It may come as a surprise to some, but DSLRs aren’t the only cameras out in the market that are being sold to the consumer base. A slightly older, but still better breed of cameras is known as the point and shoot cameras / compact cameras.
Although these cameras aren’t as efficient in photography or videography, they don’t cost as much as a DSLR, and for those who want to take good photos without stunning amounts of details, they get the job done easily.
In simpler words, a point and shoot camera is something that you will suggest to your friend on a low budget, and by low, we don’t necessarily mean a shoestring budget, not above hundreds of dollars.
Let’s say you want to take photos of your pet, or your gadgets, in all honesty, a point and shoot would do wonders. With that out of the way, today, we will be looking at some of the best point and shoot cameras of 2017 in the market.
So, without further ado, let’s start.
10 Best Point and Shoot Cameras of 2017
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
The Mark II is equipped with a beef 20.2-megapixel sensor, and from the looks of it, looks nothing less than a DSLR camera. However, there is obviously a lot of tradeoffs here, and that’s exactly what we will be looking at.
Sure, you’re not getting the same image quality as a DSLR, but the fact that Mark II is adequate in outperforming pretty much any point and shoot in the market speaks a statement for itself.
As compared to the original, this camera has got quite a lot of upgrades including a refreshed design that makes this into a somewhat compact camera, something a lot of people want when they are looking for a point and shoot camera in the first place.
In our standard set of testing, the Mark II point and shoot camera managed to deliver photos that were crisp, clear in detail, and didn’t have a lot of noise. However, do keep in mind that at the price you’re paying for it, the photo quality could be a lot better. As for the video, you can shoot 1080p at 60FPS and below, something that is respectable.
While there are certainly a lot of good aspects about this camera, there are some bad ones as well; for starters, in terms of feature list, this point and shoot camera is clearly lagging behind the competition. Still, the camera manages to be good enough for those looking for a good point and shoot camera.
- Brings a lot of improvement over the original.
- Great image/video quality.
- Great, practical design and build quality.
- Not as feature rich as some of the competition.
Sony CyberShot DSC-RX100
The camera uses a 20.1-megapixel sensor, and for those looking for technical details, the camera is basically carrying an Exmor R CMOS sensor. The camera also uses Sony’s BIONZ X engine that makes the pictures and videos better in both picture and video quality.
Sony’s done a pretty good job at designing this camera; the RX100 happens to be quite a compact camera, and that is certainly a good thing. Overall, the construction is something that will make you consider it a premium camera, however, we do wish that the body wasn’t slippery as it can hinder the experience.
Overall, the picture quality is as good as it gets, and given the price range, the camera can’t be rivaled. However, do keep in mind that the camera doesn’t have a manual macro mode, meaning that fans who want to experiment with their close-up photography will have to rely on what’s present.
Overall, the great thing about the RX100 point and shoot camera is that it gets more things right than it gets them wrong; the pictures and videos come out stunning, the camera is fast at what it does, and the build quality is equivalent to a premium camera. However, at the same time, it suffers from some basic issues such as the lack of manual mode, and a slippery construction.
- Amazing picture and video quality.
- Premium construction, and design.
- Compact, and easy to carry.
- Fast shooting speeds.
- Construction is slippery.
- There is no manual macro mode.
Panasonic Lumix LX10
Today, we will be looking at the Panasonic Lumix LX10, one of the newly released point and shoot cameras that are taking the market by storm. The good thing about this Lumix LX10 is that it happens to the most compact camera we have seen in a long, long time.
While it’s certainly smaller in size, don’t be fooled by the size itself, the camera is one of the most powerful point and shoot cameras you can buy at the moment.
It has a 1.0-inch 20.1-megapixel sensor that is capable of taking some of the most beautiful photos we have seen, and that’s not all, this compact camera can also shoot 4K at 30 frames per second, something even the most premium DSLRs can’t do. That’s not all, though, the actual video quality is really good.
The autofocus system is also the star of the show, clearly overpowering what the other point and shoot cameras have to offer, and last but not the least, the bright f/1.4 aperture with the wide angle lens is an absolute treat to use.
Overall, the Panasonic Lumix LX10 is a fantastic point and shoot camera, however, it isn’t without its flaws. There are some obvious things we didn’t like about the camera. For starters, this camera doesn’t have a viewfinder or an ND filter, there’s no proper grip to firmly hold this camera, and the battery life isn’t as impressive, topping out at 260 shots on full charge.
Overall these flaws, and you’ve got yourself a fantastic point and shoot camera for your picture taking hobbies.
- Fantastic build quality.
- Great video, and picture quality with minimum noise.
- Compact, well-designed body.
- One of the best autofocus in point and shoot cameras.
- Subpar battery life.
- No grip for proper handling.
Sony RX100 V
Today, we are looking at Sony’s latest high-end point and shoot offering known as the Sony RX100 V, and the fact that this camera was released just a few weeks ago, makes it even more interesting to look at.
The camera is filled with features and comes with a 1.0-inch 20.1-megapixel sensor that is capable of taking some of the best looking images, as well as the ability to shoot 4K at 30 frames per second. The camera comes with a built-in EVF system and has an impressive 315-point autofocus system.
You’re also getting 24 frame burst shooting, excellent image quality, and one of the best 4K video recording. There’s no denying that Sony released this camera in order to give a competition to the Panasonic Lumix LX10, as well as the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II, and needless to say, it does a pretty good job at that.
All in all, there’s no denying that the Sony RX100 V is one of the best point and shoot cameras in the market, and while the price certainly helps it qualify as a premium camera, the fact that no smartphone camera comes close to this is a testament on its own.
Small handling quirks, and lack of touch screen may be a downside, but these downsides are considered subjective, to say the least.
- Comes with EVF built in.
- Excellent video and photo quality.
- Amazing build quality.
- 315-point auto focus/24 FPS burst photos.
- Awkward handling for some users.
- The screen isn’t touched capable.
The Nikon DL18-50 is definitely a compact camera, and comes loaded with a lot of features, it uses the same sensor that we have seen at some other point and shoot cameras on our list, and that is a testament alone about how good it is when it comes to photos and videos.
Obviously, you’re getting the 4K at 30 frames per second video recording, but in addition to that, the DL18-50 also offers you with 60.0 frames per second of continuous shooting, something that a lot of people normally look for.
There’s no denying that the video and image quality is fantastic, and while it’s not close to a DSLR, it’s certainly better than what most high-end smartphones have to offer. In addition to the standard set of features, Nikon is making the deal even sweeter than it already is by adding NFC, and WiFi connectivity.
Another good thing is that Nikon has added a touch screen in the DL18-50, making it better than some of the competition, as most of them don’t come with a touch screen.
Overall, the Nikon DL18-50 is definitely a compact camera, with some of the best feature set we have seen in a point and shoot camera, but it’s certainly not without the flaws that encompass it.
For starters, the camera is a bit heavy, and there is no view finder included. Something that may put off the potential customers looking to buy this otherwise amazing camera.
- Excellent photo and video quality.
- NFC and WiFi connectivity.
- Premium build quality.
- Compact, well-made design.
- Touch screen.
- Weight maybe a bit too much for some.
- There’s no viewfinder.
Today, we will be looking at the Fujifilm X100T, one of the company’s top of the line point and shoot cameras that we have used. In terms of specs, the camera may not have the best of the best, but it still manages to hold against the competition.
It features 16.3-megapixel X-Trans APS-C sensor, and it also comes with a hybrid viewfinder. The good thing about this sensor is that despite the smaller megapixel count, it still manages to take some of the best looking images we have seen on any camera in the market, and in addition to that, you’re also getting the amazing 35mm lens.
Another great thing about the X100T is the design; while most of the cameras in the market are looking for an advanced design, Fujifilm has decided to stick with a design that looks a lot more traditional than you’ll normally see in cameras; it’s simple, elegant, and reminds you of the retro designs that we saw on the older cameras.
Overall, the Fujifilm X100T is an amazing point and shoot camera, but much like other point and shoot cameras, it doesn’t come without its flaws; for starters, the camera doesn’t really have a great focus tracking skills, and in addition to that, it also suffers from a mediocre video quality.
- Excellent image quality.
- Solid construction
- Retro, beautiful design.
- Great 35mm lens.
- The hybrid viewfinder is an amazing addition.
- Video quality isn’t the best.
- Some tracking issues.
Canon PowerShot G9 X
The camera comes equipped with a rather impressive 20.2-megapixel BSI-CMOS sensor that is capable of taking stunning photos as well as videos. For those wondering about the sensor size, the G9 X possess a 1-inch sensor that is helping the camera become even better than it already is.
Another really good thing about this camera is the design; Canon has made it possible to squeeze super powerful hardware in a small, compact, and gorgeous looking design. These qualities clearly make this already amazing point and shoot camera into a fantastic, compact camera that we have been wanting.
Last but not the least, we really, really appreciate Canon’s approach with this touch screen as it happens to be one of the best ones in the market, the implementation we see is amazing, and the touch screen works well in conjunction with the camera features.
Overall, the Canon PowerShot G9 X is a pretty powerful point and shoot camera that is built for people who don’t want to spend a lot of money. It’s compact, works really well in both videos, and pictures, and doesn’t cost much.
Though with that said, you do need to keep some things in mind, for starters, the camera doesn’t have a lot of physical controls, and while the touch screen clearly makes it up for it, having physical controls is always a plus. Another issue we faced was the auto-focus being weird in low light conditions.
- Smart design language.
- Solid construction.
- Great at photography.
- Touch screen features properly implemented.
- Not a lot of physical controls.
- Autofocus suffers in low light.
Ricoh GR II
The Ricoh GR II is using a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, and for those who don’t know, this sensor may seem underpowered but it can take some of the best photos you can see. It has a 28mm wide angle lens that is known for producing some great results regardless of the shooting conditions.
The camera also offers extremely fast focusing capabilities, and in addition to that, you get the ability to take photos in RAW mode, and last but not the least, the camera also comes with some of the best WiFi controls we have seen in a camera. Another great thing
Overall, the Ricoh GR II is a pretty solid camera with a lot of tricks up its sleeves, and while a lot of people may doubt Ricoh’s ability to make great cameras, there’s no denying that this camera happens to be a great one.
Sadly, there are some issues with the Ricoh GR II that we should be discussing, for starters, you should know that while the WiFi controls are great, but the overall list of WiFi features could be better than they already are. In addition to that, the GR II doesn’t have an EVF feature either.
- Incredible, pocket-friendly design.
- Great picture quality.
- Super-fast autofocus.
- Great controls for Wi-Fi.
- Although Wi-Fi controls are good, connectivity could use an upgrade.
- The camera doesn’t come with EVF feature.
The Fujifilm X30 comes with a 12-megapixel sensor 2/3-inch sensor, and while it is certainly a lot lower than some of the other camera options we have mentioned here on the list, but do keep in mind that it certainly makes up for the price you are paying.
With that out of the way, do keep in mind that despite the lower price point, the camera still manages to offer a lot in terms of features, one of the major features you’re getting is one of the best on-body controls.
In addition to that, you also get some unexpected upgrades, and the first one being real, really fast auto-focus, and last but not the least, you the X30 is also coming with one of the best build qualities we have seen in a point and shoot camera.
Overall, we’d say that the Fujifilm X30 is the camera not for purists, but it is for the people who are either looking for their first point and shoot camera, or they are looking for a compact camera that they can easily carry in their pocket, or backpack without any issues.
Though there are few issues that we would like to address; the sensor isn’t as big as some of the rivals, and the LCD isn’t touch screen. If you overcome those issues, you’ve got a pretty solid point and shoot camera.
- Great physical controls.
- Solid build quality.
- Super-fast and accurate autofocus.
- Not as powerful as some of the rivals.
- No touch screen.
Nikon Coolpix P900
Keeping the weight, and the size factor aside, the reason why P900 made it to our list in the first place is rather simple, the camera is just too good. It comes with a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor with the sensor size of 1/2.3” and while it’s not the industry leading design, really can’t complain because the camera manages to hold up pretty well.
One of the features that make this camera top of the line is basically the camera’s ability to zoom up to 83x, and while no one is going to go that high, it’s still a great feature to have. In addition to that, you also get amazing image stabilization, probably the best one we have seen.
The camera also offers full manual controls, video recording at 1080 and below, amazing picture quality, EVF that is at the eye level, GPS, Wi-Fi, LCD that can be tilted, and an amazing autofocus capability that is quick and accurate.
So, judging by all the good things about the camera, one would only wonder that this is possibly the best point and shoot available. However, do keep in mind that there are some caveats. For starters, the camera doesn’t support shooting in RAW mode, can be a bit sluggish, and has no hot shoe.
Overlook the aforementioned issues, and you’ve got yourself a pretty solid point and shoot camera capable of taking great photos.
- Tons of features including Wi-Fi, and GPS.
- Full manual controls.
- Great auto focus.
- Picture and video quality is amazing.
- High-end zoom.
- Brilliant image stabilization.
- No RAW mode available.
- Shooting experience can be sluggish.
- Not hot shoe.
Things to Avoid in a Point and Shoot Digital Camera
Now that you have figured out what the best point and shoot cameras are in the market, it’s time to take a look at some other pressing matters. For those who are already experts in buying cameras, or using them, there won’t be any issue.
However, for anyone who’s getting their first point and shoot camera, there are several things that you need to keep in mind before you go ahead and make the purchase. For starters, when buying a point and shoot camera, there are some very common mistakes that you need to avoid.
Today, we will be looking at the mistakes you should avoid, in order to help you get the most out of your money. So, without further ado, let’s take a look.
Going for the Highest Megapixel Count
The first thing you need to keep in mind in is that the megapixel count isn’t directly proportional to the quality of images you’re taking. For instance, take Sony’s Xperia Z2, and compare it with LG G4; the G4 has a 16-megapixel unit whereas the Z2 has a 20.7-megapixel unit. You’d think that the Z2 would take better pictures but that’s not true as G4 happens to beat the Z2 fair and square. Another thing you should keep in mind that higher megapixel count tends to suffer from more noise in many situations.
The actual thing you should be paying attention to is the type, and size of the sensor that is in the camera, because that’s the part which will be letting all the light in, and allowing for photography that looks good. The bigger the sensor, the greater amount of light to come through, which ultimately leads to the images coming out better.
Not Paying Attention to the Sensor Size
A lot of people think that megapixels are the main winners here but that’s not entirely true. For those who don’t know, if you have a camera with a higher megapixel count, but a smaller sensor, the camera won’t be producing images as good.
However, if you have a camera with a larger sensor coupled with relatively smaller megapixel count, you should know that the pictures will come out really, really well despite that lack of megapixel count.
This happens because a larger sensor allows more light to pass through it, which in return provides you with a better picture. In simpler terms, a 20-megapixel camera with a 1/2.3” sensor will not be as good as a 16 megapixel with 1” sensor, simply because the sensor on the latter is bigger.
Key Indicators of a Good Point and Shoot Camera
Even though DSLRs are ruling the camera market at the moment, there is no denying that a market completely separate from the DSLR purists exist as well. People tend to buy point and shoot cameras when they are beginning to get into photography, or just want to take some good looking pictures without spending a lot.
That makes the point and shoot cameras a lot more famous than they would normally seem, and a lot of people buy them to date. After all, we already know how a lot of people actually like spending on these cameras as well.
With that said, there are some certain things about point and shoot cameras that you should know about, the reason is simple, you don’t want to make a hurried purchase.
Below are some of the key indicators of a good point and shoot camera.
While from most devices, people usually prefer to have digital controls, however, things don’t work the same way when it comes to the cameras. People normally prefer physical controls more over digital controls simply because of the amount of freedom they provide, and addition to that, they actually work a lot better than digital controls.
That is perhaps the main reason why physical controls have become so important in the cameras that they are considered a prime feature and many consumers would rather not buy a camera with physical controls than go for something digital.
Make sure that the physical controls are present on the camera in order to let you take photos better than you can with digital controls. It’s safe to say that manually controlling macro from a physical button is much better than doing it through the digital controls.
Type of Sensor
Another thing you need to keep in mind when selecting a point and shoot camera for yourself is the type of sensor that you’re thinking about going for. Now, this mainly includes the sensor size, and you should definitely keep in mind that a larger sensor, even if it has a lower megapixel count, will produce better images.
So, keep this simple thing in mind that a larger megapixel count will not really give you the best looking photos if the sensor size is small, this is something really, really important that a lot of people normally skip on.
For those wondering, we have already used a lot of different analogies as well as explanations in order to help you understand everything better than before.
Most Important Point and Shoot Camera Features
People often think that point and shoot cameras are not important, and will eventually be replaced by DSLRs, and while it may seem true, do keep in mind that these cameras cater to a consumer market different from DSLR cameras.
We’re not looking at hardcore photography enthusiasts, but we’re looking at average consumers who just want something to get them through taking good looking videos without going through a lot of effort in the first place.
A good thing about point and shoot cameras is that they are very, very compact as compared to the DSLR cameras that don’t share the same property, you can simply carry one in your pocket, and that will be it. Needless to say, there are some actual advantages of point and shoot cameras that a lot of people actually don’t know about.
As for today, we won’t be discussing the advantages; today, we will be looking at some of the most important points and shoot camera features. The reason why we are discussing these features is because the more people know about these, the more they will be able to buy a point and shoot camera properly.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look.
Perhaps the biggest feature of any point and shoot camera is the size of the sensor it uses. When it comes to point and shoot cameras, most modern ones are equipped with a 1-inch sensor that is considered the industry standard with the high-end point and shoot cameras.
However, you do need to keep in mind that some companies are releasing cameras with the higher megapixel count, but with a sensor size of only 1/2.3”. Don’t fall for the higher megapixel count, as a camera with this sensor size can easily be beaten by smartphones, as well as other mid-range cameras.
Always go for a camera with a bigger sensor even if you’re trading off some megapixels in the process.
Yes, we all know how auto mode will take pictures for us in just a matter of seconds, but do keep in mind that sometimes, auto mode isn’t the most intelligent when it comes to taking pictures. It sometimes ends up failing and fails horribly too.
So, when you’re buying a point and shoot camera, make sure that the camera you are looking at is equipped with manual controls, in order to give you the best photography experience.
In addition to manual controls, also pay close attention to whether or not the camera you’re about to buy is equipped with physical controls, this is because no other type of digital control can beat the feel, and freedom of physical controls. So, make sure you’re looking for physical controls too. Nothing beats controlling the macro or your camera through physical controls.
Which Point and Shoot Digital Camera Is Right for You?
Now that we have discussed pretty much every single aspect of the point and shoot digital cameras, the last thing we’re looking is which is the best camera for you. Well, this one’s a tough question, but in all honesty, there are multiple answers to this.
In our personal opinion, the Sony RX100 V is quite possibly the best point and shoot camera you can buy at the moment, it has great features, and while it’s expensive, it performs really, really well in photos and videos alike, with some of the best features available in the market.