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

1. Panasonic Lumix FZ80 4K Digital Camera, 18.1 Megapixel Video Camera, 60X Zoom DC VARIO 20-1200mm Len...

User Ratings: 64 8

Panasonic DC-FZ80K First Impressions

"Camera works just fine."

I will update this report once I have used it more. If you receive an error message to turn off and then on remove the lens cap. I haven't tried the macro shots yet, but will update this review when I get too. I did buy some rechargeable batteries to use in it. Excellent two characteristics in a Low Light Point & Shoot Digital Camera.

  • Panasonic Lumix FZ80 4K Digital Camera, 18.1 Megapixel Video Camera, 60X Zoom DC VARIO 20-1200mm Lens, F2.8-5.9 Aperture, Power O.I.S. Stabilization, Touch Enabled 3-Inch LCD, Wi-Fi, DC-FZ80K (Black)
  • Point and Shoot Long Zoom Camera : 18.1 megapixel MOS sensor plus 60X zoom DC Vario lens (20 1220millimeter and Power O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) captures far off moments
  • High Resolution View Finder & LCD Display: High resolution 1,170K dot view finder and rear touch enabled 3 inch LCD Display (1040 dots) are clear even in bright sunlight.Lens:14 elements in 12 groups
  • 4K video Capture: 4K QFHD video recording (3840 x 2160) with three unique 4K ultra HD video pause and save 4K photo modes extracts individual high resolution Photos from 4K ultra HD video filmed at 30 frames per second to capture split second moments
  • Low Light Performance : Low light capture lets you enjoy photography during your nightlife again with impressive results; Note : Refer to user manual PDF attached below in technical specification for trouble shooting steps are on page 54
  • USB Charging and WiFi Connectivity: Enjoy Travel Ready technologies like USB charging and Wi Fi connectivity to your mobile device; HDMI D (Micro), Micro USB and USB 2.0 provide additional connectivity to Your favorite devices; Max resolution:4896 x 3672
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Panasonic DC-FZ80K
  • Battery Life
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Panasonic DC-FZ80K Final Thoughts

"It's range is awesome."

I bought this Low Light Point & Shoot Digital Camera for a trip I'm taking abroad in February. They make it look like I know what I'm doing. Only downside is recovery after each shot, however rest of features make up for it. The zoom and autofocus makes it easy. But overall It is worth to buy and I totally recommend you to buy this bundle.

Overall Score
4.3


(1465 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Low Light Point & Shoot Digital Cameras

2. Nikon COOLPIX L820 16 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 30x Zoom Lens and Full HD 1080p Video (Black) (OLD...

User Ratings: 63 6

Nikon 26402 First Impressions

"Shots were FANTASTIC!"

Everything about it is solid and satisfying. I was pretty skeptical buying another point and shoot. The burst rate is pretty good, and the image stabilization is superb. In some reviews this Nikon 26402 is said to be heavy. The initial charge using the Nikon 26402 to charge the battery took about 2 hours.

  • Nikon COOLPIX L820 16 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 30x Zoom Lens and Full HD 1080p Video (Black) (OLD MODEL)
  • Powerful 30x zoom that lets you shoot amazing close ups
  • 16 MP CMOS sensor for exceptional image quality and enhanced low light performance
  • Record videos in Full 1080p HD with stereo sound
  • Larger ergonomic design for easier handling and comfort
  • Batteries: 4 AA batteries required.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Nikon 26402
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  • Value For Money
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Nikon 26402 Final Thoughts

"Very nice design."

One thing that worries me is the little flap that covers the USB connector. Auto-ISO is on the conservative side, which I would like to have more control over. I like that while I am learning I can rely on the IA mode to take great shots for me. I would like a firmware update to fix that. Likewise, don't rule out film.

Overall Score
4.2


(962 Points)

3. Canon PowerShot S95 10 MP Digital Camera with 3.8x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-...

User Ratings: 75 6

Canon S95 First Impressions

"She swears by it."

This is great because my mother likes the viewfinder and I like the LCD. My old SX700 that was serviceable for years finally gave up and failed. Auto works well for me once outdoors or in well lit rooms. While the 24-70 seems good, I can’t wait for a new Canon S95. While the 24-70 seems good, I can’t wait for a new Canon S95.

  • Canon PowerShot S95 10 MP Digital Camera with 3.8x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD
  • 10.0-megapixel sensor combined with the DIGIC 4 Image Processor creates Canon's HS System
  • Capture 720p HD video in stereo sound; play back on an HDTV via the HDMI output
  • f/2.0 lens for low light conditions or shallow depth-of-field; control ring for intuitive manual control
  • 3.8x optical zoom; 28mm wide-angle lens; Canon's Hybrid IS to compensate for angular and shift camera shake
  • Capture images to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards (not included),Made in JAPAN
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon S95
  • Battery Life
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  • Value For Money
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Canon S95 Final Thoughts

"It's solid."

5 seconds to wait for auto focus is not going to kill me. Where this Canon S95 really shines though is the video recording oddly enough. Ergonomics count, especially when you get used to Canon's excellent system--wow! Fast shipping and everything packaged nicely. The image I've shared was taken from over 15 feet away with just the optical zoom.

Overall Score
4.5


(725 Points)

4. Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom an...

User Ratings: 61 7

Canon SD1400IS Black First Impressions

"It takes great pictures."

I haven't tried the macro shots yet, but will update this review when I get too. I have big hands, but it still fits well into my palm--very comfortable to hold. A great camera for the money and my needs! While the 24-70 seems good, I can’t wait for a new Canon SD1400IS Black. I've researched this Canon SD1400IS Black A LOT and I only heard great things.

  • Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)
  • 14.1-megapixel resolution; 2.7-inch PureColor System LCD
  • 28mm wide-angle lens; 4x optical zoom and Optical Image Stabilizer
  • 720p HD movie shooting capability plus HDMI output
  • Smart AUTO intelligently selects from 22 predefined settings
  • New scene modes such as Miniature Effect and Fisheye Effect; Low Light mode for dimly-lit situations.
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon SD1400IS Black
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  • Value For Money
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Canon SD1400IS Black Final Thoughts

"Good package of extras."

This camera also has the best in camera JPEG processing I've ever seen. I bought this Low Light Point & Shoot Digital Camera for a trip I'm taking abroad in February. The Canon SD1400IS Black has many features which are very easy to use and get to. Me and my husband have planned a trip to Bahamas. Some people even claim that the Canon SD1400IS Black rivals medium format quality.

Overall Score
4.1


(611 Points)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling Low Light Point & Shoot Digital Cameras

5. Canon PowerShot SD1400IS 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and...

User Ratings: 61 7

Canon SD1400IS Pink First Impressions

"Very worth the buy."

I will update this report once I have used it more. That is the reason I bought this Canon SD1400IS Pink. I've researched this Canon SD1400IS Pink A LOT and I only heard great things. I feel that it takes better pictures than the DSC-HX50. My old SX700 that was serviceable for years finally gave up and failed.

  • Canon PowerShot SD1400IS 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Pink)
  • 14.1-megapixel resolution; 2.7-inch PureColor System LCD
  • 28mm wide-angle lens; 4x optical zoom and Optical Image Stabilizer
  • 720p HD movie shooting capability plus HDMI output
  • Smart AUTO intelligently selects from 22 predefined settings
  • New scene modes such as Miniature Effect and Fisheye Effect; Low Light mode for dimly-lit situations.
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon SD1400IS Pink
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Canon SD1400IS Pink Final Thoughts

"This is my 2nd Canon SD1400IS Pink."

Great deal on this camera package that includes lots of extras. Just ordered my soft box lights. I'm still playing around with it. Where this Canon SD1400IS Pink really shines though is the video recording oddly enough. But overall It is worth to buy and I totally recommend you to buy this bundle.

Overall Score
4.1


(611 Points)

6. Canon PowerShot SX620 Digital Camera w/25x Optical Zoom - Wi-Fi & NFC Enabled (Black)

User Ratings: 61 5

Canon 1072C001 First Impressions

"Beautiful landscapes."

This camera far exceeded my expectations. So glad I chose the Canon 1072C001. If you receive an error message to turn off and then on remove the lens cap. Excellent two characteristics in a Low Light Point & Shoot Digital Camera. Overall good camera and value but needs improvements in the hardware.

  • Canon PowerShot SX620 Digital Camera w/25x Optical Zoom - Wi-Fi & NFC Enabled (Black)
  • Powerful 25x Optical Zoom with Intelligent IS helps optimize image stabilization for virtually shake free images
  • Built in Wi Fi* and NFC** allows for easy sharing and transferring of images and videos. Maximum f/number : f/3.2 f/6.6. Shutter Speed 1 1/2000 second 15 1/2000 second (in all shooting modes)
  • 20.2 Megapixel*** CMOS sensor with DIGIC 4+ Image Processor helps deliver stunning image quality even in low light. Auto zoom dependent on number of subjects
  • Capture spectacular 1080p Full HD video. Focusing Range : 1 centimeter (0.4 Inches) infinity (W), 1.0 meter (3.3feet) infinity (T)
  • Large 3.0 inch (approximately 922,000 dots) LCD allows easy viewing even from a wide angle. Battery life: Approx. 295 shots, Eco Mode: Approx. 405 shots, Playback Mode: Approx. 360 minute Image Recording Format: Superfine / Fine
  • Effective ISO 80 3200
  • Batteries: 1 A batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon 1072C001
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  • Value For Money
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Canon 1072C001 Final Thoughts

"She swears by it."

Simple to figure out how to use, even for beginning photographers. 10,000 photos with it and it worked well for its limited capabilities. Meh, life goes on, immediately ordered more batteries off Amazon. Love that a strap, case and lens cover came with it, among other things. Me and my husband have planned a trip to Bahamas.

Overall Score
4.3


(610 Points)

7. Canon PowerShot SX620 Digital Camera w/25x Optical Zoom - Wi-Fi & NFC Enabled (Red)

User Ratings: 61 5

Canon 1073C001 First Impressions

"Well, this Canon 1073C001 is IT."

Maybe it is for a small POS. Some people even claim that the Canon 1073C001 rivals medium format quality. I haven't tried the macro shots yet, but will update this review when I get too. Love the small compact size which will be perfect for traveling. I am so impressed with this Canon 1073C001!

  • Canon PowerShot SX620 Digital Camera w/25x Optical Zoom - Wi-Fi & NFC Enabled (Red)
  • Powerful 25x Optical Zoom with Intelligent IS helps optimize image stabilization for virtually shake-free images
  • Built-in Wi-Fi* and NFC** allows for easy sharing and transferring of images and videos
  • 20.2 Megapixel*** CMOS sensor with DIGIC 4+ Image Processor helps deliver stunning image quality even in low light
  • Capture spectacular 1080p Full HD video
  • Large 3.0-inch (approximately 922,000 dots) LCD allows easy viewing even from a wide angle
  • Batteries: 1 A batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon 1073C001
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Canon 1073C001 Final Thoughts

"Decent battery life."

Meh, life goes on, immediately ordered more batteries off Amazon. I have yet to use the tripods but I'm excited to give them a try eventually. Everything about it is solid and satisfying. This is the must have Low Light Point & Shoot Digital Camera for me. Simple to figure out how to use, even for beginning photographers.

Overall Score
4.3


(610 Points)

8. Canon PowerShot SX620 Digital Camera w/25x Optical Zoom - Wi-Fi & NFC Enabled (Silver)

User Ratings: 61 5

Canon 1074C001 First Impressions

"Quality."

So I went to a camera store and tried out both of them. Its small and very comfortable to hold and use, which is great cuz I have small hands. A duck flying by very quickly skimming the water over Lake Washington. The recommended solution is to send in the camera for cleaning. They make it look like I know what I'm doing.

  • Canon PowerShot SX620 Digital Camera w/25x Optical Zoom - Wi-Fi & NFC Enabled (Silver)
  • Powerful 25x Optical Zoom with Intelligent IS helps optimize image stabilization for virtually shake-free images
  • Built-in Wi-Fi* and NFC** allows for easy sharing and transferring of images and videos. Maximum Aperture: f/3.2 (W), f/6.6 (T)
  • 20.2 Megapixel*** CMOS sensor with DIGIC 4+ Image Processor helps deliver stunning image quality even in low light
  • Capture spectacular 1080p Full HD video. Aspect ratio is 4:3
  • Large 3.0-inch (approximately 922,000 dots) LCD allows easy viewing even from a wide angle.Autofocus System:TTL Autofocus
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon 1074C001
  • Battery Life
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  • Ease Of Use
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  • Value For Money
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Canon 1074C001 Final Thoughts

"Do use the handstrap!"

After taking a photo, it would not focus or operate, or so it seemed. Excellent two characteristics in a Low Light Point & Shoot Digital Camera. But overall I really liked this bundle and the quality is awesome! The zoom and autofocus makes it easy. Overall good camera and value but needs improvements in the hardware.

Overall Score
4.3


(610 Points)

9. Canon PowerShot SX720 HS (Black)

User Ratings: 65 16

Canon 1070C001 First Impressions

"It's a REAL camera."

I would like a firmware update to fix that. It's very easy to clean up noise in postprocessing by using noise ninja or neat image. Every thing was fine except I would have liked a better memory card. Looking forward to seeing how the weight savings impact my hikes and travel. Meh, life goes on, immediately ordered more batteries off Amazon.

  • Canon PowerShot SX720 HS (Black)
  • Powerful 40x Optical Zoom with Intelligent IS helps optimize image stabilization for virtually shake free images
  • Built in WiFi and NFC allows for easy sharing and transferring of images and videos
  • 20.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor with DIGIC 6 Image Processor helps deliver stunning image quality even in low light
  • Capture spectacular 1080p Full HD video at 60p with stereo sound
  • Large 3.0 inch LCD (approx. 922,000 dots) allows easy viewing even from a wide angle
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon 1070C001
  • Battery Life
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  • Ease Of Use
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  • Value For Money
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Canon 1070C001 Final Thoughts

"Love this little Canon 1070C001!"

Excellent quality photos too. During my search, I discovered that the Canon 1070C001 was about to be released. The only problem I had was with the LCD screen. The image I've shared was taken from over 15 feet away with just the optical zoom. Been looking for a easy to use, simple Low Light Point & Shoot Digital Camera.

Overall Score
4.0


(534 Points)

10. 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
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  • Value For Money
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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)

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