Would you like to take more than your smartphone camera on your next vacation? Upgrading to a point and shoot camera could be a simple way to improve your holiday photos.
But there are so many models available on the market, how do you choose?
The greatest advantage of a modern point and shoot camera is that it offers excellent image quality, is lightweight and simple to use. If you are not interested in learning about ISO, aperture or shutter speed, a point, and shoot camera is the simplest route to fantastic images.
We have compiled a range of the best point and shoot cameras which offer great image quality.
1. Canon PowerShot ELPH 360
Weight: 150.25 grams | Sensor Size: 1/2.3in | Lens Focal Range: 24-300mm | Lens Aperture: f3-f7 | LCD: 3in, 461k dots | Burst Mode: 7.2 fps | Video: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
The Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 is a simple and sleek camera. It is perfect for vacations, thanks to 2 modes specifically geared toward creating travel logs. The nifty Hybrid Auto mode records a few seconds of video before you take each photo and compiles it to produce a recap of the day. A similar feature, Story Highlights, compiles videos and photos into a recap reel with music and effects.
You can shoot full HD video footage, however, you cannot zoom in while recording. The camera has a versatile 12x zoom, useful for shooting both landscapes and subjects from afar.
Unfortunately, it has limited low light sensitivity, resulting in noise and smudging, plus you cannot shoot below 0°C temperature. The battery life is poor and it only shoots in JPEG format, with no RAW capabilities.
What we like:
With several creative and recap modes, this camera is great for busy tourists and novice photographers.
2. Nikon Coolpix P1000
Weight: 1415.20 grams. | Sensor Size: 1/2.3in. |Lens Focal Range: 24-3000mm. | Lens Aperture: f2.8-f8. | LCD: 3.2in, 921k dots. | Burst Mode: 7 fps. | Video: 3840 x 2160.
The Nikon Coolpix P1000 has a long telephoto lens with a zoom capability of 3000mm. This superzoom is enough to reach capture a close-up night shot of the moon. It is is also useful for long-distance wildlife photography, capturing subjects up to 70 meters away. Plus, it offers crisp macro photography.
As a bonus, it has a Snapback Zoom feature, which lets you relocate a subject that has moved out of the frame once you have zoomed in. The camera also has image stabilization of 5 shutter speed stops: this reduces camera shake so that it looks like the photo was shot at higher shutter speed.
It also has a handy Vari-angle LCD display and offers a 4K video resolution.
However, it has a small sensor, which unfortunately produces noisy images in low-light conditions: so it’s no good for interior photography. Plus it is heavy and the shutter speed slows down if you zoom in.
What we like:
It covers both long-distance and close-up focal ranges. The camera is versatile enough to cover different types of outdoor photography.
3. Fujifilm X100f
Weight: 469 grams. | Sensor Size: 23.6 x 15.6 mm. | Lens: 35 mm f2.0-f16. | LCD: 3in, 1040k dots. | Burst Mode: 8 fps. | Video: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD).
The Fujifilm X100f is a stylish option, which harks back to the look and function of traditional film cameras.
It has a unique randomized pixel array, similar to a natural structure of film stock. This harnesses the subtleties of color and lighting to produce rich results. The camera sensor works together with an advanced processor to expand light sensitivity range from ISO 100 to 51200: this gives amazing low-noise images in low light conditions. A hybrid viewfinder combines optical clarity and electronic information for easier manual focus. The camera also features an electronic shutter which significantly boosts shutter speeds–a plus for fast-moving urban and sports photography.
On the downside, this point and shoot camera does have slow autofocus and features only full HD video at 1920 x 1080–there is no 4K video resolution.
What we like:
Fujifilm X100f harbors a set of unique features to provide maximum control and artistic freedom.
4. Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
Weight: 319 grams. | Sensor Size: 13.2 x 8.8mm. | Lens: 24-100mm f1.8-2.8. | LCD: 3in, 1040k dots. | Burst Mode: 8 fps. | Video: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD).
The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II is a pocket-sized camera which works really well in difficult lighting conditions.
It boasts a fast shutter speed, a wide dynamic range, and a versatile light sensitivity of up to ISO 12800. This minimizes the noise in low light environments, which is great for interior, travel photography and landscape photography. The lens gives lovely bokeh effects and suppresses flare, which is useful for outside portrait photography. This point and shoot camera is also equipped with several stabilization modes to suit any scenario. The LCD screen tilts 180° upwards to enable selfies, or 45° downwards to take photos from unconventional angles. However, it has a short battery life and a limited zoom range.
What we like:
Despite being compact, this camera offers impressive color and light sensitivity and is great in low light conditions.
5. Olympus Tough TG-5
Weight: 250 grams. | Sensor Size: 1/2.3in. | Lens: 24-100mm f2- f4.9. | LCD: 3in, 461k dots. | Burst Mode: 10 fps. | Video: 3840 x 2160.
Made for risk-takers, the Olympus Tough TG-5 is one of the most durable point and shoot cameras you can find.
It’s crushproof, shockproof, waterproof, dustproof, and cold-proof. Additionally, the display shows environmental information including a temperature sensor, a compass, and GPS. This camera offers focus stacking, which increases the depth of field–perfect for landscape photography. It also supports continuous shooting of up to 20 frames per second: fantastic for action photographs.
The camera’s processor works to reduce noise and expand the dynamic range. TG-5 also has specific underwater modes, which correct and enrich colors in those images. This point and shoot camera also have a large zoom range: great for macro photography. However, there is no touchscreen display and there is low screen resolution.
What we like:
It withstands extremely harsh conditions: it is a camera for true thrill-seekers.
6. Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI
Weight: 213 grams. | Sensor Size: 13.2 x 8.8mm. | Lens: 24-200mm f2.8-4.5. | LCD: 3in, 12 M dots. | Burst Mode: 24 fps. | Video: 3840 x 2160.
Compact but powerful, the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI has 5-axis image stabilization, suitable for most types of photography.
The lens zooms to an impressive 200mm, offering great telephoto opportunities to shoot wildlife or sports photography. Plus, you can capture all the action as it can shoot up to 24 frames per second. The RX100 VI records Ultra HD 4K video with an S-log and a Hybrid Log Gamma, that both increase highlight and shadow detail, which usually gets lost in compressed video.
You can capture a great shallow depth of field for portrait photography. However, it is expensive and has a short battery life, only lasting 240 shots.
What we like:
This is a versatile compact camera, offering terrific video and action photography results.
7. Panasonic Lumix LX10
Weight: 309 grams. | Sensor Size: 1in. | Lens: 24-720mm f1.4-2.8. | LCD: 3in, 1040k dots. | Burst Mode: 30 fps. | Video: 3840 x 2160.
It has 5-axis stabilization to complement any photography type. Plus, it has a staggering number of creative controls, scene guides, retouch capabilities, and it comes with a Leica lens.
The most interesting features, however, are the 4K photo modes. This includes a Post Focus function which takes 4K MP4 footage with shifting focus points: this allows you to choose what you want to be in focus after the shutter has been pressed. You can tap any part of the image, and the camera will create a JPEG file with your chosen focus point.
Landscape photographers will also appreciate this feature, as it allows for focus stacking to improve depth of field. The camera also has a Screen Grab feature, akin to a smartphone’s screenshot capability–this is great when shooting action or sports. The battery life is not great though and the lack of neutral density (ND) filter in the lens, creates poor color and light representation.
What we like:
The versatility of this camera is perfect for both professionals and enthusiasts, plus those who love multimedia.
8. Canon PowerShot SX740 HS
Weight: 277 grams. | Lens: 24-960mm f3.3-6.9. | Sensor Size: 1/2.3 in. | LCD: 3in, 922k dots. | Burst Mode: 10 fps. | Video: 3840 x 2160 (Full HD).
One of the most impressive features of the Canon PowerShot SX740 HS is the 960mm zoom.
To accompany it, there is a Zoom Framing Assist feature, which helps relocate a lost subject once you have zoomed in. This is perfect for telephoto and macro shots of small animals or insects. The camera also can capture 4K video and shoot at a rate of 10 frames per second. To support that, the camera has advanced 5-axis dynamic stabilization, which is a bonus when shooting action photography and videography. Furthermore, it has been designed for beginners. It has a Guided Menu with a Feature Assistant function that provides brief overviews of various settings.
It is ideal for vloggers thanks to its LCD screen, which can tilt 180°, enabling you to watch the video while you shoot it. However, it does not perform well in low light and there is no option to shoot RAW.
What we like:
This is an inexpensive compact camera that provides a versatile zoom range and a beginner-friendly interface.
9. Nikon Coolpix L820
Weight: 540 grams. | Sensor Size: 1/2.3in. | Lens: 22.5-900mm f3-5.8. | LCD: 3in, 921k dots. | Burst Mode: 7.4 fps. | Video: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD).
The telephoto zoom on the Nikon Coolpix L820 can reach an impressive 675mm and you can take 3D images with it.
Zoom images are nice and crisp thanks to its Vibration Reduction feature, along with a Hybrid Stabilization. It also has an advanced low light sensor. Focus time is exceptionally fast, which makes it great for shooting unexpected, candid moments. It has a D-lighting function which improves dynamic range and optimizes color contrast. Plus, you can take 3D photos.
For simplicity, it has 2 user-friendly menus that are easy to navigate. However, it does not connect to Wi-Fi or GPS, and there is no option to shoot RAW.
What we like:
This camera is perfect for beginners: the interface gives a helping hand with controls. But the hardware ensures there is something here for serious shooters too.
10. Fujifilm FinePix S1
Weight: 920 grams. | Sensor Size: 2/3in. | Lens: 24-1200mm f2.8-5.6.| LCD: 3in, 920k dots. | Burst Mode: 10 fps. | Video: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD).
The Fujifilm FinePix S1 is a great weather-resistant camera which features an exceptionally fast 1200mm zoom lens. It is ideal for telephoto and macro photographers. A Vari-angle LCD gives the camera versatility and room for creativity, while the electronic viewfinder is perfect shooting in low light conditions. The camera’s 5-axis stabilization and a Face Detection feature also make it a great candidate for portrait and sports photography. Plus, its manual focus and exposure controls will suit the needs of many aspiring enthusiasts.
There are also Film Simulation modes for any budding filmmakers, plus it has a long battery life. On the downside, it is heavy and images turn out noisy if you shoot above ISO 800.
What we like:
This camera is perfect for outdoor photography, especially during bad weather.
|Tripod||Weight||Sensor Size||Aperture||LCD||Burst Mode||Video||Price|
|Canon PowerShot ELPH 360||150.25 grams.||1/2.3in||f3-f7||3in, 461k dots||7.2 fps||1920 x 1080 (Full HD)||Buy Now|
|Nikon Coolpix P1000||1415.20 grams.||1/2.3in.||f2.8-f8.||3.2in, 921k dots.||7 fps.||3840 x 2160||Buy Now|
|Fujifilm X100f||469 grams.||23.6 x 15.6 mm.||35 mm f2.0-f16.||3in, 1040k dots.||8 fps.||1920 x 1080 (Full HD).||Buy Now|
|Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II||319 grams.||13.2 x 8.8mm.||24-100mm f1.8-2.8.||3in, 1040k dots.||8 fps.||1920 x 1080 (Full HD).||Buy Now|
|Olympus Tough TG-5||250 grams.||1/2.3in.||24-100mm f2- f4.9.||3in, 461k dots.||10 fps.||3840 x 2160.||Buy Now|
|Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI||213 grams.||13.2 x 8.8mm.||24-200mm f2.8-4.5.||3in, 12 M dots.||24 fps.||3840 x 2160.||Buy Now|
|Panasonic Lumix LX10||309 grams.||1in.||24-720mm f1.4-2.8.||3in, 1040k dots.||30 fps.||3840 x 2160.||Buy Now|
|Canon PowerShot SX740 HS||277 grams.||1/2.3in.||24-960mm f3.3-6.9.||3in, 922k dots.||10 fps.||3840 x 2160 (Full HD).||Buy Now|
|Nikon Coolpix L820||540 grams.||1/2.3in.||22.5-900mm f3-5.8.||3in, 921k dots.||7.4 fps.||1920 x 1080 (Full HD).||Buy Now|
|Fujifilm FinePix S1||920 grams.||2/3in.||24-1200mm f2.8-5.6.||3in, 920k dots.||10 fps.||1920 x 1080 (Full HD).||Buy Now|
Which Point and Shoot Camera will you Choose?
Choosing the best point and shoot camera depends largely on what your shooting priorities are.
Our selection ranges from advanced models that let you freeze fast-moving subjects, to lightweight options that will fit in your pocket.
So now the choice is up to you. Do you already use one of the models we’ve shown? Or do you have another we have missed off the list? Let us know in the comments below.
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