Liquid compass - has a magnetized needle or card immersed in fluid.
Marine compass or a card compass - This type of compass has a needle that is fixed and a compass card that is mounted in fluid and rotates according to orientation.
Solid state compasses - are found in electric devices. They often have two or three magnetic field sensors from which microprocessor reads data about the orientation of the device. They can often be found in clocks, mobile phones and tablets.
Qibla compass - is used by Muslims to show the direction to Mecca so they would know where to turn while praying.
GPS compass - uses satellites in a geo synchronous orbit over the Earth to show exact location and direction of movement of bearer.
Astrocompass - uses positions of various astronomical bodies to find true north. It is used in polar regions where magnetic compasses and gyrocompasses are unreliable.