Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Beginners Point & Shoot Digital Cameras

1. Canon PowerShot SX540 HS Digital Camera + 2x 32GB Memory Card + Camera Bag + Flexible Tripod + Repla...

User Ratings: 74 5

PHOTO4LESS Canon PowerShot SX540 First Impressions

"Still five stars!"

Color and white balance is generally good. Auto works well for me once outdoors or in well lit rooms. This camera also has the best in camera JPEG processing I've ever seen. It will take some getting used to. In some reviews this PHOTO4LESS Canon PowerShot SX540 is said to be heavy.

  • Canon PowerShot SX540 HS Digital Camera + 2x 32GB Memory Card + Camera Bag + Flexible Tripod + Replacement Battery & Travel Charger + USB Card Reader + Screen Protectors + Cleaning Cloth + Accessories
  • EXCLUSIVE BUNDLE: This bundle Includes everything you need to start capturing video/images immediately. Easy to use for beginners and Pro alike, and a perfect gift for you or a loved one for all occasions.
  • POWERFULL ZOOM: 50x Optical Zoom (24–1200mm) - You can experience the versatility of this camera's astonishing 50x Optical Zoom. Perfect for Sporting events to Travel highlights, Wildlife to Landscapes.
  • CAMERA FEATURES: 50x Optical Zoom, Intelligent IS(Image Stabilizing), 20.3 Megapixel, 1080p Full HD Video, Large 3.0-inch high-resolution LCD, Built-in Wi-Fi, Hybrid Auto - records 4 second video with each shot.
  • BUNDLE INCLUDES: 2x Transcend 32GB memory card, NB6L replacement battery, Travel car charger for Canon NB-6L battery, Small flexible tripod, Premium camera case, SD card reader, Memory card wallet, LCD screen protectors.
  • SHOP WITH CONFIDENCE - Photo4Less is a CANON AUTHORIZED DEALER, so you can rest assure knowing that your purchase is fully backed by Canon with Photo4less exceptional Customer Service.
  • Batteries: 2 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The PHOTO4LESS Canon PowerShot SX540
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

PHOTO4LESS Canon PowerShot SX540 Final Thoughts

"Anyway, the point is."

Light, portable and equipped with a good sensor. For me the upgrade was worth it as it had things I find extremely useful. Its really the camera to take on day trips. One thing that worries me is the little flap that covers the USB connector. While the 24-70 seems good, I can’t wait for a new PHOTO4LESS Canon PowerShot SX540.

Overall Score
4.5


(100 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Beginners Point & Shoot Digital Cameras

2. Canon PowerShot SX540 HS Digital Camera 50x Optical Zoom– Wi-Fi + 64GB Memory Card + Camera Bag + ...

PHOTO4LESS Canon PowerShot SX540 First Impressions

"Pretty cool."

This is the perfect compromise camera for me. The initial charge using the PHOTO4LESS Canon PowerShot SX540 to charge the battery took about 2 hours. Maybe it is for a small POS. It took me a while to figure it out. Mid-afternoon typically required swapping in a charged battery.

  • Canon PowerShot SX540 HS Digital Camera 50x Optical Zoom– Wi-Fi + 64GB Memory Card + Camera Bag + Flexible Tripod + Replacement Battery and Travel Charger + USB Card Reader + Screen Protectors + More
  • EXCLUSIVE BUNDLE: This bundle Includes everything you need to start capturing video/images immediately. Easy to use for beginners and Pro alike, and a perfect gift for you or a loved one for all occasions.
  • POWERFULL ZOOM: 50x Optical Zoom (24–1200mm) - You can experience the versatility of this camera's astonishing 50x Optical Zoom. Perfect for Sporting events to Travel highlights, Wildlife to Landscapes
  • CAMERA FEATURES: 50x Optical Zoom, Intelligent IS(Image Stabilizing), 20.3 Megapixel, 1080p Full HD Video, Large 3.0-inch high-resolution LCD, Built-in Wi-Fi, Hybrid Auto - records 4 second video with each shot.
  • BUNDLE INCLUDES: 2x Sandisk 32GB memory card, NB6L replacement battery, Travel car charger for Canon NB-6L battery, Small flexible tripod, Premium camera case, SD card reader, Memory card wallet, LCD screen protectors.
  • SHOP WITH CONFIDENCE - Photo4Less is a CANON AUTHORIZED DEALER, so you can rest assure knowing that your purchase is fully backed by Canon with Photo4less exceptional Customer Service.
  • Batteries: 2 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The PHOTO4LESS Canon PowerShot SX540
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

PHOTO4LESS Canon PowerShot SX540 Final Thoughts

"It takes great pictures."

Looks amazing and excited to try it. Just ordered my soft box lights. If you receive an error message to turn off and then on remove the lens cap. 5 seconds to wait for auto focus is not going to kill me. The burst rate is pretty good, and the image stabilization is superb.

Overall Score
5.0


(13 Points)

3. Canon PowerShot SX420 IS (Black) with 42x Optical Zoom and Built-In Wi-Fi Digital Camera & 16GB SDHC...

User Ratings: 77 23

Canon 1068C001 First Impressions

"Arrived on time!"

The recommended solution is to send in the camera for cleaning. A great camera for the money and my needs! Let me say from the start, I really like Canon. I can't wait to try it out at the zoo. During my search, I discovered that the Canon 1068C001 was about to be released.

  • Canon PowerShot SX420 IS (Black) with 42x Optical Zoom and Built-In Wi-Fi Digital Camera & 16GB SDHC + Mini Tripod +AC/DC Turbo Travel Charger + Cleaning pen + Along with a Deluxe Bundle
  • Get a close snapshot with crisp clarity with the powerful 42x Optical Zoom
  • Share images and videos easily with friends and families by using the Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC features
  • 20.0 Megapixel sensor with DIGIC 4+ Image Processor helps produce vibrant and sharp images
  • Storage thousands of photos and videos with the 16 GB SDHC memory card and never run out of power with the AC/DC Turbo Travel Charger
  • Our Exclusive bundle includes a Transcend 16GB memory card, flexible mini tripod, protective carrying case, AC/DC Turbo travel charger, 2- in- 1 cleaning pen, SD card reader/writer, starter kit, and a wrist strap
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon 1068C001
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Canon 1068C001 Final Thoughts

"I also could afford it."

Not to mention it worked great as a Beginners Point & Shoot Digital Camera too. This camera was such a great gift for my daughter’s big sister gift. The zoom truly is extraordinary! A duck flying by very quickly skimming the water over Lake Washington. Where this Canon 1068C001 really shines though is the video recording oddly enough.

Overall Score
4.1


(3 Points)

4. Panasonic Lumix FZ300 Long Zoom Digital Camera Features 12.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-Inch Sensor, 4K Video,...

User Ratings: 78 3

Panasonic DMC-FZ300K First Impressions

"Very worth the buy."

While the 24-70 seems good, I can’t wait for a new Panasonic DMC-FZ300K. If you're a casual photographer, you can't beat this price, get it now. The Panasonic DMC-FZ300K is small and fast. This is the perfect compromise camera for me. I recommend this camera to those looking for an all in one camera.

  • Panasonic Lumix FZ300 Long Zoom Digital Camera Features 12.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-Inch Sensor, 4K Video, WiFi, Splash & Dustproof Camera Body, Leica DC 24X F2.8 Zoom Lens - DMC-FZ300K - (Black) USA
  • 4K video & 4K photo : Panasonic’s exclusive 4K photo technology uses 30 frames per second in high resolution 4K ultra HD video to extract them as photos; You’ll never miss that moment again
  • Leica DC Vario Elmarit lens : 24x zoom (25 600millimeter with Full zoom range F2; 8 aperture for enhanced low light shooting meeting the stringent quality standards established by Leica
  • High image Quality : The 12.1 Megapixel high sensitivity MOS sensor with the venus engine excels in diffraction compensation, yielding images that are crisp & Free from artifacts associated with small aperture settings
  • Rugged Camera Design : Splash Proof/dustProof rugged camera design with tight seals on every Joint, dial and button, so it stands up to harsh weather conditions and challenging
  • 5 Axis Hybrid Optical Image Stabilizer Plus : Reduces blur from one handed video shooting by compensating for five types of movement; Level shot function detects horizon line & maintains it, even if the camera is tilted
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Panasonic DMC-FZ300K
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Panasonic DMC-FZ300K Final Thoughts

"Do use the handstrap!"

Color and white balance is generally good. The initial charge using the Panasonic DMC-FZ300K to charge the battery took about 2 hours. The zoom is incredible as well. I’m now wading through the manual before heading out to shoot photos. Manual focus would've been nice.

Overall Score
4.6


(473 Points)

5. Canon PowerShot SX210IS 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 14x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and...

User Ratings: 63 8

Canon SX210IS Gold First Impressions

"Mostly point and shoot."

Light, portable and equipped with a good sensor. It will take some getting used to. I would like a firmware update to fix that. I would like a firmware update to fix that. I just love how easy it is to get good looking shots.

  • Canon PowerShot SX210IS 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 14x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD (Gold)
  • Powerful 14x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer; improved Dynamic mode for enhanced image stabilization
  • 14.1-megapixel resolution for high-quality prints up to 16.5 x 23.4 inches
  • 28mm wide-angle lens; 3.0-inch wide PureColor System LCD
  • HD shooting capability at 720p with stereo sound plus HDMI output
  • DIGIC 4 Image Processor with evolved Face Detection Technology; new scene modes
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon SX210IS Gold
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Canon SX210IS Gold Final Thoughts

"Quality camera."

10,000 photos with it and it worked well for its limited capabilities. Its great for quick pictures everywhere with clear pictures. However, while it was still working, it took great pictures and was very easy to use. I would like a firmware update to fix that. The only problem I had was with the LCD screen.

Overall Score
4.1


(439 Points)

6. Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G3 16 MP Micro Four-Thirds Interchangeable Lens Camera with 3-Inch Touch Screen ...

User Ratings: 62

Panasonic DMC-G3KBODY First Impressions

"This is my 2nd Panasonic DMC-G3KBODY."

The different features are amazing and the pics came out really great. In fact, the very first photo I took was indoors of my wife. The battery life is outstanding, lasted her whole two week trip with moderate use. The package is so small and light I barely notice it has a lens. Simple to figure out how to use, even for beginning photographers.

  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G3 16 MP Micro Four-Thirds Interchangeable Lens Camera with 3-Inch Touch Screen LCD (Body Only)
  • 16-megapixel compact mirrorless system; Micro Four Thirds format camera
  • Body only; lenses sold separately
  • 3.0-inch free-angle LCD with touch control; new Pinpoint AF feature
  • 1080/60i HD video capability in AVCHD format; Venus Engine FHD enables Intelligent Resolution technology
  • Intelligent Auto and Intelligent Auto Plus (iA, iA+); more burst shooting options; new Photo Style Mode
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Panasonic DMC-G3KBODY
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Panasonic DMC-G3KBODY Final Thoughts

"The grip is a bit larger."

Not to mention it worked great as a Beginners Point & Shoot Digital Camera too. It size is great for pockets and small purses. In fact, the very first photo I took was indoors of my wife. Love that a strap, case and lens cover came with it, among other things. It is easy to use and takes clear pictures.

Overall Score
4.4


(28 Points)

7. Canon PowerShot A4000IS 16.0 MP Digital Camera with 8x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle...

User Ratings: 59 9

Canon 6149B001 First Impressions

"Great clarity."

I bought this Beginners Point & Shoot Digital Camera for a trip I'm taking abroad in February. For me the upgrade was worth it as it had things I find extremely useful. It's got pretty much everything I could want in a Beginners Point & Shoot Digital Camera. I have big hands, but it still fits well into my palm--very comfortable to hold. After over 10,000 pictures, my Canon 6149B001 operates perfectly in every aspect.

  • Canon PowerShot A4000IS 16.0 MP Digital Camera with 8x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle Lens with 720p HD Video Recording and 3.0-Inch LCD (Black)
  • 16 effective megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CCD sensor
  • 3-inch TFT color LCD with wide viewing angle
  • DIGIC 4 image processor
  • 720p HD video with dedicated movie button
  • 28mm wide-angle lens (8x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom and 32x combined zoom) with Optical Image Stabilizer
  • 16.0 MP Image Sensor, DIGIC 4 Image Processor, 8x Optical Zoom, 28mm Wide-Angle lens
  • 720p HD video recording with a dedicated movie button
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon 6149B001
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Canon 6149B001 Final Thoughts

"Has a big LCD display."

It’s taken its place as my go to camera, which is what I intended it for. Likewise, don't rule out film. I bought this camera right before I went on vacation to Hawaii. I have already taken it and my P900 to three photo shoots. I have yet to use the tripods but I'm excited to give them a try eventually.

Overall Score
4.1


(557 Points)

8. Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3 Digital Camera with 3.5-Inch LCD

User Ratings: 51 6

Fujifilm FX-3D W3 First Impressions

"Mostly point and shoot."

If the battery does run low, you can pop in normal alkaline. Ergonomics count, especially when you get used to Fujifilm's excellent system--wow! She squeals in excitement every time I open Snapchat and let her take pictures with me. Every thing was fine except I would have liked a better memory card. Or, you can select all-manual, if you want to set everything yourself.

  • Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3 Digital Camera with 3.5-Inch LCD
  • Capture high-resolution images in 2D and 3D
  • Record HD 3D movies (720p resolution); dual 10-megapixel CCD and lens system
  • 3.5-inch widescreen autostereoscopic LCD displays images and movies in 3D instantly, with no glasses required
  • mini-HDMI output jack offers easy connection to a compatible 3D HDTV; view images and movies instantly in 3D
  • Capture images and movies to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
  • Batteries: 1 A batteries required.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fujifilm FX-3D W3
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Fujifilm FX-3D W3 Final Thoughts

"So, not real."

It's got pretty much everything I could want in a Beginners Point & Shoot Digital Camera. Ergonomics count, especially when you get used to Fujifilm's excellent system--wow! The zoom is incredible as well. Auto works well for me once outdoors or in well lit rooms. Looking forward to seeing how the weight savings impact my hikes and travel.

Overall Score
4.1


(122 Points)

9. Fujifilm Finepix XP140 (Blue) Point and Shoot Camera Bundle with Memory Cards, Tripod, Float Strap, ...

User Ratings: 58 15

Fujifilm xp140 First Impressions

"Screen works well."

I will update this report once I have used it more. It took me a while to figure it out. It will take some getting used to. The package is so small and light I barely notice it has a lens. I wanted something to capture my kids activities.

  • Fujifilm Finepix XP140 (Blue) Point and Shoot Camera Bundle with Memory Cards, Tripod, Float Strap, Memory Card Reader and More
  • This Bundle Includes: Fujifilm XP140 Point and Shoot Camera (Blue), Polaroid 32GB and Fujifilm 16GB Memory Cards,
  • Point and Shoot Camera Case, Flexi-Tripod, Polaroid Screen Protectors, Cleaning Kit,
  • Polaroid Floating Strap in Yellow, Vidpro Memory Card Reader and Memory Card Wallet.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fujifilm xp140
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Fujifilm xp140 Final Thoughts

"Colors are good."

I love the LED light and extra batteries for the camera and light. Love that a strap, case and lens cover came with it, among other things. One thing that worries me is the little flap that covers the USB connector. Plus I have various DSLRs and a beautiful Fujifilm. A duck flying by very quickly skimming the water over Lake Washington.

Overall Score
4.1


(8 Points)

10. Casio EX-Z85AEO 9.1MP Compact Camera with 3x Optical Zoom and 2.6-Inch Wide-Format LCD

User Ratings: 50

Casio EX-Z85AEO First Impressions

"Takes awesome pictures."

I feel that it takes better pictures than the DSC-HX50. Its really the camera to take on day trips. This camera has so many features for its size. Looks amazing and excited to try it. It’s taken its place as my go to camera, which is what I intended it for.

  • Casio EX-Z85AEO 9.1MP Compact Camera with 3x Optical Zoom and 2.6-Inch Wide-Format LCD
  • Image resolution up to 3456 x 2592
  • 4x digital zoom, 16x HD Zoom
  • 2.6-inch wide format LCD is perfect for playback on wide screen TVs
  • Face recognition sets the focus, exposure and flash
  • Features YouTube Capture Mode, a best shot setting that allows users to shoot at the optimum size and quality settings for YouTube
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Casio EX-Z85AEO
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Casio EX-Z85AEO Final Thoughts

"I love the new Casio EX-Z85AEO."

Paired with my smartphone no problem. The different features are amazing and the pics came out really great. Some reviewers have problems with clarity, but I certainly do not. Some people even claim that the Casio EX-Z85AEO rivals medium format quality. I have big hands, but it still fits well into my palm--very comfortable to hold.

Overall Score
4.5


(2 Points)

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