The Best Compact Point and Shoot Cameras of 2015

The Best Compact Point and Shoot Cameras

airport-travel-photoIf you’re trying to decide what the best point and shoot camera to buy is, you’ve undoubtedly come across a huge assortment of options. Point and shoot compact cameras are designed to take great photos right out of the box, regardless of whether you are a novice who has never touched a digital camera or a professional photographer with years of experience. While some point and shoot cameras offer limited manual control, these cameras are intended to be primarily used on Auto mode, making it as easy as possible to get a nice photo.

While DSLR and mirrorless cameras are incredibly popular with photographers of all skill levels these days — even beginners — point and shoot cameras have a very major benefit that makes them attractive: size. At less than 12 ounces in weight, all of the recommended cameras on this page are very light — perfect for traveling with and carrying in your pocket, purse, or backpack everywhere you go.

If you’ve got a camera that is convenient to stick in your pocket and bring just about anywhere, you’re going to be much more likely to always have a camera with you. You never know when you’ll come across something worth photographing!

In this buying guide, updated for 2015 we’ll take a look at five of the best point and shoot compact cameras on the market!

The 16.1 megapixel Canon Powershot SX700 HS features an impressive 30x optical zoom lens (25-750mm equivalent) that provides photographers the ability to shoot both wide angle and super-telephoto images. To reduce the effects of camera shake that can make it difficult to get good photos in low light, the SX700 uses intelligent image stabilization, allowing you to shoot sharper photos and videos. Canon’s DIGIC 6 processor, the same found in many of Canon’s new DSLR cameras helps to reduce noise in images, even at higher ISO speeds.

Resolution: 16.1 Megapixels

Screen Size: 3″

GPS: No

WiFi: Yes

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Panasonic-DMC-ZS50

The 12.1 megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 is an impressive compact camera with some high end features. A 30x optical zoom (24-720mm equivalent) can bring even distant scenes close, and for low light shooters, image stabilization helps to minimize the effects of camera shake. Full resolution photos can be taken at up to 10 frames per second, or 6 frames per second when continuous autofocus is used. For photographers who want to process their own files to get the best results and utmost sharpness, RAW capture is possible.

Resolution: 12.1 Megapixels

Screen Size: 3″

GPS: No

WiFi: Yes

The 20.2 megapixel Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS features a 12x optical zoom (25-300mm equivalent). Intelligent image stabilization helps to reduce camera shake to produce sharper photos and videos in lower light conditions and when zoomed in at telephoto focal lengths.

Resolution: 20.2 Megapixels

Screen Size: 3″

GPS: No

WiFi: Yes

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Nikon-COOLPIX-S9900

The 16 megapixel Nikon COOLPIX S9900 features a 30x optical zoom (25-750mm equivalent) for capturing both wide angle and super-telephoto views. A built in GPS makes it easy to keep track of where your photos were taken. A PASM mode dial allows you to change the exposure variables manually, giving you extensive creative control not usually found on most point and shoot cameras. The three inch LCD display screen swivels, making it easy to shoot low angle and overhead photos.

Resolution: 16 Megapixels

Screen Size: 3″ Swiveling

GPS: Yes

WiFi: Yes

The 16.3 megapixel Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 is an update to 2013’s hugely successful Samsung Galaxy Camera. This point and shoot compact camera combines some of the best features of a smart phone with the best features of a compact camera, resulting in a very innovative little camera. Samsung has decreased the weight in the updated version by about .7 ounces and made the camera a bit easier to hold onto. Powered by Android, the Samsung Galaxy Camera features many of the same specs as its predecessor: a huge 4.8 inch touchscreen LCD, a 16.3 megapixel sensor, an ISO range of 100-3200, and a very impressive 21x optical zoom lens (23-483 mm equivalent).

Resolution: 16.3 Megapixels

Screen Size: 4.8″

GPS: Yes

WiFi: Yes

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