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Top 5 Best Point & Shoot Digital Cameras

Updated on September 20, 2014

Point-and-shoot digital cameras are the basic digital cameras that are designed for amateur photographers and casual users. These cameras are easily manageable and cost much cheaper than other high-end, professional digital cameras.

When we talk about the top point and shoot digital cameras we look into many things. Firstly it should take quality pictures . Secondly it should work in low light . Then it should be compact and handy . Lastly it should be easy to use , that you don’t have to make gruesome settings when taking pictures.

In this article I’ll list top 5 point & shoot digital cameras that beat all the others with their excellent performance and higher customer ratings.

#1: Canon PowerShot S95 10 MP Digital Camera
#1: Canon PowerShot S95 10 MP Digital Camera

Canon PowerShot S95 10 MP Digital Camera

This camera is one of the top-rated digital cameras, and features10-megapixel sensor combined with the DIGIC 4 Image Processor . It can also capture 720p HD video in stereo sound and offers play back on an HDTV via the HDMI output.

The camera contains f/2.0 lens for low light conditions or shallow depth-of-field while the control ring helps in intuitive manual control. The lens has 3.8x optical zoom and is 28mm wide-angle. This digital camera also has the pop-up flash.

All these features let you take high-quality pictures in these exposure controls: beach, kids & pets, snow, super vivid, poster effect, landscape, portrait mode, color swap, color accent, smile shutter, stitch assist, fireworks, low light, underwater, and foliage. Your best pick if you’re looking for a point & shoot digital camera as an amateur photographer.

#2: Panasonic DMC-LX3 10.1MP Digital Camera
#2: Panasonic DMC-LX3 10.1MP Digital Camera

2. Panasonic DMC-LX3 10.1MP Digital Camera

This camera is also available in silver color, but who cares? This black one is one of the top-sellers at Amazon and has won many raves. Designed for easy, creative shooting, and high-performance in low-light conditions, the Panasonic DMC-LX3 features a F2.0 24mm Leica DC Vario-Summicron lens , 10.1 megapixels and an ultra-sensitive 1/1.63-inch CCD developed specifically for this model.

Though not as easy to use and maintain, you can get yourself this one to perfect your photography skills. The image quality is certainly better than many of other compact digital and the auto-focus is fast.

The camera is not that much handy and compact, but its performance overpowers anything else here. It’s ideal for professional photographers and serious amateurs looking for a compact digital camera that furthers their creative photography.

#3: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20 14.1 MP Digital Camera
#3: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20 14.1 MP Digital Camera

3. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20 14.1 MP Digital Camera

If you can’t afford those pricey point & shoot cameras, this one is just for you then. This stylish, compact camera has 28mm wide-angle lens that lets you easily capture large groups of people indoors or expansive architectural structures and scenes with dynamic width and rich perspective, even from short distances.

The camera sports a powerful 8x optical zoom lens which gives you highly natural expressions from people and animals that you can't get close to. It can record motion images in high-definition. The energy-saving Venus Engine IV image-processing engine and the efficient, rechargeable lithium-ion battery which has been slimmed down to fit into thinner camera bodies work together to extend the shooting time of the DMC-FH20. This lets users take approx. 300 shots on a single battery charge.

All this makes it an inexpensive, yet best pick for an amateur photographer. Great for kids too!

#4: Canon PowerShot G11 10MP Digital Camera
#4: Canon PowerShot G11 10MP Digital Camera

4. Canon PowerShot G11 10MP Digital Camera

This popular digital camera employs a 10-megapixel High Sensitivity System by combining a powerful CCD sensor and Canon's DIGIC 4 Image Processor.

The PowerShot G11's RAW mode lets you shoot images without JPEG compression. It gives you clearer images and complete creative control in editing. The camera can also be set to allow the simultaneous recording of both RAW and JPEG images while shooting. It also gives you a large 2.8-inch PureColor System LCD screen for excellent control when framing your shots.

Canon's PureColor System LCD offers spectacular color, resolution and contrast even at an angle. The screen is durable and easy to see. All this makes it a perfect camera for advanced amateurs.

#5: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 12.1MP Digital Camera
#5: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 12.1MP Digital Camera

5. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 12.1MP Digital Camera

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 features AVCHD Lite , High Definition (HD) video recording capability, combined with a powerful 27mm wide-angle , 18x optical zoom Leica DC lens . A successor to the popular FZ28, the FZ35 packs enhanced creative features combined with the power to shoot HD videos, including motion zoom capabilities to take full advantage of the 18x zoom.

The operational layout of the FZ35 includes a dedicated video record button , making it a true hybrid--a single model that performs seamlessly at capturing both still and motion images--while still providing smooth and easy operation in either mode. You can freely adjust the color, brightness and saturation parameters with this camera.

All this makes it an easy-to-use digital camera for everyone. You can take amazingly interesting, and expressive images, and just enjoy your photography with this much-raved about camera.

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      Spider Girl 6 years ago from the Web

      Hi David, thanks for visiting! Your list also has some awesome point & shoot DCs :)

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      best point and shoot digital camera 6 years ago

      thanks for the list. it has some of my favourite models too i m considering buying :)

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      Spider Girl 7 years ago from the Web

      @Fluffy77, Yes it takes time getting to know things better. Hopefully this hub guides you in finding a good basic DC for yourself!

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      Fluffy77 7 years ago from Enterprise, OR

      Knowing is half the battle, I am new to the digital camera still. I have learned allot already and learn more all the time. Love taking my nature photo's and family events now. This is a very useful and informative page, thanks again.

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      Spider Girl 7 years ago from the Web

      @katrinasui, thanks for it was something you were looking for! Hope it helps you out :)

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      katrinasui 7 years ago

      I have been searching something like this for a long time. Thanks spider girl.