Best prosumer compact camera

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Canon PowerShot S120

Smallest in build here, the PowerShot S120 packs a 12.1-megapixel 1/1.7-inch CMOS image sensor and a 24-120mm optical zoom lens into a slim metallic body that is slightly bigger than a name card and only 2.9cm thick. It has manual controls, such as an aperture control ring, can shoot RAW images and even has a built-in neutral-density filter, which slows down shutter speeds under bright sunlight.

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Fujifilm X20

The X-Trans image sensor, which captures more details than regular sensors of the same size, is usually found only in Fujifilm X-series mirrorless cameras. But the X20 is the first compact to have the X-Trans sensor and it duly delivers by offering more details and sharpness over its predecessor, the X10.

It uses an optical viewfinder that displays all the important camera settings.

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Nikon Coolpix A

This compact camera has a 16.2-megapixel APS-C image sensor which belongs to the Nikon D7000 DSLR camera. The D7000 weighs 780g before you attach a lens, but the Coolpix A weighs just 299g. Its fixed 28mm lens is the ideal focal length for the street photographer. The body is crafted from aluminium alloy, then coated in magnesium alloy for durability and sturdiness.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R

Imagine a full-frame DSLR, such as the Sony Alpha SLT-A99. Then shrink it by 60 per cent, shed 40 per cent of its weight and you get the RX1R. It differs from the RX1 as it does not use an optical low-pass filter. This will reduce moire - wavy patterns - and colour artefacts, but at the expense of image sharpness.

So, the 24.3-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor delivers sharper images for super big prints that you can hang in your living room.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

With its solid aluminium body and impeccable button layout, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II provides great handling and fast operation.

Despite its pocketable size, it has a new 1-inch back-illuminated 20.2-megapixel Exmor R CMOS image sensor for superior image quality. It is Sony's first camera with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology for easy pairing with NFC-enabled Android smartphones and for transferring images over Wi-Fi.

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