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10 Best Compact Cameras of 2016

Choosing the best compact camera in 2016 may be quite challenging especially when you are buying for the first time. There are various cameras for different purposes and we have brought the best compact cameras with your budgets in mind because of their prices and functions, the list will help you choose the right one for you so you can surely have value for the money you have spent on any of them.

1. Olympus Tough TG-3

The TG-3 cameras are very important electronic devices and very durable and tough as they come. It's shockproof, with a height of 2.1m (the height you can drop it from), crushproof (resisting a force of 100kg), waterproof (down to a depth of 15m) and freeze-proof (down to -10 degrees centigrade). You also get a surprisingly fast 4x zoom lens – f/2.0 at its widest focal length – and built-in GPS, so that you can follow your adventures on a map.

2. Panasonic FZ1000

The Panasonic FZ1000 has some resemblance with one of Sony's digital camera although they differ in size and some features, the camera feature fast zoom, with its 20.1 megapixel 1"-type MOS sensor, 4K (3840x2160) video at 30p, 100Mbps MP4, 1080p at up to 60p, 28Mbps (MP4 or AVCHD), Wi-Fi with NFC, 3.5mm microphone socket, 120fps quarter-speed 1080p, 25-400mm equiv. F2.8-4 Leica lens, 5-axis 'Power OIS' stabilization, XGA OLED electronic viewfinder with 2.36M dots, 3-inch fully-articulated LCD with 920K dots, clean HDMI output, zebra pattern and focus peaking, 360 shots per charge (CIPA standard)

3. Fujifilm X30

This Fuji X30 camera is an incredible one that photographers use with passion because of its unique production of images. It is the 3rd generation of large-sensored premium compacts. The camera features 20.1 megapixel 1" - type MOS sensor, 25-400mm equiv. F2.8-4 Leica lens, 5-axis 'Power OIS' stabilization, XGA OLED electronic viewfinder with 2.36M dots, 3-inch fully-articulated LCD with 920K dots, 4K (3840x2160) video at 30p, 100Mbps MP4, 1080p at up to 60p, 28Mbps (MP4 or AVCHD), 120fps quarter-speed 1080p, 3.5mm microphone socket, clean HDMI output, zebra pattern and focus peaking, Wi-Fi with NFC, 360 shots per charge (CIPA standard).

Six customizable buttons plus ring around lens, 12 fps continuous shooting, Addition of 'Classic Chrome' Film Simulation Mode, Built-in Wi-Fi including remote control from a smartphone or tablet, Full HD.

4. Panasonic TZ70/ZS50

The TZ60 camera is the predecessor of this Panasonic TZ70/ZS50, although the predecessor is cheaper, the successor Panasonic TZ70 is way better with its improved and new features that it had come with. It's an amazing camera that is great to have as a companion when travelling, with less pixels yet better quality at pictures and video production through its 12 million pixel sensor that has 1/2.3 inch size that makes the photo receptors larger.

The viewfinder on the camera is also there to stabilize motion and make shooting easier for you when taking photos in bright and sunny conditions.

5. Leica Q

This is not just another brilliant camera; the camera comes with beautiful design and nice impressions on the body too. The Leica Q Camera is a high-end that features full frame with lens power of 24MP, lens size of 28mm, Screen: 3-inch touch-screen, 1,040K dots.

The viewfinder of the camera is EVF. It supports continuous shooting of up to 10fps, Video: 1080p | User level: Expert. The camera can perform movie recording (1080/60p, 36Mbps bit rate), with built-in stereo microphone and external mic input, Canon SX60 HS, Sony W800, 2.36M dot OLED electronic viewfinder with 0.65x (equiv.) magnification, EXR Processor II, 28-112mm equiv. F2.0-2.8 lens with manual zoom adjustment, hybrid (contrast + phase detection) autofocus system, 3.0" 920k dot 3:2 tilting LCD.

6. Nikon D3200

The camera is its latest one of its kind from 2012 producing a whooping 4K image and video quality via its 24MP CMOS sensor, ISO 100-6400 (plus ISO 12,800-equivalent Hi1 setting), Expend 3 processing, 4 frame-per-second continuous shooting. It comes with a 3.0", 920k dot screen, produces Full HD 1080p video (with 25p and 24p options). The camera has a microphone socket, twin IR remote receivers.

7. Sony HX90V

This digital camera 18MP captures and zooms photos at very fast pace and it doesn't only take photos, it has more unique features that many digital cameras don't have, like the GPS embed feature for you to share your location of a photo that has been taken. The camera is easy to control and is recommended for both beginners and intermediate photographers.

The Sony HX90v comes with Lens size of 24-720mm, f3.5-6.4, the Monitor 3-inch tilting, 921K dots, Viewfinder: EVF, Continuous shooting: 10fps, Movies: 1080p.

8. Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

The Canon SX710 is a great choice of camera for shooting movies as it renders awesome 4K video quality, the 30x optical zoom camera supports 30x optical zoom that produces an equivalent of 35mm focal reach of 25-750mm and maximum aperture range of f/3.2-6.9 and built-in WiFi and NFC. Also the camera supports full HD video even at 60p, the camera isn't touchscreen enabled even this may be a draw back towards some people, the Canon SX710 is most loved by people who attend outdoor events, like holiday and wedding photographers.

The Camera is a perfectly capable camera for those who just want a point and shoot with a long zoom range, but it can't shoot raw files, which will limit its appeal for enthusiasts

9. Nikon Coolpix P610

The Nikon Coolpix P610 is a : 16.1 Megapixels bridge camera that is very good at producing good images especially at bright and favorable places and conditions, bridge cameras come with non-detachable lens but still possesses some cool features like the others, including Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities. This camera is meant to be placed very much higher than most others but due to its inability to take raw photos, still it's a great choice for both newbies and experts, Sensor size: 1/2.3-inch CMOS. Zoom range: 60x, 24-1440mm-equivalent, and Maximum video resolution: 1080p, Screen type: 3-inch articulating, 921,000 dots. Viewfinder: Yes, Maximum continuous shooting rate: 7fps.

10. Nikon Coolpix P530

The Coolpix P530 is Nikon's latest super-zoom bridge camera which they added to their list of performance range of feature-packed Coolpix cameras. The camera features a 16. 1MP high-sensitivity CMOS sensor that has a range of ISO 100-6400. The image and video production after recording is full HD 1080p.

At the front you find the huge 42x optical Zoom. The camera is very good at taking shots at most conditions as it comes with a viewfinder. There are so many features found on the Coolpix P530 camera as the camera comes with special effect filters including 21 scene modes in the camera during or after taking photos with it for people who would like to get creative with the camera.

These cameras might seems expensive considering their features we can agree that they're worth the amounts, you can shop for any of the cameras at Jumia Market at the best and lowest prices so you get the best value for what you pay for.