If you’re a vlogging enthusiast just getting into the groove of the craft or someone who wants to own a simple operating camera then a point and shoot camera is the best thing you could have.
They come with lenses with plenty of zooms 60x to 83x as well as great wide-angle and macro capability.
The best thing is that they are so compact.
This allows you to carry them all day long and shoot excellent vlogs for your YouTube channel.
Most of the leading names in the DSLR field have mouthwatering compact alternatives in this category. Every year newer point and shoot models are being released into the market with more refined features.
This is good news for you as you will have many more options to choose from, and the possibility of getting a nifty gadget within your budget. But with more options comes the headache of deciding which one represents the best value for money.
Best Point and Shoot Cameras – Quick look
(Click on the name of any camera to read its in-depth review)
|Canon G9X Mark II|
|20.1 MP||0.42 lb|
|Panasonic Lumix FZ1000|
|21.1 MP||1.3 lbs|
|Panasonic Lumix ZS200||20.1 MP||1.17 lbs|
|Ricoh GR II||16.9 MP||0.6 lb|
|Sony Cyber-Shot||20.4 MP||1.46 lbs|
|Canon Powershot SX60||16.1 MP||1.43 lbs|
|Fujifilm X100F||24.3 MP||2 lbs|
|Nikon COOLPIX P900||16 MP||1.98 lbs|
|Olympus TG-5||12 MP||0.55 lb|
|Panasonic Lumix FZ80||18.1 MP||1.36 lbs|
1. Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II – Best Overall Point & Shoot Camera
Despite its looks, this camera is much more than your average point-and-shoot. A touch screen display makes it easier for you to adjust some settings as well as compose shots more easily.
The G9 X II ups the game on its predecessor, the original G9 X with a more responsive shutter that offers speeds of up to 8.1fps.
All these advanced features come in a compact, a readily compact body you can readily carry around. And a reasonably fair price too.
For avid videographers though, the G9 X Mark II lets itself down by its lack of 4K video.
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When it comes to size, few compact cameras can match the new G9. At just 98 x 58 x 31mm and a paltry 206g in weight, this is one of the most portable point-and-shoots in the market. It comes with a rubberized grip on the sides to make sure it doesn’t slip out of your hands while you’re trying to get that perfect shot.
Don’t be fooled by the size; the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II is built to perform. It comes with a 1-inch sensor; bigger than what you’ll find in your average point-and-shoot. The bigger sensor means you will be able to take higher quality images in low light. To ensure you still capture great images on the go, Canon has incorporated image stabilization in this model’s lens.
To save on space, most of the adjustable options are on the camera’s display. Though the touchscreen is very responsive, some users may not take kindly to having to adjust most settings and navigate through captured videos from the screen.
You will also have to depend fully on the screen to compose images, as the G9 X Mark II doesn’t come with a viewfinder. But the quick and highly responsive screen will make composing great shots a breeze. However, relying on the screen will be made a little frustrating by the fact that you won’t be able to tilt the display to compose shots at difficult angles or take selfies.
- Great ergonomics, easy to reach controls.
- Highly responsive touchscreen display.
- Wide range of manual and semi-automatic modes.
- The big 1-inch sensor offers better low-light shots.
- Not the best for wide-angle shots.
- No 4K video.
- Non-articulating display.
If you’re looking for a light, handy point and shoot that offers close to DSLR quality images, the G9 X Mark II is a great bargain. It is a great tool not just for beginners; the many manual control options it offers will make it a delight for more seasoned photographers. Apart from a few disappointments, such as the lack of an electronic viewfinder, it is a great tool for its selling price.
2. Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 – With 4K Video
Though it falls in the point-and-shoot category, this point and shoot have been styled to look and function like a full-on DSLR.
It comes with two eye-catching features that give it a distinct edge over its rivals: a huge sensor and a huge lens. The 16x lens gives a range of up to 400mm while the one-inch sensor offers crystal clear image quality.
More seasoned vloggers will be impressed by the range of controls the FZ1000 offers. It is a solid compromise if you’re not quite ready to splash out on a high-end DSLR but still want a gadget that feels like one, and takes almost-as-good shots.
So basically, the Lumix FZ1000 along with its point and shoot compactness also offers the power of a DSLR.
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While the Lumix FZ1000 is an upgrade from the GH4, it keeps the latter’s reputable four-core Venus processor. This combines to good effect with a fast readout sensor to allow the camera to capture 4K video. At the FZ1000’s price point, ultra-high-definition video is a real bargain.
High-quality images are this camera’s key strong point. Few compact cameras with smaller sensors can compete with the sharpness the FZ1000 offers. In addition from the stills you get from normal shooting, you can extract high-res images from 4K video footage shot at 30fps. You can save 8MP images from the video if you play it back frame by frame.
The fast autofocus on this camera will allow sports photographers to capture superb action shots on continuous shooting with no noticeable lag. Though in this regard, its elder brother, the GH4, is a little better. Speaking of focus, you can manually set focus points on the display using the free mode. Such flexibility was not available on its predecessor.
You can begin post-processing right on the camera, working on RAW images to reduce noise and adjust brightness among other parameters. There are also a number of photo styles to choose from.
- The 1-inch sensor offers great detail.
- Reasonably fast autofocus.
- Grips provide good ergonomics.
- Rugged, dustproof design is good for all-terrain shooting.
- Plastic body doesn’t have a premium feel.
- Quite bulky for a point-and-shoot.
- Display not touchscreen.
For a compact camera, the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 offers great value for money. You can shoot great images and super-clear video on the go for both professional and private use with this beauty. The huge range of the lens compromises a bit of the wide-angle qualities, but there are ways to work around that.
3. Panasonic Lumix ZS200 – With Power OIS
This compact camera is the ideal companion for all sorts of vlogs, offering high-resolution images and 4K video for virtually every purpose. In low light situations, the Lumix ZS200 really comes into its own.
The one-inch sensor is highly sensitive and can shoot at up to 12,800 ISO- also handy for dark environments. It comes with a versatile lens that is useful for both wide-angle and telephoto shooting.
High-speed autofocus allows you to capture action shots without the loss of detail that will frustrate you if you try the same on your smartphone.
The cherry on top is that you can get high-resolution photos from 4K video footage when you play it back frame by frame. It may have its shortcomings but the ZS200 is a pretty nifty travel companion.
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What is really impressive about the ZS200’s lens is how Panasonic managed to fit the 15x optical zoom into almost the same body size as its predecessor, the ZS100. The ZS200 is just a millimeter wide and thicker than its older brother. And thanks to this newly designed lens, you will be able to take great macro shots, setting focus from as little as 3cm.
Overall, this camera’s 1-inch sensor offers great image quality with sharp detail and bright, natural-looking colors. The manufacturer has worked to reduce noise at higher ISOs in JPEG images.
One of ZS200’s limitations is its display. In this day and age of fully articulating displays, one that doesn’t let you tilt it for shooting at different angles feels quite limited. This is doubly disappointing taking into account that the camera’s electronic viewfinder feels quite cramped to look through (though it offers improved resolution as compared to the ZS100).
However, it must be said that the touchscreen on this camera is quite responsive.
The camera’s battery can be charged by AC or USB and offers a decent battery life. This can be extended to a bit if you shoot on the new eco30fps mode. If you will be out shooting all day, you will probably need to invest in a secondary battery. Even if the battery of any camera is super good, we still advise everyone to carry an extra battery with themselves.
Controls on the ZS200 are well marked and placed in a way that makes them easy to navigate even when using one hand. You will be able to thumb through them to adjust ISO and white balance among other settings. You can also opt to adjust them using the cameras responsive high-res display.
- Great zoom range.
- Good macro capability.
- Many options for manual control.
- Easy to reach controls.
- Quite pricey compared to the competition.
- Non-articulating display.
The ZS200 is a great investment for travel and leisure shooting. You will get a sharp 1080P and 4K video from a camera that will easily fit into your hand luggage. More seasoned vloggers looking to get more out of the camera will be pretty pleased with the range of manual controls and how easy they are to use. The camera’s relatively high asking price will make many potential buyers think twice about the value they’ll be getting, though.
4. Ricoh GR II – With GR Engine V
The Ricoh range of compact cameras is popular with street photographers for one thing; their size.
The GR II carries this legacy on well with a compact 250-gram body that can easily fit into your pocket. It doesn’t have the protruding lens that makes other cameras in its class a bit cumbersome to carry.
The camera’s body is compact but by no means flimsy. From its look and feel, you can tell you have a quality camera. The leatherette grips are cute, but good for ergonomics as well.
Despite its size, this beauty packs an APS-C sensor that will help you get great videos even in dimly lit environments.
The GR II really is a must-have if you are looking for really compact and lightweight cameras.
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Its large sensor allows you to capture great videos in low light though its focus is a bit slow (0.7 seconds). The slow focus makes getting good quality shots of moving subjects quite challenging in dark spaces. However, the camera more than makes up for it with no anti-aliasing filter.
The camera comes with a fixed 28mm lens; no optical zoom. However, you will still be able to get great shots, especially if you can get close to the subject.
Ergonomics have been well taken care of by this Ricoh model. Not only is the gadget light and slim enough to easily fit in the pocket, it feels like it’s made of premium material. The leatherette grip makes it feel safe in the hand, though you might want to buy a wrist strap for extra peace of mind.
Transferring content captured on the camera to other devices has been made easy by Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity. You can easily transfer videos and pictures from the app to your phone or tablet without losing any of the quality. This may seem like a must-have in cameras made in the 2010s but many competing models lack this feature.
- A large CMOS sensor allows for great depth-of-field shots.
- Slimmer and more compact than rivals.
- High-quality build.
- videos can be transferred easily by Wi-Fi.
- Display not touchscreen and non-articulating.
- Autofocus slow in low light.
- No electronic viewfinder.
If you’re are vlogger looking for a compact and lightweight camera that also comes with the premium build quality, the Ricoh GR II is the perfect companion. It is also a great second camera to have for seasoned Youtubers with full-scale DSLRs as well. You are guaranteed sharp images that require little to no post-processing. All this at a very reasonable price.
5. Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX400V – With 50X Optical Zoom
Designed to look and feel like a full-scale DSLR, this compact camera is an ideal camera for vloggers. Though a little heavy, it is comfortable to hold and manipulate with well-designed handgrips.
The HX400V retains a number of features from its elder sibling, the HX300, including the 50x optical zoom and the 20.4MP sensor.
More savvy photographers who would like more control over the focus will be grateful for the manual focus that allows them to use an adjustable lens ring. They will also be happy with how fast the HX400V sets autofocus and exposure.
Absence of 4K video may make this camera feel a little dated, but its overall high performance makes up for this.
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Many users are pleased to find that the 50x zoom is more practical than they may have initially imagined. In addition, Sony’s SteadyShot image stabilization ensures that your pictures and videos will not be blurry even with the entire lens out of the housing.
Though the start-up of the camera is a bit slow compared to a proper DSLR, the HX400V makes up for it with fast autofocus. Processing of images is also quite fast- it takes a little over two seconds between shooting and producing a JPEG image.
Among the creative options, this camera offers is the High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode, which you can use to combine two images shot at different exposures. You can also play around with multiple color modes and effects to give your pictures a creative edge.
However, the chunky finger grips on the Sony make it feel more balanced and comfortable to hold. Including the lens ring that more experienced photographers used to manual focus adjustment will take to.
In terms of Internet connectivity, the HX400 is a real upgrade from the HX300, which never had inbuilt Wi-Fi, NFC or GPS.
- Takes great macro images.
- Also great for wide-angle capture.
- Great zooming capability for stills and video.
- Ergonomically well-designed grips.
- Increased ISO speed leads to noisier images.
- Display not a touchscreen.
- Heavy and bulky for a compact shooter.
Rivals in the point and shoot space can offer more zooming power than the Sony HX400V and others will offer the 4K video glaringly lacking in this model. But the HX400V comes with an arsenal of features that produce high-quality stills and make shooting fun. Sony enthusiasts may argue that the HX400V brings too little change from the HX300; at least not enough to trouble serious competitors. Or justify its slightly high pricing. Some will view it as a great entry-level camera with everything they need to capture a memorable day put.
6. Canon Powershot SX60 – With 65X Optical Zoom
The Canon PowerShot SX60 is considered one of the better ultrazoom point and shoot cameras (65x optical zoom 21-1365mm equivalent).
This allows you to capture distant objects as well as great landscape and architecture shots.
You will also be able to take fantastic macro shots, getting as close to the subject as you want. Along with its compact size, these features make the SX60 the ideal travel companion.
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As far as bridge cameras go, the Canon PowerShot SX60 features one of the longer zoom lenses available; 65 times (21-1365 millimeters, equivalent full-frame). In action, it is simply mind-blowing. Though it doesn’t pack the largest spec, in the real world, the variance is not noticeable.
This Canon presents fine detail and color when compared to its contemporaries. Excellent controls and rival-beating advanced features such as RAW format image capture, external flash hot shoe, and external microphone jack make this the camera to beat in this class. Relatively, all this is achieved at a fair price point, making it a favorite to many who prefer bridge camera super-zooms.
The electronic, 640 x 480 viewfinder will be used more on bright-day shooting, while the long zoom can be steadied by holding it at eye-level.
The button labeled FUNCT. SET on the camera’s rear brings up a worthwhile X-Y axis found on the on-screen menu. Click down or up to select important image settings like light-metering or ISO mode, click right and left to toggle the setting selected. The on-screen menu’s look is somewhat customizable and features can be reprogramed that a few of the shortcut buttons make appear.
As mentioned before, the zoom is plenty big. 65 x zoom brings into focus things the naked eye would not even know existed.
The image quality of the Canon PowerShot SX60 emphasizes detail, especially by day, with images displaying true colors.
Video quality is good by day, not so much by night. Capped at a resolution of 1080p at 60fps (no UHD/4K), it is perfectly okay for posting online, with great color and detail.
Crisp sound is captured by the in-built microphones, ideally without howling wind. Due to this camera including an external microphone jack, it can be set up to record high-quality sound when considered against its peers, who only have in-built mics.
One of its best video attributes is its autofocus mode, named Tracking AF. This allows for sharper renditions of moving objects.
- Fair price.
- Useful overall handling and especially controls displayed by the screen.
- The 3-inch screen that you could tilt.
- Detailed video and crisp photos.
- Limited performance in low light, particularly for video.
The bottom line is the Canon PowerShot SX 60 is a great all-around deal. While being nowhere near perfect, it strikes the best balance between features, with expansive detail and rich color in videos and photos, great autofocus, an easy to use user interface, and added features such as a mic jack and RAW photo capture. This camera places ahead of the rest for its compact design, which packs a monster zoom at a fair price.
7. Fujifilm X100F – With Hybrid Viewfinder
The Fujifilm X100F has been ever-present in the point and shoot camera market for a few years now, and to those in the know, needs no further introduction: it is the sleekest and smallest Fuji camera currently on sale.
It is the fourth in the X100 series and comes with that traditional look we all know and love.
With a brand new 24MP sensor and a faster processor, you can expect improved image quality from the previous model.
To help you compose your shots more accurately, the X100F comes with a unique hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder. If you don’t mind shelling out a little extra, this could be a classy addition to your holiday gear.
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The Fujifilm X100F is an exceptional camera, especially for those looking for a camera for everyday use, from casuals to professionals. Portability and form factors are very important aspects of a digital camera.
As such, this camera’s form factor and build quality are top-notch, as well as being ergonomic and stylish. The Fujifilm X100F is basically an X-Pro 2; feather-light and paper-thin, featuring a tiny f/2 of 23 mm – a lens and camera combination that is small enough for your jacket pocket, or at a stretch, your pant pocket – all housed in the body of a tank.
The joystick selector for point focusing is a feature so transformative, you wonder how you operated without it. It is that convenient.
The ergonomics are not perfect but are great. The battery being closely placed against the SD card makes stabilizer or tripod shooting less than ideal. Monopod or tripod users may want to avoid this camera. The integrated dial for ISO that adjusts when lifted is also not the handiest of features.
The camera’s diminutive size may make some photographers feel restricted, and there are screw-on plates and handles that make longer shoots more comfortable.
Fujifilm X100F’s image quality is outstanding. Identical on the inside and heavily inspired on the outside to the Fujifilm X-Pro 2, this is not surprising, as the latter camera is in a class of its own in its own right. Accurate color rendering is the hallmark of the 24MP X-Trans III sensor, especially when photographing skin tones, is included in both cameras.
The 23mm f/2 lens is phenomenal, with a delectable lens design. Impressively sharp is how some would describe the Fuji X100F’s lens, with wonderfully detailed photos from end to end.
- Attractive design.
- Traditional controls and dials.
- Modes for film simulation.
- Larger battery.
- Impractical ISO dial.
- Somewhat soft lens at f/2.
This camera holds its value very well indeed. It is also a camera purchase that is low-risk. Considering its pocketable form and its image quality, the Fujifilm X100F has no peers currently on the market. It has successfully married image quality and form factor that makes it, even with its hefty price tag, worth it. It is handy to carry, quick to start up, fast focus, and just like that – you have captured your shot.
8. Nikon COOLPIX P900 – With 83X Zoom
Apart from its headline-grabbing zoom feature, the Nikon COOLPIX P900 is one of the better ‘bridge cameras’, in that it is positioned in between typical compacts and SLRs.
It offers crisp image quality when there is adequate light and can be used to create stunning macro images. Manual control settings are available and easy to use.
That being said, there are a few places where the P900 falls short.
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The Nikon Coolpix P900 can be described to have a whopping zoom range. Its optical zoom of 83x begins at a very wide 24mm and finishes at a frankly remarkable 2,000mm. Its Dynamic Fine Zoom feature digitally heightens the range to about 4,000mm with little quality loss.
In terms of image quality, oodles of zoom does not necessarily translate to top-notch images. Looking particularly at point-and-shoot cameras, the opposite usually holds true. The P900’s sensor is considered small, smaller still in comparison to high-end compacts, DSLR’s or mirrorless compacts. Typically, a large sensor means better photos.
Be that as it may, the Nikon COOLPIX P900 produces images that are good. Its images are hindered by the lack of RAW capture feature, for it only shoots in JPEG, meaning editing after a shot can only accomplish so much. This can also be said of improving upon Nikon’s noise reduction at heightened ISO sensitivities.
Video quality can be great, as long as there is plenty of light. The higher the zoom is, the Nikon COOLPIX P900 will struggle appreciably to focus on subjects in low contrast. Additionally, one has to make do with the built-in stereo microphones as this camera does not offer a microphone jack. While recording and need to zoom inwards and outwards, the lens movement will cause the microphones to pick up on sound that is often heard in quieter scenes.
The Nikon COOLPIX P900’s telephoto autofocus speed is noteworthy and manages to surpass many of Nikon’s fellow mega-zoom products. It is relatively fast to turn on and shoot, as it is between shots. Activating the flash feature is not automatic, and only takes slightly more time to deploy and shoot.
Shutter lag is minimal, both in dim conditions and bright lighting. It can shoot continuously at a fast clip, though storing those images before it is ready to shoot again can take longer than its rivals.
- Elongated optical zoom.
- Electronic viewfinder.
- An LCD screen that articulates.
- Numerous features for manual control.
- Images not as sharp.
- ISO limited to 6400.
- Comparatively large and heavy.
- High price point.
The Nikon P900 attempts to do it all and succeeds at a good number of them. With its zoom, it replaces a whole host of lenses. This makes its worth go up considerably while being much more portable than the alternatives. It is ideal for those who prefer to shoot in JPEG and whose end product will be shared on the web or maximum 8”x10” prints.
9. Olympus TG-5 0 – With 20fps in Continuous Shooting
Mostly outdoorsy types will truly appreciate this camera’s capabilities. For those that require a bit more from a phone’s abilities, but don’t quite require a full-on DSLR, on activities such as kayaking, yachting, skiing, mountain biking, climbing or hiking.
It has a rugged, waterproof exterior, which will allow you to take it virtually anywhere. Aside from the TG-5’s all-weather capabilities, it does take fantastic photos and decent video.
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The Olympus Tough TG-5 can be described as a rugged, fairly indestructible camera that is dust-proof, crush-proof up to 220lgf/100kgf, shock-proof up to 7ft/2.1m and waterproof up to 50ft/15m. The lens is protected from fogging up by the 2-pane glass and offers an in-built compass, thermometer, manometer, and GPS. Other features included are 4K video, Wi-Fi, burst shooting rates of up to 10fps and a 3-inch LCD.
This point and shoot camera are ideal for those frustrated at action cameras, specifically their poor quality of videos and photos. Low-light images might not be the best, but it is leaps and bounds better than its fellow rugged cameras and in terms of still photos, better than most if not all action cameras.
The TG-5’s has a 12MP sensor while its predecessor, the TG-4 featured a 16MP one. The loss of megapixels is overcome by the TG-5 being able to shoot RAW format and by diminishing noise performance by pixels being less densely squeezed in a sensor that is relatively small.
This camera can also be set up to work in a mode known as Full Automatic Mode. This is for the novice photographer who knows nothing of ISO settings and f-stops but still demands great photos.
For more experienced photographers, manual control, to some level, is also offered. The mode dial that sits at the rear offers various options like Aperture and Program shooting, on top of the movie, custom, scene, underwater, and macro options. Omitted is support for full Manual and Shutter priority.
The LCD screen located at the rear does not support touch, for understandable reasons. The waterproofing could be compromised and touch technology does not work submerged underwater. The display is not as crisp as its price may suggest.
Most Olympus TG-5 buyers buy it for its rugged abilities. Not only does it excel underwater, but it is also useful to action junkies such as skiers, kayakers, bikers, climbers and hikers.
Additionally, this camera can still be used in low-temperature situations, making it appealing to those who enjoy trips during the winter, including those who visit the much colder Polar Regions.
Also featured on this camera is a mode for tracking a specific route and associating it with particular videos or photos.
The TG-5 can be recharged through micro USB, a feature that not many cameras possess. This means battery levels can be maintained on-the-go through a laptop or a portable cellphone battery.
- Design that is travel-proof.
- 4K video recording.
- Action/GPS tracking.
- Daytime images are vibrant.
- Battery life is average.
- Baffling apps.
Despite stiff competition, the Olympus TG-5 is still a rugged compact camera segment standout – packing above average image quality and more capabilities than its peers.
10. Panasonic Lumix FZ80 – Affordable 4K Camera
The Panasonic FZ80 feels and appears inexpensive, though it delivers exceptional videos and photographs, which exceed its cheap exterior.
This camera, as a package, offers outstanding value for your money.
This is probably one of the cheapest point and shoot cameras that comes with 4K video recording.
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The Panasonic Lumix FZ80 is a camera offering value for those who are budget conscious. Among its features are 4K video, 18MP and 60 times optical zoom for an astonishingly low price.
Its design can be described as ‘plasticky’. It looks and feels like a budget camera, but that is not a particularly bad thing. It weighs very little, and for those that prefer their cameras hanging around their necks, it will not be very noticeable. In the super-zoom camera segment, it is quite compact in comparison to its competitors. This makes it an ideal travel camera, where weight matters most.
The initial set-up process is relatively simple, aided in large part by its touchscreen. On the other hand, this camera is feature-rich and as such, has a steep learning curve in order to master its many offerings. It sensibly contains a very thorough set of manuals.
The viewfinder and screen are not the best out there, and neither does it articulately. It is, though, touch-enabled. The controls to the touchscreen are intuitive and responsive, benefiting the user greatly when setting emphasis points and navigating menus. However, the viewfinder is washed out and small, best avoided because of its inferior quality.
Photo quality is surprisingly good, belying its price. Pricier point and shoot cameras are well rivaled by this camera, especially in terms of JPEG and RAW image quality. Unfortunately, the high ISO presentation of this camera is mediocre, especially in low light situations, even with the aid of image stabilization.
Conversely, inadequate lighting, the Panasonic Lumix FZ80 is exceptional in image quality, topping many of its contemporaries in the point and shoot camera niche.
Video quality is way above par for a camera at this price point. At 30fps, it can record 4K video, with the footage captured being remarkably detailed and sharp. The glaring flaw in this instance is the missing microphone port, which in addition to the screen not articulating, means this camera is not completely ideal for vlogging purposes.
The Wi-Fi connecting software included in the Panasonic Lumix FZ80 connects wirelessly to a smartphone with a free app by Panasonic downloaded. This allows for image transfer for sharing and editing while traveling.
- An insane zoom range of 60X.
- Impressive touchscreen.
- Exceptional video quality.
- Good image quality.
- Lack of microphone port.
- Fixed screen.
- Chintzy, cheap exterior.
The Panasonic LUMIX FZ-80 features a poorly laid out menu system and chintzy construction. In spite of this, it offers excellent image quality and outstanding touchscreen interface, making it very competitive with cameras that cost a lot more. You will not find a better bang for your camera buck elsewhere.
Point and Shoot cameras – Buyer’s Guide
What are point and shoot cameras?
In a nutshell, point and shoot cameras are powerful cameras that are not bulky to carry and are also super easy to use.
You can say the same for the mobile phones, and the question here arises that why can’t we then use our mobile phones instead of spending a couple of hundred dollars on a point and shoot camera?
And the answer to that is that the mobile phones might have some features that the point and shoot cameras have but they do not have all the features and options to add an optical zoom lens in one of them.
Comparing them to the DSLR camera, they are super easy to use and there is almost no learning curve involved with them, but there is not a lot of customization options you get. It is said that the point and shoot camera works best when used on the automatic settings.
Other than that, as compared to the DSLR cameras, they are also super portable and lightweight.
How are they different from DSLR cameras?
For someone who is going to use both the cameras for some casual photography might not see the differences, but if you get to down to professional comparision then there are some major differences between both the types.
Instead of comparing them side by side, let’s look at the pros and cons of both the types individually.
Pros of point and shoot cameras
Size and weight: The point and shoot cameras win over all the cameras types when it comes to the size and weight. They are very lightweight and could be easily held by just one hand.
Price: Another good thing about the point and shoot cameras is the price bracket at which they come in. They are not super cheap but if compared to the DSLR cameras they are quite affordable.
Fixed lens: Not all, but most of the point and shoot cameras come with a fixed lens, which means no hassle of buying the lens separately.
Cons of point and shoot cameras
As said earlier, there are not a lot of customization options on point and shoot cameras.
There is very limited control over the shutter speed and aperture, also there is no distance marking on the lens. Although there is a manual mode, things get tougher to control in that mode and that is why it is best to use the point and shoot cameras in the automatic mode.
Low light shooting:
Point and shoot cameras are not capable of good shooting in low lighting conditions.
Since the point and shoot cameras come with a smaller lens, you can not put a lot of scenes in the frame and have to move back if you want to capture more.
Image and video quality:
Most of the point and shoot cameras still come with small sensors as compared to the DSLR camera which makes it hard to match the image quality.
But if we talk about some of the higher-end modern point and shoot cameras, then this could be untrue since the modern say point and shoots are really powerful and can actually match the quality of the DSLR cameras.
Pros of DSLR cameras
The body of the DSLR cameras is filled by the control buttons which are actually quite helpful in operations also they are customizable up to an extent.
Freedom to use lenses:
There are a lot of lenses that can be mounted on the DSLR cameras.
You can not mount any and every lens on any DSLR, but still, there are a lot of lenses supported by every DSLR camera.
You must know what lenses your camera supports before you buy one. Also if you have some existing lens that you want to use with your new camera, you should check beforehand that the new camera supports that lens or not.
Although its no hidden fact that the DSLR cameras are bulky, they have some really robust build quality.
Although most of the body is built of plastic, the plastic used on them is of the best quality.
The higher-end professional DSLRs are a build-up of magnesium alloy which would allow you some rough usage without any issues.
The DSLR cameras are still known to have the best autofocus. In fact, that’s one of the things where the DSLR camera beat the mirrorless cameras.
They acquire focus in no time and can offer up to 100+ autofocus points. An average DSLR usually comes with 10+ autofocus points
The DSLRs click shots in no time. If you are buying a DSLR camera to record some fast action videos then there is no chance that you will be disappointed.
Some of the premium DSLR cameras come with an excellent shutter speed that allows you to record fast-action videos at up to 10fps.
Dual Pixel CMOS:
When maintaining the autofocus on a fast-moving object, nothing could be as good as the dual pixel CMOS. Dual pixel Cmos is a canon exclusive feature that we love and wanted to add it over here.
It keeps the autofocus intact on the fast-moving object and makes the shift so fast that you won’t be able to notice it. And all of this happens automatically.
Cons of DSLR cameras
Weight: DSLR cameras are bulky and heavy, and that goes for all the DSLR cameras in the market. Some of them might be less heavy, but that would be still heavy.
DSLR cameras are not cheap. You would have to spend atleast $500 to get a decent DSLR camera with very basic functionality.
For something good, you would have to spend something close to $1000.
A beginner would surely find it hard to operate a DSLR camera at first.
There are a lot of setting options involved, choice of lenses, adjusting the exposure, etc.
With the point and shoot cameras, everything is quick and simple right out of the box.
Are point and shoot cameras powerful
And that actually depends on a lot of many factors. We have said this a lot many times that the modern-day point and shoot cameras like Canon G9X Mark II or any other camera mentioned on this list come with some really powerful features that are improving day by day.
It would still take some time for them to match the performance of the DSLRs since the DSLR cameras come with hardware components that can not be fitted inside the body of the point and shoot cameras which give them an over the latter.
What are some of the best point and shoot camera brands?
The two brands that are always on the top of the trends are the Panasonic and Canon.
In fact, two of the cameras from these brands, Panasonic Lumix fz80 and the Canon G7X Mark II are our all-time favorite.
One of the other good brands in the market is the Nikon. Their Coolpix series is an immensely popular series in the market.
Accessories you should look for
Just buying a point and shoot camera could be sufficient but getting some accessories could make the overall shooting experience better.
Let’s have a look at a few of the accessories that you should consider:
If you want to take the steady shots you must buy a tripod.
A tripod provides an excellent grip when recording the videos or taking pictures. It not only makes the camera easy to hold but also helps while taking shots from different angles.
Also, the tripod does not come with an expensive price tag. You can get an excellent tripod for under $20.
Usually, all the point and shoot cameras come with some kind of inbuilt microphones, but they are not the greatest microphones you can have.
We recommend getting an external microphone for yourself.
If that’s a wireless one then that would even better.
With a wireless microphone attached to you, the audio would always be crystal clear.
Batteries on the point and shoot camera or any camera for that matter do not last long. They usually last for around 4-5 hours, which would be quite less if you are going to spend all day out shooting.
We recommend you to get at least two spare batteries so that you can extend your usage time for 8-10 hours.
Extra memory cards
Since the video and pictures shot on these high-end point and shoot cameras consume a lot of space, your memory card space will run out quite faster.
We recommend getting some spare memory cards. There is no fixed number of memory cards that you should get, you can decide that based on your usage pattern.
Memory card reader
You need a memory card reader to transfer files from the memory card to your laptop.
But make sure that the memory card reader you are going for comes with fast read and write speed so that the transferring process does not take a lot of your time.
Factors and Features to consider while buying a point and shoot camera
The number of megapixels determines the resolution of the image. The more the pixels, the better is the clarity of the image.
But there should be a perfect balance, putting too many pixels in a small frame can make the output content noisy.
In regards to the point and shoot cameras, anything close to 20MP would work great.
On our list of best point and shoot cameras, the camera that has the most megapixels is then Fujifilm X100
It is the thing that decides the amount of light that would reach the sensors.
In the modern-day Point and shoot cameras, you can control the aperture size.
OIS AKA optical image stabilization prevents the blurring of the images.
Optical image stabilization controls the path of the image and shifts the lens to counter the shake or the movement that would cause the blur.
The newer mobile phones have also now started coming with this technology.
This is often referred to as burst mode. More the fps, the better the capability of the camera to shoot the fast action shots.
On average a good camera comes with 6fps while some of the high-end cameras come with the capability to shoot 10 frames per second.
The faster the shutter speed, the better is the quality of the picture
An articulating display will allow you to monitor the vlog while its being recorded.
Faqs related to the point and shoot cameras:
Point and shoot cameras today are extremely powerful. They are not like those old digital cameras that had no advance functionalities and were just capable of taking ok photographs.
With the point and shoot cameras today you are not just able to take good photographs, but you can also record some high-quality FHD videos.
Some of the point and shoot cameras are also capable of recording 4K videos.
Here is the conclusion for our Buyer’s guide on the best point and shoot cameras in 2020.
The best overall point and shoot camera on our list is the Canon G9X Mark II
The point and shoot camera that could also be used for adventure vlogging is the Olympus TG-5
The most affordable 4K point and shoot camera according to us is the Panasonic Lumix FZ80