The Ten Best: Digital compacts


1 Fujifilm F31fd

£249.99

The "fd" stands for face detection - hardware that can focus on up to 10 faces in 0.05 seconds. This 6.3Mp camera's battery delivers more than 500 shots per charge. Excellent.

www.fujifilm.co.uk; 08700 841 310

2 Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd £199.99

This highly pocketable 6.3Mp compact features Fujifilm's face detection. Its 2.5in screen is scratch-resistant, too. A blog mode adjusts image settings for easy posting online.

www.argos.co.uk; 08706 001 010

3 Nikon S10

£204.99

Nikon's 6Mp S10 swivels for awkward angles, and has a 10x zoom. Image quality is very good thanks to Nikon's D-Lighting feature, which brightens underexposed shots. Neat.

www.amazon.co.uk; 08002 796 620

4 Samsung NV7

£239

Slim and determinedly retro, the 7.2-megapixel (Mp) NV7 has an outsize lens and an unusually large 7x zoom. Optical stabilisation prevents the shake such a light camera produces.

www.comet.co.uk; 08705 425 425

5 Olympus mju: 750 £260

The Bright Capture feature makes it easier to see the shot you're taking in dim light. The 7Mp mju: 750 also has 23 scene settings including Beach & Snow, Sunset and Fireworks.

www.olympus.co.uk; 08000 720 070

6 Pentax T30

£199.99

Out this month, this 7Mp touchscreen-operated camera has a 3in screen. Because it's touch-sensitive, there are no buttons on the back apart from Play and Menu.

www.pentax.co.uk; 01753 792 731

7 Canon PowerShot A430 £129

This is a great first digital snapper. It's keenly priced, simple to use and has a basic-but-acceptable 4Mp. It includes 15 shooting modes, handles video and can record in widescreen.

www.canon.co.uk; 08705 143 723

8 Sony T50

£349

In addition to Sony's modish design, Carl Zeiss lens and a long-life battery, this compact has 7.2Mp, touchscreen and both extra-sensor sensitivity and a moving sensor to avoid shaky shots.

www.sony.co.uk; 08705 111 999

9 Casio Exilim Card EX-S770 £199.99

Casio's strength is exceptional ease of use - the 35 BestShot scene settings on this 7.2Mp camera are carefully explained. Pleasingly slim and neatly styled, too.

www.jacobsdigital.co.uk; 08706 091 425

10 Kodak V610

£349

This 6Mp camera has two lenses: one for regular shots and the other for those that need a long zoom. All this is squeezed into a remarkably flat camera, with a large LCD screen. www.kodak.co.uk; 08702 430 270

Sport
The sun rises over St Andrews golf course, but will it be a new dawn for the Royal and Ancient Golf Club?
sportAnd it's Yes to women (at the R&A)
Arts and Entertainment
Friends is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year
tvSeries celebrates 20th anniversary
Sport
Yaya Touré (left) and Bayern Munich’s Spanish defender Juan Bernat
footballToure's lack of defensive work is big problem for City
Voices
voicesApple continually kill off smaller app developers, and that's no good for anyone
PROMOTED VIDEO
Arts and Entertainment
Liam Neeson said he wouldn't
tv

Liam Neeson's Downton dreams

Sport
Wembley Stadium
footballNews follows deal with Germany
Arts and Entertainment
A spell in the sun: Emma Stone and Colin Firth star in ‘Magic in the Moonlight’
filmReview: Magic In The Moonlight
News
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Sport
A 'Sir Alex Feguson' tattoo
football

Arts and Entertainment
Ben Whishaw is replacing Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington Bear
tv

Thriller is set in the secret world of British espionage

Life and Style
life

News
ScienceGallery: Otherwise known as 'the best damn photos of space you'll see till 2015'
Life and Style
fashion

Bomber jacket worn by Mary Berry sells out within an hour

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Volunteer your expertise as Trustee for The Society of Experimental Biology

Unpaid Voluntary Position : Reach Volunteering: Promising volunteer Trustee op...

Email Designer

£30000 - £35000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client is curr...

Psychology Teacher

£110 - £130 per hour: Randstad Education Reading: Psychology Teacher needed fo...

Food Technology Teacher

£85 - £120 per day: Randstad Education Cheshire: Randstad Education are curren...

Day In a Page

Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week