Compact Cameras and their relevance in 2017

Since the first mobile phone cameras we’ve all been hearing that it’s end for compact cameras. So, what keeps them relevant today for amateur and professional photographers?

First and foremost, there’s the image quality. Inside a compact camera, even a simple point-and-shoot model, there’s a sensor that is normally larger than the sensor inside a mobile phone enabling it to draw in more light and therefore produce higher quality images.

Also, lens is larger than the ones usually found on a mobile phone which enables better image quality. Added to that, in many cases it’s possible to zoom in for tighter composition of distant subjects. With a mobile phone, it’s usually only possible to zoom-in digitally, meaning the image is cropped leading to interpolation.

Some compact cameras have viewfinders built-in which is especially useful in bright sunny conditions when it can be hard to compose an image on the camera’s main screen. There’s several compact cameras that let you take full manual control over exposure and they also have automated options.

Part of the attraction of a compact camera is that they are much smaller than an SLR or mirrorless system camera, with many being small enough to fit in your pocket. It makes them a fabulous choice for travel.