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Which Point and Shoot Camera Is Best
Thousands Discover Great Cameras To Take Pictures They Only Dreamed About Before
Is there one best point and shoot camera? Absolutely not!
But there are quite a few cameras that have their owners "tickled pink" with their new cameras.
There is a bunch of research that went into compiling these lists. They are not just regurgitations of the Amazon Point and Shoot Cameras Best Sellers List.
It really depends on your needs. Remember that as you browse through these Top 5 lists of Digital Cameras.
As the author of this list, I have had the same concerns and frustrations buying a new camera that you are probably facing. Because of that, I am hoping you will get a lot of value from this article. There is a bunch of research that went into compiling the list. It is not just a regurgitation of the Amazon Point and Shoot Cameras Best Sellers List.
The first step is to determine your needs. That's why I have divided the cameras into categories. Start by choosing the type of camera you are looking for - look for your category below:
- Best "every day - any family member" camera
- Best "budget" point and shoot camera (under $150)
- Top Compact Cameras Chosen by Professionals
Ratings ~ Who and How?
And Why Should You Trust Me?
Actually, even though I am the writer, I am probably someone just like you. Someone who has read what others like us think about the cameras they buy. Having purchased the wrong camera a couple of times, I am hoping to help you with your selection.
I have purchased quite a few cameras over the years, and I always go through the same rigorous process.
- How does this model stack up against others in the same class?
- Is the camera what I need?
- What do others think about this particular camera?
These are important questions, but you can spend far too much time and energy on them. I feel that I have had enough experience that I can "cut to the chase" now and pick a good camera in any price range.
Even if you're not looking for yourself. You could be the influence in someone's life that points them in the right direction with a great camera choice, simply because they trust you. Such is the case with the young lady in this picture. She is now a happy Panasonic user because her Grandad helped her choose the perfect camera for her needs and photography level.
If you are a bit nervous about making the purchase of a camera without holding it in your hands first, just take a trip to a camera store or your local Best Buy and pick one up. But be forewarned, not every store carries every camera, even if they are "best sellers." And don't be tempted to plunk down your cash on the spot without checking the prices online. You can always go back and get your camera at the store if it proves to be a good deal, but check first.
Top 5 Point and Shoot Cameras For Family/Every Day Use
In order to get into the "Family Camera" category, the camera must be user friendly and shoot in a variety of situations. It must perform well as a travel/vacation tool and adapt to most age groups. So ease of use and zoom range play a major part in selection for this group of cameras.
Additionally, these cameras all are rated highly for video since more and more families are recording their legacy in motion, children growing and learning, special events, and, of course, holidays and vacations.
The listings here are in no particular order - they all qualify as the perfect camera for your family photos.
Canon PowerShot SX50
The Family/Vacation/Every Day Line-up:
It's a Canon - and it's a cannon! Check out the 50x zoom!
One of the things you have to be aware of with super zoom cameras is that the more you zoom the harder it is to maintain focus. Every little movement is magnified by the factor of the zoom. This camera compensates for that with image stabilization so you can be fairly confident that hand held pictures in good light will come out fine (not blurry).
The SX50 has Canon's newest technology, including the DIGIC 5 processor which is getting great reviews in the more professional Digital SLR cameras.
Even though it is listed in the "Family category," it easily qualifies for those who want to photograph wildlife from afar or even the full moon in amazing detail.
Family cameras don't usually have all the features of a "near-professional" camera, but this one does.
Panasonic has come up with a unique camera in that it is "user friendly" and has the benefits of control as well. If you want to simply point and shoot, you can, or if you are looking for a camera that you can use to "grow" into a more substantial hobby, this one's for you.
Other benefits that may be of interest for family or vacation shooters:
*Take pictures while you shoot video.
*12 frames per second speed shooting - don't miss anything at the soccer game
*24x zoom gets you right up close to the action
Nikon COOLPIX L820
First of all, it's a Nikon, one of the trusted names in the camera world.
This camera fits all the criteria as a great family camera. If you want to record kids' soccer, birthdays, first steps, or graduation, this could be your best choice.
The two major features ~ 30x zoom (great when you can't get up close and personal) and 1080p video.
Panasonic DMC FZ60
One benefit that has been getting a lot of attention is that, similar to your smart phone, the Panasonic FZ60 will upload photos to your favorite social media site. Makes you look like a regular photographer on Facebook compared to some of those grainy, blurry pictures your friends are posting (JK LOL).
You can shoot at 10 frames per second under normal conditions, but if you want to use the Auto-focus tracking (a moving subject will stay in focus as it moves), you can still get up to 5 frames per second.
Another item that should not go unnoticed is that this camera has gotten a user rating of 4.6 stars on Amazon. This is quite rare for point and shoot cameras. It simply means that almost everyone who buys it likes or loves it.
Canon PowerShot SX260
This is the only camera in this category that actually "looks" like a point and shoot. That does not mean, however, that the quality is not as good. 834 customer reviews solidly put this camera into almost any Top 5 list.
Just a few of the features that make it a wonderful family camera:
*Full HD video
*GPS records picture locations
*Easy to carry in a pocket or bag
Best Budget Point and Shoot Cameras (under $150)
Not an expert? Just want a simple camera that you can carry with you all the time to get some decent photos? Want to buy a camera for your child/spouse/mother/grandmother that won't cost an arm and leg?
These cameras are just what you are looking for!
Panasonic Lumix DMC FH-8
Panasonic specializes in great cameras for every day use. This is one of the best at a budget price.
One of the benefits of a compact camera is how easy it is to carry everywhere. This one measures a mere 3.8" at its widest measurement, so it is a snap to carry it in a pocket or purse.
It takes video and still photos with plenty of settings to match your mood or occasion.
Canon PowerShot A2300
This little camera just happens to be the best seller on Amazon.
Why? It's cheap, it takes good pictures, and it's cute. Takes video too, and it is about the size of many smart phones, so no problem having it with you all the time.
For under $100, this camera is hard to beat!
Sony Cybershot DSC-WX50
Sony has always had a good name in personal digital cameras.
This model can be picked up for about $100, and it does all the things you want your carry-everywhere digital camera to do, plus a few extras. For instance, you can use this camera for 3d photos. It will also allow still pictures to be taken while recording video.
Add a whole host of selections for creative shots, and you have a great camera for cheap.
Canon PowerShot Elph 520HS
In spite of its pocket-sized configuration, this Elph still has a full 3" LCD display. And take a look at how simple the navigation of settings is. There are only a few little buttons. Otherwise, just point and shoot. What could be easier?
HS - high sensitivity is designed so that pictures can be taken in a very wide range of situations, yet producing excellent quality in all of them.
Video is available at both full 1080p or 720p with stereo sound. This is a great feature on such an inexpensive digital camera. 12x zoom is also a handy feature.
When "gramma B" says something like, "It's a great camera and it's easy to use," you have to think that this is really a user friendly camera. And as you read on, you find that someone else bought it for a 3-year-old, that is clincher.
It's the only Olympus among top rated cameras, probably because so many of us are now programmed to look at just Canon or Nikon. But there are some excellent models that are being overlooked, just like this one.
Don't you love the orange color?
The Olympus VG-160 is simple yet it gets the photography job done. Yes, there are some picture effects available. That is sort of standard with all current models. It also takes decent video.
Bottom line: if you need a simple, inexpensive digital camera, consider this one.
Best Point and Shoot Cameras (chosen by pros)
What does a pro photographer look for in a compact digital camera? Quality and control. Pros don't necessarily want to just point and shoot. They want to be able to manipulate the camera settings to get the exact image output they imagine before pressing the shutter button.
So the cameras in this category have enough bells and whistles (camera controls and settings) to allow the user to affect the output.. more so than just setting the camera on "auto" and going about taking pictures.
Professionals often use compact cameras as backups to their larger, more powerful digital SLR cameras, so they want and need control. These cameras have that.
Canon PowerShot G15
The Canon G-series has always been the choice of many pros, and the G15 continues the dominance. With this camera comes near-DSLR performance and quality.
*High quality LCD screen at 922,000 dots resolution.
*Optical viewfinder as well as LCD Live View.
*DIGIC 5 image processor (the same processor in all the pro Canon DSLRs).
*Full 1080p video with stereo sound.
*The Canon HS system for taking pictures in the most challenging lighting situations.
*Extremely short shutter lag (shutter lag is the number one complaint of many camera users).
*The full range of camera controls, including all creative modes available on even the most expensive DSLRs.
This is a truly compact camera, in spite of its power and quality. So don't let it's size and shape fool you. It has some very impressive features.
The Panasonic really shines when it comes to interior shooting, especially when low-light situations call for a wide aperture. It is also great for landscapes and portraits when professional quality is desired. If you are looking for a solid, high image quality camera, this one is the choice of many pros.
In fact, the LX7 gets plenty of recognition from actual photographers, as evidenced by comments like this: "As a secondary or back-up camera, I highly recommend the LX7. It is a serious photographer's P&S camera. Of course, it will not replace your Digital SLR, but considering it is a compact, it works very well for me."
Users have rated this model at 4.5 stars, which is quite high for a point and shoot camera.
This Sony digital camera is a marvel of engineering!
Here are some basic facts about this model that you need to know before making your next digital camera purchase:
*In spite of its small size, it has a 20-megapixel sensor.
*The lens is made by Carl Zeiss - it's F1.8 aperture is the finest among compact cameras.
*That aperture is what makes this camera special in low light photography.
*Macro shots are amazing - they must be seen to be believed.
*Image quality is fantastic. Look at the sample images on Amazon. They should make a believer out of anyone.
Nikon Coolpix P510
The Coolpix P510 is an animal of a different breed compared to the others in this category. It stands alone as a super zoom. However, it is a really good super zoom at 42x with image stabilization. It's a dream for someone with limited mobility.
Great camera for photographing the moon!
It is also a good substitute for a camera case full of lenses.. the 42x actually equates to about 1000mm. (A 1000mm lens for your DSLR is going to cost a pretty penny).
While the image quality is good, it does not quite match up to some of the other cameras in the category or to DSLR models (which is understandable).
Canon PowerShot S110
"Plenty of bang for your buck," is how one happy customer put it. When considering a $600 alternative, this camera makes a lot of sense.
*DIGIC 5 processor has all the improvements in image quality that are present in much more professional cameras.
*12-megapixel HS (high sensitivity) sensor.
*Touch-screen LCD technology.
*Built-in Wi-Fi so you can communicate directly with your Facebook account to upload pictures.
*Excellent HD video with a dedicated video button.
Rating the Top 5 Best Point and Shoot Cameras
Picking a compact digital, aka point and shoot, camera is simple... NOT!
You can't just go to your local department store camera counter and pick one up. You have to have a plan. You have to know which camera does what you want to do.
In this article, you will get some ideas about which cameras are the best as rated by others who bought the cameras just like the ones you are looking at.
There is no scientific research formula to determine the Top 5 Point and Shoot Cameras. The ratings are from the Amazon online store where camera buyers get to post their experiences and opinions about the cameras that they purchased. You will get truthful, meaningful comments about what is good and not so good about the cameras there.
But even better, in this article we have sifted through the Best Sellers list to find which point and shoot cameras were the absolute favorites. And it is not necessarily the top seller. The cameras in this list are from the standpoint of user satisfaction. Yes, they are on the Best Sellers list, but there is the Star Rating to consider as well to make the Top 5 Point and Shoot Camera List.
Hopefully this will save you a lot of time and confusion.
By the way, this is kind of a dynamic list in that I am constantly trying to find the newest and best point and shoot cameras. If the ratings change, the list will change. So keep coming back until you make your purchase. Never know which camera will show up on the Top 5 Point and Shoot Camera list.
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