A point-and-shoot digital camera strikes a happy medium between the camera on your phone and a more expensive SLR or mirrorless camera. If you’re looking for total precision and professional-grade pictures, an SLR or mirrorless will get you those results. But they’re so expensive and bulky that you might be afraid to actually take them anywhere. On the other hand, if you want a camera that’ll take photos that aren’t quite National Geographic-quality, but are still crisp, clear, and worlds ahead of your phone camera, it might be worth looking into a point-and-shoot.
As the name implies, a point-and-shoot camera is easy to operate. Aiming at what you want to take a picture of and pressing the shutter button will generally yield pretty consistent and quality results; the camera automatically accounts for factors like light sensitivity and focus. These cameras are typically more travel friendly too, avoiding the bulk that comes with larger, more advanced models (and their larger lens and accessories). If you’re heading on a trip and want to capture better pics, keep your phone in your pocket and opt for one of these point-and-shoots instead. Or, use these cams to snap better images for your social media feed; many of these models come with WiFi for instant transfer.
With anything, but cameras especially, there’s a tremendous range in quality in the market. The options offer varying levels of compactness and picture quality, so you can find the one that best suits your needs.
1. Panasonic Lumix FZ80 4K Digital Camera
This reasonably-priced point-and-shoot camera is packed with features like USB charging and WiFi connectivity, making it a good travel camera. It’s capable of capturing 4K video, and it has a long 60x zoom. The Lumix has a high-resolution viewfinder as well, so it’s easy to ensure you get the photo you want.
Pros: Impressive 60x zoom, shoots 4K video, helpful connectivity options like USB and HDMI.
Cons: Autofocus and save features are a little on the slow side.
2. Sony RX100 20.2 MP Premium Compact Digital Camera
For a compact but powerful digital camera, the Sony RX100 is a portable option with an impressive range of features. It has a 1″ CMOS sensor, which is larger than many of the compact options on the market. That means it’ll produce higher fidelity images, even in low-light situations. Plus, it has a 36x zoom.
Pros: Combines compactness and high-quality image capabilities, has good resolution and dynamic range.
Cons: Camera interface has a bit of a learning curve.
3. GordVE 2.7 Inch Digital Camera
When some companies talk about pocket-sized, you’re sometimes left to wonder if they just mean cargo pants pockets. But this ultra-thin, 2.7-inch camera is truly pocket-sized, even if you’re wearing skinny jeans. It has USB 2.0 for easy and fast file transfer. It’s the most affordable budget option on our list, but packs a lot for its pricepoint.
Pros: Ultra-compact and affordable, USB 2.0 compatibility for easily transferring files.
Cons: It doesn’t take as high-quality photos as the other options.