There was a time when digital photography actually required a camera and not a cell phone or smartphone. Seems like several cameras these days take up more space than the old shoulder mounted video cameras with all of their lenses, tripods and filters. But taking digital pictures does not have to be a full time job, point and shoot cameras are still available for a fraction of the price of their SLR counterparts. Point and shoot cameras are the ones we are all familiar with, where you pop in the memory card and off you go. The auto focus and auto flash can usually take care of everything else. Here is a look at five of the best point and shoot cameras available today:
Nikon Coolpix S3000
The Nikon Coolpix S3000 is a 12.0 mega pixel camera with a host of options. The S3000 features electronic image stabilization which means a clear picture every time, and features a 2.7 inch screen for checking out the picture. This camera is also equipped with a motion sensor which adjust shutter speed to compensate for the speed of the photo subject. All things considered not a bad piece of tech for the $149.99 retail price at Best Buy or Bestbuy.com.
Kodak Easyshare M575
The Kodak Easyshare M575 is a 14 mega pixel monster available at Wal-Mart or walmart.com for $139. Besides boasting top of the line resolution, the M575 features a three inch display that makes checking out the pic a breeze. Plus, this camera also has the ability to take HD video, which is a plus in any point and shoot camera. With auto everything even the most challenged of photographers can pick up some quality pictures with little effort.
Sony CyberShot 14.1 MegaPixel Camera
At Target or target.com, the Sony CyberShot 14.1 Mega Pixel Camera is available for $169.99. This delightful point and shoot digital camera features electronic image stabilization, self timer, auto focus, and an easy to see three inch LCD display. The mammoth resolution of this camera means the amateur photographer can take photos that can easily be turned into huge posters. This Sony CyberShot features all the great things that make point and shoots such great cameras, plus it feels great in your hands.
Canon PowerShot 12.1 Mega Pixel Digital Camera
For $159.99 at Best Buy or bestbuy.com, the Canon PowerShot 12.1 Mega Pixel Digital Camera offers a lot of bang for your buck. With a 16x total zoom capacity, movie mode, auto flash, and a host of other options, this camera showcases some of the top features available in digital photography for a reasonable price. It even features a bunch of different effects to make some interesting looking photos.
Canon PowerShot A495
Over at Wal-Mart or walmart.com, the Canon PowerShot A495 is available for $99. For under one hundred dollars the camera sports some impressive features including: 10 mega pixel resolution, 3.3x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom, and a movie mode. Plus, it features the same technology that allows the more expensive PowerShot cameras to take such great pictures, for a lot less of a price. The ten mega pixels is still pretty good resolution, while photos may lose resolution at large poster sizes, the typical photo sizes will still look awesome.