Whether you’re new to photography or have years of experience, compact cameras are a must have item.

They are, as the name suggests, smaller than other types of cameras; but that doesn’t mean they pack any less of a punch.

Today’s compacts have to compete with the ever-improving cameras in smartphones, which forces manufacturers to include advanced quality and features in even the most basic-level compacts.

This is great for the user, but it can also make finding the best small camera a bit difficult.

If you’re in the market for a compact, check out this review of the top 3 compacts of 2018:

For Beginners: The Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II

 The Canon PowerShot GX9 is a great first camera – it is very user friendly and can fit in just about any pocket.

It’s streamlined controls are easy to master and make it one of the best small cameras for beginners.

While it lacks a zoom lens and viewfinder function, the PowerShot’s 1-inch sensor allows it to take pictures that are far superior to even the best smartphone.

At $429.00, you really can’t find a better beginner camera than this.

For Intermediate Photographers: The Panasonic Lumix TZS200/ ZS200

The Panasonic Lumix is the finest travel zoom camera on the market right now.

If you don’t know, travel zoom refers cameras that have a long built in zoom lens but can fit in a pocket for easy traveling – and there are none better than the Lumix.

The Panasonic Lumix features a 1-inch sensor that delivers superb image quality, even at the cameras maximum 15x zoom.

This all-in-one camera has a very user-friendly touchscreen interface, an electronic viewfinder, and can shoot videos in 4K.

It sells for around $700.00 and is great for beginner to intermediate level users.

For Experts: The Fujifilm X100F 

If you’re looking to buy one of the best professional cameras that can fit in your pocket, the Fujifilm X100F is for you.

It has a classic, old-school camera design and unique hybrid viewfinder that allows the user to choose between manual and electronic views.

Unlike most compacts, the X100 has a 35mm fixed lens instead of a zoom and features a DSLR-sized 24.3MP APS-C sensor, which is why this camera is perfect for expert photographers.

The Fujifilm X100F can be found for as low as $1,129.50, but generally sells for closer to $1,299.00.

It might be pricey, but for an experience photographer, this high-quality camera is well worth the cost. 

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