Best Point-and-Shoot Cameras
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Before smartphones, everyone used to have a Point-and-Shoot camera. They are simple, compact, take decent enough pictures. Although smartphones have come a long way in the past ten years, so have point-and-shoot cameras. Cameras from the larger manufacturers benefit from the trickle-down effect. Great sensors, lenses and image processing are often lent down to the smaller cameras in the same line. That's why using a point-and-shoot is a good way to get into photography. They're easy to use, take great images and after a while, if you decide you want more control over your images, you can upgrade. Plus, while smartphones do offer dual camera optical zoom options, point-and-shoots still offer more zoom capabilities with (usually) larger sensors.
With that in mind, here are our picks for the Best Point-and-Shoot Cameras for 2017, arranged in alphabetical order!
Sensor size: 1/2.3" | Resolution: 20MP | Viewfinder: Electronic | Display: 2.7" LCD | Max Burst Shooting: 2.2fps | Video Recording: 1080/30p
PROS: Cheap, Wifi
CONS: Slow, no 4K
The Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 IS is a bargain of a little camera and perfect for the person in your life who doesn't want a smartphone. The ELPH has been a favorite pocket memory collector for years. It's tiny, takes solid pictures, though you're going to be limited to mostly wide shots, they're going to be clear. It's not an action cam or made for fashion shoots. This is literally as point-and-shoot as it gets. The wifi connectivity makes it easy to share and get the images out of the camera. It's a great gift.
Sensor size: APS-C | Resolution: 24.3MP | Viewfinder: Optical and Electronic | Display: 3" tiltable touchscreen | Max Burst Shooting: 8fps | Video Recording: 1080/60p
PROS: Great Autofocus, Film simulation modes
CONS: No weather sealing
With manual dials, a switchable viewfinder from optical to electronic and amazing film simulation modes, the Fuji X100F is a better camera than many low-end DSLRs or mirrorless cameras. The downside is, it costs as much as one of those cameras. If you want the simplicity of an old-fashioned 35mm camera in a compact body and usability of digital then the Fuji X100F could be the camera for you. This is a truly remarkable point-and-shoot that almost defies the label by taking such striking images.
Sensor size: 1/2.3" | Resolution: 12MP | Viewfinder: Electronic | Display: 3.0" LCD | Max Burst Shooting: 20fps | Video Recording: 4K/30p 1080/120p
PROS: Tough, Filters & Creative Modes
CONS: Noisy at higher ISOs, Noise during video recording while zooming
This is the point-and-shoot camera for someone who's going to be physically active to the extreme. The Olympus Tough TG-5 is waterproof (50 ft / 15 m), shockproof (7 ft / 2.1 m), crushproof (220 lbf / 100 kgf), freeze-proof (14°F / -10°C), and dust-proof to survive everything from an intense hike to a toddler tossing it in the pool. With its F2.0 high-speed lens, 20 fps burst shooting in RAW, and anti-fog dual pane glass for spectacular images in every environment you'll be sure not to miss any action.
Sensor size: 1/2.3" | Resolution: 20.3MP | Viewfinder: Electronic | Display: 3" flip-up touchscreen | Max Burst Shooting: 10fps | Video Recording: 4K/30fps
PROS: Wifi, Articulating screen
CONS: Not Weather-proof, Noisy at higher ISOs
With 5-Axis image stabilization, a 20.3MP sensor and 4K videos and selfies, this is an affordable little camera that can do a lot. It's made for the more casual traveler, people who like to walk around leisurely and take their time. If you're about relaxing and enjoying the moment this camera could be just enough for you.
Sensor size: 1" | Resolution: 20.1MP | Viewfinder: Electronic | Display: 3.0" LCD | Max Burst Shooting: 16fps | Video Recording: 4K/30p, 960fps, 480fps or 240fps to playback in XAVC S at 1920 x 1080, in either 60p, 30p or 24p
PROS: Slow motion up to 960fps, fixed lens
Inside the tiny RX100 IV is a stacked back-side illuminated sensor that helps capture video in 4K or ultra slow motion up to 960fps with a 1/32000 shutter speed. You won't miss any action with this little camera. This is the perfect camera to take on an adventure. You're gonna get sharp pictures and your video will impress even the most snobbish videophiles.