10 Best Point and Shoot Cameras in 2021 (The Ultimate Review & Guide)

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Have you ever got frustrated with a big mirrorless or DSLR camera just because of the sheer size and weight of it? Well, you are not alone.

In my early days of image and video photography, I always read and looked for the latest trending news and wished for a video camera that fits in my pocket easily and is just as powerful. Back then it was a far cry to even think of something like that. But now it has become a reality.

Manufacturers are forced to put more advanced features in their best pocket-sized point-and-shoot camera models thanks to today's best ever-improving smartphone cameras.

This has made life for us quick snappers a breeze. We now have the power to take Digital SLR quality photos at the palms of our hand aside from our smartphone.

However, finding what fits your needs the “Best,” can be a bit tricky. Especially considering how every company releases latest breaking news and claims that it produces today's best pocket-sized compact and lightweight cameras. That’s where these excellent latest little reviews of mine come into play.

In these reviews or guides (whatever you decide to call it), I’ll give you 10 today’ s best point and shoot cameras in the market as of current research and latest trending news. Let’s take a deeper dive into the world of point-and-shoot cameras, shall we?





Sony RX100 VII Premium Compact Camera with 1.0-type stacked CMOS sensor (DSCRX100M7)

Sony RX100 VII

Top Pick

Megapixels: 20.1 MP
Lens: 24-200mm, ƒ/2.8-4.5
Viewfinder Type: EVF
4K Video: Yes
Weight: 302g

Fujifilm X100V Digital Camera - Silver

Fujifilm X100V


Megapixels: 26 MP
Lens: 35mm, ƒ/2.0
Viewfinder Type: Hybrid/LCD
4K Video: Yes
Weight: 478g

Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II Digital Camera w/ 1 Inch Sensor, Wi-Fi & NFC Enabled, Black

Canon G5X Mark II


Megapixels: 20.1 MP
Lens: 24–120mm, ƒ/1.8-2.8
Viewfinder Type: EVF
4K Video: Yes
Weight: 340g

Sony ZV-1 Camera for Content Creators, Vlogging and YouTube with Flip Screen and Microphone

Sony ZV-1


Megapixels: 20.1 MP
Lens: 24-70mm, ƒ/1.8-2.8
Viewfinder Type: None
4K Video: Yes
Weight: 294g

Canon PowerShot Vlogging Camera [G7X Mark III] 4K Video Streaming Camera, Vertical 4K Video Support with Wi-Fi, NFC and 3.0-inch Touch Tilt LCD, Silver

Canon G7X Mark III


Megapixels: 20.1 MP
Lens: 24–100mm, ƒ/1.8-2.8
Viewfinder Type: None
4K Video: Yes
Weight: 304g

For this review piece, I’ve read and compiled a list of 10 today’s best point and shoot digital cameras that I believe are the best and related for everyone’s needs. Keep in mind all of them were chosen based on the features and capabilities they have (and also a bit of my personal opinion).

There you go, the aforementioned are the best price deals and on top rated compact digital cameras pocketable like smartphones you can buy that we will take a look at. Without any further ado, let’s get right into it.

1. Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VII

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VII

Sensor: 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm) | Megapixels: 20.1 MP | Lens: 24-200mm, ƒ/2.8-4.5 | Display: 3.0 inch, 921k dots | Viewfinder: EVF | Wi-Fi: Yes | Flip/Tilt Screen: Yes | Touch Screen: Yes | Maximum continuous shooting: 20fps | 4K Video: Yes | Weight (inc. batteries): 302g | Battery Life: Approx. 260 shots

The Sony RX100 VII is a great and impressive pocket-sized type of compact video camera that can be trusted for its consistent performance and fixed durability. The super lightweight 302-gram rugged type beast boasts that it delivers a consistent performance no matter what condition you use it in. The size of this pocket-sized type of compact camera also plays an important role in making it the compact thing that it is. Get these impressive compacts at a cheap price that is worth your money!

One if its great advantages is that it has a fixed type of ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* Lens, which is limited to 15 elements in 12 groups (8 aspheric elements including AA lens). The ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* Lens is known for its effectiveness in reducing "Ghost & Flare" on an image as named by Carl Zeiss, the inventor of the technology.

Basically, it has a fixed coating that blocks out the reflections on the long zoom lens surface.

The long zoom lens provides a maximum aperture of F2.8 (W)-4.5(T). This type of lenses, along with the sensor’s limited number of active dots that is 20.1 Megapixels larger sensor, works actively in producing high-quality, high resolution, bright and sharp raw pictures, and enabling the creation of sensitive and precise images even when it zooms on a different level. Additionally, Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VII supports resolution-4K video.

It is believed that you can never capture a raw image on a pocket-sized compact camera that you can actually see or imagine. On the downside, you are limited to get as close to it as your device allows you. Thanks to the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VII compact camera because it is determined to literally bring you closer to your target on a different level even if you are several feet away with its 8.0x optical zoom and a wide-angle focal length of as wide as F2.8 (W)-4.5 (T) like a telephoto lens.

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VII optical zoom range works for both image and video, but still it also has an option for activating digital zoom for both the purposes as well. And I must admit, even though I’m not a fan of the digital zoom (more like a hater), the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VII is surprisingly better than most other type of digital zooms and one of the best price deals that is worth your money, within your budget you can ever find.

The 7.5 cm raw image and video display plus a touch panel is also adjustable, tilting up to 180 degrees up and tilting 90 degrees down. This is perfect for a selfie, family pictures, or vlogging a travel. Thanks to the touchscreen technology which allows you to use the panel for setting, controls, and focus point adjustments for your image depending on your choice.

Do you like having your fun with light like I do? You know, fooling around with excellent shutter speed and the image exposure settings a bit to create long exposure images of stars, comets, or just speeding vehicles that do not go gentle into that good night? Then this Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VII pocket-sized compact camera may be the perfect tool for you.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VII has a flash speed and shutter speed range of 1/4000 to 30 Seconds on default and a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 102400. The electronic shutters allow continuous shooting or shooting speed in burst mode plus a range of 1/8—1/32000. Although the ISO sensitivity needs to be lower than ISO 3200 if you want to set the shutter speed to lower than ¼ sec.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VII also has a wide range of shooting speed modes. I mean, seriously. This is reason enough for me to put this onto my list of best image quality point-and-shoot cameras.

AUTOMATIC (Intelligent Auto/Superior Auto), Program Automatic, Apertures Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, Manual Exposure, MR (Memory Recall), Movie Mode (Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, (Manual Exposure), Manual Exposure), Panorama, Scene Selection...You name it, it has it.

With the RX100, you can also expect and get school-girly with it and add filters to your raw images from the wide array of Picture Effects that include Toy camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Richtone Monochrome, and so on. Similar effects such as retro, pop color, richtone monochrome and more are available for video as well. That takes away a lot of hassle from image post-processing, doesn’t it?

You can also add your own personalized picture profiles to it that you can use, enough to quicken post-processing of your raw images while you’re in a hurry. You can copy these image profiles and add to any still you like, and also reset it if you change your mind.

2. Fujifilm X100V

Fujifilm X100V

Sensor: APS-C (23.6 x 15.6 mm) | Megapixels: 26 MP | Lens: 35mm, ƒ/2.0 | Display: 3.0 inch, 1,620k dots | Viewfinder: Hybrid / LCD | Wi-Fi: Yes | Flip/Tilt Screen: Yes | Touch Screen: Yes | Maximum continuous shooting: 11fps | 4K Video: Yes | Weight (inc. batteries): 478g | Battery Life: Approx. 420 shots

Years ago and up to now, Fujifilm is a brand much-adored by photographers for their well-built cameras and offers lots of great price deals you can buy within your budget. One can expect that Fuji cameras are sturdy and durable on one hand, plus packed with fixed features and on the other. The superb stylish yet decent X100V is no exception in this regard, you can get these great compacts at a cheap price that is really worth your money though it costs $100 more than its predecessor.

First things first, the slightly rugged premium Fujifilm X100V compact camera features a fixed APS-C sensor format 26.1 Mega pixel X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor. Relatively high compared to the Fujifilm X P90 with 16.4MP. Imagine, 16.4MP compared to 26.1MP. Fujifilm X100V has a back-illuminated style that is crafted for smooth tonal rendering. The Fujifilm X100V wide native sensitivity range of ISO 160-12800 ensures an improved performance in low-light location.

The makers of this Fujifilm X100V video camera got rid of an optical low-pass filter so that the image quality and sharpness of the camera increases to a noticeable degree. Instead, Fujifilm X100V utilizes a randomized pixel array that impacts the video and image quality and sharpness to a great extent.

Aside from the APS-C sensor, the X-Trans sensor of the Fujifilm X100V compact camera includes an expanded image face-detection autofocus system that has a wide array of 425 selectable points. Though not a larger sensor and limited, these sensors are pretty much enough to cover the entire focus area.

When it comes to speed, expect that the Fujifilm X100V AF system delivers faster than most other video cameras with an increased level of accuracy in focus performance even in lighting situations as low as -5 EV which is one of its advantages.

To compliment the versatile imaging and focus capabilities of this pocket-sized type of compact camera, there’s also an updated X-Processor 4. These image and video processors have a quad-core type of CPU that delivers a faster, more responsive performance throughout the entire system of the camera.

The durable Fujifilm X100V body can be made weather-resistant as well if you get and pair it with the optional AR-X100 Adapter Ring and the optional protection ring for weather sealing. The Fujifilm X100V body only weighs around 478g even if you add the weight of the batteries plus the memory stick.

Along with compactness, the little beast also promises minimal body weight pocketable like smartphones (in compact camera standards).

Apart from the build, the whole package of this Fujifilm X100V video camera is phenomenal. You will also get a 3.0 inch 1.62m-dots tilting type of hybrid LCD touchscreen. The tilting touchscreen gives you the comfort of intuitive operation plus playback, while the tilting LCD model gives you that extra freedom to shoot a video or image from any angle no matter how high or low, perfect for selfie and beach travel.

If you’re thinking whether the tilting LCD model affects the accessibility to the camera controls, then let me tell you that it does, but in a good way. The tilting LCD models’ features a set of soft locking round dials and levers on the top plate of the little and small compact camera that make image exposure and shutter speed adjustment super quick and easy.

Along with the Fujifilm X100V soft shutter speed dial, there’s also the ISO dial if you want to confirm the sensitivity setting without having to turn the device on.

The image exposure compensation dial makes room for adjusting +/- 3 EV in 1/3 steps. The Fujifilm X100V round dial also includes a C position that can afford a better and expanded +/- 5 EV range when working with the command dials.

Fujifilm X100V has a push function integrated in the front and rear dials that makes working with the settings selection menu much easier. Added with the benefits of the Fujifilm X100V push function is the joystick in the rear. The Fujifilm X100V has a joystick if you want intuitive selection and switching between AF points. The joystick models lets you navigate across the menu and playback settings.

There is a little surprise. The Fujifilm X100V models come with integrated Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. At this point, you might’ve already assumed where I’m getting at. Yep, you’ve guessed it right. Get it at a cheap price that is really worth your money!

The Fujifilm X100V Bluetooth and the Wi-Fi connectivity if you want you to share and export raw images and video from this small and little compact camera to other mobile devices. Not just that, if you download the in-house application developed by Fujifilm onto your smartphones, you’ll be able to adjust your camera remotely using your mobile device. 

3. Canon PowerShot G5X II

Canon PowerShot G5X II

Sensor: 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm) | Megapixels: 20 MP | Lens: 24–120mm, ƒ/1.8-2.8 | Display: 3.0 inch, 1,040k dots | Viewfinder: EVF | Wi-Fi: Yes | Flip/Tilt Screen: Yes | Touch Screen: Yes | Maximum continuous shooting: 30fps | 4K Video: Yes | Weight (inc. batteries): 340g | Battery Life: Approx. 230 shots

Not a long time ago, a close competitor of Fujifilm in making pocket cameras is Canon. And the body of this tiny little slightly rugged type monster by Canon weighs only 340g even with the batteries and the memory card included.

I won’t be exaggerating if I say that the Canon PowerShot G5X II can take on any other best point and shoot cameras and even phones in terms of mobility. Making it one of the best and cheap price deals you can buy depending on your budget for point-and-shoot cameras within this range. This Canon camera is one of the breaking news in the world of photography during its release.

The Canon’s fixed frosted black type of body exterior adds up to the camera’s aesthetics while making sure that it doesn’t slip from the hands when you use it for sports or beach travel. The ergonomic capabilities with handle-shaped thumb rest models on one side makes it easier to grip, adding to the convenience of carrying it around.

Apart from the body ergonomics, I was really impressed by the Canon’s positioning of the dials and rings that are incorporated on the video camera’s body for settings and controls. They are positioned in such a way that makes them easily accessible yet not easily exposed to accidental touches.

Along with physical adjustment rings and dials, there’s also an additional exposure compensation dial incorporated. Together, they give you direct power over the wide array of image settings and image modes that the small and little compact camera offers.

Something else about this Canon’s video camera impressed me a lot. It boasts in-camera batteries charging enabled. You can literally charge it like a cellphone using a USB cable with anything, may it be from a power bank or car batteries. No hassle of taking out batteries and finding an adapter every time you need to charge it.

This video camera is synonymous to convenience due to its 2.36m-dots LCD viewfinder (EVF) models. The popup 2.36m-dots LCD viewfinder (EVF) makes sure that you have a clear eye-level view from all shooting angles. The electronic viewfinder (EVF) also features a 2.36m-dots resolution: 4K so that you get a sharp and crisp preview of your images or video.

Even after providing you with all these software and privileges, the 2.36m-dots image viewfinder (EVF) retracts without bothering the camera’s sleek format when the camera’s not in use.

Despite adding a super-efficient 2.36m-dots LCD viewfinder (EVF), Canon went one step ahead and added a 3.0 inch 1.04m-dots rear touchscreen that opens up new windows for monitoring and reviewing the imagery. These compacts are one of the best and cheap price deals people can buy on a tight budget a company could offer.

The touchscreen also works as a panel for Touch & Drag AF controls that makes selecting focus point super easy.

Sensor models of this video camera are 20.1 mega pixel 1 inch stacked CMOS sensors. This large sensor like GPS that can read the positioning of an object, along with the DIGIC 8 image processors, makes shooting speed in-motion objects at max speed possible or burst mode with surprisingly low noise and aberration on your image. It was like manufacturers perfectly made it for sports.

With these great sensors, shooters tend to get quick focus speed from 10fps as high as up to 20-fps continuous shooting speed, a 30-fps Raw Burst mode, UHD 4K video resolution 30p, and Full HD 120p video quality...*gasps for breath*. All of this in a single package, thanks to its amazing pairing of the dual stacked large sensor and the DIGIC 8 processors which photographers want.

If you’re a vlogger or a videographer, you have to capture video with as much accuracy and high resolution like when you capture photos. This is where the big 5x optical zoom lens comes in handy. The versatile 5x zoom lens models of this Canon compact camera zooms and covers a wide-angle focal length range that’s equivalent to 24-120mm short telephoto.

The 5x optical zoom lens models also feature an f/1.8-2.8 maximum aperture with image stabilization and autofocus. The 5x zoom lens zooms if you want to shoot an image better in handheld mode even under poorly or highly-lit conditions and still capable of having a clear image if the subject is several feet away.

Also, as a bonus to the lenses, the high aperture count grants shooters an even greater control over depth of field when working with selective focus points. Bear in mind, the greater the aperture for you, the faster the lens would be when you open up the lens.

Remember how I called this thing an equivalent to phones for photography? Well, it is. This Canon camera type has a fixed built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi software like your expensive and pricey phones.

Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connection of this superb simple tiny stylish decent high-end camera gives shooters another level of the freedom and versatility to share and export photos and video directly from your Canon compact camera to your mobile devices without having to transfer it to a computer first and without compromising quality. Cool, isn’t it?

4. Sony ZV-1

Sony ZV-1

Sensor: 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm) | Megapixels: 20.1 MP | Lens: 24-70mm, ƒ/1.8-2.8 | Display: 3.0 inch, 922k dots | Viewfinder: None | Wi-Fi: Yes | Flip/Tilt Screen: No | Touch Screen: Yes | Maximum continuous shooting: 24fps | 4K Video: Yes | Weight (inc. batteries): 294g | Battery Life: Approx. 260 shots

It would be blasphemous to talk about best point-and-shoot cameras and not mention Sony. A long time ago and up to today, Sony tend to make all type of creative video cameras since the very beginning of their journey, and Sony didn’t back off when the best point-and-shoot cameras emerged. The Sony ZV-1 is a solid proof of how good the brand is with the best point-and-shoot cameras.

The first thing that you’d notice when you take the video camera in your hand is its weight. Or should I say the lack of it. Weighing only about 294 grams, the thing literally weighs like a feather along with being compact, pocketable like smartphones. Even its size is exceptionally pocket-friendly. You don’t need an extra pouch to carry it.

The compact and lightweight format of the Sony camera ensures that you get the optimum portability and ease of single-handed operation while you’re on the go.

The easily accessible large fixed REC button with quick recognition makes shooting speed with one hand all the more efficient and effortless for you. The front tally lamp works as an indicator for when a video record is taking place.

Sony boasts about their touchscreen type. There is a touchscreen mirror (an LCD screen) on the rear that flip and pop open with just the prey of a finger, letting you take selfies or film yourself in a much more natural and intuitive manner. The touchscreen mirror can be closed in the same way without any effort.

Since the LCD screen flips out from the side, the top is redesigned to incorporate a directional 3-capsule mic. The mic is specifically designed for forward-directional audio record.

To add more comfort to your experience, the makers of this bad boy installed a windscreen for mic so that your recordings are crystal clear and noiseless.

There is also an additional 3.5mm microphone port. The 3.5mm port can be used to mount any lavalier or shotgun mic of your choice in case you’re not completely satisfied with the sound quality that the built-in microphone produces. Aside from the 3.5mm port, there is also a multi-interface shoe for accessory compatibility.

The versatile integrated ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* The prime lens is capable of shooting in a wide range of situations and conditions. Even though it is a small pocket compact camera like phones, the prime lens surprisingly retains a bright f/1.8-2.8 maximum aperture range if you want to work easily in low-lit conditions. Relatively, it has a maximum continuous shooting of 24 fps.

In line with the optical format of this prime lens, it incorporates a series of specialized image elements that work actively to reduce aberrations and distortions on your image or video. These lenses also make focus more accurate by isolating subject matter using shallow depth of field techniques. Additionally, the HX90V of Sony has 10x to 30x Optical Zoom if you are looking for a larger zoom span where you are free to get a clear view even if several feet away.

Best point & shoot cameras often lose their charm after a while of use. That’s because the user tends to notice chromatic aberrations and distractions on the LCD screen around the edges of the focus area. This compact camera makes a contrast to this stereotype thanks to its ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* prime lens.

The most annoying thing a user or a photographer faces while shooting an HD video or image in unevenly-lit conditions is lens glare and reflections ruining their frames. Keeping this in mind, the makers of this compact camera have introduced the ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating that actively suppresses reflections and glare providing you with an improved contrast and color fidelity for your image quality.

To add more accuracy to your image and video in handheld mode under low-lighting conditions, there is the Optical SteadyShot image stabilization that may minimize the blurriness caused by camera shake while shooting in handheld mode. The SteadyShot image stabilization also works wonders with an HD video, even when the user shoots handheld while walking. Though you are using optical zoom range, video and image quality will never be compromised even if several feet away.

You can now get rid of your slow and lagging camera. The mighty 20.1MP 1 inch Exmor RS CMOS 1-inch sensor of this video camera is capable of delivering outstanding video and image quality. The CMOS 1-inch sensor can give within any ISO range between 100-12800, while maintaining an incredibly fast speed.

5. Canon PowerShot G7X III

Canon PowerShot G7X III

Sensor: 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm) | Megapixels: 20 MP | Lens: 24–100mm, ƒ/1.8-2.8 | Display: 3.0 inch, 1,040k dots | Viewfinder: None | Wi-Fi: Yes | Flip/Tilt Screen: Yes | Touch Screen: No | Maximum continuous shooting: 30fps | 4K Video: Yes | Weight (inc. batteries): 304g | Battery Life: Approx. 235 shots

Not a long time ago after the G5X II, another addition to the array of best point-and-shoot cameras by Canon is the PowerShot G7X Mark III. It has one of the best prices if looking for an affordable camera. It features a superb simple stylish large 20.1 mega pixel stacked CMOS 1-inch sensor that allows you to shoot an image or video in high-speed with almost zero unnecessary sound. Aside from the CMOS 1-inch sensor, there’s also the DIGIC 8 image processors making the job even easier for you.

Might wonder if you may run slow during your travel? Powered with the CMOS 1-inch sensor and DIGIC 8 image technologies, the little Speedy Gonzales gives you the supreme level capability to read and focus real fast (from 10fps up to 20 fps) on any subject with sharp precision whether it’s steady or in-motion. Thanks to the stacked CMOS 1-inch sensor format which allows you to film a video in UHD 4K video resolution (4K, that is a big plus!) 30p with Full HD 120p quality.

Speaking of a video record, this small compact camera has a unique video feature. It supports vertical video record along with video live streaming through YouTube. To use this feature, you may need to have a Canon iMAGE GATEWAY account. The account will enable vloggers to stream their game or travel directly from your camera if you have a Wi-Fi connection.

Which brings us to the next feature of this camera; the built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. It permits you to transfer images and video to any mobile device or computer wirelessly.

You don’t need a cable or anything. Your device is enough. Just click images or shoot videos, and send them in directly for editing and post-processing to your laptop or mobile device by just using the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi of this classic simple tiny stylish camera.

The built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity also lets you control the camera remotely with your mobile device if you have the Canon Camera Connect app installed.

The connectivity further makes room for you to use an external microphone via the clean HDMI output enhancing the recording quality to a noticeable amount.

Build and design-wise, this small compact camera is pretty much like any other best point & shoot camera. I mean, it has a decent build and weighs only about 304 grams including the batteries and the memory card. The exterior has a frosted matte finish with a grip on one side for easy handling. The style is pretty basic in my opinion.

The design and the positioning of the dials and controls of this small compact camera are pretty similar to that of the G5X II. It has intuitive touch raw support if you want to Touch and Drag the LCD monitor autofocus controls and adjust it depending on your choice. Although this one has an additional 180° upward tilting LCD design for vlogging, taking a selfie, or family picture during travel.

There are a few changes here and there. For example, this model has silver metallic borders around the top and surrounding the prime lens, giving it a fancier look. This model is also slightly lighter in comparison with the previous one.

The batteries’ capacity of this camera is also almost the same as the G5X II. It supports charging from any batteries or power bank via a USB cable. Although the same problem of having an inadequate batteries’ duration persists with this model as well.

You might need to keep a few extra batteries in hand when you’re out for a long day of outdoor shooting to level up your game.

Like the previous model, the G5X III also has a built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity that lets you share and export files to mobile smartphones wirelessly and control the camera remotely via the Canon Camera Connect app. Vloggers can have more versatility in transferring crisp images during their travel instantly to post updates to their family, sub, or fans.

Are you afraid of a slow focusing camera that you’ll miss to shoot important memories? It has the stacked 1-inch sensor design and the DIGIC 8 processor if you want a super-fast focusing depending on your choice. The fast-maximum aperture adds more dimensions (literally) to your focal point by affording a greater control over depth of field while working with selective image focal point.



Sensor: 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm) | Megapixels: 20.1 MP | Lens: 24–360mm, ƒ/3.3–6.4 | Display: 3.0 inch, 1,240k dots | Viewfinder: EVF | Wi-Fi: Yes | Flip/Tilt Screen: No | Touch Screen: Yes | Maximum continuous shooting: 10fps | 4K Video: Yes | Weight (inc. batteries): 340g | Battery Life: Approx. 370 shots

I’m someone who is always on the move. While traveling I like to snap quick photos as a journal of my journey. The PANASONIC LUMIX ZS200 camera was a perfect fit for me. You may be looking for a stylish best point-and-shoot camera for traveling (with a big optical zoom range and large sensor), the PANASONIC LUMIX ZS200 might be the one of the deals you should go for. If you want to buy but you are on a tight budget due to its great prices among other expensive and pricey DSLRs.

Panasonic’s latest camera features the same 3 inch full 1040K dots fixed touch screen like its predecessor. It has premium level support and comes with a 24-360mm ƒ/3.3–6.4 equivalent lens, 10x to 15X optical zoom lens, PANASONIC LUMIX ZS200 was just perfect for my wildlife adventures, sports, and travel. As its 24-360mm ƒ/3.3–6.4, 15x equivalent lens zooms, it is capable of taking images of subjects from several feet away. I managed to snap some of the best bird images I’ve ever taken. And I believe the Panasonic 10 x to 15X optical zoom range is way more than one could ever need.

One positive side about this PANASONIC LUMIX ZS200 camera is that images still contain a decent amount of details, also when fully zoomed in (thanks to the 20MP 1-inch larger sensor) from several feet away.

PANASONIC LUMIX ZS200 boasts their full and large 20MP 1-inch sensor. We all know how good large sensors are for great image color accuracy and overall brightness. This larger sensor is no different either. Images and videos produced by this compact and lightweight Panasonic camera are as good as it gets.

This PANASONIC LUMIX ZS200 camera has few other tricks up its sleeve as well. There are a bunch of different image modes for different scenarios. This gives you so much creative control over everything.

Scene modes and filter modes of PANASONIC LUMIX ZS200 are available if you want to play and have finer control over things depending on your choice. Panasonic’s aperture and shutter priority modes give you all the traditional options as well.

This Panasonic cam is one of the few cameras in this list that can shoot native video resolution 4K, video at 30 FPS. This is great for those who plan on creating a career off YouTube. With this Panasonic cam, you don’t need to break your bank to set up your studio.

The PANASONIC LUMIX ZS200 also comes with a Wi-fi module. With this, you can easily transfer your photos from your Panasonic camera to your mobile or tab and send them to others via email (or whatever app suits you best).

And PANASONIC LUMIX ZS200 also gives you the ability to snap photos while you are away from the camera via remote control (using your smartphone). Again, this Panasonic camera is just perfect for wildlife photography stuff.

You know what’s more amazing with the PANASONIC LUMIX ZS200? The in-camera image editing option.

With this Panasonic camera, you can now edit photos right from the camera and get the final product without ever having to edit it on a PC. Although the options are very limited as of now, I believe this is still a great start.

Panasonic's camera batteries are also great. With a full charge, I was able to use it for an entire day (around 350 photos were taken). However, as batteries are charged while it’s inside the camera, extra or sub batteries might be a wise choice in the long run.

7. Leica Q2

Leica Q2

Sensor: Full frame (36 x 24 mm) | Megapixels: 47 MP | Lens: Fixed 28mm, ƒ/1.7 | Display: 3.0 inch, 1,040k dots | Viewfinder: EVF | Wi-Fi: Yes | Flip/Tilt Screen: No | Touch Screen: Yes | Maximum continuous shooting: 20fps | 4K Video: Yes | Weight (inc. batteries): 718g | Battery Life: Approx. 370 shots 

Leica is a brand that only those who are truly passionate about photography dare to afford. To be very honest, when I first found out that they made a point-and-shoot, I could not believe it because Leica only makes cameras in previous years that are meant for serious business.

So, I knew at that instance they were not fooling around. Let me elaborate why I’m saying so.

The reason behind the popularity of the Q-series is the incorporation of a fixed Summilux 28mm f/1.7 wide-angle prime lens. Yes, a f/1.7 prime lens in a point-and-shoot camera. That’s how serious these guys are with the Q-series. The prime lens also has three aspherical elements for minimizing distortion and spherical aberrations which is one of their advantages than other cameras.

Not just that, the slightly rugged camera has a fast f/1.7 prime lens maximum aperture that support and allows you to shoot in low-lighting location if you want to stop worrying about unnecessary sounds depending on your choice. The 1.7 aperture lenses also offer a greater control over depth of the image, something you rarely get with the best point and shoot cameras.

At this point, I bet you’re pretty impressed. But wait for it, there’s more. This versatile little beast has a dedicated macro focusing position. Yep, you read that right. Macro. You can literally shoot subjects as close as 6.7 inch away in this mode. I wasn’t joking when I said it’s more than just the best point-and-shoot camera. One of the best price and affordable deals you can buy in the market that is worth your money among other expensive and pricey DSLRs!

The problem we all face while zooming in to a subject especially in handheld mode is that the slightest maneuver of your arm can cause the larger sensor to shake so much that the entire image gets blurry especially if it’s still several feet away.

On the Q-2, that’s taken care of by the optical image stabilization. It literally cushions out all the accidental shake and bumps for a clearer, sharper image.

Not just clarity and accuracy, this thing still offers outstanding speed. The mechanical shutters can afford flash speeds up to 1/500 sec. And on top of that, the prime lens still features a 49mm filter thread diameter that allows you to attach additional filters depending on your choice.

Despite all the funky features and functions, the best point and shoot camera is surprisingly easy to operate. It follows the footsteps of the M10 and CL-series cameras, emphasizing on a simpler interface that consists of a single-stage on/Off button, a thumb-wheel dial that incorporates a programmable button, and a push-button for diopter adjustment.

In terms of size, weight, design, and dimensions, Leica is still pretty distinctive from other brands. And they didn’t shy away from giving the best point and shoot camera a classic Leica look as well. The Q-2 weighs a hefty 718g, just like most other Leica cameras. But size and dimension-wise the makers still compensated for the weight.

It follows the typical small compact best point and shoot camera design but note that it has an additional thumb grip on the shutter side. This along with the frosted exterior will ensure that the best point and shoot camera is easy to hold.

The magnesium alloy body doesn’t slip off from your hand if it’s sweaty. The exterior is also dust and moisture sealed (IP52-rated) so you can still use it in harsh environmental situations.

The Q-2 incorporates a high-resolution 47.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor. The CMOS sensor teams up with the updated Maestro II image processors to ensure a more flexible image creation.

Aside from its sensors, it also makes room for a smooth color and tonal rendering. The broad 13-stop dynamic range along with the ISO 50-50000 range actively minimizes noise under low-light places.

Unlike many other best point-and-shoot cameras, the Q-2 features both a unique 2.36m-dots touchscreen electronic viewfinder (EVF) and a monitor. The high-resolution 3.68MP (1280 x 960) OLED 2.36m-dots electronic viewfinder (EVF) makes a clear and realistic eye-level viewing possible.

Aside from its 2.36m-dots touchscreen LCD viewfinder, the rear 3.0 inch 1.04m-dots LCD touchscreen monitor allows intuitive navigation and playback and touchscreen focus depending on your choice. No wonder it’s one of the best full frame high quality point-and-shoot cameras on this list. One of the best price and affordable deals you can buy.

8. Olympus Stylus Tough TG-6

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-6

Sensor: 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) | Megapixels: 12 MP | Lens: 25-100mm ƒ/2.0-4.9 | Display: 3.0 inch, 1,040k dots | Viewfinder: None | Wi-Fi: Yes | Flip/Tilt Screen: No | Touch Screen: No | Maximum continuous shooting: 20fps | 4K Video: Yes | Weight (inc. batteries): 253g | Battery Life: Approx. 340 shots

Bamboozled already seeing so many small compact size best point-and-shoot cameras? Don’t worry; I’ve got a handful of stuff for complete beginners as well. A good example of a basic small best point-and-shoot camera to begin with is the Olympus Tough TG-6. The TG-6 is relatively the latest modest update to its predecessor, with the majority of its changes and premiums being related to underwater shooting. It’s one of the most commonly used ones out there, and for good reason.

Note that Olympus Stylus Tough TG-6 has a super lightweight body weighing only 253 grams. Not just that, its size is also efficiently handy and loyal to the sole purpose of being called a ‘compact’ camera. Along with the flash like red exterior and handy ergonomics, this best point and shoot camera is a beast disguised as a beauty.

The TG-6 has got ‘Tough’ in its name and let me assure you, they meant it when they named it. Olympus Stylus Tough TG-6 is designed to withstand literally all sorts of situations, starting from extreme weather conditions to accidental drops and scratches.

I mean seriously, Olympus Stylus Tough TG-6 is waterproof, freeze proof, shockproof, dustproof, crush proof, probably even bullet proof (just kidding); cameras are meant to be shot with, not shot at). If you have kids, this camera is good for you. Even if your playful kids found it and play with it, you’ll never have to worry.

Aside from being waterproof, shockproof, and kids proof (if there’s such a thing), the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-6 lens is sealed with a double-pane glass making it ideal for using in foggy and condensed outdoor environments.

Just because the best point and shoot camera is designed to be waterproof, shockproof or exposed directly to freezing and burning environments, doesn’t mean you are too. Keeping the obvious constructional fragility of the human anatomy in mind, the best point and shoot camera has been configured to permit direct operation while wearing any type of gloves.

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-6 has a huge optical zoom lever, accessory lock button, and convenient dial control that you can use with ease if you have big hands.

The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-6 lens covers wide-angle telephoto focal lengths while the 4x optical zoom range is capable of bringing your subjects from several feet away, efficiently closer to you. The cover lens has a 25-100mm equivalent range that should be adequate for regular portrait or landscape capture. Aside from the 25-100mm lens Olympus Stylus Tough TG-6 also has a bright f/2 maximum aperture which may make shooting speed at night a delight.

In addition to the f/2 maximum aperture, the optical zoom and optical image stabilization is there to make sure you are free to get crisp, clear images, and still have control on the image depth even if your hands shake while you’re shooting from several feet away, whether it’s out of fatigue or cold, or from the bumps of a moving vehicle. You can shoot videos on it while walking without having to worry about aberrations and still get a high image quality video resolution; 4K.

The TG-6 utilizes a 12MP BSI CMOS sensor along with TruePic VIII image processors. When the 12MP BSI CMOS sensor and TruePic VII are together, they offer speed and sensitivity for both photos and videos.

The 12MP BSI design of the sensor affords cleaner image quality at higher sensitivities, while the ISO 12800 makes it an ideal tool for shooting under low-lighting situations.

The double-pane cover glass of the sensor also has an anti-reflective coating that prevents flare and ghosting when you’re shooting in too bright places. While the processors help to reduce noise and expand the dynamic range, you won’t have to worry about the image quality output.

In addition to the sensor, the processors are capable of a 10fps to 20-fps continuous shooting speed in raw support or 20 fps in burst mode. And when it comes to shooting videos, it does so in 4K video resolution 30p with a high-speed (up to 120 fps) Full HD 1080p quality. Ideal for travel bloggers and vloggers.Imagine a resolution: 4K and Full HD for your vlogs, that can be your edge!

Let me blow your mind a bit. When I said this best point and shoot camera is waterproof, you probably thought it can endure light drizzle and accidental splashes, right? Well, you’re in for a treat. The TG-6 is surely waterproof but not only can shoot underwater, it also has a bunch of different waterproof modes including the waterproof Underwater Wide, waterproof Underwater Macro, waterproof Underwater HDR, Underwater Snapshot, and Underwater Microscope for that.

9. Ricoh GR III

Ricoh GR III

Sensor: APS-C (23.6 x 15.6 mm)  | Megapixels: 24 MP | Lens: Fixed 28mm, ƒ/2.8 | Display: 3.0 inch, 1,037k dots | Viewfinder: None | Wi-Fi: Yes | Flip/Tilt Screen: No | Touch Screen: Yes | Maximum continuous shooting: 9fps | 4K Video: No | Weight (inc. batteries): 257g | Battery Life: Approx. 200 shots

The looks of this best point and shoot camera attracted me at first glance. It’s got a superb simple stylish decent metallic body coated with a matte leatherette finish compact camera, giving the entire thing a classy look. A stealthy and sturdy tool ideal for outdoor photography in all weather situations. It has one of the best price and affordable deals you can buy in the market that is worth your money!

The body of this excellent point and shoot camera is literally rather light, weighing just about 257g including batteries and dedicated SD card. And the size? It’s barely as big as your smartphone, only being a teensy bit thicker. Suits perfectly with handheld mode while you’re on the run.

A futuristic addition to the design of the best point and shoot camera is the touchscreen feature. You don’t have to peep in through the tiny viewfinder anymore to see what you’re shooting. The 2.36m-dots viewfinder display also replaces all the confusing knobs and dials by making them appear virtually.

Another treat for you aside from the 2.36m-dots touchscreen electronic viewfinder (EVF) is the excellent sharp APS-C sensor. Though it’s the latest small compact point and shoot camera, unlike its predecessor the Ricoh GR III has got a stabilized 24MP APS-C sensor. This1-inch sensor is especially useful because the lens of the best point and shoot camera is only an 18.3mm equivalent lens. The APS-C sensor compensates for it with great efficiency.

Aside from its excellent sensors, accompanying the touchscreen is the super-easy user-friendly interface. A complete noob, beginner or even kids can use the best point and shoot camera with confidence. Hold on, that’s not all. There are also the nine-blade F2.8 round apertures format making sure that a user gets a sharp image quality with an awesome autofocus every time through the optical zoom.

The 18.3mm equivalent lens may not look like much, but it does deliver a solid macro capability with subjects as close as 10cm WITHOUT the macro mode activated. After activating the mode, the lens zooms and is capable of going as far as 6cm. You won’t miss a single detail regardless of how tiny it is.

If you’re a videographer, then you’ll be free to get some extra special treatment from the best point and shoot camera. There’s a dedicated video button on the side of it. You can just switch to video mode or switch back to shooting stills at any moment without having to lose precious moments toggling the camera setting.

Curious about the video quality? It delivers a solid and excellent Full HD 1080p at 60FPS. Not just that, you can customize this button to activate any function of your choice by going through the setting menu if you’re not that much of a video person.

In street photography where compact point and shoot cameras are mostly used, bright light plays a huge role. And by that I don’t mean just the street lighting condition, but also the source of the light can become a great element for decorating your images. Yes, I’m talking about bokeh. The art of aesthetically blurring the light source out.

To give you the best of bokeh, this bad boy has a snap focus feature that gives you the power to push the background farther away from your subject increasing the distance between them. This may be enough to blur out all the light sources in the background adding more dynamics to your capture creating a beautiful bokeh.

Although the prime lens lacks manual focusing, the camera makes up for it with a much larger frame area. The lens 28mm focal length literally works as a large canvas making you the next Picasso of photography.

The batteries’ performance of this camera is only a little above satisfactory. But the makers of it have compensated for it with in-camera charging. Although the batteries’ performance varies slightly depending on usage condition, still I’d say it could’ve been better.

10. Canon PowerShot G9 X II

Canon PowerShot G9 X II

Sensor: 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm) | Megapixels: 20 MP | Lens: 28–84mm, ƒ/2-4.9 | Display: 3.0 inch, 1,040k dots | Viewfinder: None | Wi-Fi: Yes | Flip/Tilt Screen: No | Touch Screen: Yes | Maximum continuous shooting: 8fps | 4K Video: No | Weight (inc. batteries): 206g | Battery Life: Approx. 235 shots

When they say ‘compact’, it generally means everything stacked up efficiently into one body that you can carry around with you at all places like your phone. The Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II is a fine specimen of that, related to it is the Mark iii.

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II is literally pocket-sized and the shape is also ideal for carrying it around in your pocket. And the weight? Just about 206 grams! Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II is something I love in my contenders for the best small and lightweight point-and-shoot cameras with a 2.36m-dots touchscreen viewfinder. Mark iii weighs 304 g.

Equipped with the Canon Powershot HS SYSTEM, this camera offers an expanded sensitivity range thanks to its large 20MP 1 inch High-Sensitivity BSI CMOS sensor and DIGIC 7 image processors like on Mark iii. Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II sensor and processor supports up to ISO 12800 that reduces image noise when shooting under poorly lit places unlike Mark iii that supports up to ISO 25600 resolution.

If you are tired of slow shutter speed, thanks to the excellent sensor and the processors of Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II that also enable the camera to have a fast shutter speed. Apart from reducing blur High-Sensitivity BSI CMOS sensor additionally avails quick performance throughout the camera system. The sensor result is an 8.2 fps continuous shooting rate and quick autofocus at burst mode with subject tracking while Mark iii offers 30 fps shooting speed in burst mode with a 4K video resolution (4K, imagine how cool that is!).

Not just for photography, the sensor and processor of the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II camera is equally solid when it comes to shooting sharp video as well. For a start, Canon PowerShot offers a full HD 1080p video resolution recording at 60 fps, with the large sensor contributing to the rich image quality making each shot well-suited to printing and sharing. While the Mark iii offers Full HD 4k video resolution at 30 fps and also has large sensors for image quality.

Aside from its sensor and processor, Canon PowerShot has a versatile 3x optical zoom range, a level that covers a wide-angle to portrait-length that is equivalent to a lens 28-84mm focal length range. It also boasts of an f/2-4.9 maximum aperture with Intelligent IS and Dual Sensing IS image stabilization technologies allowing greater control for image depth depending on your choice. On the other hand, Mark iii has a 24-100 mm focal length range and also supports f/2-4.9 aperture.

The union of these two produce a better handheld shooting experience even under poorly lit places. The Canon PowerShot Dynamic IS can be used for autofocus and stabilizing a video and minimizing the appearance of shake when recording while walking on your travel.

Not just in low-light, there is also a three-stop neutral density filter that makes shooting with large apertures in bright light much more fun. You can even engage the Canon PowerShot ND filter manually or set it to automatic so the camera can employ it by itself when necessary.

If you like adding a little dramatic effect to your video, there are Canon PowerShot Time-Lapse Movie functions for you that let you record a series of stills over a set time period, and later it automatically produces the stills into a video so that you get a seamless playback.

Speaking of effects, Canon PowerShot also has in-camera raw conversion that lets you apply a range of creative adjustments to your raw files. You can adjust the level of lighting using the Automatic Light Optimizer and even add different filters to your images with Picture Style adjustments. Then you can export them directly from the Canon PowerShot camera as ready-to-use JPEGs.

Even though time and tide are known for not stopping for anyone, it’s the photographer’s job to freeze and produce the moments and create memories that last forever. But to do that, you’ll need a fast shooting speed. And that’s where this Canon PowerShot camera in burst mode comes in handy.

To make this feature even more useful, the improved Canon PowerShot object tracking performance is responsive to what you’re capturing automatically, and ensures that they stay clear and in focus in every single shot you take, regardless of whether what you’re shooting is static or in motion. It works like a GPS software responsive and able to read the physical background. This feature can level up your game.

The camera also offers today’s best fancy shooting modes and effects for decorating your photos such as Automatic, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Fine Detail, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, and three User Defined settings.

Point and Shoot Camera FAQs

Trying to decide whether today's best point-and-shoot cameras are worth the price? We've answered four of the most frequently asked questions related to this subject to help you and a beginner make a decision before you buy a camera.

Take a look below to find out whether a point and shoot is right for you.

Are Point and Shoot Cameras Better than iPhone?

There are distinct differences between a smartphone or iPhone camera and point-and-shoot cameras. Your final decision to use generally comes down to your preference and how you wish to take photos.

Regardless if you’re a beginner, take a look at the characteristics of both the iPhone camera and point and shoot cameras below:

iPhone Characteristics:

  • This smartphone is convenient since it's likely to always be on your person.
  • smartphone is easy to share and edit photos on the go.

Point and Shoot Camera Characteristics:

  • It has better image quality and a real optical zoom range.
  • You can finetune the settings.
  • Price is less expensive than the newest smartphone or iPhone. 

Do Professional Photographers Use Point and Shoot Cameras?

Yes, professional photographers use point-and-shoot cameras in some situations. Even though these cameras don't have as many manual controls as DSLR cameras and may look like for a beginner, more high-end compact cameras just the size of a phone are on the market these days.

Having said that, they are generally only used as a "snapshot" camera on day trips and outings. However, many companies (like Sony, for example) are trying to manufacture point-and-shoot cameras with a big zoom lens and image quality at low cost.

What's the Difference Between a DSLR and Point and Shoot Camera?

A DSLR camera (digital single-lens reflex camera) is very different from a simple point-and-shoot camera. Whether you're comparing them on ease of use, creative control, type, or if low cost, you'll find numerous differences. Even if you are a beginner or a pro, you’ll easily notice their differences.

Overall, DSLR cameras have the following characteristics:

  • They have a wide range of manual control options.
  • They are more powerful than point-and-shoot cameras.
  • They cost more.
  • They require more technical knowledge and skill to use effectively.
  • They are great for hobbyists and professional photographers.
  • They have more features than point-and-shoot cameras.
  • They're quicker than their point-and-shoot cousins.

Point and shoot cameras, on the other hand, have these characteristics:

  • They are great for novices.
  • They work best with their automatic settings.
  • They are less expensive than DSLR cameras.
  • They are made for casual users.

What's the Difference Between a Point and Shoot Camera and a Mirrorless Camera?

Today’s best point-and-shoot camera, sometimes referred to as a compact camera, is known for its minimalist simplicity and pocketable size like a phone. It has automatic shooting modes, built-in lenses, and features a slim build. It's better for novice photographers.

A mirrorless camera, also known as a compact system camera, is closer to a DSLR camera in its functionalities. It comes with an interchangeable big zoom lens system so that you can set it up more effectively for your shoot. It is better for intermediate/pro photographers who want their cameras to grow with their skillset. Compact cameras are supported by its audience and have been part of future photography.

The main difference between the two is the long zoom lens system. Mirrorless cameras have much better versatility.

Final Thoughts

So, there you have it. This brings us to an end to our review of best deals and best prices of compact and lightweight cameras pocketable like a phone. Point-and-shoot cameras are part of future photography and have taken the world by a storm years ago. The main reason behind that is convenience.

Doesn't matter if you are a casual photographer or an expert, once you get the taste of a compact point-and-shoot camera, pocketable like smartphones, you’ll never go back. I believe it is high time you guys gave a point-and-shoot camera a chance. Especially if you are a traveler.

Who knows!? You might end up with the best point-and-shoot camera for travel. Nonetheless, I’d very much like to hear your opinions and suggestions.

So, don’t forget to drop your thoughts in the comment section below. Also, feel free to share the best photo captured by you.

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  • Cary Dorch says:

    Hi, I have a quick question for you. I’m buying a new DSLR camera and I’m between Nikon and Canon. Do you think those are the best brands? And do you prefer one over the other? It seems like there are other cheaper options out there. Budget is definitely a factor. Thanks in advance for your answer!

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