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

1. 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 Wildlife 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)

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

2. Canon PowerShot SX540 HS Digital Camera + 2x 32GB Memory Card + Camera Bag + Flexible Tripod + Repla...

User Ratings: 74 5

PHOTO4LESS Canon PowerShot SX540 First Impressions

"Still five stars!"

Color and white balance is generally good. Auto works well for me once outdoors or in well lit rooms. This camera also has the best in camera JPEG processing I've ever seen. It will take some getting used to. In some reviews this PHOTO4LESS Canon PowerShot SX540 is said to be heavy.

  • Canon PowerShot SX540 HS Digital Camera + 2x 32GB Memory Card + Camera Bag + Flexible Tripod + Replacement Battery & Travel Charger + USB Card Reader + Screen Protectors + Cleaning Cloth + Accessories
  • EXCLUSIVE BUNDLE: This bundle Includes everything you need to start capturing video/images immediately. Easy to use for beginners and Pro alike, and a perfect gift for you or a loved one for all occasions.
  • POWERFULL ZOOM: 50x Optical Zoom (24–1200mm) - You can experience the versatility of this camera's astonishing 50x Optical Zoom. Perfect for Sporting events to Travel highlights, Wildlife to Landscapes.
  • CAMERA FEATURES: 50x Optical Zoom, Intelligent IS(Image Stabilizing), 20.3 Megapixel, 1080p Full HD Video, Large 3.0-inch high-resolution LCD, Built-in Wi-Fi, Hybrid Auto - records 4 second video with each shot.
  • BUNDLE INCLUDES: 2x Transcend 32GB memory card, NB6L replacement battery, Travel car charger for Canon NB-6L battery, Small flexible tripod, Premium camera case, SD card reader, Memory card wallet, LCD screen protectors.
  • SHOP WITH CONFIDENCE - Photo4Less is a CANON AUTHORIZED DEALER, so you can rest assure knowing that your purchase is fully backed by Canon with Photo4less exceptional Customer Service.
  • Batteries: 2 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The PHOTO4LESS Canon PowerShot SX540
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

PHOTO4LESS Canon PowerShot SX540 Final Thoughts

"Anyway, the point is."

Light, portable and equipped with a good sensor. For me the upgrade was worth it as it had things I find extremely useful. Its really the camera to take on day trips. One thing that worries me is the little flap that covers the USB connector. While the 24-70 seems good, I can’t wait for a new PHOTO4LESS Canon PowerShot SX540.

Overall Score
4.5


(100 Points)

3. Canon PowerShot SX540 HS Digital Camera 50x Optical Zoom– Wi-Fi + 64GB Memory Card + Camera Bag + ...

PHOTO4LESS Canon PowerShot SX540 First Impressions

"Pretty cool."

This is the perfect compromise camera for me. The initial charge using the PHOTO4LESS Canon PowerShot SX540 to charge the battery took about 2 hours. Maybe it is for a small POS. It took me a while to figure it out. Mid-afternoon typically required swapping in a charged battery.

  • Canon PowerShot SX540 HS Digital Camera 50x Optical Zoom– Wi-Fi + 64GB Memory Card + Camera Bag + Flexible Tripod + Replacement Battery and Travel Charger + USB Card Reader + Screen Protectors + More
  • EXCLUSIVE BUNDLE: This bundle Includes everything you need to start capturing video/images immediately. Easy to use for beginners and Pro alike, and a perfect gift for you or a loved one for all occasions.
  • POWERFULL ZOOM: 50x Optical Zoom (24–1200mm) - You can experience the versatility of this camera's astonishing 50x Optical Zoom. Perfect for Sporting events to Travel highlights, Wildlife to Landscapes
  • CAMERA FEATURES: 50x Optical Zoom, Intelligent IS(Image Stabilizing), 20.3 Megapixel, 1080p Full HD Video, Large 3.0-inch high-resolution LCD, Built-in Wi-Fi, Hybrid Auto - records 4 second video with each shot.
  • BUNDLE INCLUDES: 2x Sandisk 32GB memory card, NB6L replacement battery, Travel car charger for Canon NB-6L battery, Small flexible tripod, Premium camera case, SD card reader, Memory card wallet, LCD screen protectors.
  • SHOP WITH CONFIDENCE - Photo4Less is a CANON AUTHORIZED DEALER, so you can rest assure knowing that your purchase is fully backed by Canon with Photo4less exceptional Customer Service.
  • Batteries: 2 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The PHOTO4LESS Canon PowerShot SX540
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

PHOTO4LESS Canon PowerShot SX540 Final Thoughts

"It takes great pictures."

Looks amazing and excited to try it. Just ordered my soft box lights. If you receive an error message to turn off and then on remove the lens cap. 5 seconds to wait for auto focus is not going to kill me. The burst rate is pretty good, and the image stabilization is superb.

Overall Score
5.0


(13 Points)

4. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 Digital Camera 15PC Accessory Kit Includes 2 Replacement BLC-12 Batteries,...

User Ratings: 49

SSE DMC-FZ300K First Impressions

"Just kidding."

No other Wildlife Point & Shoot Digital Camera of this size is fast and have the quality of this SSE DMC-FZ300K. Reduced kit by one star since enclosed camera bag is too small for camera. Easy to use, great for simple pictures. Overall, I'm really impressed with this little SSE DMC-FZ300K. Some reviewers have problems with clarity, but I certainly do not.

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 Digital Camera 15PC Accessory Kit Includes 2 Replacement BLC-12 Batteries, AC/DC Rapid Home & Travel Charger, More
  • From outdoor landscapes and wildlife to colorful fabrics and smiling faces, the 12.1 MP 1/2.3" MOS Sensor and the Venus Engine Image Processor deliver bright, vivid image in a wide array of environments.
  • Equipped with a Leica DC Vario-Elmarit Lens 25-600mm (35mm Equivalent), the full-range f/2.8 offers enhanced low light shooting throughout the entire zoom range.
  • Easily capture and monitor pictures and video with the 1.44m-Dot 0.7x OLED Live View Finder with EVF. The rear panel 3.0" 1.04m-Dot Free Angle Touchscreen allows the user to set focus and review photos.
  • This digital camera records detailed 4K UHD Video Recording at 30 fps. Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity enables users to control the camera with an app and transfer photos to tablets or phones.
  • The ISO 6400 image sensor improves color reproduction, resolution, and gradation performance. With 12 fps Burst Shooting and a high-resolution 4K Photo Mode, this camera is designed for a multitude of environments. The 5-Axis HYBRID Optical Image Stabilizer Plus ensures blur-free photos even with one-handed recording.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SSE DMC-FZ300K
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

SSE DMC-FZ300K Final Thoughts

"You will love it!"

In some reviews this SSE DMC-FZ300K is said to be heavy. A duck flying by very quickly skimming the water over Lake Washington. I will update this report once I have used it more. Some people even claim that the SSE DMC-FZ300K rivals medium format quality. I like that while I am learning I can rely on the IA mode to take great shots for me.

Overall Score
4.1


(9 Points)

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

5. Canon PowerShot SX740 HS Digital Camera, Black - Bundle with Camera Case, 16GB SDHC Card, Microfiber...

Canon PowerShot SX740 HS First Impressions

"It was worth importing."

That is the reason I bought this Canon PowerShot SX740 HS. Where this Canon PowerShot SX740 HS really shines though is the video recording oddly enough. Meh, life goes on, immediately ordered more batteries off Amazon. I bought this Wildlife Point & Shoot Digital Camera for a trip I'm taking abroad in February. It’s taken its place as my go to camera, which is what I intended it for.

  • Canon PowerShot SX740 HS Digital Camera, Black - Bundle with Camera Case, 16GB SDHC Card, Microfiber Cloth
  • Canon PowerShot SX740 HS Digital Camera - Wrist Strap WS-800 - Battery Pack NB-13L - Battery Charger CB-2LH - Canon 1 Year Warranty - Camera Case - 16GB SDHC Card - Microfiber Cloth
  • 40x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer - Whether the action is happening right in front of you or far in the distance, the 40x Optical Zoom of the PowerShot SX740 HS has you covered. The camera's Intelligent Image Stabilization technology helps ensure that images and videos can be captured with clear and outstanding quality.
  • The Zoom Framing Assist function - makes it easy to track a moving subject when the zoom lens is fully extended. Simply press and hold the Zoom Framing Assist button and the camera will automatically zoom out to help you locate your subject.
  • Dual Sensing IS - Trust the advanced technology of Dual Sensing IS to deliver reliable image stabilization, even at the furthest reaches of the PowerShot SX740 HS camera's telephoto lens. By helping to correct unwanted shaking from accidental camera or body movement, the PowerShot SX740 HS can produce sharp and clear image
  • ZoomPlus - When the 40x Optical Zoom reach just isn't enough, the PowerShot SX740 HS camera allows you to extend another 40x - for an approx. 80x zoom - without losing resolution thanks to its ZoomPlus option. See and capture things you never thought possible without moving an inch, from travel to concerts, to wildlife and so much more
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon PowerShot SX740 HS
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Canon PowerShot SX740 HS Final Thoughts

"Over all, a good buy."

If you receive an error message to turn off and then on remove the lens cap. The zoom and autofocus makes it easy. You'll be glad you bought this one. It took me a while to figure it out. Some reviewers have problems with clarity, but I certainly do not.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

6. Panasonic LUMIX ZS80, 20.3 Megapixel Digital Camera, 4K Video, 30X Zoom Lens, DC-ZS80K (Black), Bag,...

User Ratings: 53

Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 First Impressions

"Well, this Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 is IT."

If you're a casual photographer, you can't beat this price, get it now. Its small and very comfortable to hold and use, which is great cuz I have small hands. Auto works well for me once outdoors or in well lit rooms. It wont replace a DSLR but it comers pretty close. Mid-afternoon typically required swapping in a charged battery.

  • Panasonic LUMIX ZS80, 20.3 Megapixel Digital Camera, 4K Video, 30X Zoom Lens, DC-ZS80K (Black), Bag, Battery, Dual Charger, Tripod, 64GB SD Card + Case, PC Software Pack, Cleaning Kit, Card Reader
  • KIT INCLDUES: Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 Digital Camera DC-ZS80K (Black) | Battery Pack | AC Adapter | USB Cable | Hand Strap | Slinger Camera Bag | Green Extreme DMW-BLG10 Battery Pack | Green Extreme Dual Smart Charger with LCD Screen | 3Pod Table Top Tripod with Ball Head | SanDisk 64GB Extreme PRO SDXC Memory Card, UHS-I Class 10 U3 V30 | Corel PC Photo Video ART Software Kit | Memory Card Wallet - Holds 12 Cards | ProOptic Complete Optics Care and Cleaning Kit | Multi Card Reader
  • LARGE SENSOR - 1/2.3-inch 20.3MP MOS high-resolution sensor provides improved low- light performance by significantly expanding the incident light angle, ensuring uniform and high picture quality
  • LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR LENS - features an impressively sharp 24mm ultra-wide angle 30x telephoto lens (35mm camera equivalent: 24-720mm)
  • POWER O.I.S. - Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.) effectively compensates for hand shake to minimize blur during telephoto shooting with your LUMIX camera
  • 4K VIDEO - QFHD 4K video in 3840x2160 at 30p; Also via 4K PHOTO Mode to capture fleeting photo opportunities at 30 fps in 8MP as still photos | WARRANTY: Panasonic Authorized Reseller. Includes a Panasonic 1 Year Limited USA Warranty
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 Final Thoughts

"I take it when I travel."

This camera does just what I have wanted, including zoom in video recorder mode. So I went to a camera store and tried out both of them. Overall good camera and value but needs improvements in the hardware. Its small and very comfortable to hold and use, which is great cuz I have small hands. Make sure you format first or it may fry on you.

Overall Score
4.5


(2 Points)

7. Panasonic DMC-ZS100S LUMIX 4K Digital Camera with 20 Megapixel Sensor, WiFi Silver + 64GB Memory Car...

User Ratings: 79

Panasonic DMCZS100S Ritz Camer First Impressions

"The zoom is terrific."

Paired with my smartphone no problem. Only downside is recovery after each shot, however rest of features make up for it. Lastly, the complaints about battery life are totally valid. Fast shipping and everything packaged nicely. Let me say from the start, I really like Panasonic.

  • Panasonic DMC-ZS100S LUMIX 4K Digital Camera with 20 Megapixel Sensor, WiFi Silver + 64GB Memory Card + Battery, Charger + Flash + Tripod + Case + Ritz Gear Cleaning Kit + Accessory Bundle
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Panasonic DMCZS100S Ritz Camer
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Panasonic DMCZS100S Ritz Camer Final Thoughts

"Awesome performance."

The zoom truly is extraordinary! Plus I have various DSLRs and a beautiful Panasonic. This is the perfect compromise camera for me. This is the perfect compromise camera for me. Love that a strap, case and lens cover came with it, among other things.

Overall Score
4.8


(9 Points)

8. Panasonic DC-ZS70K Lumix 20.3MP, 4K Touch 3" LCD, 180 Degree Display, Panasonic Battery/Charger Pack...

User Ratings: 70 15

Panasonic DC-ZS70K First Impressions

"All in my Pelican case."

Some reviewers have problems with clarity, but I certainly do not. Likewise, don't rule out film. Auto works well for me once outdoors or in well lit rooms. Better photos than her XR phone. This is the must have Wildlife Point & Shoot Digital Camera for me.

  • Panasonic DC-ZS70K Lumix 20.3MP, 4K Touch 3" LCD, 180 Degree Display, Panasonic Battery/Charger Pack Bundle
  • 4K VIDEO CAPTURE: Record every journey in up to 3840 x 2160p detail — four times the quality of Full HD
  • IMAGE STABILIZATION: To suppress blurring, 5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S.+ (Optical Image Stabilizer Plus) detects and compensates for five types of movement
  • CLOSE IN ON DETAILS: Its 24mm LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR Lens includes 30x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 24-720mm) to get you in close to everything
  • BUNDLE INCLUDES: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70S 20.3 Megapixel 4K Digital Camera (Silver) / SanDisk Extreme PRO 64GB Memory Card / Digital Compact LED Video Light With Bracket / Panasonic Lumix Battery and External Charger Travel Pack / Focus HDMI to Micro HDMI cable (6 FT) / Swiss Gear - Jasper Medium Camera Case - Black / 12-Inch Spider Tripod
  • PANASONIC Authorized Dealer – Includes USA Manufacturer’s 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

"That is a bargain."

Light, portable and equipped with a good sensor. This camera does just what I have wanted, including zoom in video recorder mode. Easy to use, great for simple pictures. Every thing was fine except I would have liked a better memory card. My old SX700 that was serviceable for years finally gave up and failed.

Overall Score
4.2


(17 Points)

9. Pentax KP Silver Body 24.32 Ultra-Compact Weatherproof DSLR with 3" LCD, (Silver)

User Ratings: 87

Pentax KP Silver Body First Impressions

"Not a fan of that."

Meh, life goes on, immediately ordered more batteries off Amazon. So I went to a camera store and tried out both of them. Takes great low light & fireworks pictures. I can't wait to try it out at the zoo. But overall It is worth to buy and I totally recommend you to buy this bundle.

  • Pentax KP Silver Body 24.32 Ultra-Compact Weatherproof DSLR with 3" LCD, (Silver)
  • 24.3 effective Megapixel APS C AA filter less CMOS sensor with Iso 819200 and pixel shift resolution
  • 5 Axis shake reduction system
  • Pixel shift resolution technology; Uses shake reduction to move the image sensor in single pixel increments, to capture 4 images that are combined into a single, Hi Res image
  • A vertical tilt LCD monitor that facilitates high and low angle shooting
  • Dustproof, weather resistant, -10 DegreeC built in Wi Fi
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Pentax KP Silver Body
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Pentax KP Silver Body Final Thoughts

"God bless you Pentax!"

5 seconds to wait for auto focus is not going to kill me. I don't really see a good excuse for that, wildlife photos may prove nearly impossible. So I went to a camera store and tried out both of them. Great deal on this camera package that includes lots of extras. The package is so small and light I barely notice it has a lens.

Overall Score
4.9


(60 Points)

10. Nikon COOLPIX B500 Digital Camera (Black) Ultimate Starters Kit 32GB

User Ratings: 69

1stClassSavings B500 First Impressions

"Zoom I am still iffy on."

I like that while I am learning I can rely on the IA mode to take great shots for me. With a prime lens, zoom is one less thing you worry about. Lastly, the complaints about battery life are totally valid. Excellent two characteristics in a Wildlife Point & Shoot Digital Camera. Me and my husband have planned a trip to Bahamas.

  • Nikon COOLPIX B500 Digital Camera (Black) Ultimate Starters Kit 32GB
  • This 1st Class Savings Kit Includes:
  • 1- Nikon Coolpix B500 (Black) Camera New w/ all manufacturer supplied accessories
  • 1- AA/AAA Rapid Battery Charger 4- AA Rechargeable Batteries
  • 1- 32GB SDHC High Speed Memory Card 1- Deluxe Carrying Case
  • 1- High Speed Memory Card Reader 1- 3 Piece Camera & Lens Cleaning kit 1- Table Top Flexible Tripod 1- Package of HD LCD Screen Protectors
  • Editor's Impressions Of The 1stClassSavings B500
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

1stClassSavings B500 Final Thoughts

"Not a fan of that."

This camera also has the best in camera JPEG processing I've ever seen. 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. That is the reason I bought this 1stClassSavings B500. I like everything about the camera.

Overall Score
4.7


(3 Points)

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