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. Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 20 MP Digital Camera (Silver) w/ 32GB Accessory Bundle

User Ratings: 69 6

Canon ACANE180SK2 First Impressions

"Has a big LCD display."

I don't really see a good excuse for that, wildlife photos may prove nearly impossible. It took me a while to figure it out. I am so impressed with this Canon ACANE180SK2! It size is great for pockets and small purses. So glad I chose the Canon ACANE180SK2.

  • Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 20 MP Digital Camera (Silver) w/ 32GB Accessory Bundle
  • BUNDLE INCLUDES: Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 20 MP Digital Camera (Red) with SanDisk Ultra 32GB 80MB/s SD Card, Replacement NB-11L Lithium-Ion Battery for Canon Powershot Cameras, Rapid Travel Charger for Canon NB-11L Battery and Focus Camera Accessory Bundle for Large Point and Shoot Digital Cameras
  • CANON ELPH 180: The ELPH features 8x optical zoom paired with a 20 megapixel image sensor to ensure you’ll always get crisp, clear pictures whether you’re taking landscape shots or a close-up of someone’s face from across the room.
  • LENS: The ELPH 180 comes equipped with a 28-224mm lens capable of 8x optical zoom to provide great wide-angle photos as well as intimate close-ups of someone’s fac
  • VIDEO RECORDING: The ELPH 180 allows users to record HD 720p video so you can relive you memories in lifelike high definition that will look amazing on a computer screen as well as big screen TVs.
  • CANON AUTHORIZED DEALER: Includes USA Manufacturer Warranty
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon ACANE180SK2
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Canon ACANE180SK2 Final Thoughts

"She loves it now!"

Overall, I'm really impressed with this little Canon ACANE180SK2. Manual focus would've been nice. I like everything about the camera. I can't wait to try it out at the zoo. Manual focus would've been nice.

Overall Score
4.4


(328 Points)

5. Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 III 20.2 MP Digital Camera - Black + 64GB SDXC Memory Dual Battery Kit + A...

User Ratings: 80

Sony E12SNDSCRX100M3B First Impressions

"I love the new Sony E12SNDSCRX100M3B."

I bought this Outside Point & Shoot Digital Camera for a trip I'm taking abroad in February. It's very easy to clean up noise in postprocessing by using noise ninja or neat image. I have already taken it and my P900 to three photo shoots. It's very easy to clean up noise in postprocessing by using noise ninja or neat image. I've researched this Sony E12SNDSCRX100M3B A LOT and I only heard great things.

  • Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 III 20.2 MP Digital Camera - Black + 64GB SDXC Memory Dual Battery Kit + Accessory Bundle
  • SONY AUTHORIZED DEALER - Includes Full SONY USA WARRANTY
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III 20.2 MP Digital Camera - Black
  • Large-diameter ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T 24-70 mm F1.8-2.8 lens allows WIDE-ANGLE shooting
  • INCLUDED with CAMERA: NP-BX1/M8 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack - AC-UUD12 AC Adapter Micro-USB Cable - Wrist Strap - Strap Adapter - Sony Full Authorized Dealer US Warranty
  • BUNDLE INCLUDES: Kodak Pro Camera Case for Digital Cameras (Black) - 64GB Class 10 UHS-1 SDXC Memory Card - 2 x NP-BX1 Extra Battery Pack and Charger - Corel PaintShop Pro X9 Digital Download - 12-inch Rubberized Spider Tripod -Deco Gear Lens Cleaning Pen - SD Memory Card Reader - Tri-fold Memory Card Wallet - LCD Screen Protectors - Mini Tabletop Tripod - Vivitar 3 Piece Lens Cleaning Kit - Beach Camera Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sony E12SNDSCRX100M3B
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Sony E12SNDSCRX100M3B Final Thoughts

"Do use the handstrap!"

Maybe it is for a small POS. The recommended solution is to send in the camera for cleaning. Plus I have various DSLRs and a beautiful Sony. Lastly, the complaints about battery life are totally valid. During my search, I discovered that the Sony E12SNDSCRX100M3B was about to be released.

Overall Score
4.8


(15 Points)

6. Panasonic LUMIX DC-ZS70K 20.3MP 4K Digital Camera (Black) with 64GB SD Card and Accessory Bundle

User Ratings: 76

Panasonic DC-ZS70K First Impressions

"I JUST LOVE THIS CAMERA."

It size is great for pockets and small purses. I bought this camera right before I went on vacation to Hawaii. But overall It is worth to buy and I totally recommend you to buy this bundle. It's got pretty much everything I could want in a Outside Point & Shoot Digital Camera. It is easy to use and takes clear pictures.

  • Panasonic LUMIX DC-ZS70K 20.3MP 4K Digital Camera (Black) with 64GB SD Card and Accessory Bundle
  • BUNDLE INCLUDES: Panasonic LUMIX DC-ZS70K 20.3 Megapixel 4K Digital Camera, 64GB Memory Card, Battery and Dual Charger Pack, 12-Inch Spider Tripod, HDMI Standard to Micro Cable, and Accessory Bundle for Large Point and Shoot Digital Cameras
  • SENSOR: A 20.3-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor records high-quality images in incredible detail. The sensor works in tandem with the Venus Engine to ensure stunning pictures even in dimly lit environments with minimal image noise
  • INCLUDED LENS: The LUMIX ZS70 brings you right into the action. Its 24mm Leica DC Vario-Elmar Lens includes 30x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 24-720mm) to get you in close to everything that piques your interest
  • 4K VIDEO CAPTURE: With the clarity of 4K video, the LUMIX ZS70 makes it easy to record every journey in up to 3840 x 2160p detail - four times the quality of Full HD. Capture more excitement, more life and more memories that will last for years to come
  • PANASONIC AUTHORIZED DEALER: Includes USA Manufacturer Warranty
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Panasonic DC-ZS70K
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Panasonic DC-ZS70K Final Thoughts

"Wonderful pictures."

I was pretty skeptical buying another point and shoot. Likewise, don't rule out film. Lastly, the complaints about battery life are totally valid. If you receive an error message to turn off and then on remove the lens cap. After taking a photo, it would not focus or operate, or so it seemed.

Overall Score
4.7


(35 Points)

7. Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS (Blue)

User Ratings: 59 10

Canon 0130C001 First Impressions

"Impressive!"

This is great because my mother likes the viewfinder and I like the LCD. I wanted something to capture my kids activities. I have big hands, but it still fits well into my palm--very comfortable to hold. Easy to use, great for simple pictures. A great camera for the money and my needs!

  • Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS (Blue)
  • 12x Optical Zoom (25–300mm)
  • 20.0 Megapixel sensor combined with the DIGIC 4+ Image Processor
  • Shoot 720p HD video with a dedicated movie button
  • Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on predefined shooting situations
  • ECO Mode helps reduce power consumption for longer battery life
  • Batteries: 1 C batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon 0130C001
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Canon 0130C001 Final Thoughts

"Not a fan of that."

This is the must have Outside Point & Shoot Digital Camera for me. My old SX700 that was serviceable for years finally gave up and failed. I’m now wading through the manual before heading out to shoot photos. The Canon 0130C001 has many features which are very easy to use and get to. Plus I have various DSLRs and a beautiful Canon.

Overall Score
4.1


(379 Points)

8. Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with Full 1080p HD Video (Silver)

User Ratings: 60 7

Canon 5095B005 First Impressions

"Great low light shot."

In some reviews this Canon 5095B005 is said to be heavy. I just love how easy it is to get good looking shots. This camera was such a great gift for my daughter’s big sister gift. Love the small compact size which will be perfect for traveling. Lastly, the complaints about battery life are totally valid.

  • Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with Full 1080p HD Video (Silver)
  • World's thinnest digital camera with a 24mm ultra Wide-Angle lens and 5x Optical Zoom and Optical Image Stabilizer.
  • Canon's HS SYSTEM with a 12.1 MP CMOS and DIGIC 4 Image Processor improves shooting in low-light situations without the need for a flash
  • Full 1080p HD Video for exceptional quality with stereo sound, plus a dedicated movie button for easy access.
  • Get high-speed shooting in a point-and-shoot camera: High-speed Burst Mode captures 8.0fps
  • Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 32 predefined shooting situations.
  • And lowers noise levels at higher ISO settings.
  • Super Slow Motion Movie records video at high speeds to allow slow motion playback.
  • Zoom optically while shooting video and keep footage stabilized with Dynamic IS.
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon 5095B005
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Canon 5095B005 Final Thoughts

"An AMAZING DEAL!"

Me and my husband have planned a trip to Bahamas. Make sure you format first or it may fry on you. Every thing was fine except I would have liked a better memory card. Let me say from the start, I really like Canon. My old SX700 that was serviceable for years finally gave up and failed.

Overall Score
4.2


(1299 Points)

9. Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 20 MP Digital Camera (Red) + 32GB Card + Battery and Charger + Accessory Bu...

User Ratings: 69 6

Canon ELPH 180 First Impressions

"Great manual online."

Color and white balance is generally good. Meh, life goes on, immediately ordered more batteries off Amazon. Overall, I'm really impressed with this little Canon ELPH 180. Just ordered my soft box lights. I'm still playing around with it.

  • Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 20 MP Digital Camera (Red) + 32GB Card + Battery and Charger + Accessory Bundle
  • 8x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer helps you capture images with flexibility and ease
  • 20.0 Megapixel CCD sensor combines with the DIGIC 4+ Image Processor to help deliver stunning image quality
  • 720p HD video capabilities
  • Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings based on predefined shooting situations
  • Includes - SanDisk Ultra 32GB SD Card / Replacement Lithium Ion Battery / Travel Quick Charger / Focus Medium Point & Shoot Camera Accessory Bundle
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon ELPH 180
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Canon ELPH 180 Final Thoughts

"Has a big LCD display."

I get great photos, and it does not take long to import them to my laptop. I've researched this Canon ELPH 180 A LOT and I only heard great things. A duck flying by very quickly skimming the water over Lake Washington. Full manual, Shutter Priority and Aperture Priority. In fact, the very first photo I took was indoors of my wife.

Overall Score
4.4


(328 Points)

10. Sony RX100 VI 20.1 MP Premium Digital Camera with VCT-SGR1 Grip and Tripod

User Ratings: 76

Sony DSCRX100M6/B First Impressions

"The upgrade works fine."

I like everything about the camera. It took me a while to figure it out. Auto works well for me once outdoors or in well lit rooms. Excellent quality photos too. Lastly, the complaints about battery life are totally valid.

  • Sony RX100 VI 20.1 MP Premium Digital Camera with VCT-SGR1 Grip and Tripod
  • BUNDLE INCLUDES: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI Digital Camera, 64GB Memory Card, SD Card Case, Battery/Charger, Carrying Case, Shooting Grip/Tripod and Software Kit
  • 4K MOVIE: The pocket-size RX100 VI features Clip 4K for short - up to 5 minute - 4K (QFHD:3840×2160) movie recording directly to SD memory card - ideal for everyday casual use. High quality 4k is achieved by the 1” Exmor RS CMOS sensor with full pixel readout and no pixel binning - resulting in images that exhibit higher resolution and less moire and jaggies than typical 4K movies
  • OPTICAL STEADYSHOT IMAGE STABILIZATION: Built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization technology - developed exclusively by Sony - pre-vents image blurring that can occur from hand-held still and movie shooting, especially in low light or at the far telephoto end of the zoom range. Image stabilization is equivalent to a faster shutter speed of 4.0 stops at 200mm telephoto, and ensures smooth, stable framing and excellent image quality
  • EXMOR RS STACKED CMOS SENSOR: This large 1-inch (1.0-type) stacked back illuminated Exmor RS image sensor with DRAM chip not only enhances efficiency and speed of A/D conversion through its stacked structure and more circuit sections; it also realizes super-fast readout speed
  • SONY AUTHORIZED DEALER: Includes USA Manufacturer Warranty
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sony DSCRX100M6/B
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Sony DSCRX100M6/B Final Thoughts

"She loves it now!"

Or, you can select all-manual, if you want to set everything yourself. I bought this camera right before I went on vacation to Hawaii. I get great photos, and it does not take long to import them to my laptop. Where this Sony DSCRX100M6/B really shines though is the video recording oddly enough. Simple to figure out how to use, even for beginning photographers.

Overall Score
4.5


(6 Points)

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