Point and shoot cameras are, no doubt, an important part of every photographer’s toolkit. So, if you’ve been using DSLRs throughout your life, there’s a lot in these cameras for you to discover.
One thing that makes us think that these are the ideal cameras is that they are tiny and generally light in weight. You can take them with you anywhere you go.
What’s more? Unlike SLR cameras, you don’t have to bother about a bunch of manual settings when you opt for point and shoot cameras.
So, let’s just say that point and shoot cameras are:
But as you would expect, not all cameras are built the same. In the next few paragraphs, we’ll talk about some of the key factors to keep in mind as well.
Point and Shoot Camera – Comparison
P&S cameras do a great of introducing you to the basics of photography. And here now is a comprehensive table of some top options for you to consider.
|Ranking||Product Name||Screen Size||Video Capture Resolution|
|1||Sony RX100 20.2 MP 28-100mm 3”||3 inches||FHD 1080p|
|2||Sony Cyber-Shot RX10 IV DSC-RX10M4||–||–|
|3||Canon-PowerShot G7 X Mark II||–||–|
|4||Sony RX100 III 20.1 MP||3 inches||1080p|
|5||Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS70S||3 inches||2160p|
|6||Sony-DSCW830/B 20.1MP||2.7 inches||720p|
|7||Sony DSCRX1RM2/B RII||–||–|
|8||Olympus TG-5 3-Inch LCD||3 inches||2160p|
|9||Nikon-Coolpix P1000 16.7 3.2″||3.2 inches||2160p|
|10||Fujifilm X100F 24.3 MP APS-C||3 inches||1080p|
|11||Olympus-Mark III OM-D E-M10||–||–|
|12||Sony Cyber-Shot V 20.1 MP WiFi||3 inches||1080i|
|13||Canon-PowerShot ELPH 180||5 inches||720p|
|14||Panasonic-Lumix ZS50 Camera||–||–|
|15||Canon-PowerShot G9 X Mark||–||–|
1. Sony RX100 20.2 MP 28-100mm 3” LCD Premium Digital Camera
The Sony RX100 20.2 MP boasts of a small size, bright lens, and large sensor.
The body of the camera is made from aluminum for durability. The camera weighs only 0.53lbs and it measures 4×1.41×2.29 inches for that matter.
The camera sports a 20.2-megapixel and a 1-inch Exmor CMOS image sensor which is quite large and therefore quite sensitive. The camera uses Sony’s Bionz image processor, which features auto portrait framing, picture effect functions, and fully manual movie exposure.
More so, it has 28-100mm focal length which is 3.6 times Zeiss optical zoom lens and an aperture of f/1.8, which is also quite large performing well in low-lit conditions.
The camera comes with a 3-inch LCD which uses white pixels to enhance the view on the screen.
- Its sensor is larger than regular sensors
- It is compact and light in weight,
- It has a fast shutter speed
- It is a budget camera
- The company has since developed newer models
2. Sony Cyber-Shot RX10 IV DSC-RX10M4 Digital Camera
This is quite a power horse designed to deliver high-quality stills and HD videos. The camera is quite multipurpose and suits wildlife and sports photography. It has a one-inch, 20MP image sensor. The image sensor has phase detection focus and can shoot subjects with up to 24 fps.
The camera shoots 4K footage at 24 fps or 30fps and high-resolution stills. The camera weighs 2.4 pounds and has 3.7 x 5.2 x 5.7 inches dimensions which is a bit heavy but still compact. It is constructed with a durable weather-sealed body to fit working in dusty and rainy weather.
The non-interchangeable lens is 24-600mm equivalent which is pretty a broad zoom range. Further, it has an aperture of f/2.4-4.0. The maximum aperture is large and performs well in poorly lit environments.
It comes with a focus range of between 1.2 inches and 2.4 feet which means you can use the camera for macro photography. Besides that, the camera has quite a fast autofocus system and an optical image stabilization system to minimize the effects of camera shake.
- It has very many features, which justifies its premium cost
- The zoom range is 25x
- It is weatherproof
- It has a very fast autofocus
- The image sensor has phase detection
- At 2.4 pounds it is a bit heavy
- It is quite pricey
3. Canon-PowerShot G7 X Mark II
Canon-PowerShot G7 X Mark II is a digital camera with Wi-Fi and NFC. The camera produces HD 1080P videos. The camera is fitted with a 1 inch 20.2MP BSI-CMOS sensor which is high-performing.
The combined features of the camera produce high-quality images. It has Canon’s latest Digic 7 image processor which has an autofocus system to enhance image quality. Just as importantly, the lens has a maximum aperture of f/1.8-2.8, a focal length equivalent of 24-100mm, and a nine-blade Iris diaphragm, for shooting high-quality images in all lighting conditions.
Weighing 1 pound, with dimensions of 6.3 x 5.8 x 3.2 inches, it is a bit heavy but still pocket-sized.
What’s more, it comes with a 3 inch LCD tiltable touchscreen to help shoot images from various angles, from 45 degrees to 180 degrees.
- It is Wi-Fi enabled and also has NFC for internet connectivity
- It has a tiltable touchscreen
- It produces high-quality images like good low light camera in low light conditions
- It has a wide aperture and a broad zoom range
- It does not do 4K videos
- It is a bit heavy
4. Sony RX100 III 20.1 MP Premium Compact Digital Camera
Sony RX100 III features the Bionz X processor, which is ultra fast and high-tech for high-quality HD videos and high-resolution stills.
It is designed with a 1-inch 20.1MP Exmor R Sensor, which is quite large for higher light sensitivity, it also has noise reduction capabilities for high-quality images in all lighting situations.
The gadget weighs only 0.64 lb. Its dimensions are 4.02 x 1.61 x 2.28 inches with a 3 inches screen. Therefore the camera is small and convenient to carry around.
Its lens is f1.8-2.8, 24-70mm Carl Zeiss which provides everything a photographer needs to take standard photos, and more so, in low-lit conditions.
In addition, the camera has a Steady-shot image stabilizer system. What’s more, it has a built-in Wi-Fi and NFC making sharing of your images a breeze.
- It has built-in Wi-Fi and NFC for online connection
- It has an image stabilizations system
- The camera is small and pocket-sized
- It has a fast aperture
- It is not a budget camera
5. Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS70S, 20.3 MP, 4K WiFi Digital Camera
The Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS70S is a point and shoot camera designed to meet many photography needs. The good thing is that it is reasonably priced. You can rely on the camera for shooting 4K videos and high resolution still photos.
It has a 30x ( 24-720mm) focal length. In addition, it boasts an optical image stabilizer to take care of camera shake. The camera is engineered with the 20.3MP BSI CMOS sensor, which is a state of the art sensor associated with Panasonic.
The camera’s dimensions are 1.62 by 4.4 by 2.64 inches and it weighs only 0.71lbs. The camera is therefore compact and therefore pocket-sized.
Further, the camera is Wi-Fi enabled. However, the electronic viewfinder is small.
- The camera has Image Stabilization
- It produces high resolutions stills and 4K videos
- It has a broad zoom range
- It is quite portable
- It supports Wi-Fi
- It is inexpensive
- It has a small viewfinder
6. Sony-DSCW830/B 20.1MP 2.7-Inch LCD Digital Camera
The Sony DSCW830/B is a point and shoot budget camera.
The Sony DSCW830/B is a point and shoot budget camera.Although it is quite limited in its features compared to DSLR camera’s, it has very interesting highlights, it has a scene to detect intelligent exposure. It also features a smile shutter, that detects smiling faces and takes shots automatically.
The camera comes with the Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar type of lens which has a maximum aperture of f 3.3-6.3 which is quite mid-range, limiting its capacity to perform in low-lit conditions.
It is designed with a 20MP Super HAD CCD sensor and a Bionz Processor which are efficient for high-quality images. The camera has an optical zoom of 8x.
It has a, with a 2.7-inch screen, which is a bit small. Its dimensions are 3.7 x 0.9 x 2 inches, while it weighs 4.3 ounces, therefore it sports a compact and lightweight body. In addition, the camera has an Optical Steady image stabilization system.
- It is very inexpensive
- It has a smile detector
- It has a reliable image stabilization system
- It is pocket-sized
- It has no NFC or Wi-Fi support
- Limited in performing in low-lit conditions
7. Sony DSCRX1RM2/B RII Cyber-shot Digital Still Camera
The Sony DSCRX1RM2/B is a high-end, full-frame, prime-lens camera. It has a 42.4 MP, back-illuminated, 35mm, Exmor R CMOS full-frame sensor and a Bionz X processor producing high-resolution images.
The lens features a Carl Zeiss design with a maximum aperture of 2.0, which is fast and works well in dimly lit conditions.
The camera measures 8 x 8 x 5 inches and weighs 2.45 pounds, which is still portable but heavier than other brands and a bit bigger. The camera has a state-of-the-art, phase-detect autofocus system, that is accurate and fast.
In addition, its electronic viewfinder allows you to preview your images and it has a user-selectable optical variable low-pass filter.
The camera has a built-in Wi-Fi and therefore easy to connect to your smartphone, also, you can use the NFC feature for connection.
What’s more, the PlayMemories Camera Apps2 allows you to personalize the camera.
- It has a full-frame image sensor
- It has a whopping 42.4MP providing impressive stills
- It easily connects to smartphones via NFC and Wi-Fi
- It has a fast aperture that works in dimly lit conditions
- It has a fast and accurate autofocus system
- It is very pricey
- It is non-zoomable
- The camera doesn’t have a touchscreen LCD
- The videos are not 4K
8. Olympus TG-5 3-Inch LCD Waterproof Camera
The Olympus TG-5 is a reasonably priced waterproof camera and a good travel companion on backpacking, underwater sports, and other outdoor adventures.
The camera is designed with various features for durability. It is ruggedly built with a metal casing, it is waterproof up to 15 meters, in addition, it is drop-proof up to 7 feet. Also, it is dustproof, it has an anti-fog lens and it is also freeze-proof up to 14 degrees.
More importantly, it features a BSI-CMOS, 12-MP high-speed sensor for noise reduction and low-light performance. The camera has face detection and image stabilization.
It has other highlights. It has a four times zoom lens (equivalent to 25-100mm). it has a maximum aperture of f/2-4.9 which is small and ideal to work in dimly lit environments.
The camera measures 4.4 x 1.3 x 2.6 inches and weighs only 8.8 ounces which is small and light in weight. It has a minimum focus distance of only 1cm making it perfect for macros.
- It is competitively priced
- It is good for macros
- It produces 4K videos
- The camera is waterproof up to 50 feet and drop-proof
- It has a built-in Wi-Fi
- It is small and lightweight and therefore very portable
- It has no digital zoom option
- The 12MP sensor is a bit limiting
9. Nikon-Coolpix P1000 16.7 3.2″ LCD Digital Camera
Nikon-Coolpix P1000 is a super, telescope-like lens. Though the camera comes at quite a high price point, however, it has many features to offer photographers.
It is suitable for doing long-distance photography like astrophotography, action sports, and nature-photography like shooting images of birds.
The camera has a 3000mm optical zoom, which makes it a hyper telephoto camera for doing long distance photography. More so, the camera lens’ short focusing distance of 1 foot makes it a great macrophotography camera.
In addition, it has a reliable image stabilization system to reduce the effects of camera shake. You can use the camera’s SnapBridge app to support Wi-Fi and Bluetooth features to get online. Further, it comes with a remote-control system that can control various functions including ISO, aperture, and zoom for your convenience.
Its dimensions are 5.8 x 7.1 x 4.7 inches and it weighs 3.12 pounds, which means it a bit heavy when compared to other brands. The camera has a 3.2-inch LCD display which is big, in addition, it offers a vari-angle functionality for your convenience of shooting from high and low angles.
- It has a super 3000mm optical zoom
- A good image stabilization system
- It is Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled
- It produces 4K videos
- It has a short focusing distance and good for macro photography.
- It is expensive
- It is heavy
10. Fujifilm X100F 24.3 MP APS-C Digital Camera-Silver
This is a good camera for stills. It has a 24.3MP and a 1080p video production.
The camera’s image processing engine is called X-Processor which has super high speeds. Besides that it comes with the X-Trans CMOS III sensor, the 24.3MP APS-C sensor, which controls noise, increasing its sensitivity.
In addition, it has a hybrid EVF/OVF which is an advanced viewfinder that comes with an electronic rangefinder for high-resolution photos. Moreover, it is designed with an autofocus system that is accurate and fast and can detect faces.
Unfortunately, it has no sensor-based image stabilization. Also, it is not weatherproof.
- It produces high-resolution images at 24.3MP
- It is fitted with the state of the art processor and image sensor
- It has a super-acting autofocus system
- It has an advanced viewfinder
- It is very pricey
- It is still is old-fashioned with a 1080p video system
- Its lens lacks image stabilization
- It is not weather-sealed
11. Olympus-Mark III OM-D E-M10 Wi-Fi enabled
The OM-D E-M10 Mark III is a mirrorless camera with a touchscreen interface for your convenience. Its dimensions are 4.8 x 2 x 3.3 inches. The camera weighs only 14.4 ounces and therefore the camera is small, lightweight and very portable.
The camera is engineered with a TruePic VIII Image Processor for fast processing and a 16MP sensor. The good thing is that it has the capacity to produce HD 4K videos. However, it lacks a good mic system to boost video audio quality.
It is designed with an in-body image stabilization that minimizes the effects of camera shake for your handheld photos. The camera’s autofocus system is fast and accurate, but not so effective with moving objects.
The camera is moderately priced.
- It is Wi-Fi enabled
- It produces 4K videos
- It has an image stabilization system
- Tiltable and touchscreen LCD
- The 16MP sensor is not so powerful
- It doesn’t support NFC or Bluetooth
12. Sony Cyber-Shot V 20.1 MP WiFi DSCRX100M5/B Digital Still Camera
The camera features a Hybrid autofocus system with a speed of 0.05 seconds, which is very fast and has phase-detection.
It uses the 1 inch Exmor RS BSI CMOS 20.1MP sensor enabling it to generate high-resolution images. Further, it is equipped with the Bionz X processor and a front end linear shift-invariant processor (LSI), the combined features can provide up to 24 fps shooting speeds. It also records 4K videos with dramatic super motion features.
The lens is a Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* with an aperture of f/1.8-2.8, which is pretty fast, more so, it has the equivalent of 24-70mm focal length.
Its dimensions are 4 x 2.4 x 1.6 inches, and it weighs only 9.6 ounces for a lightweight and compact camera.
Further, the camera has built-in Wi-Fi with NFC for conveniently connecting to a smartphone.
- 4K videos
- 20.1MP high-resolution images with detail
- It is small and lightweight
- Quite an advanced autofocus system
- It has fast shooting speeds
- It has built-in Wi-Fi and NFC
- It is moderately priced but not cheap
13. Canon-PowerShot ELPH 180 Digital Camera
Canon-PowerShot is a budget camera that is excellent for still photography. The camera is designed with a 20.0MP CCD sensor and a Digic 4+ processor for high-quality images. However, it produces 720p HD videos which are quite a low standard compared to other cameras doing 4K videos.
It weighs a mere 4.5 ounces, and its dimensions are 3.8 x 0.9 x 2.1 inches for a compact pocket-sized camera. The camera has an autofocusing system in addition to having a face-detection autofocus. In addition, it has the optical image stabilization system for ensuring image quality is not affected by camera shake.
The lens has an aperture of f/3.2-f/6.9 which is in the medium range but still not good for low light environments. The camera comes with an 8x optical zoom with its 28–224mm (35mm equivalent) focal length. Unfortunately, it has no weather-sealing features and therefore it has to be protected from dust and water.
- It comes at a bargain price
- It has a 20MP sensor which is high resolution
- It has a good image stabilization system
- It has face-detection in its autofocus system
- It is very light in weight and a pocket-size
- It has no wireless connectivity
- It has no touchscreen and the screen is 2.7 inches which is a bit small
- It has no weather-sealing
- The aperture is slow at f/3.20 –f/6.90
- Its video is 720p HD which is quite a low standard
14. Panasonic-Lumix ZS50 Camera, 30X LEICA DC Vario-ELMAR Lens, 12.1 Megapixels
Panasonic-Lumix ZS50 Camera is a budget camera with quite a bargain price. The camera has a 30x zoom range lens with an equivalent focal length of 24 – 720mm in 35mm which is quite versatile. The minimum focus distance is 3cm for macro photography.
It produces 1080p 60 videos, in addition, the sensor is a 12-MP CMOS sensor, which is quite a low resolution but works well in dimly lit environments. It also has a built-in eye viewfinder and a very fast autofocus system for your convenience.
The camera weighs only 8.6 ounces which is lightweight and measures 4.4 x 1.3 x 2.6 inches a compact size for a travel-friendly camera.
Further, it is designed with a hybrid optical image stabilization system for reducing camera-shake effects for clearer images.
Its aperture is f/3.3-f/6.4 which is medium in size, however, the aperture alone cannot deliver good images in low light conditions.
- It is very pocket-friendly
- It is pocket-sized and therefore travel-friendly
- It features a 30x zoom range
- It has an effective image stabilization system
- It has an eye viewfinder
- The video production is not 4K
- The photos are low resolution at 12MP
15. Canon-PowerShot G9 X Mark II Compact Digital Camera w/1 Inch Sensor
Canon-PowerShot G9 X Mark II features the Digic 7 Image Processor which reduces noise in all lighting situations to produce high-quality images. The camera has a 20.1 Megapixels
1” sized BSI-CMOS Sensor for high-resolution stills. It has an equivalent lens of 28-84mm.
Besides that, it has a 3” touchscreen LCD and an electronic viewfinder for your convenience. It also has an optical image stabilization system to take care of steadiness when taking images when you are on the move.
It is a moderately priced camera. The camera has a built-in wireless system. Further, it has face-detection for convenience.
Its dimensions are 1.2 x 3.9 x 2.3 inches and it weighs only 7.2 ounces because the camera is small in size and light in weight, it is a perfect travel companion.
- It is a pocket-sized camera
- It is a 20.1MP camera producing high-resolution stills
- It has a touchscreen
- It has Image Stabilization
- The video recording is not 4K
- It has a lens with a limited zoom range
- It is not a budget camera
Buying Guide For Point and Shoot Camera
Perhaps the most important factor to consider when shopping for this kind of a camera is the type of lens it comes with. Also, you want to ponder upon the kind of lenses it can accommodate. The greater the variety of lenses at your disposal, the better your experience is likely to be.
Resolution can be the difference between an average camera and an above-average one. If you really want top-notch quality, a 4K camera would be better than the 1080p one.
The Size of the Sensor
If you can get a powerful sensor, that would be such a good idea. That’s indeed the only way to rest assured of getting great depth and reliability even in low-light situations.
Which One Is The Best?
Keeping all those factors in mind, what’s the best-priced P&S camera? You might be wondering. And well, in our view, the Sony Cyber-Shot RX10 IV DSC-RX10M4 Digital Camera is a really good camera.
It’s not only good-looking and handy but also functional. We like the fact that it comes with a powerful sensor and boasts a high resolution.
Your mobile phone camera may be well-made but it certainly wouldn’t beat what a well-made point and shoot camera can do. So, it’s our hope that the reviews and buying guide above will help you make a succinct decision.