The best compact cameras

Best compact cameras: Sony ZV-1
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For creatives of all stripes, the best compact cameras can be a fantastic thing to buy. An affordable and portable way to add photography and/or videography to your creative toolkit, a compact camera lets you capture the ins and outs of your creative process with much more fidelity and versatility than a smartphone. Whether you want to promote yourself to new clients, jazz up your Instagram, or add photography to the skills you offer, a compact camera is a great way to do so.

If you're new to this world, your first question is probably: what is a compact camera? The term "compact" doesn't necessarily mean a camera is small; some of them are actually rather large. A compact camera is defined as one whose lens is fixed in place. So whereas DSLRs and mirrorless cameras allow the user to remove the lens and swap it for a different one, with a compact camera, the lens it comes attached to is the only one you're using.

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