What compact camera is the best?

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1. Posted by silvex (Budding Member 2 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

First of all my english is not that great, sorry for that.
In a few weeks i'm going on vacation to the alps (skiing) and i want to take some nice photo's but not with my smartphone.

I want to buy a compact camera.

Wich one should i buy for shooting in the mountains?
Do you know other (better) good compact camera's?

[ Edit: Edited on 12-Sep-2018, at 21:49 by silvex ]

2. Posted by cecilecutblues (Full Member 32 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

There are numerous kinds of compact cameras. What kind of camera are you seeking for?
Do you want good quality picture? Do you want RAW data? Does it have to be shock proof/ water proof? Or does it have to be very small?

I have Fuji X100T and quite happy with the picture quality of it. It does great job and a few friends of mine who are professional photographers also use this model. It can create RAW data so if you need to take quality photos, this would be great.

And I have GoPro too and find it works good when I'm on outdoor activities. It has simple waterproof housings and you don't have to worry about being a bit wet from skiing. It's compact too. However its lens can be too wide when you want to take quality pictures.

3. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 835 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

I have a small Panasonic Lumix with a Leica lens that is very nice. I like my Olympus a little better but it's larger and not as easy to use when traveling.

Enjoy your trip.

4. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1062 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

I, too, have a Panasonic Lumix pocket camera. It's an older model (ZS60 in the U.S., TZ80 elsewhere) that you might find on clearance at some stores. I bought another one earlier this month at a Honolulu Costco store for US$199.97. As with any pocket camera with a super zoom lens it needs protection from dust and moisture.

I like to use pocket cameras in urban settings, where it's not as obtrusive. But a pocket camera with a super zoom also is good for nature photography. Many of the photos I've uploaded to Travellerspoint were taken with the ZS60 or a precedessor.

If you're using the camera while skiing consider a GoPro or something similar. A waterproof camera also might make sense, especially if you'll be on, or in, the water, or traveling in places where dust is a problem (afternoons in the Himalayas, for example).

Mobile phone cameras are getting better. I often use the camera of my Pixel 2.

5. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 501 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

Quoting silvex

First of all my english is not that great, sorry for that.
I want to buy a compact camera.
Wich one should i buy

It's possible that the cameras other recommend may not be available in your country (as you haven't said where you're from).
Generally I'd say Olympus, Sony, Panasonic etc all make good compact cameras, so your best option would be to decide on your budget and to look at the technical specs of the better known brands available within that budget.

6. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 753 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

I'm another big fan of the Panasonic Lumix. I've had one of their larger bridge cameras for some years and love it, and earlier this year I bought a compact, the TZ70 (there's a newer model available, the TZ80, but it didn't seem to me to offer much more for the extra cost). It's a great little camera. I still prefer the larger one for serious photography but this is a great alternative, and on a recent trip to Leipzig it was the only one I used, as I broke my arm just before the trip and couldn't carry the additional weight of a larger camera. I was pretty happy with the resulting images :)

7. Posted by silvex (Budding Member 2 posts) 10w Star this if you like it!

Haha, I came here to be correct, thank you very much for your recommendation. After these days of thinking, I finally chose The Sony RX100. This article says it is a good choice.
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[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

8. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 613 posts) 10w Star this if you like it!

Quoting silvex

Haha, I came here to be correct, thank you very much for your recommendation. After these days of thinking, I finally chose The Sony RX100. This article says it is a good choice.
-snip-

The Sony RX is a good camera and for action shots it does have the fastest shutter speed on the market but it is not exactly a tough camera. Moisture is not its friend and when switching between different temperatures (warm indoors, cold outdoors) you might find the lens fog up. I certainly wouldn't want to drop it in the snow I guess it depends what and how you plan on shooting.