Point-and-shoot cameras are essentially what we now refer to as “digital cameras.” They are more high-tech than camera phones, but are preferred by those who don’t consider themselves professional photographers.
Most point-and-shoot cameras use focus-free lenses or auto-focusing, and most have flash units built in.
Here, I’m going to provide you with five of the best point-and-shoot cameras on the market today.
1. Canon Powershot S90
The Canon Powershot S90 is a compact, lightweight camera that is known for having excellent image quality and RAW format support. It’s easy control functions allow users to use the camera in any lighting situation, and it can conveniently fit into one’s shirt pocket.
It has 10 mega-pixels, 461,000 dot LCD’s, 3.8 X optical zoom, a focus bracketing mode, a Digic 4 image processor and a 1/1.7 inch CCD sensor. The LCD screen size is 3 inches, and has a minimum shutter speed of 15. Exposure settings include an AE lock, aperture priority, auto exposure, manual exposure, multiple program modes and shutter priority. For memory, this camera uses an SD or SDHC memory card, as well as a built-in flash with red eye reduction and slow speed sync, and a rechargeable battery. It has a maximum video capture resolution of 640×480 pixels, a maximum frame rate of 30 and a MOV video capture format.
The camera ranges in price from $299-$400.
2. Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-WX1
The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-WX1 is a compact digital camera with excellent image quality, battery life and modes for low-light shots and panoramas.
Features include 10.2 mega pixels, 5X optical zoom, handheld twilight mode options, auto white balance, JPEG image format, .417 inches image sensor size, 24 mm wide angle, 120 mm maximum telephoto, 2.7 inch LCD screen size, live preview, an electronic viewfinder, 1600 maximum shutter speed, memory stick PRO due memory type, sweep panorama mode, scene recognition mode, a built-in auto flash, lithium ion battery and 1280×720 video capture resolution pixels. The camera can take 394 shots on one battery charge, and the camera is smaller than a deck of cards. It also has a burst mode, which allows the camera to take up to 10 shots per second. Modes include handheld twilight, automatic scene recognition and sweep panorama, as mentioned previously, as well as proram, anti-blur, scene selections and high-definition video. It comes with a USB cord to upload and transfer photos, as it costs about $239-$350, but it takes excellent pictures in the dark, and is easy to take on-the-go.
3. Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1 has an extra-wide lens, a super-fast auto-focus in video mode and a silent 8x optical zoom. Other features include 12 mega pixels, CCD image sensor, JPEG and MPEG image format, optical image stabilization, 8x maximum optical zoom, 3.3 maximum aperture, fixed lens mount, auto focus features, 2.7 LCD screen size, auto exposure compensation, SD and SDHC memory card type, 40 MB installed memory, built-in auto flash, forced flash, red-eye reduction, slow speed sync, 1280×720 pixels in video, USB interface, lithium ion battery and rechargeable battery.
Overall, this camera isn’t the most high-tech on the market, but it has all the essentials for people who like taking basic pictures. It has several different modes and fast shutter speeds, as well as a tracking feature which allows you to keep a subject focused in your frame to get a better picture. Modes include sunset, panorama assist, starry sky, fireworks, portrait and more.
This camera costs $210-$230.
4. Nikon Coolpix S8000
The Nikon Coolpix S8000 is a lightweight camera with an excellent LCD screen, backlight, macro mode and high-zoom. This camera takes excellent photos but has no manual controls. Features include 14 mega pixels, CCD image sensor, .434 image sensor size, JPEG image format, auto white balance, optical image stabilization, 10x optical zoom, 3.5 maximum aperture, a fixed lens mount, 3 inch LCD screen, auto exposure, SD and SDHC memory card, 32 MB installed memory, built-in auto flash, 1280×720 maximum video capture resolution, 30 maximum frame rate, MPEG-4 video capture format, and a lithium ion battery. There are 15 scene modes and an automatic scene selector that chooses the appropriate setting for you.
This camera costs $219-$299.
5. Olympus FE-47 14MP 2.7-inch LCD Point & Shoot Digital Camera
The Olympus FE-47 14MP 2.7 Camera is an excellent, affordable, easy-to-use camera. It has a 5x zoom, intelligent auto, 5 mega pixels, 2.7 inch screen size, LCD screen, 230,000 pixel display resolution, 14 mega pixel effective camera resolution, JPEG image format, motion JPEG video format, 640×480 maximum video resolution, 5x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom, electronic image stabilization, auto focus modes, red-eye reduction flash modes, 18 MB flash memory capacity, SDHC memory capacity and double AA batteries are needed. This camera costs about $120.