Best Point and Shoot Digital Cameras For 2024

Compact digital cameras are a great choice for the casual user, the beginner, or the budget buyer. They’re sleek, small, convenient, and fit into any pocket, and overall their photo quality should meet almost everyone”s needs. Our editors went ahead and tried most of the best point and shoot cameras in the market and here is their top 5 list.

Canon Powershot S90

Canon PowerShot SX420 Digital Camera w/42x Optical Zoom - Wi-Fi & NFC Enabled (Black) + 64GB SD Memory Card (Renewed)
  • Powerful 42x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer for outstanding optical performance
  • Aspect Ratio : 16:9 / 3:2 / 4:3 / 1:1. Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC allows for easy sharing and transferring of images and videos.
  • 3.0-inch LCD with a wide viewing angle allows clear display as well as easy operation and sharing. LCD Pixels : Approx. 230,000 dots
  • Capture 720p HD video with clear sound. Dimensions (W x H x D): 4.11 x 2.72 x 3.35 in. / 104.4 x 69.1 x 85.1mm
  • INCLUDES: Cnon SX420 and 64GB Memory Card

If you’re a photography enthusiast looking for a compact point and shoot, the Powershot S90 is perfect for you. It features some of the best controls we found in a compact camera with excellent lens, and image quality.

The image quality for the S90 is quite impressive – it’s among the best you’ll see among point and shoots. We’ve taken many photos with it and almost all have very little noise, but it never destroys any of the details until we reach an ISO level of 3200.

We love the lens for Powershot S90, it’s incredibly sharp.

Canon calls their Powershot S90 the perfect everyday camera for people who are serious about producing great photos, and we have to agree. The excellent lens, image quality, and the myriad of options/controls make it a perfect choise for photography enthusiasts. We particularly recommend it for shooting nature shots like landscapes. For other things like fast moving stuff (sports), we think the S90 falls short.

The only gripe we don’t like about the S90 is its slow shutter speed, but that’s about the only thing that is wrong with this otherwise high quality point and shoot.

What’s great about it:
– Great controls for manual and semimanual shooting
– Wide Angle F2 lens are excellent
– Performs superbly in low light conditions

What’s not so great:
– No HD movie mode.
– No optical view finder.
– Slow shutter speed.

Summary: Overall, we think the Powershot S90 is the best compact camera, and is perfect for amateurs and advanced users.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD - Black
  • Motion Picture Recording (*2)[HD Video] 1920 x 1080 pixels, 60i
  • 10x Optical Zoom in a Slim Body
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Recording Media - Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card

Panasonic has been known for making solid compact point and shoot cameras with great zoom capabilities, and the ZS7 is one of my favorites. The ZS7 builts upon the ZS3 by adding manual + semimanual shooting modes, as well as GPS. Like its predecessor, the ZS7 has great HD video, a 25mm wide angle lens with 12 X zoom.

It’s very easy to use, and takes extremely sharp photos. The shutter speed is quite fast, and the auto setting is smart.

Some people have complained about the drop in quality with ISO above 400, and we do see their point. And it doesn’t perform excellently in low light conditions (using manual controls can fix this) , so it does have some faults.

What’s great about it:
– Best bang for the buck
– Many features you can choose to experiment with
– Takes very sharp images
– Very good video recording experience
– Sturdy build quality
– it contains a built-in GPS

What’s not so great:
– Low-light photos can disappoint some users

Summary: Overall, we regard it as a great compact camera for its price. Great for the casual user, or as an alternative camera to bring with you when you don’t want to carry around a DSLR.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V

Sony RX100 VII Premium Compact Camera with 1.0-type stacked CMOS sensor (DSCRX100M7)
  • 20. 1MP 1. 0 Type stacked CMOS sensor, Zeiss Vario Sonnar T 24 200 millimeter F2. 8 F4. 5 large aperture high magnification zoom lens
  • 0. 02 sec. High AF speed, 357 point focal plane Phase detection AF and 425 point contrast detection AF
  • Up to 20 fps blackout free shooting, using up to 60 times/sec. AF/AE calculations. Diopter Adjustment: -4.0 to +3.0 m-1. Operating Temperature- 0 degrees C.- +40 degrees C. / 32 degrees F. - 104 degrees F
  • AI based real time tracking for stills and movies, and touch tracking. Real time eye AF for human (stills and movies), and for animal (stills only)
  • 4K video with us log3 and Interval Shooting. Microphone jack and vertical position data recording. Active mode image stabilization in 4K video recording, and Movie Edit add on compatible

The Cybershot DSC-HX5V is a solid point and shoot megazoom camera. It’s lightweight and has a very compact body. It features very easy to use controls, perfect for the beginner.

The shooting speed for this camera is outstanding as well. It features low shutter lag, and incredibly fast times. Its burst mode can handle 10 fps.

If you like tweaking and playing around with features, this camera has a bunch of useful features, such as a built-in GPS. To use the GPS, you need to enable it through the menu, since it does use up battery life. Another cool feature of this camera is the TransferJet. Basically, the TransferJet allows you to transfer photos and videos wirelessly to any TransferJet devices. Cool feature if you’re into this kind of stuff.

Because of the megazoom lens, some of the photos you take aren’t very sharp. Where this camera excels is in low light conditions – it definitely beats other cameras in this aspect.

What’s great about it:
– Great, fast performance
– Very lightweight
– Many useful features
– Performs well in low light

What’s not so great:
– Soft photos
– Not many manual controls

Summary: The Cybershot DSC HX5V is a fun camera suitable for beginners. If you’re one that likes to play around with features, this camera is definitely for you.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5

Panasonic LUMIX 4K Digital Camera, 18.1 Megapixel Video Camera, 60X Zoom DC VARIO 20-1200mm Lens, F2.8-5.9 Aperture, Power O.I.S. Stabilization, Touch Enabled 3-Inch LCD, Wi-Fi, DC-FZ80K (Black)
  • Point and Shoot Long Zoom Camera: 18.1 megapixel MOS sensor plus 60X zooms DC Vario lens (20 1220 millimeter and Power O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) captures far off moments
  • High Resolution View Finder and LCD Display: High resolution 1,170K dot view finder and rear touch enabled 3 inch LCD Display (1040 dots) are clear even in bright sunlight. Lens:14 elements in 12 groups
  • 4K video Capture: 4K QFHD video recording (3840 x 2160) with three unique 4K ultra HD video pause and save 4K photo modes extracts individual high resolution Photos from 4K ultra HD video filmed at 30 frames per second to capture split second moments
  • Low Light Performance: Low light capture lets you enjoy photography during your nightlife again with impressive results; Note: Refer to user manual PDF attached below in technical specification for trouble shooting steps are on page 54
  • USB Charging and Wi-Fi Connectivity: Enjoy travel ready technologies like USB charging and Wi Fi connectivity to your mobile device; HDMI D (Micro), Micro USB and USB 2.0 provide additional connectivity to your favorite devices; Max resolution: 4896 x 3672

We thought carefully whether to include the ZS5 in this list since it is so similar to the ZS7, but technically they are 2 separate cameras, so we decided to include it.

The DMC-ZS5 from Panasonic is basically a stripped down version of the ZS7. It does not have a built in GPS, has a lower resolution LCD screen and records HD video in Motion JPEG. These are very minor differences in our opinion and shouldn’t affect your purchase that drastically.

The ZS5 is very lightweight – it can easily fit into any pocket or small purse. The body is solidly built, and has a comfortable grip. The LCD screen here is 2.8 inches or so, and looks visually good.

The controls are pretty easy to get used to. We have the shooting mode dial on top, with the shutter release, and the power switch. Menus are also user friendly.

In terms of performance, we have to say the performance is a tad above average. The ZS5’s shot to shot time is 1.6-1.8 seconds without the flash, with the flash it’s 4.8 seconds between shots.

The image quality for the ZS5 is great, especially at low ISO. At ISO 100 and so, the images look sharp with accurate colors and very fine detail. When we shot with ISO 200, the images still look pretty good. But as soon as we went up to ISO 400, that’s when we started to see some noise. Thus, if you’re planning to shoot a lot of photos in low light, we’d look elsewhere for a camera that does better in this aspect.

What’s great about it:
– Tons of features to play around with
– Great image quality in low ISOs

What’s not so great:
– Performs badly in low light

Summary: If you like the ZS7, and want a stripped down version that is less expensive, the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS5 is for you.

Canon Powershot SD1200 IS

Black Canon EOS 2000D Rebel T7 DSLR Camera with EF S 18 55mm DC III and 75 300mm III Lenses canon2000D32gb canon2000D32gb (Renewed)
  • EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens - EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format,Aperture Range: f/4 to f/45,Super Spectra Coating,DC Micro Motor AF System,7-Blade Diaphragm
  • DC micro motor autofocus system is quick and pairs with an electromagnetic diaphragm to complement photographing at fast continuous speeds.
  • Designed For Use With : EOS 1D C, EOS 1D X, EOS 1D X Mark II, EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 5D Mark IV, EOS 5DS ,EOS 5DS R, EOS 6D, EOS 6D Mark II, EOS 70D , EOS 77D , EOS 7D Mark II , EOS 80D, EOS C100, EOS C100 Mark II , EOS C200, EOS C200B , EOS C300 , EOS C300 Mark II, EOS C500, EOS C700, EOS C700 FF , EOS Rebel SL1 , EOS Rebel SL2 , EOS Rebel T5 , EOS Rebel T5i , EOS Rebel T6 , EOS Rebel T6i, EOS Rebel T6s , EOS Rebel T7, EOS Rebel T7i
  • Optical zoom: 3.0 multiplier_x
  • Display size: 3.0 inches

If you’re looking for a cheap camera that’s lightweight with solid image quality, I suggest you just stop reading this review and go out and buy the SD1200 IS. Seriously.

This camera is about the size of a deck of card.. and weighs just 4.2 ounces.. Yowzers.

We tested this camera and compared the image quality to several other cameras in this price range, and the SD1200 IS outperformed them all. It beated both the Cybershot DSC-W290 and the Powershot SX200IS.

The controls and menus are very easy to figure out. Just play around with it for a hour or so and you’ll get it. The design though could be improved, as many experts hav enoted. The buttons can be difficult to press at times, and viewfinder was small to be useful. It would’ve been better if they just eliminated the viewfinder, or at least make the LCD screen bigger. But alas, nothing is perfect.

When shooting using this camera, you generally should not go above an ISO level of 200 or so. We tested it with higher ISO’s and the photos became grainy.

What’s great about it:
– Incredibly lightweight
– Very easy to use
– Contains all the basic features you need

What’s not so great:
– Image quality suffers above ISO 200
– Design could be improved; buttons can be hard to press

Summary: For the low low price, we can’t recommend any other camera though. Other than the design, there isn’t a lot to complain about. If you’re looking for a simple easy to use camera, that is lightweight and features competitive image quality, the SD1200 IS is the best camera for you.

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