Compact digital cameras occupy an interesting market niche these days. While they have been giving ground to the world of smartphones, these pocketable digital cameras are far from dead. They’ve just become more refined, and more specialized in the capabilities that they’ve always been best at.
If you want a much better picture than you can get from smartphone selfies, but really don’t have the time, interest, space or money for one of the complex DSLRs available today, a compact point and shoot camera is just the thing for your next outing. Today’s compacts are chocked full of interesting tech and high-quality image specs, so let’s look at a few of the very top point and shoot cameras you can buy.
Nikon Coolpix L840 – $194
If you are looking to tread as closely as you can to the DSLR market without worrying about lens management, this powerful Nikon camera is a great choice. It offers an impressive 38x optical zoom lens, a 16-megapixel image sensor, and a 3-inch LCD screen that you can move and tilt to prevent glare problems. The camera also comes with Wi-Fi and NFC for quickly transferring or posting images, a feature that’s become increasingly necessary in today’s social atmosphere. You can also switch to a 1080p video mode. The downside to this relatively affordable point and shoot camera is that it’s not going to fit easily in your pocket or purse, making it harder to take with you on every journey.
Canon PowerShot G7 X – $599
This PowerShot is a much slimmer model that’s also, as you probably noticed, much more expensive than our Nikon camera. Most of that expense is tied up in making this camera as lightweight and slim as possible, so that you can take it everywhere. However, this also means that some specs are less impressive – the optical zoom is only at 4.2x. However, the more powerful 20.2-megapixel image processor helps make up for that. The camera also includes built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, a 3-inch adjustable LCD touchscreen, and 1080p video capabilities.
Olympus Stylus Tough TG 4 – $348
This Olympus model is somewhere between our first two picks in terms of price and features. It offers a 4x optical zoom, a 16-megapixel sensor, and 1080p video capabilities. However, the real reason to get this point and shoot camera is the ruggedized design – it has resistance from being dropped, crushed, submerged in water up to 50 feet, or frozen. If you want a camera that you can truly take anywhere, this is the one. Wi-Fi capabilities are also included.