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What is a compact camera?

If you are thinking of buying a compact camera for someone for the upcoming spendathon then perhaps this article will explain all you need to know. It won’t tell you what to buy but it will inform you

Compact cameras have come a long way in recent years, and as well as basic snappers, there are plenty of cameras suitable for enthusiasts and experts. To help you choose your perfect model, we’ve put together this straightforward buying guide.

The term ‘compact camera’ isn’t actually very helpful, though. It made sense at one time, when they were almost always pocket-sized cameras you could take anywhere, but they’ve moved on since then, and ‘compact’ cameras now come in all shapes and sizes.


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