Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Compact Digital Cameras

1. Nikon 1590 Compact Digital Camera

User Ratings: 83 5

Nikon 1590 First Impressions

"Solid deal."

The extra batteries don't work all that well. I use it as a backup camera to my Canon 7D mark II. It sucks up way more battery life than the D7100/D7200. I shot video of my 5 year old son riding his bike today. Very versatile and swiftly configurable.

  • Nikon D3500 W/ AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Black
  • A DSLR That's as easy to use as a point and shoot camera
  • Compact, comfortable design That's great for travel and Special events
  • Image sensor That's 15x larger than those Used in Typical smartphones for sharper, clearer pictures
  • Works with Nikon's snapbridge app for sharing photos with a compatible smartphone or tablet
  • 1080P full HD videos with monaural sound at the touch of a button.Bluetooth Version 4.1
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Nikon 1590
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ergonomics
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Nikon 1590 Final Thoughts

"On and on."

I mean, I still shoot film with my old F3 and FE and push film. I love this camera a lot so far! I finally decided I liked the features of the Nikon line. It has a great feel, not too heavy but still substantial. I am also a white balance and color nut.

Overall Score
4.6


(1315 Points)

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2. Nikon Compact Digital Camera

User Ratings: 83 5

Nikon First Impressions

"Now about this Camera."

It sucks up way more battery life than the D7100/D7200. Everything was fine with the kit - great value! The battery that does come with the camera lasts a long time. The LCD screen is easy to see on bright sunny days. The camera is highly capable and flexible.

  • Nikon D3500 DX-Format DSLR Two Lens Kit with AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR & AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED, Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop + Lightroom) 12-Month Subscription
  • A DSLR that's as easy to use as a point-and-shoot camera paired with the power of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom 12-month subscription
  • Compact, comfortable design that's great for travel and special events
  • Image sensor that's 15x larger than those used in typical smartphones for sharper, clearer pictures
  • Works with Nikon Snap Bridge app for sharing photos with a compatible smartphone or tablet
  • 1080P Full HD videos with monaural sound at the touch of a button
  • Transform your photos with Photoshops advance editing and compsiting features paired with Lightroom to organize, store and share full-resolution photos anywhere
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Nikon
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ergonomics
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Nikon Final Thoughts

"Now onto the bundle."

I got it at the best price for this kit. This, in my opinion is a great camera to start learning on. And because it is older, you can get it cheaper. I shot video of my 5 year old son riding his bike today. I take pictures of houses occasionally and this has worked really well.

Overall Score
4.6


(1315 Points)

3. Nikon 1588 Compact Digital Camera

User Ratings: 83 5

Nikon 1588 First Impressions

"Great lens!"

It sucks up way more battery life than the D7100/D7200. I mean, I still shoot film with my old F3 and FE and push film. However, once I saw the images files I was hooked. Very versatile and swiftly configurable. It has a very similar look to a high end smartphone screen.

  • Nikon D3500 DX-Format DSLR Two Lens Kit with AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR & AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED, Black
  • A DSLR that's as easy to use as a point and shoot camera
  • Compact, comfortable design that's great for travel and special events
  • Image sensor that's 15x larger than those used in typical smartphones for sharper, clearer pictures
  • Works with Nikon Snap Bridge app for sharing photos with a compatible smartphone or tablet
  • 1080P Full HD videos with monaural sound at the touch of a button
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Nikon 1588
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ergonomics
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Nikon 1588 Final Thoughts

"Low light performance."

This is an excellent camera for beginners. However on contacting Nikon about it, they sent us a memory card. The camera is highly capable and flexible. The colors of course are very good as expected, and here is a surprise. I got it at the best price for this kit.

Overall Score
4.6


(1315 Points)

4. Sony Compact Digital Camera

User Ratings: 75 6

Sony First Impressions

"I am glad I did."

I have used the camera for some time now. An amazing Compact Digital Camera when paired with the right lens. Even the focus lock button on Sony lenses can be customized. Simply because they just use the kit lenses the cameras come with. So far performance is fabulous.

  • Sony Mirrorless Digital Camera w/ 16-50mm and 55-210mm Power Zoom Lenses with 32GB Ultra Class 10 SDHC UHS-I Memory Card and Soft Carrying Case
  • Amazing quality in half the size & weight of conventional DSLRs, World's fastest auto focus6 at 0.06 seconds and 179 AF points, Shoot 11 frames per second so you never miss any of the action.
  • Capture life in high resolution and in low light with 24MP APS-C sensor and 2 lenses provide the tools you'll need to start shooting immediately, Instant sharing via smartphone with Wi-Fi and NFC.
  • Great for compact-to-mid range point-and-shoot digital cameras and camcorders
  • Twice As Fast As Ordinary SDHC Cards, Allowing You To Take Pictures And Transfer Files Quickly
  • Designed for Handycam camcorders, Cyber-shot cameras, and Alpha NEX cameras.
  • Stylish soft-sided case provides extra protection
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sony
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Picture Quality
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Sony Final Thoughts

"Ridiculous!"

The camera is fast, sharp, and most important to me - light. Let me talk about them briefly. The Sony is a great light weight mirrorless camera. The second problem is the focusing controls. So I bought this for my California vacation.

Overall Score
4.5


(1055 Points)

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5. Sony Compact Digital Camera

User Ratings: 75 6

Sony First Impressions

"Love this Compact Digital Camera!"

I use it for vlogging, photoshoots, and pictorials on Instagram. That's why I replaced the stock lens caps with Sony equivalents. An amazing Compact Digital Camera when paired with the right lens. The range of settings is impressive. The digital age is here time for RF lenses.

  • Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera w/16-50mm Power Zoom Lens, LCSU21 Soft Carrying Case, BCQZ1 Z-Series Battery Charger and SanDisk Ultra 32GB Memory Card
  • 24 MP APS C CMOS sensor and Focus Sensitivity Range :EV 0 to EV 20 (at ISO 100 equivalent with F2.8 lens attached)
  • Designed for Handycam camcorders, Cyber-shot cameras, and Alpha NEX cameras.
  • Quick-charging battery charger for the NP-FZ100
  • Great for compact to midrange point and shoot digital cameras and camcorders
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sony
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Picture Quality
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Sony Final Thoughts

"Very good option!"

Still getting used to the buttons. I can't overstate how nice it is to have a one camera solution. I can't overstate how nice it is to have a one camera solution. I chose to shoot most outdoor shots with an aperture of + or - f/5. The digital age is here time for RF lenses.

Overall Score
4.5


(1055 Points)

6. Sony Compact Digital Camera

User Ratings: 75 6

Sony First Impressions

"Fast shipping!"

Extra batteries are very handy. The focus speed in general is so much faster and more reliable. Camera takes beautiful pictures. So having a backup battery is what I would consider a must. Especially for astrophotography.

  • Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera 24.3 MP SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD - Body Only (Black) with Soft Carrying Case and 32GB Memory Card
  • 24 MP APS-C CMOS sensor ISO 100-25600 and Focus Sensitivity Range :EV 0 to EV 20 (at ISO 100 equivalent with F28 lens attached)
  • Operating temperature:32-104°F / 0-40°C.Hybrid AF with 179-point focal plane phase-detection and 25 contrast detect points Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC
  • Designed for Handycam camcorders, Cyber-shot cameras, and Alpha NEX cameras.
  • Stylish soft-sided case provides extra protection
  • Great for compact-to-mid range point-and-shoot digital cameras and camcorders
  • Twice As Fast As Ordinary SDHC Cards, Allowing You To Take Pictures And Transfer Files Quickly
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sony
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Picture Quality
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Sony Final Thoughts

"Ridiculous!"

Users need to be open-minded and find new ways to use the Sony . The digital age is here time for RF lenses. The kit lenses in the bundle are more than adequate. The Sony 's build quality is excellent. Especially for astrophotography.

Overall Score
4.5


(1055 Points)

7. Nikon Compact Digital Camera

User Ratings: 85 4

Nikon First Impressions

"For personal use."

I use it with my one year old Nikon lens. Servo is accurate enough to keep it on. I love all the accessories included with my new Nikon camera. Servo is accurate enough to keep it on. This is the best Compact Digital Camera and I love it!

  • Nikon D750 FX-format Digital SLR Camera w/ 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Auto Focus-S NIKKOR with 50mm f/1.8G Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras
  • Full frame 24.3 megapixel CMOS image sensor and EXPEED 4 image processor
  • Full HD 60/50/30/25/24p video
  • Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and compatibility with the WT-5a + UT-1 Communication Unit
  • Fast, upgraded f/1.8, compact FX-format prime lens
  • Focal Length-50 mm, Minimum Focus Distance-1.48 ft.(0.45 m)
  • Newly developed optical system with Aspherical lens element, Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Nikon
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ergonomics
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Nikon Final Thoughts

"Photos are great."

I can see using this for years before I would feel the need to upgrade. The body is well balanced when using the large Art series of lenses. This lens is a good complement to the existing ones I have. The pictures were clear and a came out great. It is worth the trade-off when doing astro-photography.

Overall Score
4.7


(891 Points)

8. Nikon 1543 Compact Digital Camera

User Ratings: 85 4

Nikon 1543 First Impressions

"Low light performance."

I can see using this for years before I would feel the need to upgrade. I compared features for months before deciding to go with this Compact Digital Camera. The camera is highly capable and flexible. This camera has paid for itself 20 times over and it keeps on giving! Some of the extra items are not useful.

  • Nikon D750 FX-format Digital SLR Camera Body
  • Full frame 243 megapixel CMOS image sensor and EXPEED 4 image processor
  • Full HD 60/50/30/25/24p video
  • Built in Wi Fi connectivity and compatibility with the WT 5a + UT 1 Communication Unit
  • Shoot up to 65 fps at full resolution Frame size (pixels) : 1920 x 1080
  • Pro Video feature set including: Simultaneously record uncompressed and compressed, Manually control ISO, shutter speed and aperture while recording—even use Power Aperture control for smooth iris transitions and Auto ISO for smooth exposure transitions
  • Compact, lightweight and slim unibody (monocoque) body design with tilting Vari angle LCD display
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Nikon 1543
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ergonomics
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Nikon 1543 Final Thoughts

"On the Nikon 1543."

So pleased with all the features. It has a great feel, not too heavy but still substantial. It sucks up way more battery life than the D7100/D7200. I love the camera and the bundle is OK. I compared features for months before deciding to go with this Compact Digital Camera.

Overall Score
4.7


(891 Points)

9. Nikon Compact Digital Camera

User Ratings: 85 4

Nikon First Impressions

"Learning curve."

So pleased with all the features. The software also defaults to save your original pic. This Nikon is built tough. So overall the build quality is nice on the Nikon . Great Compact Digital Camera package my kids love it!

  • Nikon D750 FX-format Digital SLR Camera Body with AF-S FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras
  • Full frame 24.3 megapixel CMOS image sensor and EXPEED 4 image processor
  • Full HD 60/50/30/25/24p video
  • Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and compatibility with the WT-5a + UT-1 Communication Unit
  • Fast, upgraded f/1.8, compact FX-format prime lens
  • Focal Length-50 mm, Minimum Focus Distance-1.48 ft.(0.45 m)
  • Newly developed optical system with Aspherical lens element, Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Nikon
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ergonomics
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Nikon Final Thoughts

"I do love the camera."

Many more options than available to entry level models. Though I have nothing to complain about the Nikon . It is worth the trade-off when doing astro-photography. Love the camera and accessories that came with this kit. Though I have nothing to complain about the Nikon .

Overall Score
4.7


(891 Points)

10. Nikon 1549 Compact Digital Camera

User Ratings: 85 4

Nikon 1549 First Impressions

"Taking pictures!"

I take pictures of houses occasionally and this has worked really well. Great camera, great bundle and fast shipping. I take pictures of houses occasionally and this has worked really well. I really love the features on this body. I take pictures of houses occasionally and this has worked really well.

  • Nikon D750 FX-format Digital SLR Camera w/ 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Auto Focus-S NIKKOR Lens
  • Full frame 24.3 megapixel CMOS image sensor and EXPEED 4 image processor
  • Full HD 60/50/30/25/24p video
  • Built in Wi Fi connectivity and compatibility with the WT 5a + UT 1 Communication Unit
  • Shoot up to 6.5 fps at full resolution.If shutter release disabled aperture ring for CPU lens not locked at highest f number does not apply to type G and E lenses
  • Pro Video feature set including: Simultaneously record uncompressed and compressed, Manually control ISO, shutter speed and aperture while recording—even use Power Aperture control for smooth iris transitions and Auto ISO for smooth exposure transitions.
  • Compact, lightweight and slim unibody (monocoque) body design with tilting Vari angle LCD display
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Nikon 1549
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ergonomics
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Nikon 1549 Final Thoughts

"LCD screen."

The colors of course are very good as expected, and here is a surprise. This is the best Compact Digital Camera and I love it! However, once I saw the images files I was hooked. I have really enjoyed putting this lens through its paces. The camera is highly capable and flexible.

Overall Score
4.7


(891 Points)

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