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Best Point and Shoot Pocket Digital Cameras 2015 - Review the Latest

Updated on January 14, 2015

Top Rated New Release Digital Cameras for 2015

With each new minute in this ever progressing world, there is a new product being popped out in different areas of the world. Technology continues to advance as well giving us products that are not only faster, but also easier to use. Whether it is the camera with the most megapixels, or a camera that can take ten pictures by the time the human eye blinks, technology is changing and point and shoot cameras are no exception.

We continue to see point and shoot cameras which are able to take better pictures by having automatically adjustable settings that turn even the most amateur photographer into a pro. In this post we'll review today's latest new release point and shoot or pocket digital cameras for 2015.

Canon Elph 310 Compact Digital Camera
Canon Elph 310 Compact Digital Camera

Top Rated Canon Point and Shoot 2014 - 2015

Canon PowerShot ELPH 310 HS Point and Shoot Digital Camera

With 12.1 megapixels in a super compact design, and a price tag of only $260, the Canon Powershot ELPH 310 HS is an amazing pocket camera for such a low price.

The key features of the Canon ELPH 310 HS are its 8x optical zoom lens, and incredible intelligent IS system which can stabilize images and video. The HS in the camera's name signifies high sensitivity and means that camera users will find it easy to take pictures in both super bright and low light settings. With a CMOS sensor and its ability to shoot 1080p HD video, the Canon ELPH is the perfect point and shoot camera for tourists or even professionals that want a smaller camera. Canon has also put in some creative effects including the ability to make photos or movies appear in miniature.

Cons: The function menu on this camera may take time to get used to as it is a more complicated one. Facial focusing can sometimes be tricky to with this cameras high sensitivity.

Overall, if you want a high quality camera with plenty of optical zoom and great image stabilization, this is a perfect choice. The Canon ELPH 310 HS can capture the most important life events on 1080p HD video, and is an incredible little machine for the low price.

Best New Canon Pocket Digital Cameras for 2015

Canon S100 Digital Camera
Canon S100 Digital Camera

Canon Powershot S100

A step up from the previous and less expensive S95 brother, the Canon Powershot S100 is a great little camera for the price. With a wider angle 24mm lens, and a great zoom range, the S100 can capture a lot of picture for such a small little body.

Pros: With a 5x optical zoom lens, and with the ability to zoom in manually, the Powershot S100 is a great camera for those looking to get a point and shoot. One key feature of this camera that is very interesting is its built-in GPS. Canon decided to put a control ring on the camera by the lens to control shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, manual focus, white balance, and even exposure. As far as ISO the camera can go up to 1600, which is great for a point and shoot.

Cons: Zooming out on the camera is relatively slow, and pictures taken twice in a row have a 2 second time frame, which is a little slower for a point and shoot. The price is also higher for this camera at $430.

Overall, if you want a point and shoot camera that is similar to a digital SLR camera and one that has plenty of advanced features, this is the camera to get.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Digital Camera
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Digital Camera

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

At $348 the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 is a compact digital camera with a 24mm wide angle lens, high definition video capability, and image distortion technology that can overall produce beautifully clear pictures.

Pros: The DMC-LX5 has a f2.o lens meaning it is very bright and can capture photos at high levels of light. The LX5 comes with 10.1 megapixels which is a large number for the price, and has a nice optical zoom too. One key feature of this camera is its longer battery life, and Venus Engine FHD image processor. The image processor is fast and allows the lens to adapt to brightness very quick. So, if you want a point and shoot that will spit out nicely saturated photos and take HD video, this is a good point and shoot.

Cons: The Lumix LX5 has a lower amount of megapixels in comparison to its competitors. The LX5 also does not have as many advanced features as other cameras in its class like the Canon S100.

Overall, if you want a quick camera that can produce beautiful pictures and take them quickly, this is a perfect point and shoot. While it is missing some advanced features, the Panasonic DMC-LX5 is a high end point and shoot with a nice image engine, and nice 24mm lens.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V

With an impressive 16 megapixel Exmore R sensor, and a 16x ultrawide-angle, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V is an excellent point and shoot - pocket digital camera at $300.

Pros: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V has a plethora of features including a megazoom, quick reaction time, a GPS receiver to tell you exactly where you are shooting, and full manual capability. The biggest thing on this camera is its 16 megapixels for outstanding looking pictures. The camera has a nice compact body, reliable auto mode, and nice price tag to be a top competitor in best point and shoot cameras of 2011.

Cons: The Sony Cyber shot was designed to have a ton of features, which prove to be a little too complicated for its technology. The Cyber-shot can sometimes slow down and not take pictures as fast as it should. As far as HD video, the camera only shoots up to 60p which is not very impressive at all.

Overall, if you want a reliable point and shoot camera with a great auto mode, and a ton of megapixels, this is a great camera. However, if you are looking for a great camera to shoot video on, this camera is not the best choice.

Sony NEX-5N Digital Camera
Sony NEX-5N Digital Camera

Sony NEX-5 18-55mm Digital Camera

DSLR quality in your pocket

What happens when you take the image quality of a DSLR camera and combine it with the compact design of a sleek point and shoot camera? Well, you get the new Sony NEX-5 at $650. Sony has stepped up its game with an affordable point and shoot camera that can also convert to a digital SLR. There is no other type of camera like this one on the market.

Pros: The Sony Nex-5 has an effective 14.2 million megapixels and a sturdy magnesium alloy design. As far as ISO, the Sony Nex-5 has a range of 200 to 12800. The ISO range is incredibly high for a point and shoot. The Nex-5 comes with tons of modes from Macro, to night view, and even a hand-held night shot. The shutter speed on the Nex-5 can go from 30 to 1/4000 of a second, which is incredible for a point and shoot camera. As far as HD video, this camera shoots in pristine 1080p and delivers fantastic saturated stills as well. A huge key feature of this camera is that it has a 3 inch LCD screen that folds out and is touch screen. So, you can see exactly what you want to shoot at any time. Sony has stepped up its game by creating a camera that can take pictures at 2.3 frames per second. The Nex-5 is one of the fastest continuous shooting cameras on the market today.

The battery life is also top notch allowing you to take 330 pictures before the camera dies. The Nex-5 is an incredible compact point and shoot that is even compatible with a telephoto lens and fisheye lens. Also, the interface on this camera is super easy to use. As soon as you get this camera charged, you will want to try all of its modes, and pull out its beautiful touch screen. The Nex-5 comes with a super intelligent auto which can pick up about 12 autofocus points on the subject. If you want a camera that can take pictures faster than your eye can blink, and that will produce amazing stills and HD videos, this is the best option.

Cons: The battery life is lower than other cameras because of its quickness and use of HD video.

Overall, the Sony Nex-5 will blow your mind with all of its features and its amazing 3 inch HD touch screen. With its 1080p HD video capability, 14 megapixels, and super fast speed, the Nex-5 is a hard competitor to beat. So, if you want a camera that you can use professionally, but looks like a point and shoot, this is the best camera out there.

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