Best Point-and-Shoot Cameras

Best Point-and-Shoot Cameras

Before smartphones, everyone used to have a Point-and-Shoot camera. They are simple, compact, and packed with features like better lenses. 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, arranged in alphabetical order!

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Canon Powershot ELPH 360 HS

Sensor size: 1/2.3-inch | Resolution: 20.2MP | Viewfinder: none | Display: 3.0" LCD (460K dots) | Max Burst Shooting: 7.2fps | Video Recording: 1080/30p

PROS: Built-in Wi-Fi, Fast performance

CONS: No 4K video, Poor battery life

Folks who are in need of an inexpensive camera will find a great deal in this compact Canon that squeezes in a fairly high resolution in a small body, not to mention a fast continuous shooting mode to capture those unforgettable moments flawlessly as well as a 12x optical zoom and macro shooting for much needed close-ups. And even though the battery life isn't that good at less than 200 shots per full charge, it features several shooting modes so you can get a little creative with your shots.


Fujifilm X100F

Fujifilm X100F

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.


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Panasonic Lumix ZS100

Sensor size: 1-inch | Resolution: 20.1MP | Viewfinder: Electronic | Display: 3" touchscreen LCD (1040k dots) | Max Burst Shooting: 10fps | Video Recording: 4K/30p

PROS: 4K capabilities, eye/face detection, in-body image stabilization

CONS: Fixed screen, tiny viewfinder

For a camera you can easily slip into your pocket, Panasonic's Lumix ZS100 has quite a few premium trimmings, including a touchscreen LCD, a built-in Wi-Fi, a 5-axis in-body image stabilization, 4K video capture, eye and face detection AF, and a maximum continuous shooting of 10fps. The battery life could be better at 300 shots per full charge, and so could its 10x optical zoom, but with images that pop and have great detail, not to mention the plethora of features we just featured, we aren't complaining. For would-be users who love extras, this one's got a lot of Creative Control modes and the Still Image Scene Guide.



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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX99

Sensor size: 1/2.3-inch | Resolution: 18.2MP | Viewfinder: Electronic | Display: 2.95" LCD (921K dots) | Max Burst Shooting: 10fps | Video Recording: 4K/30p

PROS: 4K capabilities, 30x optical zoom

CONS: Pricey for a compact

You can always trust Sony to design excellent cameras with surprising features. Take Cyber-shot DSC-HX99, for example, one of very few compacts that can take on some entry levels on the market, what with its 4K video capabilities, its remarkable 10fps continuous shooting, a fast AF, Wi-Fi connectivity, and a whopping 24-720 mm zoom, all packed in a tiny camera that's probably smaller than your smartphone. Pro users will also appreciate the control ring for manual control.


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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI

Sensor size: 1-inch | Resolution: 20.1MP | Viewfinder: Electronic | Display: 3" touchscreen LCD (921k dots) | Max Burst Shooting: 24fps | Video Recording: 4K/30p

PROS: Fast continuous shooting, 4K capabilities, 315-point AF

CONS: Battery life could be improved, pricey

For a compact camera that's more than $1000, it better be worth the splurge, and with Sony behind the RX100 VI, you bet it is. The question to ask about this point and shoot isn't what's good, but what's not, which is basically next to nothing. There are not-so important ones like the lack of in-camera RAW conversion and the touchscreen function that could be improved, but other than that beginners and pros will be more than happy. There's optical stabilization, speedy 0.03-sec, 315-point Hybrid AF system, up to 40x slow motion shooting, 4K capabilities, a super fast burst mode of 24fps, silent shooting, and Hybrid Log-Gamma recording, to name a few.