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Our guide to the top compact digital cameras for Christmas

Whether you give them as Christmas gifts or you buy them for yourself to take the best festive snaps, cameras are perfect for this time of year.

Top of the wish list to give to Santa this year should be the RX0 Ultra-compact shockproof waterproof digital camera, which retails for £800. Whilst on the higher end of the scale price wise, this camera can literally survive being thrown in the ocean or dropped on the floor. It is waterproof down to 33 foot and shockproof with impact up to 6.5 foot. The camera also lets you shoot images at up to 16fps and has 4K HDMI output.

If you're looking for something a little cheaper, there's the Panasonic Lumix TZ100, which is a perfect travel camera and retails for £525. Whilst it isn't waterproof, it boasts photos with 20.1 megapixels and weighs just 310 grams. Its small size also makes it perfect for popping in your pocket. Photos taken with this camera can also be put into a piece of software called Post Focus, which allows you to take the photo and choose a focal point on it later, helping you rescue a bad picture and turn it into a good one.

The Canon PowerShot G7 also offers good value for money with a retail price of £499. This one boasts 20.2 megapixels per photo and is great for low light shooting, thanks to its 1.0-type CMOS sensor. Its Image Stabilizer function also takes the shakiness out of your photograph too, even when taking pictures at full zoom or in low light.

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