Choosing a digital, point and shoot camera shouldn’t be that hard. They’re pretty much all the same…right? Turns out that the world of cameras has plenty to pick from, even for the more casual consumer. True, you might not be a professional photographer, but you still need the right information to make an informed choose and spend your hard earned dollars on the right product.
Here are five digital cameras, all of the point and shoot variety, that are great investments and worth your consideration.
5. Canon PowerShot A1400 – Best Budget Cam
This is a great all around camera, and at under $100, it’s also a steal. This PowerShot is the choice for beginners, families and kids, or anyone that simply wants a camera that takes great pictures and doesn’t require a course in photography for those results.
It really is the no hassle choice. Don’t want to constantly worry about whether or not the batteries are charged? This runs off traditional AA batteries. Don’t enjoy relying on a digital display to take a picture-especially an issue in the bright sun? This camera has a convenient viewfinder so you can best see what the 28mm zoom lens is capturing.
Featuring 720p HD video and 16.0 MP, you won’t be disappointed by the image quality. And with its easy-to-use and familiar design, it won’t be hard to get quality images.
4. Fujifilm FinePix F660EXR – The Ultra Pocket Ultra Zoom
Like the convenience of the PowerShot but want to bump up quality and control a little bit? Then the Fujifilm FinePix is a solid choice. Its specs are right up there with the best of them in this category:
- 1080p HD video
- 16 megapixel EXR CMOS sensor (with an option to use at 8MP)
- a 15×24-360mm zoom len
Other things that make this camera stand out are its many options like the 5-film simulation modes including slow motion options for capturing video or even elements that are more basic to its design, like a manually controlled flash that lets you decide when it is needed.
Quite simply the F660EXR is not a DLSR, but you would be forgiven for comparing the two, because this camera tries-and succeeds-in packing in as many similar qualities as it can in a point and shoot model.
3. Nikon COOLPIX P330 – Quality Compact
For some users, the smaller and more efficient a camera is, the better. So if you are one of those amateur photographers that insists that your camera be lightweight and easy to carry around, then this Nikon model is a good pocket-sized choice.
In fact, a lot of aspects of the COOLPIX P330 are designed around efficient, streamlined use. A Wi-Fi option makes it easier than ever to sync up with a tablet or similarly compatible device to manage your images. Also, unlike a lot of comparable cameras, the P330 has the option to shoot in RAW file format, making it an even simpler process to get to the image you want in a post-photo shoot editing session. Apart from these impressive features, more standard fare like GPS, a fast lens (f/1.8), and 12.2 megapixels make the camera a sure bet as well.
Really this little camera could be easy to underestimate. But to do so would be to miss out on a model that offers the best of design build as well as the potential it offers to control-freak camera users like yourself.
2. Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS30K – Perfect Pocket Video
While the cameras up to this point have had great video and picture quality, this model is leaps and bounds ahead in terms of combining digital film AND video in one convenient pocket-sized camera.
From the basic-but brilliant-specs of 20x zoom, 920 dot LCD display, 14 filters and 16 shooting modes, along with Wi-Fi and a slimmer design the LUMIX does what it does very well.
The video capabilities take it to another level altogether. Touches like stereo microphone and the absence of any annoying “zoom” noise when shooting show the extent of thought in this model’s design. A wide range of aperture settings capture great low-light video in the camera’s full HD. Five axis optical stabilization produces smooth handheld footage.
If you want to capture every aspect of your next trip and still have the flexibility of be it that perfect shot or a spontaneous moment that needs to be recorded-the ZS30K is sure to get the job done.-and then some.
1. Sony DSC-RX100M II – The Top Shelf
Ever think you would find a point and shoot that produces the image quality of a DLSR? This model comes pretty darn close. In fact, at 20.2 MP it does more than come close.
Touting a number of sensitive options like a f/1.8 aperture, a manual/flexible bounce flash, and a ISO ranging from 160 to 12800, the RX100M is designed with the best in mind from start to finish. Frame your shot using the unique tiltable LCD, so you can see your shot clearly no matter the angle. Then, when you’re done, send the JPEG or RAW file (or both) to your phone with convenient NFC technology.
And the video is not neglected either. Again, a flawless image is guaranteed and under your control. Shoot video with 24p, 60p, and 60i options; you can even switch between PAL and NTSC settings.
Plain and simple, if you want the most options, the most control, and the best results, then this is the camera that is pretty much guaranteed to get them every time.
So there you go: five great compact, point and shoot cameras with convenient functionality AND awesome technological capabilities. It’s hard to go wrong with this bunch. It’s just a matter of deciding which one is just right. Happy shopping!