Pocket Sized Digital Cameras

If you are looking for a small, pocket sized digital camera you are likely to have more models to choose from than in any other category. Features vary as can picture quality from camera to camera. The vast majority of models operate as simple, point and shoot cameras.

If you are prepared to pay more for your camera you have a wider choice of models offering features such as touch control LCD screens, High Definition movies and 3D photography.

One area where there is not necessarily that much difference between cheaper models and some of the more expensive ones is when it comes to picture quality with some of the cheaper models comparing quite well against more expensive pocket sized digital cameras.

Canon IXUS 1100 HS

Canon IXUS 1100 HS

Type: Ultra Compact

12 Megapixels 12x Zoom

Guide Price: £367.60 Rating: 85/100

The IXUS 1100 HS has a wide angle lens. The lens also has plenty of scope for zooming in on more distant subjects. This means you have a great amount of flexibility from a camera that is small enough to slip into a larger pocket. There is an advanced movie mode with the IXUS 1100 HS able to shoot full format HD (1080) movies. Another movie option allows you to shoot slow motion movies. There is also a movie mode for shooting in Apple iFrame format.

Canon IXUS 125 HS

Canon IXUS 125 HS

Type: Ultra Compact

16 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £189.99 Rating: 86/100

The IXUS 125 HS has a 3 inch LCD screen and can record High Definition movies. Image stabilisation is available for still photos and movie recording. There is also a mode for recording movie clips that can be replayed in slow motion. For close up work the IXUS 125 HS is able to focus from 3cm away from your subject when the camera is placed in macro mode.

Canon IXUS 230 HS

Canon IXUS 230 HS

Type: Ultra Compact

12 Megapixels 8x Zoom

Guide Price: £185.99

The IXUS 230 HS is a pocket sized digital camera with some extra zoom power. The lens also has wide angle capabilities. The IXUS 230 HS is a sleek looking camera with a metal body. It is available in a range of different colours. Image stabilisation is has been built in to help you combat picture blur. This feature comes into its own when you are taking pictures in fading light.

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Canon IXUS 240 HS

Canon IXUS 240 HS

Type: Ultra Compact

16 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £146.29 Rating: 84/100

The IXUS 240 HS is a fairly straightforward pocket camera. Key features include a wide angle lens, High Definition movies with stereo sound, slow motion movies and image stabilisation for both still photos and movies. Wi-Fi is available to help you transmit your photos to other devices. The 3.2 inch LCD screen offers touch control.

Canon IXUS 500 HS

Canon IXUS 500 HS

Type: Ultra Compact

10 Megapixels 12x Zoom

Guide Price: £169.99

The IXUS 500 HS is a stylish pocket camera with a few more advanced features thrown in. The longer lens gives you a lot of zoom power in such a small digital camera. The movie mode is advanced too. You can shoot Full High Definition movies, record sound in stereo and produce clips that can be played back in slow motion. The LCD screen is 3 inches in size.

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Canon IXUS 510 HS

Canon IXUS 510 HS

Type: Ultra Compact

10 Megapixels 12x Zoom

Guide Price: £238.97 Rating: 86/100

The IXUS 510 HS has a large sized 3.2 inch LCD screen. The screen is touch controlled. Other features include Wi-Fi for transmitting pictures to other devices such as smartphones. The IXUS 510 HS can record stereo sound to go with your High Definition movies. Slow motion movies can be recorded too. Image stabilisation is available for both still photos and movies.

Fuji FinePix Z1000EXR

Fuji FinePix Z1000EXR

Type: Ultra Compact

16 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £133.21

The Finepix Z1000EXR is a slimline digital camera that offers you Touchscreen control. It also has a Wireless Image Transfer function that is compatible with some smartphones and tablets for wireless upload to the Internet. Other features include High Definition movies, a 3.5 inch LCD screen and functions to enhance the way your portrait photos look.

Fuji FinePix Z110

Fuji FinePix Z110

Type: Ultra Compact

14 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £75.00

The Finepix Z110 operates as a typical point and shoot digital camera. Features include a 2.7 inch LCD screen, High Definition movies, motion panoramas and a macro mode that can focus from 9cm. It has a face retouch mode for enhancing portrait shots and a night out mode to optimise how your how look in pubs and clubs.

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Nikon Coolpix S01

Nikon Coolpix S01

Type: Ultra Compact

10 Megapixels 3x Zoom

Guide Price: £53.97

The Coolpix S01 is one of the smallest digital cameras you can find. The body is made of stainless steel. Features include a 2.5 inch LCD screen and a macro mode that can focus from 5cm away from your subject. The LCD screen gives you touch control. The Coolpix S01 can shoot High Definition Movies.

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Nikon Coolpix S100

Nikon Coolpix S100

Type: Ultra Compact

16 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £228.74 Rating: 83/100

The Coolpix S100 is a touch control LCD screen. The LCD screen is an impressive 3.5 inches in size. Other features include the ability to shoot High Definition movies and to produce 3D still images. Image stabilisation is available to reduce picture blur. The Coolpix S100 is available in red, gold, black and purple. This camera is ultra slim and has a sliding lens cover.

Nikon Coolpix S1200pj

Nikon Coolpix S1200pj

Type: Ultra Compact

14 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £265.02

The stand out feature on the Coolpix S1200pj is the built in projector. As well as being able to display photos you have taken with the camera you can connect your iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch® , iPod nano® or iPod® to the Coolpix S1200pj and display images from those sources too. Aside from the projector you get standard point and shoot ease of use, image stabilisation and a 3 inch LCD screen. You can also shoot High Definition movies.

Nikon Coolpix S3300

Nikon Coolpix S3300

Type: Ultra Compact

16 Megapixels 6x Zoom

Guide Price: £75.00 Rating: 81/100

The Coolpix S3300 is a relatively straightforward, pocket sized digital camera. Features include a wide angle lens, the ability to shoot High Definition movies and a 2.7 inch LCD screen. Nikon have equipped this camera with image stabilisation. For your close up shots the Coolpix S3300 is able to focus from 5cm away from your subject.

Nikon Coolpix S4300

Nikon Coolpix S4300

Type: Ultra Compact

16 Megapixels 6x Zoom

Guide Price: £79.00

The Coolpix S4300 is a touch controlled digital camera. Apart from the touch control aspect this camera handles like a typical point and shoot digital camera. Features include image stabilisation and High Definition movies. For close up photos this camera can focus from 5cm away from your subject.

Nikon Coolpix S6400

Nikon Coolpix S6400

Type: Ultra Compact

16 Megapixels 12x Zoom

Guide Price: £139.98

The Coolpix S6400 offers a fair amount of zoom power considering the small size of the camera. Another big attraction is likely to be the touch controlled, 3 inch LCD screen. The Coolpix S6400 can shoot Full High Definition Movies and record stereo sound to accompany them. In addition you can create 180 degree and 360 degree panoramic shots.

Nikon Coolpix S800c

Nikon Coolpix S800c

Type: Ultra Compact

16 Megapixels 10x Zoom

Guide Price: £198.89

With an Android operating system and having Wi-Fi connectivity to other smart devices the Coolpix S800c is a little different to your typical digital camera. It also has a range of more traditional digital camera features such as a 3.5 inch touch controlled screen and Full High Definition Movies with stereo sound. GPS positioning and tagging are available too.

Olympus VH-410

Olympus VH-410

Type: Ultra Compact

16 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £107.12

The VH-410 is one of the cheaper touch controlled digital cameras. In terms of features it is a fairly basic camera. This helps to keep everything simple. Features include a 3 inch LCD screen, High Definition Movies and Image Stabilisation. The battery can be charged by connecting the camera to a computer USB port.

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Panasonic DMC FX70

Panasonic DMC FX70

Type: Ultra Compact

14 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £179.99 Rating: 79/100

The Panasonic Lumix DMC FX70 is a 14 megapixel digital camera. It has a 3 inch touch controlled LCD screen. For zooming in there is a wide angle 5x zoom lens. You can shoot High Definition movies and image stabilisation is available too.

Panasonic DMC FX80

Panasonic DMC FX80

Type: Ultra Compact

12 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £99.99

The Lumix DMC FX80 has a 3 inch touch controlled LCD screen. Other features include being able to produce 3D photos and panoramas. Panasonic have built in image stabilisation, plus the ability to shoot Full 1080 pixel High Definition movies. In macro mode the Lumix DMC FX80 can focus from 5cm away from your subject.

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Panasonic DMC FX90

Panasonic DMC FX90

Type: Ultra Compact

12 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £149.99 Rating: 79/100

The Lumix DMC FX90 has a couple of features that are not readily available on all digital cameras. These are the ability to send images to a computer using Wi-Fi and the ability to shoot 3D still images. In addition you change settings and controls using a 3 inch touch sensitive LCD screen. The 5x zoom lens has wide angle capabilities and includes a feature that gives you access to up to 9.8x zoom if you reduce the number of megapixels you are shooting at. For movies there is a High Definition movie mode.

Sony DSC TX55

Sony DSC TX55

Type: Ultra Compact

16 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £319.99 Rating: 85/100

The Cybershot DSC TX55 is one of the slimmest digital cameras around at just over 13mm wide. It is touch controlled, with a large 3.3 inch LCD screen. It can produce 3D still images as well as 3D panoramas. The Cybershot DSC TX55 is able to shoot High Definition movies and is available in red, black, silver and violet.

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Sony DSC WX50

Sony DSC WX50

Type: Ultra Compact

16 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £149.99

The Cybershot DSC WX50 has plenty of features to get your teeth into. These include 3D photography, High Definition movies, sweep panoramas and a 2.7 inch LCD screen. There is a high speed burst mode capable of taking shots at a rate of 10 frames per second. In addition there is a feature that throws the background of your shots out of focus to highlight your main subject.

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