Top Point And Shoot Cameras

Point and shoot camera reviews

Point and shoot digital cameras offer convenience and ease of use when you’re out on the town or on vacation. In a new camera, you should look for a compact, lightweight design, and you should also brush up on your camera basics. Remember that lens focal length is a more important metric than a camera’s zoom factor. Shorter focal lengths capture images close to the camera with more detail, while longer focal lengths are good for generating background detail.

Features like image stabilization, HD video capturing, low-light performance and high-resolution LCD display are also helpful. Also, be sure to look at the sensor size. The larger the sensor, the better. This is actually a more important consideration than the number of megapixels the camera can capture.

Here are camera reviews for some of the most reliable and high-performing point and shoot cameras on the market:

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Canon PowerShot S100

This Canon camera offers a very long range, quick aperture settings at both wide-angle and telephoto lens lengths, and a top of the line image processor. However, what may be most appealing about this camera is its sleek, lightweight design. This camera can practically fit in your pocket, and offers a great deal of bang for a relatively small number of bucks.

The Canon PowerShot S100 offers built-in image stabilization features as well as a long list of other bells and whistles, including a neutral HD filter and automatic image capture mode selection. On the whole, this camera leaves little to be desired, especially for its very affordable price.


  • 24-120 mm lens range
  • DIGIC-5 image processor
  • 2.3 frames per second continuous shooting (9.6 frames per second in “high burst” mode)
  • 12.1 megapixel sensor
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Full HD video recording with optical zoom and super slow motion capabilities
  • GPS navigation
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Panasonic Lumix DMC FX78

Panasonic is a world leader in the consumer electronics industry, and its Lumix DMC FX78 camera is one of the most reliable and top-performing options on the market. This camera packs a generous megapixel sensor and outstanding image capture features, including a 5x zoom lens, into a small, compact and lightweight package. Its 3.5 inch LCD touchscreen is also one of its most attractive features.

One drawback of this camera, though, is its relatively short battery life. You’ll only be able to capture about 200 images before you’ll need to recharge it.


  • 3.5 inch LCD display
  • 12.1 megapixel resolution
  • 5x optical zoom (6.5x intelligent zoom)
  • 24mm ultra wide angle lens
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Shutter speed range: 0.0035 to 60 seconds
  • HD video capture capability
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Canon PowerShot Elph 300 HS

Of our point and shoot camera reviews, this Canon offering is one of the least expensive models we encountered. Despite its low price, this camera still offers a very complete set of quality features, including plenty of image and video capturing power and generous zoom and auto-focus capabilities.

On the down side, it does have a relatively short battery life. However, it does offer one of the best size-to-value ratios on the market.


  • 5x optical, 4x digital and 20x combined zoom
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 12.1 megapixel resolution
  • 24 to 120 mm lens range
  • TTL autofocus
  • Built-in flash
  • 3.4 frames per second (P mode), 8.2 frames per second (high speed burst mode)
  • HD video capture capability
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Panasonic Lumix DMC ZS10

In addition to intelligent auto-select image capture modes and one of the most innovative GPS features on the market, which allows you to tag your photos according to where you took them, the Panasonic Lumix DMC ZS10 offers excellent convenience and ease of use.

The knock against this camera is its touchscreen display. It’s not optimally designed and offers limited functionality.


  • Optical image stabilizer
  • GPS and geo-tagging capabilities
  • 4x digital zoom (16x optical zoom, 21x intelligent zoom)
  • 24 to 384 mm focal length range
  • 14.1 megapixel resolution
  • HD video capture capability
  • Shutter speed range: 0.0025 seconds to 60 seconds
  • 260-image battery life
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Sony Cybershot W570

With intuitive design and smart automatic functions, the Sony Cybershot W570 is ideal for newbies. However, if you’re looking to capture video, this camera will not allow you to make HD movies.


  • 28 to 140 mm focal length range
  • 5x optical zoom
  • 16.1 megapixel resolution
  • HD output
  • MP4/MPEG-4 video output
  • Shutter speed range: 0.0005 seconds to 2 seconds
  • 2.7 inch LCD clear photo display