Everyone loves to make everlasting memories. There is nothing more glorious than looking through old photographs, whether that is on your laptop or in the traditional paper format (do people still print photographs?) but, while our smart phones are great for capturing a few nights out, they still don’t quite match up to an actual camera. Yes. A real life camera. If you are jaded with the quality of your snaps, then it may be time to invest in a compact camera. If you are confused as to where to start, then this guide will gently ease you back into the world of cameras. Blurry drunken shots will be a thing of the past:

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What Do You Want Your Camera to Do?

Are you looking for versatility? An all-rounder for travelling? Extra long zoom? Quality? Affordability? Think about your camera needs.

The Best All Rounder

The Panasonic Lumix TZ40 is the perfect all rounder and is great for easing you back into the world of real photography. It has a wide-ranging 20x zoom that can deal with 24mm wide-angle shots for those group photos, or extend right through its 480mm equivalent to snap away at things that are a little too far away. Moreover, it has built-in image stabilisation moves the lens by microscopic amounts, while the super-fast autofocus and hands-on touch screen control is pretty awesome. It is all small and robust, meaning that it won’t weigh you down. Check out Kagoo.com to see what’s on offer.

Connected Compact Camera

Why is Samsung such a marker of quality? Well, it is. This nifty little camera is amazing. The Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 is a must for any Samsung nerd. Working on the 4.3 operating system, as well as having a 21x optical zoom, this camera provides the most perfect way to share photos instantly. That said, it is rather bulky, so if you are looking for something small and petite, this isn’t the camera for you.

Super Zoom

Camera with a better zoom ability tends to take better photos, so if you are looking for something with an incredible zoom for amazing photos, then look no further. Sometimes compact cameras just don’t do the job. The Canon Powershot SX50 HS is perfect for those wanting an awesome camera that is more than a ‘shoot and snap’ affair. It has a 24-1200mm equivalent lens, varied-angle LCD screen and it performs exceedingly well in bright conditions, while the fast autofocus is something to be revered. In short, this camera is pushing the limits of photography like no camera has before.

Advanced Cameras

Believe it or not, the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 is still considered a compact camera and boy does it pack a punch. Sony has exceeded all expectations with this little camera. It may be small, but it sure is mighty. It has, within its tiny casing, a 20 megapixel sensor, a 28-100mm f/1.8-4.9 equivalent lens. The complete zoom is incredible and it comes with a 1” sensor, which when you look at its tiny size is pretty impressive.

If you want to get snap happy, there are a wide range of cameras to suit budget and taste. Put the smart phone away and invest in a stylish new camera.