Unless you're a last minute holiday shopper, there's a good chance you'll be thinking of planning your travels pretty soon, and whether you're off to Marbella, Martinique, Marrakech, Maui, Melbourne, Monaco, or Middlesbrough, having a decent camera with you to capture those memories is a holiday essential.
With that in mind, here's our roundup of our top compact digital cameras to take with you on travels or holiday for 2017.
1. Canon IXUS 185
On the affordable end of the scale is the brilliant little Canon IXUS 185, a brand new, super slim compact camera with a 20 megapixel sensor and 8x optical zoom.
The Canon IXUS 185 is one of the slimmest compact cameras on the market, with 720p HD videos, and powerful Canon DIGIC image processing, it's the latest in the renowned Canon IXUS lineup. It's designed for hassle-free, easy, point-and-shoot photography, and the compact size makes it perfect to slip into a pocket.
The Canon IXUS 185 Compact Digital Camera is available in either Black, Silver or Red.
2. Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 Instant Camera
There's something fundamental about film. It's what we all know, it's how photography began, and it's simple.
This list is full of digital cameras that are powerful, sophisticated, and packed full of marvellous features, but what if you want something simpler? This is where the Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 instant camera steps up.
The Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 is a modern and stylish take on instant cameras; making use of Fujifilm's mini instant film, it has a number of features such as a selfie mode, selfie mirror for composition, and automatic exposure control, so you just point it and shoot, wait a few minutes and enjoy the permanent, tangible memory that pops out the other end.
3. GoPro Hero 5 Session Action Camera
If you're off on a more adventerous holiday, or you're more keen on recording awesome video than still images, the GoPro Hero5 Session is a 4K Video recording, waterproof and tiny action camera that can easily be put in a bag, strapped to a helmet, taken swimming with you... almost anything you can think of!
Beyond recording gorgeous 4K video, it will also capture 10 megapixel still images so you can still get those shots.
The GoPro Hero5 Session is a fantastic alternative to the traditional compact camera, offering a different perspective for your holiday images.
Alternatively, a more affordable action camera option is the ISAW Edge, a 4K action camera that will also record 16 megapixel still images and is Wi-Fi connected, just like the GoPro Hero5 Session, and at only £169, it's an affordable alternative to the GoPro.
4. Ricoh Theta SC 360-degree Camera
For a totally different take on holiday photos, the Ricoh Theta SC shoots fully-spherical, high-resolution images at Full HD quality and will shoot stills at approximately 14 megapixels.
Available in a range of gorgeous colours, the Theta SC brings a whole different viewpoint to your holiday snaps - capturing your memories in amazing 360-degree vision!
5. Panasonic Lumix TZ80 Compact Digital Camera
Sporting a high-resolution 18 megapixel, high-sensitivity MOS sensor and the excellent Venus Engine 9 image processor, the TZ80 will also capture stunning 4K video footage, which is easily visible on the large and sharp 3 inch LCD touch screen.
With 5-axis hybrid Optical Image Stabilisation for video and Power Optical Image Stabilisation for photo, recording stable holiday video is easier than ever. With Wi-Fi it's also a breeze to share your holiday images direct from the camera to your smartphone - which means you don't have to use a computer.
There's also Panasonic's advanced Post Focus feature which lets you choose the focus point in an image after it's been taken, and 4K Photo burst shooting.
6. Sony DSC RX100 II Compact Digital Camera
Featuring a 1-inch 20 megapixel back-illuminated Exmor CMOS sensor and a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar f/1.8 lens with 3.6x optical zoom, the RX100 II is the second in Sony's now famous RX100 series (they released the Mark V in 2016), and can comfortably handle low light situations thanks to the ISO sensitivity up to 25,600.
The sleek, compact aluminium body looks great and means you can travel light while knowing that you've got an immensely powerful camera in your pocket that's ready to go when you are.
7. Canon PowerShot G9X Mark II Compact Digital Camera
With Full HD video recording and an f/2.0 3x optical zoom lens, the G9X Mark II is a premium compact camera that also features Wi-Fi connectivity for easy sharing of your travel pictures.
The G9X Mark II is a more than just a holiday camera, it's a powerful, versatile, go-anywhere compact digital camera that will continue to delight you with outstanding quality images long after you return from your travels.
8. Panasonic Lumix LX15 Compact Digital Camera
Inside the Lumix LX15 is a powerful 1-inch 20 megapixel sensor, and the images come courtesy of a gorgeous 24-72mm f/1.4-2.8 Leica lens, so the images are sharp and clear.
With 4K video recording, the LX15 will capture stunning movies of all your holiday memories, but there's a host of advanced features that make this a serious compact camera.
There's Post Focus and Focus Stacking for after-image adjustment, 4K photo for burst shooting at 50fps of 4K images, Full HD high-speed video, and a 3cm Macro ability - which makes this a truly versatile camera.
If you're in the midst of the action, the LightSpeed autofocus with DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology will quickly snap onto your focusing target, and with a frame rate of 10fps in AFS and 7fps in AFC, you know you'll be capturing those important moments.
Holiday life is made even easier with USB battery charging (so you can charge it almost anywhere), and a bright 3-inch 1,040k-dot tiltable touch screen.
9. Fujifilm X100F Premium Compact Digital Camera
Fujifilm is renowned for their superb reproduction of colours and tonal gradation, and the X100F is no exception, and with the X-Processor Pro image processor powering everything, this is a high-performance compact camera.
Images are captured through a stunning 23mm f/2 Fujinon lens, and because this compact camera has done without a Low-Pass filter, it's capable of capturing much higher levels of detail than other compact cameras.
You'll always be ready to capture precious moments with a start-up time of only 0.5 seconds, a time between shots of only 0.2 seconds, a shutter release lag time of only 0.01 seconds and a super-fast autofocus time of only 0.08 seconds.
The 91 focus points on the Fujifilm X100F are paired with Phase Detection AF and Contrast AF which makes focusing on your chosen subject easier, quicker, and more precise than ever.
The advanced hybrid viewfinder makes taking photos easy and clear, and with a host of other features including Film Simulation modes and Wi-Fi operation via the camera remote app, the Fujifilm X100F is an outstanding premium compact camera that will last you for years, even after your holiday is over.
Bonus: Leica Q (Typ 116) in Titanium Grey
The only full-frame compact camera in this list, the Leica Q is an elegant, stylish and timeless body that's capable of capturing some truly stunning images.
Leica camera's are known the world over for their association with the world's best photographers, and with the Leica Q in Titanium Grey, you can join that exclusive club.
Inside the Leica Q (Typ 116) is a full-frame 24 megapixel CMOS sensor and images come via the stunning Leica Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH lens; this is all powered by the Maestro II image processor which means it's capable of 10fps of continuous shooting.
The Leica Q is a premium compact digital camera and is the choice of street and travel photographers. With the f/1.7 lens you'll be able to capture stunning images even in low light situations, and they're easily viewable on the large 3.68 megapixel electronic viewfinder.
A truly eye catching camera, the Leica Q (Typ 116) in Titanium Grey will set you apart from other holidaymakers and travellers, and you'll know that you'll come home with beautiful images that have that signature 'Leica look'.