Advanced cameras and interchangeable lenses are not for everyone. Many casual users may want something that’s easy to use, while still capable of taking amazing shots. While smartphones have largely replaced dedicated cameras outside of DSLRs, there is still a market for point-and-shoot cameras. It’s true most sub-$300 point-and-shoot cameras are pretty much on the same level as a smartphone, but there are some true gems out there if you know where to look.
High-end point-and-shoot cameras typically offer higher image quality than smartphones, better ergonomics, and aren’t reliant on your phone’s battery life. In this quick guide we take a look at the best point-and-shoot cameras out there.
The best point-and-shoot cameras:
Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best point-and-shoot cameras regularly as new devices launch.
1. Sony RX100 VII
The RX 100 series is trusted by professionals and photo enthusiasts alike. Its compact body and premium image quality makes it the best bet for those times when carrying all your equipment isn’t convenient. Unfortunately, it’s also pretty pricey, but users who take advantage of its full potential deem it worth every single penny.
The RX 100 series is trusted by professionals and photo enthusiasts.
Features include a 20.1MP, 1-inch Exmor RS CMOS sensor, a 24-200mm f/2.8-f/4.5 lens, 0.02-second AF response, 357 focal-plane phase-detection AF points, an electronic viewfinder, touchscreen, 4K HDR video recording, and more.
2. Sony RX1R II
The first Sony RX1 was a very unique camera, as it was among the first to offer a full-frame sensor on a relatively small body. The RX1R II is just as cool, but it’s still limited by a 35mm f/2 lens (albeit a great one). Inside the camera, you’ll find a 42.4MP back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS full-frame sensor. It also offers high-end specs like 399 focal points, fast hybrid autofocus, a retractable electronic viewfinder, a tilting 3-inch display, Wi-Fi, and NFC.
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Considering the Sony RX1R II costs a pretty penny, many prefer getting a mirrorless full-frame camera. These are priced similarly and some are even cheaper, but those who want pristine quality from a simpler point-and-shoot still appreciate what this high-end point-and-shoot has to offer.
3. Ricoh GR III
The Ricoh GR line dates back to the days of film and has been on the market for over 20 years. It is known for taking quality images from a compact body, and the latest iteration is no exception.
The Ricoh GR III packs quite a bit in that small body. It has a 24.2MP APS-C sensor, a powerful GR Engine 6 processor, and a 28mm f/2.8 lens. Other features include a 3-inch touchscreen, a magnesium body, a hybrid autofocus system, and 1080p video recording. Its fixed lens makes it less versatile, but the photos it takes are worth the high price tag.
4. Leica Q2
Leica is known for its great lenses, which are widely featured in phones and cameras from other manufacturers. Their own cameras are just as impressive, offering great build quality, unique designs (reminiscent of retro cameras), and superb image quality. Leica cameras are also very expensive, but you are paying for some of the best and most gorgeous camera equipment there is.
The shooter comes with a 47.3MP full-frame sensor, a 28mm f/1.7 lens, and super-fast autofocus. Videographers will also love its support for 4K video recording at 30fps. The body has also been upgraded and is now weather-sealed, and it can shoot up to 10 frames per second with the mechanical shutter.
This is a beauty of a camera, but its MSRP sits uncomfortably high. It’s currently out of stock from the manufacturer, so you’ll have to get it from Amazon.
5. Leica D-Lux 7
You don’t have to splurge thousands of dollars on a camera to have Leica quality. If $1,395 sounds like a more manageable price to you, the Leica D-Lux 7 is arguably the best affordable camera coming from the company. This shooter comes with a 17MP 4/3rds sensor and a 24-75mm lens with an f/1.7-2.8 aperture. The body offers 11fps continuous shooting and 4K@30fps video recording.
You can certainly get these specs for less from other companies, but Leica’s craftsmanship, unique style, quality, and attention to detail are incomparable.
6. Canon Powershot G9 X Mark II
Easily one of the best-looking cameras on this list, the Canon Powershot G9 X Mark II is also a great shooter and is very affordable. It is likely the Sony RX100’s closest competitor, with specs like a 20.1MP 1-inch sensor, 3x optical zoom (28-84mm equivalent), a 3-inch screen, and 8.2fps shooting speeds.
7. Canon Powershot G1 X Mark III
Those who want a more serious point-and-shoot camera from Canon can’t do better than the Powershot G1 X Mark III. It’s a bit pricey, but it can take on more serious contenders like DSLRs and some mirrorless cameras.
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This camera sports a 24.2MP APS-C sensor, a 24-72mm with a maximum aperture of f/2.8, and dual pixel CMOS autofocus. In addition, you get cool features like drag-and-drop autofocus, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth, and dust/water resistance.
8. Fujifilm XF10
Another great looking camera that won’t break the bank is the Fujifilm XF10. It features a 24.2 APS-C sensor, an 18.5mm f/2.8 lens, a 3-inch touchscreen, and Bluetooth connectivity. Despite its affordable price tag, this camera can take some truly amazing photos.
9. Olympus Tough TG-6
Adventure seekers want something you don’t need to baby, and that’s where the Olympus Tough TG-6 comes in handy. It is waterproof (up to 50m), dustproof, shockproof (7ft), crushproof (100kgf), freeze-proof (14°F), and has anti-fog protection. The sturdy body protects a 12MP 1/2.3-inch sensor, a 4.5-18mm f/2.0 lens, and a 3-inch monitor. The tech is not at the same level as other cameras in the list, but this one is way more resistant.
10. Panasonic Lumix ZS80
The Panasonic Lumix ZS80 is another camera in the affordable high-end market, priced at $447.99. Inside you will also find a 20.3MP 1/2. 3-inch sensor and a Leica lens with a 30x zoom (24-720mm equivalent). The unit can shoot 4K video at 30fps, and shoot images at up to 10fps.
There you have it — these are the best point and shoot cameras on the market today. We’ll update this post with new models once they are released.
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