DL Best 4 Compact Cameras Of The Year 2007

We take a look at the snappers that have tickled our fancy in 2007 and award out ‘Best of’ prizes:

Best compacts

Fujifilm FinePix F50fdFujifilm FinePix F50fd (around £180/$220)
It may look a little bit less than super-stylish, but don’t let appearances put you off: the Fujifilm can takes great pictures and comes with a raft of smart-arse features like image stabilisation, face-detection technology, fast start up and a high ISO performance that is second to none in its price range.

Although we’ve never warmed to Fujifilm’s fiddly interface – which feels even more outdated in 2007 – there is no mistaking that this is a fast, versatile, carry-everywhere camera capable of consistently knocking out pleasing results.

FujiFilm’s info on the FinePix F50fd

If you like the sound of the cameras, there’s links to Amazon UK/US so you can buy them …. and we’ll get some of the crumbs that Amazon thrown in our direction.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100 (around £200/$310)
Packing 12 megapixels, the Lumix DMC-FX100 is a lovely looking ultra compact, offering a usefully wide F2.8-5.6, 3.6X optical, 28 – 100 mm zoom lens, backed by image stabilisation.

The tough metal body feels good in the hand and there’s enough auto/manual exposure options on tap to cater for fumbling newbies and wannabe Cartier Bressons.

The camera produced excellent images at the lowest ISO settings but, like all Panasonics before it, suffered badly when the lights went low, with noise reduction artefacts becoming visible at ISO is 200 and above.

Panasonic’s info on the Lumix DMC-FX100

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High end compacts

Canon PowerShot G9Canon PowerShot G9 (around £300/$550)
Building on the success of Canon’s prosumer G range, the latest update sports 12 Megapixels, 6x 35-210mm optical zoom lens with optical image stabiliser, face detection and no less than 25 shooting modes, plus full manual control for photographers who like to fiddle.

It’s a bit of a chunky beast, but mustard-keen snappers will find a lot to like, with pin sharp pictures, RAW mode, respectable ISO 200-400 performance, a huge feature set and a whopping great 3″ screen at t’back.

Canon’s info on the Canon G9

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Ricoh GX100Ricoh GX100 (Around £250/$350 – £330/$580 with viewfinder)
When it comes to innovation, Ricoh proved to be one of the most inspired camera manufacturers in 2007, and the GX100 was an absolute delight.

Sporting the same superb SLR-style control system seen in the GR, the 10 megapixel GX100 offers a very useful and versatile 24-72mm zoom range, backed by image stabilisation and RAW shooting options.

We loved the superfast snap focus mode, the removable, articulated LCD viewfinder and mass of manual controls and overrides, and with its all-black, compact lines, this is a great camera for street photography. The battery life is fantastic too.

Ricoh’s info on the Ricoh GX100

Ricoh Caplio GX100 with Viewfinder

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Ricoh Caplio GX100 Without Viewfinder

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