Point And Shoot Buyers Guide

Point and shoot cameras are easily the most popular and widely used since they provide the ability to take often high-quality and high-resolution digital photographs without having to worry about shutter speeds, aperture settings or focusing. Quite simply, you just point the camera at a subject and it captures whatever the photographer sees on the viewing screen.

Most of the point and shoot cameras on the market today feature automatic settings to accommodate most average lighting situations, and a number are equipped with stabilization technology that reduce the shake and jitter associated with handling smaller cameras – especially those that offer limited zoom capabilities.

Point and shoots are the most affordable, sometimes in the sub-$100 range. Their small size is also an important benefit, since some models are compact enough to easily slip into a pocket. This makes them an ideal starter camera or backup to a larger, more flexible, and significantly more expensive DSLR.

Given their limited flexibility and all-automatic nature, point and shoots may not be the best choice if you predominantly shoot in low-light situations. However, these cameras are great for beginners to learn the basics of digital photography, and are perfect for experienced shooters who like to pack a camera at all times to not miss that perfect picture. Most can also take some pretty decent video, which adds to the attractiveness of those low-cost alternatives.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that a higher megapixel count means higher quality photos, either. It’s more important to find the combination of convenience features that meet your needs, like face detection or creative art filter modes, along with the style and form factor satisfy your taste and budget.

Recent Point And Shoot Reviews

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Olympus Stylus 1

With the new Stylus 1, Olympus combines tradition and innovation to create an attractive, versatile, and feature-rich digital camera that is a worthy successor to all the Stylus models that[...] Read full article

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Samsung WB350F

At first glance the 16 megapixel WB350F looks (and handles) like a typical point-and-shoot digital camera, but hidden under that mild mannered exterior is a much more competent imaging device.[...] Read full article

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Canon PowerShot G16

The new G16 is Canon’s newest flagship point & shoot digicam taking almost all of its features from the Canon G15. At first glance the G16 is identical to its[...] Read full article

Samsung Review

Samsung WB350F Review

The Samsung WB is a great little camera for new photographers or ones looking to step up from a smartphone. It has good functionality as well as Wi-Fi and NFC. Read full article

Olympus Review

Olympus Stylus 1 Review

The Olympus Stylus 1 is thoughtfully designed and robustly constructed. It's responsive, non-threatening to subjects, and capable of generating first-rate images. Read full article

Canon Review

Canon PowerShot G16 Review: Slight Upgrades, Still a Great Camera

The G16 has a few minor flaws, but achieves a promising balance between image quality, capability, and functionality for the price. Read full article

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Canon Powershot ELPH 510 HS

The 12×12 (12x zoom & 12 megapixels) Canon Powershot ELPH 510 HS delivers more than adequate resolution and an impressive zoom range in a truly pocketable compact point and shoot[...] Read full article

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Canon Powershot ELPH 510 HS

The 12×12 (12x zoom & 12 megapixels) Canon Powershot ELPH 510 HS delivers more than adequate resolution and an impressive zoom range in a truly pocketable compact point and shoot[...] Read full article

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Canon Powershot ELPH 510 HS Review

Here's the bottom line - the Canon PowerShot ELPH 510 HS's image quality is as good or better than any camera in its class. Find out why in this full[...] Read full article

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Nikon Coolpix A

So, what kind of camera does $1100 buy you nowadays? Enter the Nikon Coolpix A, a top-notch camera with a lot to offer. The Nikon A offers users a 16.2-megapixel[...] Read full article

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