Inspired Guide: best compact camera 2013

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Are you looking for the best compact camera that will fit in your pocket? We’ve spent the last few weeks scoring the web and asking experts what are some of the best cameras out there and how to pick the best one for your budget and needs. So you can either read the entire list and choose yourself or simply use the filters below to find the best fit for you.

Fujifilm X100S | $1,299 | More info

Fujifilm X100S 16 MP

The X100S has the ability to capture high resolution images, comparable to those taken on full-frame sensors. This is down to a combination of its newly-developed 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor and EXR Processor II, which together increase resolution by approx. 25% and reduce noise by more than 30%. Clear images with minimal graininess, even at high ISO settings, can also be produced, thanks to the removal of the optical low pass filter and the introduction of a more powerful processor.

Olympus XZ-2 | $549 | More info

Olympus XZ-2

Looking for the holy grail of optical brilliance with the manual controls one might expect on a DSLR, yet packed within the lightweight chassis of a compact camera? Building on the success of the Micro Four Thirds format and its popular PEN series, Olympus has introduced the latest generation of its game changing premium ‘XZ’ series compact in the stunning Olympus Stylus XZ-2. The new camera, succeeding the highly-acclaimed XZ-1, features a brightest in class lens that delivers the goods right across the zoom range.

Canon PowerShot G15 | $449| More info


Reaching new heights in speed, agility and creative possibilities, the PowerShot G15 gives photographers plenty of reasons to be delighted over. The excitement starts with the newly developed 5x Optical Zoom with 28mm Wide-Angle, bright f/1.8(W) – f/2.8 (T) lens that performs beautifully across the entire zoom range, even in low light, and can create dramatic soft backgrounds with shallow depth-of-field.

Ricoh GR | $799 | More info

Ricoh GR

Building upon an award winning series, the RICOH GR categorically redesigns the digital compact camera with its newly developed wide-angle lens and 16-megapixel APS-C size image sensor, all built into one of the smallest bodies in its class. Not only does the GR feature a larger sensor, its anti-aliasing filter-less design and fast lens make for incredible professional-grade imagery.

Leica X1 | $2,194 | More info

Leica X1

Leica Camera AG presents a new generation of Leica digital cameras–the Leica X1. The Leica X1, made in Germany, is equipped with a CMOS sensor in APS-C format, similar to those used in semi-professional DSLR cameras. Together with an all-purpose Leica Elmarit 1:2.8/24 mm lens, the particularly large sensor for this class of camera offers outstanding picture quality that need not fear comparisons with professional cameras.

Fujifilm X20 | $599 | More info

Fujifilm X20

Fujifilm’s X20 features a large 2/3″ 12MP X-Trans CMOS II Sensor. It inherits the same architecture and features of the high performance sensor found in the acclaimed FUJIFILM X-Pro1 flagship model. BSI (backside illumination) technology enables the successful incorporation of phase detection pixels into the array without affecting sensitivity performance- the key to X20 Feet high-speed AF.

Fujifilm X-E1 | $1,399 | More info

Fujifilm X-E1

The compact X-E1 is engineered to deliver extraordinary image quality. It starts with FUJIFILM’s proprietary 16.3 APS-C X-Trans 2/3-Inch CMOS sensor whose unique pixel array is designed to deliver unsurpassed image resolution and color accuracy. Choose from the newly expanded XF Lens lineup with two new bright, high-definition FUJINON X-Mount lenses including a 14mm F2.8 and an 18-55mm F2.8-F4 lens. The 18-55mm allows photographic flexibility, optimizes low-light shooting and coupled with the EXR Processor Pro, the X-E1 delivers high performance auto – focusing. Everything you need in one compact, beautiful camera system.

Sony NEX-5N | $799 | More info

Sony NEX 5N

The performance of a DSLR, in about half the size and weight. The NEX-5N is the interchangeable lens camera that fits in your pocket. Enjoy Full HD 1080/60p or 24p movies, astounding low-light pictures, continuous shooting up to 10 fps, incredible panorama shots, and 3.0-inch tiltable Live View touch screen LCD. This is the world’s smallest interchangeable lens digital still camera using a large APS-C size sensor (as of Aug 2011).

Leica D-LUX 6 | $799 | More info

Leica DLUX 6

The Leica D-LUX 6 perfectly represent pre-eminent Leica quality in a compact camera format. Its outstanding lens and the versatile capabilities for creative photgraphy make it the perfect camera for capturing inspiring moments- in the typically brilliant image quality you expect from Leica. This new extremely fast lens makes it particularly suitable for available-light photography and creative experimentation with planes of focus and depth of field.

Sony DSC-RX100 | $648 | More info

Sony DSC-RX100

Exquisite image quality and creative freedom in a truly compact package. For razor-sharp images and pro-quality defocused backgrounds, the RX100 features a large, 1-Inch sensor and an ultra-bright Carl Zeiss/1.8 lens. It also features a handy control ring for easy access to aperture settings and more for total creative freedom.1-Year Limited Warranty.What’s in the box: Micro USB cable, Instruction Manual, Battery NP-BX1, Wrist Strap, AC Adapter AC-UD11 and Shoulder Strap Adapter.

Nikon COOLPIX A | $1,096 | More info


Meet the new flagship of the COOLPIX Advanced Performance collection, the COOLPIX A, a one-of-a-kind Nikon that produces high-resolution photos and Full HD 1080p videos in a class of their own. The COOLPIX A is exceptional in every aspect. For exceptional image quality, it employs a Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor, the same type used in our outstanding DX-format D-SLR cameras, but in a compact body.

Pentax MX-1 | $408 | More info

Pentax MX-1

With its genuine brass covers and advanced digital compact capabilities, the PENTAX MX-1 is where craft design meets contemporary quality. The MX-1’s fast F1.8-2.5 lens, 4X zoom and large 12 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor allow for bright everyday imagery inside a stylish body. As its brass wears with time, feel the good old days come back to life in your images of today with the PENTAX MX-1.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 | $499 | More info

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LF1 Digital Camera is the superior choice for challenging shooting conditions, and it’s the only pocket-able premium zoom camera with an eye-level adjustable electronic viewfinder in its class.

Fujifilm XF1/Blk | $396 | More info

Fujifilm XF1-Blk

Travel light. Shoot fast. Capture the moment. The FUJIFILM XF1 is the latest introduction to the award winning X-Series line of digital cameras, and is an incredibly versatile camera that gives you the highest level in image quality along with high speed performance, all in a compact, sleek form factor with retro looks. The large 2/3-Inch 12MP EXR CMOS sensor and EXR Processor have been precisely paired up in the XF1 to provide the best image quality and fastest performance possible.

Leica V-LUX 40 | $774 | More info

Leica V-LUX 40

If you want to own a Leica camera with that famous red dot logo, then the V-Lux 40 is currently one of the least expensive ways of going about it. It’s a premium-feel metal construction travel zoom, shorthand for the fact that it incorporates a very usefully broad 20x optical reach. Here that offers the 35mm equivalent of an ultra wide 24-480mm, yet within pocket sized dimensions.

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  • LC

    isn’t the difference between mirror less and compacts the ability to change lenses?