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

1. Olympus XZ-2 Digital Camera (Black) - International Version (No Warranty)

User Ratings: 64 7

Olympus XZ-2 First Impressions

"The viewer works great."

The recommended solution is to send in the camera for cleaning. I haven't tried the macro shots yet, but will update this review when I get too. But overall It is worth to buy and I totally recommend you to buy this bundle. But overall It is worth to buy and I totally recommend you to buy this bundle. Its small and very comfortable to hold and use, which is great cuz I have small hands.

  • Olympus XZ-2 Digital Camera (Black) - International Version (No Warranty)
  • This version is originally intended for sale outside the US and may contain adapters, manuals, and warranties not compatible with US standards.
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Olympus XZ-2
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Olympus XZ-2 Final Thoughts

"Quality."

I haven't tried the macro shots yet, but will update this review when I get too. I am so impressed with this Olympus XZ-2! Not to mention it worked great as a Outside Point & Shoot Digital Camera too. Love that a strap, case and lens cover came with it, among other things. Ergonomics count, especially when you get used to Olympus's excellent system--wow!

Overall Score
4.2


(364 Points)

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2. Nikon COOLPIX P900 16MP Digital Camera - International Version (No Warranty) Japan Version

User Ratings: 51 7

Nikon P900BK First Impressions

"It's a REAL camera."

During my search, I discovered that the Nikon P900BK was about to be released. I have big hands, but it still fits well into my palm--very comfortable to hold. I recommend this camera to those looking for an all in one camera. I wanted something to capture my kids activities. Mid-afternoon typically required swapping in a charged battery.

  • Nikon COOLPIX P900 16MP Digital Camera - International Version (No Warranty) Japan Version
  • This version is originally intended for sale outside the USA
  • User Manual May Not Be Included
  • 16MP CMOS Sensor 24-2000mm 35mm Equivalent Focal Length
  • 83x Optical Zoom NIKKOR Super ED VR Lens Vari-Angle TFT LCD Screen, Electronic Viewfinder Dual Detect Optical VR
  • Full HD 1080/60p Video Built-In Wi-Fi, NFC, and GPS, Auto & Full Manual Exposure Control 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom, 332x Digi Zoom
  • Batteries: 1 A batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Nikon P900BK
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Nikon P900BK Final Thoughts

"Pretty cool."

I like everything about the camera. I have yet to use the tripods but I'm excited to give them a try eventually. Excellent two characteristics in a Outside Point & Shoot Digital Camera. I don't really see a good excuse for that, wildlife photos may prove nearly impossible. They make it look like I know what I'm doing.

Overall Score
4.2


(190 Points)

3. Nikon COOLPIX P900 Digital Camera + Transcend 2X 32GB Memory Card(64GB) + Wireless Remote + Digital ...

User Ratings: 64

Nikon Nikon COOLPIX P900 K1 First Impressions

"Quality camera."

Mid-afternoon typically required swapping in a charged battery. I have yet to use the tripods but I'm excited to give them a try eventually. The lens adapter works seamlessly with no performance penalty. This is the must have Outside Point & Shoot Digital Camera for me. The battery life is outstanding, lasted her whole two week trip with moderate use.

  • Nikon COOLPIX P900 Digital Camera + Transcend 2X 32GB Memory Card(64GB) + Wireless Remote + Digital Camera/Video Case + Cleaning Kit + Complete Accessory Bundle - International Version (No Warranty)
  • This version is originally intended for sale outside the US and may also contain adapters, manuals, and warranties not compatible with US standards.
  • This Photo4Less Top Value Camera and manufacturer's supplied Accessories Kit includes:
  • Nikon COOLPIX P900 Digital Camera - SanDisk 32GB Class 10 Memory Card - SanDisk 32GB Class 10 Memory Card - Digital Camera/Video Case - Wireless Remote - Photo Video Quality Tripod - Hi-Speed SD USB Card Reader - LCD Screen Protectors (Clear)
  • Tri-Fold Memory Card Wallet - 5 piece Cleaning Kit - Table Top Tripod - Pro Hand Grip
  • 16MP CMOS Sensor - 24-2000mm 35mm Equivalent Focal Length - 83x Optical Zoom NIKKOR Super ED VR Lens Vari-Angle TFT LCD Screen Electronic Viewfinder Dual Detect Optical VR Full HD 1080/60p Video Built-In Wi-Fi, NFC, and GPS Auto & Full Manual Exposure Control 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom, 332x Digi Zoom
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Nikon Nikon COOLPIX P900 K1
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Nikon Nikon COOLPIX P900 K1 Final Thoughts

"It packs a punch."

I'm impressed with how Nikon incorporated it seamlessly. Only downside is recovery after each shot, however rest of features make up for it. Or, you can select all-manual, if you want to set everything yourself. Maybe it is for a small POS. In some reviews this Nikon Nikon COOLPIX P900 K1 is said to be heavy.

Overall Score
4.3


(13 Points)

4. Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 Digital Camera with Battery and 32GB SD Card Bundle

User Ratings: 60 5

Sony DSCRX100/B First Impressions

"Go with the Sony."

That is the reason I bought this Sony DSCRX100/B. I have big hands, but it still fits well into my palm--very comfortable to hold. I bought this Outside Point & Shoot Digital Camera for a trip I'm taking abroad in February. Its small and very comfortable to hold and use, which is great cuz I have small hands. While the 24-70 seems good, I can’t wait for a new Sony DSCRX100/B.

  • Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 Digital Camera with Battery and 32GB SD Card Bundle
  • 20.2 MP Exmor"CMOS sensor - extreme low-light shots.
  • Bright F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens with 3.6x zoom.
  • Full HD 1080/60p video with manual control and dual record.
  • 3-Inch Xtra Fine LCD display with bright whites & true blacks.
  • Ultra-slim, sophisticated aluminum body.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sony DSCRX100/B
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Sony DSCRX100/B Final Thoughts

"Decent battery life."

I don't really see a good excuse for that, wildlife photos may prove nearly impossible. The recommended solution is to send in the camera for cleaning. I have yet to use the tripods but I'm excited to give them a try eventually. I am so impressed with this Sony DSCRX100/B! It's very easy to clean up noise in postprocessing by using noise ninja or neat image.

Overall Score
4.2


(167 Points)

5. Polaroid 8MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom

User Ratings: 33

Polaroid I832W First Impressions

"Impressive!"

Likewise, don't rule out film. The stability at long zoom was fantastic. I've researched this Polaroid I832W A LOT and I only heard great things. I was pretty skeptical buying another point and shoot. My old SX700 that was serviceable for years finally gave up and failed.

  • Polaroid 8MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
  • Compact digital camera makes it easy and fun to take high-quality images
  • Delivers amazing quality with 8.0 mega pixel images on a 2.4-inch LCD screen
  • Full-automatic features for point-and-shoot simplicity at your fingertips
  • Smooth and fluid 3x optical and 4x digital zoom lets you catch every detail in a tight shot
  • Dimensions: 3.5 x 2.5 x 1.25 inches (WxHxD); weighs 0.4 pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Polaroid I832W
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Polaroid I832W Final Thoughts

"I can carry it anywhere!"

Better photos than her XR phone. Its great for quick pictures everywhere with clear pictures. I bought this camera right before I went on vacation to Hawaii. Everything about it is solid and satisfying. I get great photos, and it does not take long to import them to my laptop.

Overall Score
4.0


(5 Points)

6. Canon PowerShot ELPH135 Digital Camera (Silver) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

User Ratings: 61 6

Canon 9153B001 First Impressions

"So many features on here."

While the 24-70 seems good, I can’t wait for a new Canon 9153B001. Some people even claim that the Canon 9153B001 rivals medium format quality. Ergonomics count, especially when you get used to Canon's excellent system--wow! Been looking for a easy to use, simple Outside Point & Shoot Digital Camera. Make sure you format first or it may fry on you.

  • Canon PowerShot ELPH135 Digital Camera (Silver) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
  • 16 megapixel 1/2.3-inch CCD sensor with DIGIC 4+ image processor
  • 8x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom and 32x combined zoom
  • 2.7-inch TFT color LCD with wide viewing angle
  • Shoot 720p HD video with a dedicated movie button
  • Features include Help button, Smart AUTO, Scene modes, built-in flash and ECO mode
  • Batteries: Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon 9153B001
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Canon 9153B001 Final Thoughts

"It takes great pictures."

They make it look like I know what I'm doing. Excellent quality photos too. Light, portable and equipped with a good sensor. I feel that it takes better pictures than the DSC-HX50. Looking forward to seeing how the weight savings impact my hikes and travel.

Overall Score
4.2


(500 Points)

7. Canon PowerShot SX740 HS Digital Camera (Black) PRO Bundle; Includes: 64GB SDXC Class 10 Memory Card...

User Ratings: 75 11

Canon Canon Powershot SX740 HS - Black First Impressions

"God bless you Canon!"

I have already taken it and my P900 to three photo shoots. Light, portable and equipped with a good sensor. I haven't tried the macro shots yet, but will update this review when I get too. I love the LED light and extra batteries for the camera and light. Meh, life goes on, immediately ordered more batteries off Amazon.

  • Canon PowerShot SX740 HS Digital Camera (Black) PRO Bundle; Includes: 64GB SDXC Class 10 Memory Card + Spare Battery + Camera Case and More
  • Canon PowerShot SX740 HS Digital Camera (Black) 2955C001 - USA Warranty
  • 1- Power2000 NB-13L Spare Battery, 2- Vidpro ACT-15 Camera Case, 3- Memory Card Wallet
  • 4- SanDisk 64GB SDXC Class 10 Memory Card, 5- SD Card Reader, 6- Camera Starter Kit
  • Inside Camera Box: Canon NB-13L Battery, Canon CB-2LH Charger, Wrist Strap
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon Canon Powershot SX740 HS - Black
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Canon Canon Powershot SX740 HS - Black Final Thoughts

"Do use the handstrap!"

Me and my husband have planned a trip to Bahamas. Looking forward to seeing how the weight savings impact my hikes and travel. The zoom is incredible as well. Likewise, don't rule out film. The recommended solution is to send in the camera for cleaning.

Overall Score
4.2


(31 Points)

8. Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 Digital Camera (DC-FZ80K) - Bundle - with 64GB Memory Card + LED Video Light...

User Ratings: 50

Panasonic DC-FZ80K First Impressions

"I like the camera, but."

Auto-ISO is on the conservative side, which I would like to have more control over. Simple to figure out how to use, even for beginning photographers. Maybe it is for a small POS. 10,000 photos with it and it worked well for its limited capabilities. The burst rate is pretty good, and the image stabilization is superb.

  • Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 Digital Camera (DC-FZ80K) - Bundle - with 64GB Memory Card + LED Video Light + DMW-BMB9 Battery + Digital Flash + Soft Bag + 12 Inch Flexible Tripod + Cleaning Set + More
  • Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 Digital Camera (DC-FZ80K), 64GB Memory Card, LED Video Light, DMW-BMB9 Battery, Digital Camera Flash, Deluxe Soft Bag, 12 Inch Flexible Tripod, Deluxe Cleaning Set, 55mm UV Filter, USB Card Reader
  • 18.1MP 1/2.3" MOS Sensor
  • Lumix DC Vario 60x Zoom Lens
  • 20-1200mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 1.166m-Dot Electronic Viewfinder
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Panasonic DC-FZ80K
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Panasonic DC-FZ80K Final Thoughts

"Very impressed overall!"

The zoom truly is extraordinary! It’s taken its place as my go to camera, which is what I intended it for. With a prime lens, zoom is one less thing you worry about. Simple to figure out how to use, even for beginning photographers. After over 10,000 pictures, my Panasonic DC-FZ80K operates perfectly in every aspect.

Overall Score
4.0


(2 Points)

9. Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 4K Long Zoom Camera (18.1 Megapixels, 60X 20-1200mm Lens) + 64GB Accessory Bund...

User Ratings: 68 6

Panasonic DMC-FZ80K First Impressions

"A good buy in my book."

I like everything about the camera. Or, you can select all-manual, if you want to set everything yourself. Mid-afternoon typically required swapping in a charged battery. I am so impressed with this Panasonic DMC-FZ80K! I have big hands, but it still fits well into my palm--very comfortable to hold.

  • Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 4K Long Zoom Camera (18.1 Megapixels, 60X 20-1200mm Lens) + 64GB Accessory Bundle
  • BUNDLE INCLUDES: Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 18.1MP 4K 60x Long Zoom Digital Camera, 64GB Memory Card, Flexible 12-Inch Spider Tripod, HDMI Standard to Micro Cable, and DSLR Accessory Kit
  • SENSOR: 18.1MP sensor resolution with optically stabilized 20-1200mm (60x) LUMIX DC VARIO lens and Power O.I.S. technology. More focus freedom and creativity with post focus and focus stacking
  • FEATURES: Extremely long zoom and wide angle for versatile photography / 4K Photo Mode Plus 4K Video capture for high resolution stills and movies
  • POWER AND CONNECTIONS: USB charging for travel use. Wi-Fi connectivity so you can share Photos to Mobile Device. Features a clear viewfinder and comfortable grip
  • PANASONIC AUTHORIZED DEALER: Includes USA Manufacturer Warranty
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Panasonic DMC-FZ80K
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Panasonic DMC-FZ80K Final Thoughts

"Good low light photos."

After taking a photo, it would not focus or operate, or so it seemed. Been looking for a easy to use, simple Outside Point & Shoot Digital Camera. The image I've shared was taken from over 15 feet away with just the optical zoom. During my search, I discovered that the Panasonic DMC-FZ80K was about to be released. If you want to take bird pictures.

Overall Score
4.4


(60 Points)

10. Canon PowerShot SX260 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 20x Image Stabilized Zoom 25mm Wide-Angle ...

User Ratings: 64 6

Canon 6195B001 First Impressions

"This is my 2nd Canon 6195B001."

They make it look like I know what I'm doing. I'm still playing around with it. I like everything about the camera. I needed a Outside Point & Shoot Digital Camera with a sensor larger than what is on my smartphone. It wont replace a DSLR but it comers pretty close.

  • Canon PowerShot SX260 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 20x Image Stabilized Zoom 25mm Wide-Angle Optical Lens and 1080p HD Video (Red) (OLD MODEL)
  • 12MP CMOS sensor
  • 25–500 mm equivalent F3.5 - 6.8 lens
  • ISO 100-3200
  • 1080p -24FPS HD video
  • 3" LCD with 461,000 dots
  • Digic 5 Processor
  • Built-in GPS
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon 6195B001
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Canon 6195B001 Final Thoughts

"So I ordered it anyway."

What a really unique camera. This camera also has the best in camera JPEG processing I've ever seen. My old SX700 that was serviceable for years finally gave up and failed. Meh, life goes on, immediately ordered more batteries off Amazon. I just love how easy it is to get good looking shots.

Overall Score
4.3


(1484 Points)

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