Best cheap compact cameras - reviewed

Small snappers with big appeal

Amidst all the fevered excitement about the latest cameras’ lens-swapping, full-frame sensors and 4K video recording, it’s sometimes easy to forget about compact digital snappers. You know – the digital cameras that far more people actually buy and use.

And we shouldn’t discount the humble point-and-shoot, which has come a long way in recent years. Due to the rise of smartphones, we all already carry a decent camera in our pocket. That fact has meant traditional camera makers have been forced to up their compact game, cramming more performance and functionality into ever-smaller snappers.

We’ve collected some recent examples from four of the leading manufacturers, so let’s see how they shape up against each other and find out if they’re truly worthy of replacing a smartphone as your “main” everyday camera.

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