The Best Point & Shoot Cameras

Is the future of the humble Point & Shoot camera really dead? The manufacturers of fancy DSLR cameras and mobile phones would have you believe so. The choice seems to be between the two alternatives already mentioned, if you want to take serious photographs you should use the former, and for quick “snaps” a mobile camera or a tablet is perfectly acceptable. However, it seems that manufacturers of the good old point & shoot variety of cameras are thinking a different way and are fighting back. Admittedly sales have decreased at the low-end of the market, but recently there has been seen an increase in the premium point-and-shoot models.

In this blog we look at some of the best point & shoot cameras on the market today.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV

A really compact camera with super abilities. Sony has continually advanced its technology when it comes to point-and-shoot cameras, all this effort is to try and reduce the size of their cameras without losing any functionality. This camera has a large 20.1-megapixel, 1-inch sensor that utilizes a new stacked design that gives a really fast performance. The shutter speed is incredible for such a small camera and the unit also offers super slow motion and a 4K movie capture.

Canon PowerShot G3X

Probably the best long-zoom point-and-shoot camera on the market today. This camera is really for the serious photographer who does not want a DSLR but wants a telephoto. This camera is not one of those lightweight portables, and the reason for that is the 25x, image-stabilized optical zoom lens. The Canon PowerShot has an extensive array of advanced features and shooting modes that can also be found on its bigger DSLR brother. Those familiar with that Canon model will recognize the red illumination around the buttons and dials, all trademarks of high-end Canon models.

Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II

This camera has been selected to emphasize that point-to-shoot cameras are considered serious players in the photography industry. This Sony will set you back just a tad under $4,000 and that is serious money. So, who is this camera aimed at, Sony say it is for portrait photographers who wish to print off their images. The RX1R has a 42-megapixel full-frame (35mm) sensor which is exactly the same sensor as in the highly praised A7R II mirror-less camera. Let’s not get this wrong, this camera is not for the average Joe, but it does show that there is serious competition to the DSLR market.

Sony Cyber Shot DSC RX1R II vs Sony Alpha 7S II size comparison (photo – cameradesision.com)

Just look at some of its best features:

  • 42-megapixel full-frame photos
  • The first variable optical low-pass filter
  • Outstanding built-in viewfinder
  • Compact size
  • Fast prime lens

These three cameras are part of a revolution, a revolution by point-to-shoot cameras to once again claim their part in the photography market. These sorts of cameras definitely have a place in the world, although the majority will still use mobile cameras and the like for a quick snap, that is not the market that these cameras seek.

These point-to-shoot cameras are gunning for the big and sometimes very complicated DSLR cameras. They have just as much functionality and take superb photos, but are far easier to use and also to carry about, so perhaps the future is bright for the wrongly ignored point-to-shoot camera.