

Exceptional Compact Camera for Street and Landscape Photography

High End Compact Camera With Retro-Style Filters

Instant Compact Camera for Polaroid Film

Sturdy, Durable and Affordable

The Ideal Companion for Nature Photography

An Intuitive Top Brand Camera for Beginners

Waterproof, Shockproof, Dustproof, Shatterproof and Frostproof

Super-Fast Shoots Mean You’ll Never Miss a Moment

Top-Quality Components With an Impressive Sensor

Price£699.00£844.00£1,299.00£92.99£169.99£599.00£419.00£369.00£999.99£499.99
Megapixels20.1 megapixels, 4K filming24.2 megapixels, 1080p filming26.1 megapixels, 4K filmingN/a18 megapixels, 1080p filming20.1 megapixels, 4K filming20.1 megapixels, 1080p filming12 megapixels, 4K filming20.3 megapixels, 4K filming 24.3 megapixels, 1080p filming
Sensor Size13.2 x 8.8 mm 23.5 x 15.6 mm 23.6 x 15.6 mm N/a6.17 x 4.5 mm 13.2 x 8.8 mm 13.2 x 8.8 mm 6.1 x 4.5 mm 17.3 x 13 mm 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Lens TypeZoomFixedFixedFixedZoomZoomZoomZoomN/aZoom
Image StabilisationYesYesNoNoYesYesYesYesYesNo
AutofocusYesYesYesYesNoYesYesNoYesYes
FlashYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNo
ConnectivityWi-FiWi-Fi, Bluetooth Wi-Fi, BluetoothN/aWi-FiWi-FiWi-Fi, Bluetooth Wi-FiWi-Fi Wi-Fi
Size5.8 x 10.1 x 4.1 cm20.9 x 6.2 x 3 cm 7.48 x 12.8 x 5.33 cm11.1 x 9.4 x 14.9 cm 9.5 x 5.5 x 2.6 cm 6.6 x 11.1 x 4.5 cm9.8 x 5.8 x 3.1 cm6.6 x 11.3 x 3.2 cm9.7 x 13.6 x 9.1 cm4.5 x 12 x 6.7 cm
Weight299 g660 g478 g590 g164 g340 g210 g253 g 658 g 285 g
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How to Choose a Compact Camera in the UK

Key Points to Consider

  1. Choose an Image Resolution Over 12 Megapixels to Produce Quality Images
  2. Look for a 12.8 X 9.6 mm Sensor to Take Photos in Different Light Settings
  3. Pick a Fixed Lens for Shooting in Low Light, or a Zoom Lens for a Wider Focal Range
  4. Opt For Image Stabilisation, Autofocus and Built-in Flash

1. Choose an Image Resolution Over 12 Megapixels to Produce Quality Images

1. Choose an Image Resolution Over 12 Megapixels to Produce Quality Images

The first factor you want to consider when choosing a camera is the mother of all buzzwords – megapixels. So, what do more megapixels have to offer? Well, the higher the megapixel count, the more detail is recorded when shooting a frame.

 
Therefore, if you’re looking to produce large prints or edit and crop shots, a higher pixel count will allow you to do this without worrying about the image’s structure. That said, professional-style results can still be achieved with a 12 megapixel camera, as long as you're using it right.

 
If you're looking to take snaps to post on social media or show to family and friends, most mid-range compact cameras will more than suffice. We recommend choosing one with an image resolution between 12 - 26 megapixels for high quality images suitable for digital viewing and prints. 

2. Look for a 12.8 x 9.6 mm Sensor to Take Photos in Different Light Settings

2. Look for a 12.8 x 9.6 mm Sensor to Take Photos in Different Light Settings

Compact cameras come with a range of different sensor sizes, from ½.3-inch to 35mm (full-frame). Like megapixels, this also influences image quality. Although, it's worth noting that this is mainly when using high sensitivity settings, such as taking photos in low light conditions.

 
As a rule of thumb, the higher the sensor dimensions, the better. However, this will have an impact on other parts of the camera, mainly the size of the camera body. So, you will have to weigh up the importance between image quality versus camera size.

 
The sensors most commonly found in compact cameras measure around 1 inch or 12.8 x 9.6 mm size. Therefore, we would recommend aiming for this if you have the budget. 

3. Pick a Fixed Lens for Higher Quality Images in Low Light, or a Zoom Lens for a Wider Focal Range

3. Pick a Fixed Lens for Higher Quality Images in Low Light, or a Zoom Lens for a Wider Focal Range

The next factor you'll need to consider is the type of lens. Camera lenses with a fixed focal length are faster to take the shot, resulting in better image quality and greater performance in low light. That said, they can be a little rigid and lack versatility.


On the other hand, zoom lenses offer a wider focal range and flexible framing. Just be aware that zoom lenses tend to be bigger and heavier. You also run the risk of distortions in the images.

 
Which is the better option all depends on what you plan on shooting. After all, a zoom lens might be overkill on a weekend city break, but a necessity for nature photography. 

4. Opt For Image Stabilisation, Autofocus and Built-in Flash

4. Opt For Image Stabilisation, Autofocus and Built-in Flash

Now, if you’ve already looked into compact cameras, you’ll know that there are many different features varying from one device to the next. To make things easier, we would suggest prioritising 'the big three' - image stabilisation, autofocus and built-in flash.


The following are camera features we believe every person would benefit from, whether you're a beginner or a pro:


  • Image Stabilisation: This is generally used when filming movies rather than still photos. Stabilisation reduces the blurriness caused by the motion of the camera or objects, for clear and crisp action.

  • Autofocus: This feature relies on the combination of the motor, sensor and control system. It allows the camera to automatically focus on your subject or manually selected areas. 

  • Built-in Flash: Not only does this save you money, it helps keep the bulk of your camera down and will allow you to take photos in lower light settings. 

10 Best Compact Cameras in the UK

This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.

1

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100

£699.00

Megapixels20.1 megapixels, 4K filming
Sensor Size13.2 x 8.8 mm
Lens TypeZoom
Image StabilisationYes
AutofocusYes
FlashYes
ConnectivityWi-Fi
Size5.8 x 10.1 x 4.1 cm
Weight299 g
2

RicohGR II

£844.00

Megapixels24.2 megapixels, 1080p filming
Sensor Size23.5 x 15.6 mm
Lens TypeFixed
Image StabilisationYes
AutofocusYes
FlashNo
ConnectivityWi-Fi, Bluetooth
Size20.9 x 6.2 x 3 cm
Weight660 g
3
Megapixels26.1 megapixels, 4K filming
Sensor Size23.6 x 15.6 mm
Lens TypeFixed
Image StabilisationNo
AutofocusYes
FlashYes
ConnectivityWi-Fi, Bluetooth
Size7.48 x 12.8 x 5.33 cm
Weight478 g
4

Polaroid9030 - Instant Camera

£92.99

MegapixelsN/a
Sensor SizeN/a
Lens TypeFixed
Image StabilisationNo
AutofocusYes
FlashYes
ConnectivityN/a
Size11.1 x 9.4 x 14.9 cm
Weight590 g
5

SonyCybershot WX350

£169.99

Megapixels18 megapixels, 1080p filming
Sensor Size6.17 x 4.5 mm
Lens TypeZoom
Image StabilisationYes
AutofocusNo
FlashYes
ConnectivityWi-Fi
Size 9.5 x 5.5 x 2.6 cm
Weight164 g
6

PanasonicLumix DC-TZ200EB-S Zoom Travel Camera

£599.00

Megapixels20.1 megapixels, 4K filming
Sensor Size13.2 x 8.8 mm
Lens TypeZoom
Image StabilisationYes
AutofocusYes
FlashYes
ConnectivityWi-Fi
Size 6.6 x 11.1 x 4.5 cm
Weight340 g
7

CanonPowerShot G9 2422H63

£419.00

Megapixels20.1 megapixels, 1080p filming
Sensor Size13.2 x 8.8 mm
Lens TypeZoom
Image StabilisationYes
AutofocusYes
FlashYes
ConnectivityWi-Fi, Bluetooth
Size9.8 x 5.8 x 3.1 cm
Weight210 g
8

OlympusTough TG-6 Action Camera

£369.00

Megapixels12 megapixels, 4K filming
Sensor Size6.1 x 4.5 mm
Lens TypeZoom
Image StabilisationYes
AutofocusNo
FlashYes
ConnectivityWi-Fi
Size6.6 x 11.3 x 3.2 cm
Weight253 g
9

PanasonicLumix DC-G9 Compact System Camera

£999.99

Megapixels20.3 megapixels, 4K filming
Sensor Size17.3 x 13 mm
Lens TypeN/a
Image StabilisationYes
AutofocusYes
FlashNo
ConnectivityWi-Fi
Size9.7 x 13.6 x 9.1 cm
Weight658 g
10
Megapixels24.3 megapixels, 1080p filming
Sensor Size23.5 x 15.6 mm
Lens TypeZoom
Image StabilisationNo
AutofocusYes
FlashNo
ConnectivityWi-Fi
Size4.5 x 12 x 6.7 cm
Weight285 g

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