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

1. Canon 8253B001 Quality Point & Shoot Digital Camera

User Ratings: 64 5

Canon 8253B001 First Impressions

"That is a bargain."

Overall good camera and value but needs improvements in the hardware. It's got pretty much everything I could want in a Quality Point & Shoot Digital Camera. Fast shipping and everything packaged nicely. This is the perfect compromise camera for me. It took me a while to figure it out.

  • Canon PowerShot A2500 16MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)
  • ECO Mode to reduce power consumption
  • Capture impressive 720p HD video in stereo sound with a dedicated movie button
  • 16 megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CCD sensor and Canon DIGIC 4 image processor deliver enhanced image quality
  • 5x optical zoom and 28mm wide-angle lens with Digital Image Stabilizer
  • Smart Auto intelligently selects the proper settings based on 32 predefined shooting situations
  • USB cable not included
  • Batteries: Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon 8253B001
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Canon 8253B001 Final Thoughts

"The battery was awesome."

I just love how easy it is to get good looking shots. The initial charge using the Canon 8253B001 to charge the battery took about 2 hours. This camera has so many features for its size. That is the reason I bought this Canon 8253B001. My old SX700 that was serviceable for years finally gave up and failed.

Overall Score
4.3


(1482 Points)

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2. Canon 8254B001 Quality Point & Shoot Digital Camera

User Ratings: 64 5

Canon 8254B001 First Impressions

"Quality."

I did buy some rechargeable batteries to use in it. Me and my husband have planned a trip to Bahamas. In some reviews this Canon 8254B001 is said to be heavy. I bought this camera right before I went on vacation to Hawaii. If you're a casual photographer, you can't beat this price, get it now.

  • Canon PowerShot A2500 16MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 2.7-Inch LCD (Silver) (OLD MODEL)
  • ECO Mode to reduce power consumption
  • Capture impressive 720p HD video in stereo sound with a dedicated movie button
  • 16 megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CCD sensor and Canon DIGIC 4 image processor deliver enhanced image quality
  • 5x optical zoom and 28mm wide-angle lens with Digital Image Stabilizer
  • Smart Auto intelligently selects the proper settings based on 32 predefined shooting situations
  • USB cable not included
  • Batteries: Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon 8254B001
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Canon 8254B001 Final Thoughts

"All on Auto."

Only downside is recovery after each shot, however rest of features make up for it. A great camera for the money and my needs! So glad I chose the Canon 8254B001. I’m now wading through the manual before heading out to shoot photos. I get great photos, and it does not take long to import them to my laptop.

Overall Score
4.3


(1482 Points)

3. Panasonic DMC-FZ70K Quality Point & Shoot Digital Camera

User Ratings: 64 8

Panasonic DMC-FZ70K First Impressions

"Good package of extras."

Its small and very comfortable to hold and use, which is great cuz I have small hands. I love the LED light and extra batteries for the camera and light. Its really the camera to take on day trips. Overall, I'm really impressed with this little Panasonic DMC-FZ70K. Auto works well for me once outdoors or in well lit rooms.

  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ70 16.1 MP Digital Camera with 60x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3-Inch LCD (Black)
  • Bring the action in super close with category class leading 60X optical zoom (20mm-1200mm)
  • Experience Full 1080/60i HD Panasonic Video recording with auto focus
  • Zoom focused Dolby quality sound recording locks out ambient noise for enhanced audio quality
  • Dimensions (W x H x D) 130.2 x 97.0 x 118.2 mm / (5.13 x 3.82 x 4.65 inch)
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Panasonic DMC-FZ70K
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Panasonic DMC-FZ70K Final Thoughts

"The grip is a bit larger."

10,000 photos with it and it worked well for its limited capabilities. This camera also has the best in camera JPEG processing I've ever seen. I was pretty skeptical buying another point and shoot. I've researched this Panasonic DMC-FZ70K A LOT and I only heard great things. I bought this Quality Point & Shoot Digital Camera for a trip I'm taking abroad in February.

Overall Score
4.3


(1465 Points)

4. Canon 5096B001 Quality Point & Shoot Digital Camera

User Ratings: 60 7

Canon 5096B001 First Impressions

"Shots were FANTASTIC!"

I don't really see a good excuse for that, wildlife photos may prove nearly impossible. While the 24-70 seems good, I can’t wait for a new Canon 5096B001. Everything about it is solid and satisfying. Everything about it is solid and satisfying. Auto-ISO is on the conservative side, which I would like to have more control over.

  • Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS 12.1 MP Digital Camera (Black)
  • 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 and
  • Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 32 predefined shooting situations.
  • 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.
  • And lowers noise levels at higher ISO settings.
  • Batteries: Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon 5096B001
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Canon 5096B001 Final Thoughts

"Decent battery life."

Every thing was fine except I would have liked a better memory card. Auto-ISO is on the conservative side, which I would like to have more control over. I don't really see a good excuse for that, wildlife photos may prove nearly impossible. A duck flying by very quickly skimming the water over Lake Washington. With a prime lens, zoom is one less thing you worry about.

Overall Score
4.2


(1299 Points)

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5. Canon 5095B005 Quality Point & Shoot Digital Camera

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)

6. Canon 5097B001 Quality Point & Shoot Digital Camera

User Ratings: 60 7

Canon 5097B001 First Impressions

"Quality camera."

This is the perfect compromise camera for me. I like that while I am learning I can rely on the IA mode to take great shots for me. It will take some getting used to. 5 seconds to wait for auto focus is not going to kill me. Looks amazing and excited to try it.

  • Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with Full 1080p HD Video (Red)
  • 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 and
  • 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 and
  • Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 32 predefined shooting situations.
  • 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.
  • Lowers noise levels at higher ISO settings.
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon 5097B001
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Canon 5097B001 Final Thoughts

"Photos come out great!"

I like that while I am learning I can rely on the IA mode to take great shots for me. Overall, I'm really impressed with this little Canon 5097B001. I started with a NEX-6 and moved up to an Canon 5097B001. The Canon 5097B001 has many features which are very easy to use and get to. I have yet to use the tripods but I'm excited to give them a try eventually.

Overall Score
4.2


(1299 Points)

7. Canon 2462B001 Quality Point & Shoot Digital Camera

User Ratings: 71 6

Canon 2462B001 First Impressions

"So many features on here."

Let me say from the start, I really like Canon. Better photos than her XR phone. I've researched this Canon 2462B001 A LOT and I only heard great things. I can't wait to try it out at the zoo. The lens adapter works seamlessly with no performance penalty.

  • Canon PowerShot A590IS 8MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (OLD MODEL)
  • Captures images to SD memory cards (not included) , powered by AA batteries
  • New Easy Mode simplifies operation
  • 4x optical image-stabilized zoom
  • 8.0-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 16x 22-inch prints
  • 2.5-inch LCD screen and Face Detection
  • 8.0-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 16x 22-inch prints
  • 4x optical image-stabilized zoom
  • Batteries: 2 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon 2462B001
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Canon 2462B001 Final Thoughts

"Anyway, the point is."

Love the small compact size which will be perfect for traveling. During my search, I discovered that the Canon 2462B001 was about to be released. A duck flying by very quickly skimming the water over Lake Washington. Ergonomics count, especially when you get used to Canon's excellent system--wow! I would like a firmware update to fix that.

Overall Score
4.4


(1085 Points)

8. Nikon 26402 Quality Point & Shoot Digital Camera

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

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)

9. Canon 9779B001 Quality Point & Shoot Digital Camera

User Ratings: 69 5

Canon 9779B001 First Impressions

"God bless you Canon!"

Just ordered my soft box lights. I feel that it takes better pictures than the DSC-HX50. The battery life is outstanding, lasted her whole two week trip with moderate use. Looking forward to seeing how the weight savings impact my hikes and travel. Light, portable and equipped with a good sensor.

  • Canon PowerShot SX530 Digital Camera w/ 50X Optical Zoom - Wi-Fi & NFC Enabled (Black)
  • Powerful 50x Optical Zoom lets you capture the details that make your photography stand out
  • Equipped with built-in Wi Fi and NFC to make wireless sharing of photos between compatible devices easy and convenient
  • Fully compatible with Canon's photo and video storage device: the Canon Connect Station CS100. Focal Length 4.3(W) 215.0(T) millimeter (35 millimeter film equivalent: 24 1200 millimeter). Normal: 2.0 inch (5 centimeter) - infinity (W), 4.3 feet (1.3 meter) infinity (T). Auto/Manual: 0.0 inche (0 centimeter) infinity (W), 4.3 feet (1.3 meter) infinity (T). Macro AF: 0.0 inch 16 feet. (0 50 centimeter) (W)
  • 16.0 Megapixel High Sensitivity CMOS sensor delivers state of the art imaging performance
  • Full HD video at 30p for notably smooth and lifelike quality
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon 9779B001
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Canon 9779B001 Final Thoughts

"The zoom is terrific."

5 seconds to wait for auto focus is not going to kill me. The zoom is incredible as well. No other Quality Point & Shoot Digital Camera of this size is fast and have the quality of this Canon 9779B001. Every thing was fine except I would have liked a better memory card. This camera far exceeded my expectations.

Overall Score
4.4


(681 Points)

10. Canon 2239B001 Quality Point & Shoot Digital Camera

User Ratings: 70 7

Canon 2239B001 First Impressions

"Mostly point and shoot."

After over 10,000 pictures, my Canon 2239B001 operates perfectly in every aspect. Takes great low light & fireworks pictures. This camera also has the best in camera JPEG processing I've ever seen. The zoom is incredible as well. The lens adapter works seamlessly with no performance penalty.

  • Canon PowerShot SD750 7.1MP Digital Elph Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Silver) (OLD MODEL)
  • 7.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 15 x 20-inch prints
  • 3x optical zoom; ISO 1600 and High ISO Auto, 3.0” PureColor LCD
  • DIGIC III Image Processor; Face Detection AF/AE
  • Selectable shooting modes and special scene modes
  • Print/Share button makes direct printing simple
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon 2239B001
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Canon 2239B001 Final Thoughts

"Ease, convenience, speed!"

Meh, life goes on, immediately ordered more batteries off Amazon. This is the must have Quality Point & Shoot Digital Camera for me. With a prime lens, zoom is one less thing you worry about. The burst rate is pretty good, and the image stabilization is superb. Everything about it is solid and satisfying.

Overall Score
4.3


(648 Points)

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