Best point-and-shoot cameras

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To save space on your phone, and potentially take better photos, get a point-and-shoot camera. You’ll have more control and be able to zoom.

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1. Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Canon G7 X Mark II camera.
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Canon’s PowerShot G7 X Mark II is the perfect combination of performance and speed in a compact size. It has a 20.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor and 4.2x zoom, which is equivalent to 100mm on a full-frame camera. The G7 X Mark II offers great image quality and can shoot up to 8 frames per second.

2. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII camera.
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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII is an impressive compact camera that has a 20.1 1.0-type stacked CMOS image sensor and the latest BIONZ X image-processing engine. It’s also equipped with the ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T 24-millimeter to 200-millimeter lens. Additionally, it shoots high-resolution 4K videos. It’s great for photos and videos.

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3. Fujifilm XF10

Fujifilm XF10 camera.
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Fujifilm’s XF10 is a pocketable point-and-shoot camera that has a 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor. It has great dynamic range, produces high-quality images, and looks stylish. The XF10 also comes with a fixed lens into its body, the 18.5mm f/2.8.

4. Olympus Tough TG-6

Black and red Olympus Tough TG-6 camera.
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The Olympus Tough TG-6 is a waterproof compact camera. It has a 12-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, offers 4x optical zoom, and has great low-light performance because the ISO goes up to 12,800. It’s built for harsh conditions, so you can drop it, toss it, and go underwater.

5. Ricoh GR Digital III

Ricoh GR Digital III camera.
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If you’re looking for an ultra-compact and high-resolution camera, the Ricoh GR Digital III is an excellent choice. It’s a 24-megapixel APS-C format compact camera, features a 24x optical zoom, and a 3-inch high-definition LCD monitor. The GR Digital II was also built with lens and shake reduction, which ensures that you capture sharp photos.

6. Leica Q

Black Leica Q camera.
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Leica is known for producing cameras that are small while having top-notch performance. The Leica Q features a 24.2-megapixel full-frame sensor, and the buttery-smooth Leica Summilux 28mm f/1. 7 ASPH Lens.

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7. Panasonic LUMIX DC-ZS70

Panasonic LUMIX DC-ZS70 camera.
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The Panasonic LUMIX DC-ZS70 has a 20.3-megapixel sensor and a Leica DC VARIO ELMAR lens with a 30x optical zoom. Its focal length is equivalent to a 24-720mm zoom lens. It also offers 4K videos, a tilting LCD screen, and Wi-Fi connectivity.

8. Nikon Coolpix P1000

Nikon Coolpix P1000 camera.
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Nikon’s Coolpix P1000 is a point-and-shoot camera with a superzoom. It has a 125x optical zoom and a 16-megapixel sensor. That means the focal length range is equivalent to 24mm to 3,000mm. Another benefit is that the Coolpix P1000 can shoot 4K videos.

Conclusion

Point-and-shoot cameras are designed to be easy to use and carry around while offering quality photos. Taking a photo is as easy as pointing the camera and pressing the shutter button.

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About David Em

David Em.

David Em is the founder of Portraits Refined. He’s a published portrait photographer dedicated to helping photographers develop skills, capture incredible photos, and build successful businesses.

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