You really can’t beat a dedicated camera, you know, no matter how much your smartphone’s maker tells you otherwise.

A smartphone has better connectivity and fits your pocket better, it’s true.

But it can’t match the features which a real camera has.

These include a much larger image sensor – sometimes as big as a frame of 35mm film – which makes for bigger, more responsive pixels.

A phone can’t match this because for light to cover the whole sensor, the lens needs to be much further away than is possible in a slim device.

Just as importantly, a regular camera usually has a zoom lens, so whether you’re zoomed in or out, the sensor is at full resolution.

By contrast, even if your smartphone has multiple cameras, any zoom at all is digital and reduces resolution.

A camera is also ergonomically better: it’s much more secure in your hand than a flat slice of glass and metal.

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The verdict: Compact cameras

Advanced compacts like these offer a range of benefits: decent sensors and lenses on tiny gadgets. The Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ200EB is a great balance of small and powerful, delivering great results with ease. And it’s very hard to beat Sony’s RX100 range, with the latest model, the RX100 VII being the best in series. For sheer good looks, the Fujifilm X100F is sensational. Thankfully, it takes great shots, too.

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