Best compact zoom cameras 2021: Pocket-sized gems that don't skimp on quality

A do-it-all compact with an excellent optical zoom lens, top image stabilizing and a very neat design.

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An affordable, super portable compact zoom camera with excellent image quality.

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It's still one of the top compacts you can buy - hordes of features for a relatively reasonable price.

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Perhaps the best Canon compact gives you high-end performance for a mid-level price.

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About as perfect as a small-scale, high-end compact camera gets - but you'll have to pay a lofty price.

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Budget-friendly and perfect for first-time compact owners who just want the basics.

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