Photography touches multiple fields and interests. Choosing a good camera takes different considerations that are beyond the types of lenses and adjustability. The ultimate photography experience comes as a combo of quality, dynamic range, flexibility, speed, and comfort. The enhancements in camera technology have established that there is a lot of difference between the ‘best camera’ and a ‘proper camera’. Here we are going to list the best point and shoot camera that you can carry around, never miss a shot and still maintain good image quality.
4PANASONIC LUMIX ZS200
Unlike smartphones, a camera is only as good as it looks on paper and the ZS200 justifies this. It is a next-generation point and shoot camera that comes with 1” sensor and 24-30 mm Equiv. lens. The 20 MP camera is capable of taking some high-range stills and recording UHD 4K videos at 30p and 24p. The ZS200 takes every good bit from the previous best point and shoot camera and improve on them to bring out the compact beast. This gave it an edge over the Sony RX100 series and bridge the gaps between typical long-range cameras and compact cameras. Most cameras that are powered at these dimensions produce soft image quality. The demand for compact cameras has improved its specs and market value. The camera feels very premium in the hand and comes in a gunmetal color variant too. Even after its compact form factor, the ZS200 has a 3” LCD touchscreen that is vibrant and viewable outdoors.
3SONY CYBER-SHOT HX99:
There is no camera list without a Sony in it. The HX99 is one of the most beautiful & best point and shoot camera in the market. With increasing competition for market-space cameras have been tackling on their USPs and Sony came up with a reverse one. It compromised on the sensor size and improved the zoom range instead which emerged as a good move. In 2017-18, 1” sensors were huge for compact cameras. The present list will have 2 out of 5 cameras with a sensor that big, at least in the list of best ones. Usually bigger sensors produce the better image quality and image process shows much better light. The HX99 tends to stabilize the quality instead of pushing it too much and went with a 1/2.3 inch sensor. It features 30x zoom ranging between 24mm to 720mm. The image quality is positive, the 18.2 MP camera takes competitive shots which saves it a spot on this list.
2CANON POWERSHOT SX730:
Canon came up with yet another interesting camera in the SX series. It is an improvement on its predecessor with pretty much the same specifications. It has added functionality and advancements in the design that makes it an improved photography experience. On paper, the SX730 HS has 20.3 MP bagging 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor. The 40x optical zoom is very impressive but doesn’t really change the perspective with the same consistency as HX99. The 2 main differences on the outside of the new canon compact camera are its slimmer design and tilting screen. The sleek design does add to its compactness but makes it a little slippery in extraordinary conditions but the rubber finish on one edge acts as an antidote. The added functionality of the screen makes it easier to take selfies. The customer reviews do include handling issues because of button placements and screen sensitivity. However, these minor changes are adaptable
1SONY CYBER-SHOT RX100 IV:
By my standards the RX100 is ranked number 1 for compact cameras. Reason being its consistency, image quality, and improved lens. In terms of specs, it is worthy of all the reviews it is receiving. The 20.1 MP camera is capable of taking unconceivable shots, delivering fabulous pictures. It has a similar 3-inch screen which is comfortably viewable outdoors. The camera speed on any mode is significantly faster than its competitors. It does shoot 4K videos that too at 16fps but it is limited to a respectable range. The only downside if considered is its slower aperture which bothers a bit because of the price it comes at. Cameras with similar reviews and specs cost lower and don’t really miss out on such important factors. The camera is incredibly compact for the features it has. The price certainly reflects in the build quality.
Though constantly improving smartphones camera have shaken the dedicated camera market. The compact point and shoot cameras still have very high demand. The mentioned 4 cameras are worth a shot for every type of user. Just slide it in your pocket and shoot adventures.