Point and shoot cameras have the great benefit of being compact, small and easy to use. Their sole purpose is to offer the user all the features that he needs without having to press too many buttons. Also it needs to be light and compact to make it easy to carry it around. Fortunately all the major manufacturers have one or more point and shoot cameras in their lineup giving everyone the option to find a model that suits their needs. Out of all of them 10 managed to stand out. Here are the top 10 best digital point and shoot cameras in 2016.
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- 10.Sony DSCW830 20.1 MP Digital Camera
- 9.Samsung WB35F 16.2MP Smart WiFi & NFC Digital Camera
- 8. Nikon COOLPIX AW120
- 7.Nikon COOLPIX S6500 Wi-Fi Digital Camera
- 6.Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 18.2 MP Exmor R CMOS Digital Camera
- 5. Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS 16MP Digital Camera (Black)
- 4. Samsung NX Mini 20.5MP CMOS Smart WiFi & NFC Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera
- 3. Sony DSC-RX100M III Cyber-shot Digital Still Camera
- 2. Sony DSC-TX30/B 18 MP Digital Camera
- 1. Panasonic DMC-ZS40K Digital Camera
Sony brags a lot about their Carl Zeiss lens and they are quite right to market their devices based on this feature alone. The DSCW830 is a compact camera that comes with a 20 megapixel sensor and an 8x optical zoom. It is capable or recording videos as well but the sensor is limited to 720p resolutions at 30 frames per second. The model comes with its own proprietary batteries and an USB charger.
Samsung were the first to introduce smart cameras to the market. The WB35F is one of their entry level models that come with NFC support, wi-fi and multiple other smart features. It has a 12x optical zoom and a 16 megapixel sensor. Video recording quality is limited to 720p at 30 frames per second while storage supports MicroSD cards of up to 64 GB.
Spending a vacation outside in the middle of the nature requires a lot of extra equipment including a durable point and shoot camera that can survive drops, water and bad weather. The COOLPIX AW120 by Nikon is a camera that is ready to face any challenge. It has a 16 megapixel sensor capable to taking shots even in the dark while the video quality allows full HD recordings.
The S6500 is one of the few point and shoot cameras with a 12x optical zoom. It makes it extremely convenient to have it around when visiting cities or going out in the nature as it can take clear shots from far away. The model uses a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor and advanced image stabilization. Amongst its features it is worth mentioning the fact that it can be connected to wireless internet connections to share photos.
Sony improved its point and shoot lineup by creating cameras that are slimmer and slimmer. The Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 is one such example of a camera that is compact, light, easy to use and reliable. The 18 megapixel sensor is capable of taking crisp clear pictures and with the aid of the 10x optical zoom nothing will be missed. It is a worthy travel companion with a reasonable price and plenty of features.
While the Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS might not impress with its features and hardware specs the image quality managed to place it amongst the better models available on the market. Despite having a rather models 16 megapixel sensor the night shots are clear and colors are properly saturated. The lens have a 12x optical zoom while the sensor is able to record videos in full HD resolution.
The NX Mini is a premium camera wearing the Samsung brand. It comes packed with so many features that some users might not even use and despite all this the model is what some might call an excellent traveling companion. It comes with a 20 megapixel CMOS sensor, NFC, wi-fi and several other smart features. It also has a slip touchscreen LCD and a built-in battery.
When it comes to premium point and shoot cameras the Sony DSC-RX100M is by far the best one available. The ones that can afford it will not regret spending extra on it. It comes with an advanced 20 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor that can shoot sharp images even at night or in poor lighting conditions. The camera is also able to record videos at 1080p and 60 frames per second.
Sony made probably the best looking point and shoot camera on the market. The DSC-TX30/B comes with an innovative design. It has a sliding cover for the lens, a ultrathin build and a 5x optical zoom. Pictures are taken using a 10 megapixel CMOS that offers crisp clear images even when there is no natural light. The model comes in 3 different colors and has a built in battery that is included in the package.
The Panasonic is the most balanced point and shoot camera with a 30x optical zoom and an advanced 18 megapixel CMOS sensor that is capable of capturing excellent images with saturated colors and great contrast. It might not be the slimmest model on the market but it is one of the highest rated ones. It has a built in GPS, wi-fi support and NFC for the ones that need more connectivity options.