Our old camera broke, so we decided to buy a new one, but we can't choose between similar models from Fujifilm, Canon, and Nikon. Many people advised me to get the Canon, but in my opinion the Fujifilm looks better. What's the difference between these brands, and in general is there a particular reason I should pick one over another?
The camera you should buy is the one you want to use!
Within any given price point competing brands of cameras deliver generally equivalent results. What's most important is to go to a camera dealer, physically compare the options and purchase what appeals to you most for any reason whatsoever!
Remember, the camera that is used will always take better pictures than one that is not used.
Brands specifically? The only think I can think of is menu and button lay out. That's it. They pretty much all do the same thing.
If you're more familiar with one brand and find it easier to use, maybe that one is best for you.
A lot of brands buy lenses from 1 manufacturer and re-badge it. If you come across different brands with the same zoom range (in focal lengths) and apertures, it's likely it's the same lens.
Compact cameras are categorized into different functions. Examples are:
- Front facing LCD
The list goes on... Higher end ones generally have a brighter (smaller f stop) aperture.
When looking for compact cameras, it's probably better to look at functionality. But, familiarity might be better for you.
Unlike for a DSLR or mirrorless camera, brands matter little. What you need to do is shop for a particular model that has the features you want and focal-range that suits your photography. For a interchangeable lens camera, the brand matters more because you are buying into a system, something which is rarely share except for Micro Four-Thirds.
While compact cameras are generally quite similar from one another, there are a few models which distinguish themselves by their feature-set and image-quality compromises. Among the compact and ultra-compact category, there are much more compromises than on the high-end.
There are two key components to look after: the sensor and lens. You may notice that nearly every small camera has the same sensor size but there are exceptions. A handful use 1/1.7" or 2/3" sensor-sizes paired with fast lenses which let them shoot at lower light than others.
At this time, Sony and Canon are the only ones to make a model with notably larger sensor and a zoom lens but you can get a compact with a fixed lens and large sensor from several brands. These models use the same sensor-size as DSLR giving incredible quality to their images at the cost of a set angle-of-view.
Once you know what features you are looking for you can easily search for them on my site and the results show you the sensor-size. As a general rule, the larger the sensor the higher the image-quality.