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

1. Nikon COOLPIX L810 16.1 MP Digital Camera with 26x Zoom NIKKOR ED Glass Lens and 3-inch LCD (Black) ...

User Ratings: 68 6

Nikon 26294 First Impressions

"It takes practice."

It size is great for pockets and small purses. Likewise, don't rule out film. I would like a firmware update to fix that. 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!

  • Nikon COOLPIX L810 16.1 MP Digital Camera with 26x Zoom NIKKOR ED Glass Lens and 3-inch LCD (Black) (OLD MODEL)
  • 16.1 Megapixel CCD sensor,Connectivity: AV Output, HDMI C (Mini), USB 2.0
  • 26x Zoom-Nikkor ED glass lens,Image Size (pixels): 4608 x 3456 (16M)
  • Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution: Up to 4 shots at approx. 1.2 frames per second
  • HD (720p) Movies with Stereo Sound,3-inch Ultra high resolution (921,000 dot) LCD
  • Exposure Metering : 256-segment matrix, center-weighted
  • 16.1 Megapixel CCD sensor,Connectivity: AV Output, HDMI C (Mini), USB 2.0
  • 26x Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens
  • Batteries: 2 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Nikon 26294
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Nikon 26294 Final Thoughts

"I like the camera, but."

Auto works well for me once outdoors or in well lit rooms. It took me a while to figure it out. It took me a while to figure it out. The package is so small and light I barely notice it has a lens. If you're a casual photographer, you can't beat this price, get it now.

Overall Score
4.3


(838 Points)

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

2. 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
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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 Mini 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)

3. 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)

4. Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II Video Creator Kit - w/ Manfrotto PIXI MINI Tripod, SanDisk 32GB SD Card,...

User Ratings: 76 6

Canon 1066C029 First Impressions

"Not necessary with this."

However, while it was still working, it took great pictures and was very easy to use. After taking a photo, it would not focus or operate, or so it seemed. In fact, the very first photo I took was indoors of my wife. I can't wait to try it out at the zoo. The image I've shared was taken from over 15 feet away with just the optical zoom.

  • Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II Video Creator Kit - w/ Manfrotto PIXI MINI Tripod, SanDisk 32GB SD Card, and extra Canon Battery Pack
  • The Video Creator Kit is the complete package for making professional-quality videos, giving you the tools to make your dreams a reality
  • Compact and high-performing, the PowerShot G7 X Mark II comes bundled with a lightweight, portable tripod for flexible and steady video recording wherever you go
  • Whether creating artistic film clips or capturing special occasions, the PowerShot G7 X Mark II camera can catch them in the quality they deserve
  • With a bright aperture value of f/1.8 at the wide angle and f/2.8 when fully zoomed (to a factor of 4.2x), this lens not only puts more in your frame, but is equipped to capture a variety of situations
  • Features a large 1.0-inch, 20.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor that captures high-quality images and videos with a wide dynamic range to ensure both bright and dark parts of an image are fully captured
  • Has a large, high-resolution, 3.0 Inch LCD monitor that tilts up 180° and down 45°, ideal for composing not only self-portraits, but also for taking pictures at high and low angles with ease
  • Built-in Wi-Fi technology allows for on the go convenience and the ability to easily post your images to select social networking and media sites
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon 1066C029
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Canon 1066C029 Final Thoughts

"All on Auto."

I wanted something to capture my kids activities. Overall good camera and value but needs improvements in the hardware. Only downside is recovery after each shot, however rest of features make up for it. The initial charge using the Canon 1066C029 to charge the battery took about 2 hours. I am so impressed with this Canon 1066C029!

Overall Score
4.5


(561 Points)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling Mini Point & Shoot Digital Cameras

5. Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ300K 12.1 Megapixel (Black) and Transcend 64 GB Memory Card

User Ratings: 78 3

Panasonic First Impressions

"Love this little Panasonic !"

I started with a NEX-6 and moved up to an Panasonic . Some people even claim that the Panasonic rivals medium format quality. I have big hands, but it still fits well into my palm--very comfortable to hold. You'll be glad you bought this one. I have big hands, but it still fits well into my palm--very comfortable to hold.

  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ300K 12.1 Megapixel (Black) and Transcend 64 GB Memory Card
  • Capture moments with superb 4K imaging performance in both video and exclusive 4K PHOTO
  • 24X (25-600mm) full-range F2.8 aperture Leica Lens
  • Ideal for Full 1080p HDD, Ultra 2160p HD, 3D and 4K video recording
  • Up to 95/60 MB/s ; Minimum constant 30 Mb/s write speed guaranteed for real-time video recording
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Panasonic
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Panasonic Final Thoughts

"Beautiful landscapes."

Mid-afternoon typically required swapping in a charged battery. The zoom truly is extraordinary! Likewise, don't rule out film. My old SX700 that was serviceable for years finally gave up and failed. Takes great low light & fireworks pictures.

Overall Score
4.6


(473 Points)

6. PANASONIC LUMIX FZ1000 II 20.1MP Digital Camera, 16x 25-400mm LEICA DC Lens, 4K Video, Optical Image...

User Ratings: 70 4

Panasonic DC-FZ1000M2 First Impressions

"All in my Pelican case."

It's got pretty much everything I could want in a Mini Point & Shoot Digital Camera. Ergonomics count, especially when you get used to Panasonic's excellent system--wow! While the 24-70 seems good, I can’t wait for a new Panasonic DC-FZ1000M2. Or, you can select all-manual, if you want to set everything yourself. Auto-ISO is on the conservative side, which I would like to have more control over.

  • PANASONIC LUMIX FZ1000 II 20.1MP Digital Camera, 16x 25-400mm LEICA DC Lens, 4K Video, Optical Image Stabilizer and 3.0-inch Display – Point and Shoot Camera - DC-FZ1000M2 (Black)
  • Large sensor - 1-inch 20. 1MP MOS sensor provides excellent low light and color depth performance making it perfect for wildlife, sports, new or candid shots
  • Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT - 16x optical zoom Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT F2. 8-F4. 0 lens (35mm camera equivalent: 25-400mm). minimum aperture F11, yielding F2. 8-F11 at wide end and F4. 0-F11 at telephoto end
  • 5-Axis Hybrid O. I. S. - Optical image Stabilizer. I. S. ) plus active mode effectively compensate for hand shake to minimize Blur during zoom shooting with your Lumix camera
  • 4K video & 4K PHOTO - QFHD 4K video in 3840x2160 30P or 24P in MP4. 4K PHOTO 30 fps in 8MP
  • Camera body viewfinder and display - high-speed (2, 360k-dot) OLED live view Finder, Plus 3. 0-Inch (1, 240k-dot) touch control Display rotates 180 degrees to the side and tilts 270 degrees up and down
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Panasonic DC-FZ1000M2
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Panasonic DC-FZ1000M2 Final Thoughts

"This is my 2nd Panasonic DC-FZ1000M2."

Overall, I'm really impressed with this little Panasonic DC-FZ1000M2. I don't really see a good excuse for that, wildlife photos may prove nearly impossible. If you receive an error message to turn off and then on remove the lens cap. Its really the camera to take on day trips. I recommend this camera to those looking for an all in one camera.

Overall Score
4.4


(445 Points)

7. Canon PowerShot SX530 HS 16.0 MP 50x Opt Zoom 1080p Full HD Digital Camera Black

User Ratings: 74 4

Canon E4CNPSSX520HSK First Impressions

"The zoom is terrific."

The zoom is incredible as well. I like everything about the camera. I wanted something to capture my kids activities. Love that a strap, case and lens cover came with it, among other things. Easy to use, great for simple pictures.

  • Canon PowerShot SX530 HS 16.0 MP 50x Opt Zoom 1080p Full HD Digital Camera Black
  • This Bundle Includes Canon USA Warranty
  • Canon PowerShot SX530 HS 16MP 50x Opt Zoom 1080p Full HD Digital Camera (Black)
  • Includes 2 16GB Sandisk High-Speed SDXC Memory Card, Deluxe Camera Bag, Extra Battery
  • Mini Table-top Tripod, High-Speed USB Card Reader, Memory Card Wallet, mini-HDMI to HDMI A/V Cable
  • Digital Camera LCD Screen Protectors, Beach Camera Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, and 3pcs, Cleaning Kit
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon E4CNPSSX520HSK
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Canon E4CNPSSX520HSK Final Thoughts

"Um wow, totally wrong."

I get great photos, and it does not take long to import them to my laptop. Or, you can select all-manual, if you want to set everything yourself. Me and my husband have planned a trip to Bahamas. For me the upgrade was worth it as it had things I find extremely useful. The Canon E4CNPSSX520HSK has many features which are very easy to use and get to.

Overall Score
4.5


(344 Points)

8. Canon PowerShot SX540 Digital Camera w/ 50x Optical Zoom - Wi-Fi & NFC Enabled (Black), 1 - 1067C001...

User Ratings: 65 9

Canon 1067C001 First Impressions

"Love my new Canon 1067C001!"

The different features are amazing and the pics came out really great. The battery life is outstanding, lasted her whole two week trip with moderate use. Looks amazing and excited to try it. This is the must have Mini Point & Shoot Digital Camera for me. If the battery does run low, you can pop in normal alkaline.

  • Canon PowerShot SX540 Digital Camera w/ 50x Optical Zoom - Wi-Fi & NFC Enabled (Black), 1 - 1067C001
  • Powerful 50x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer for outstanding optical performance
  • 20.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor with DIGIC 6 Image Processor helps deliver stunning image quality even in low light
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC allows for easy sharing and transferring of images and videos.Canon High Power Flash HF-DC2
  • Capture spectacular 1080p Full HD video at 60p with stereo sound
  • Zoom Framing Assist now features a lock button option for quick and accurate subject recognition
  • Large 3.0-inch LCD (approx. 461,000 dots) allows easy viewing even from a wide angle
  • Hybrid Auto lets you record up to four seconds of video before each image you capture, then automatically combines each clip and still into a quick video recap of the day
  • Story Highlights enables the camera to automatically compile images and videos from a certain day or event into a mini highlight reel with music and effects
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon 1067C001
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Canon 1067C001 Final Thoughts

"God bless you Canon!"

The zoom truly is extraordinary! A great camera for the money and my needs! Mid-afternoon typically required swapping in a charged battery. Some reviewers have problems with clarity, but I certainly do not. If the battery does run low, you can pop in normal alkaline.

Overall Score
4.2


(204 Points)

9. Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 Digital Camera (Red) + 16GB SDHC Memory Card + Mini Table Tripod +Protectiv...

User Ratings: 66 6

Canon 1096C001 First Impressions

"The Canon 1096C001 works great."

I was honestly surprised that I could find anything like this on Amazon. For me the upgrade was worth it as it had things I find extremely useful. A duck flying by very quickly skimming the water over Lake Washington. Manual focus would've been nice. Manual focus would've been nice.

  • Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 Digital Camera (Red) + 16GB SDHC Memory Card + Mini Table Tripod +Protective camera case with Deluxe Cleaning Bundle
  • The sleek Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 is a slim, beautiful digital camera that takes stunning photographs and records pristine 720p HD video so you’ll be ready to capture every special moment life throws at you.
  • The PowerShot ELPH 180 camera's DIGIC 4+ Image Processor features accelerated processing speed to create fast, responsive performance, giving you a shooting experience that's easy and natural.
  • Get a close snapshot of the action with 8x magnification, while the 20.0 Megapixel CCD sensor helps produce vibrant and clear images
  • Smart AUTO intelligently chooses an appropriate setting according to the subject and environment
  • Our exclusive starter kit contains the Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 Digital Camera, Transcend 16 GB SD card, starter cleaning kit, SD card reader/writer, and a protective case.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon 1096C001
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Canon 1096C001 Final Thoughts

"It's a REAL camera."

Maybe it is for a small POS. Love that a strap, case and lens cover came with it, among other things. I am so impressed with this Canon 1096C001! It's very easy to clean up noise in postprocessing by using noise ninja or neat image. Better photos than her XR phone.

Overall Score
4.3


(200 Points)

10. Ricoh GR II Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black)

User Ratings: 65 3

Ricoh GR II First Impressions

"The battery was awesome."

5 seconds to wait for auto focus is not going to kill me. Me and my husband have planned a trip to Bahamas. So I went to a camera store and tried out both of them. The initial charge using the Ricoh GR II to charge the battery took about 2 hours. One thing that worries me is the little flap that covers the USB connector.

  • Ricoh GR II Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black)
  • Battery Life(Approximately) 320 shots for Still image or 190 minutes for Playback or 45 minutes for recording movies; Continuous shooting approximately 4 frame per second
  • The GR II comes equipped with Wi Fi functions for wireless connection with mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers; It is also compatible with NFC (Near Field Communication) functions for easy pairing with mobile devices
  • The advanced GR ENGINE V imaging engine offers high sensitivity shooting with minimal noise and the GR II’s anti aliasing filter less design produces supremely high resolution, color rich images; Total Pixels: Approx 16.9 megapixels
  • Capture both JPG and open standard DNG RAW images; The GR II offers a variety of computer free image processing functions, including in body RAW data development to output JPEG format files
  • Capture full HD video in widescreen 1080p resolution with h.264 compression @ 30 frames per second; The Auto focus system remains active with movement as the camera continuously focuses subjects in the center of its angle of view; Lens Construction :7 elements in 5 groups (2 aspherical lens elements)
  • Batteries: 3 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Ricoh GR II
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Ricoh GR II Final Thoughts

"Over all, a good buy."

Some reviewers have problems with clarity, but I certainly do not. I am so impressed with this Ricoh GR II! In some reviews this Ricoh GR II is said to be heavy. I've researched this Ricoh GR II A LOT and I only heard great things. Make sure you format first or it may fry on you.

Overall Score
4.4


(154 Points)

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