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
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  • Ease Of Use
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  • 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
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  • Value For Money
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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. Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS 10.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom 28mm ...

User Ratings: 56 8

Canon 6166B001 First Impressions

"It's solid."

Takes great low light & fireworks pictures. I’m now wading through the manual before heading out to shoot photos. I'm still playing around with it. I'm still playing around with it. In fact, the very first photo I took was indoors of my wife.

  • Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS 10.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle Lens and 1080p Full HD Video Recording (Silver)
  • 10.1 effective megapixel, 1/2.3-inch high-sensitivity CMOS sensor
  • 3-inch TFT PureColor system LCD with wide-viewing angle
  • DIGIC 5 Image Processor
  • Full 1080p HD video with stereo sound and dedicated movie button
  • 28mm wide-angle lens (12x optical zoom, approx. 4x digital zoom and 48x combined zoom) with optical image stabilizer
  • World's thinnest camera with a 12x Optical Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle lens with Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Canon's HS SYSTEM with a 10.1 MP CMOS Sensor with DIGIC 5 Image Processor (up to 3200 ISO)
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon 6166B001
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Canon 6166B001 Final Thoughts

"Has a big LCD display."

I wanted something to capture my kids activities. If you receive an error message to turn off and then on remove the lens cap. One thing that worries me is the little flap that covers the USB connector. With a prime lens, zoom is one less thing you worry about. It took me a while to figure it out.

Overall Score
4.1


(415 Points)

7. Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 16X Long Zoom Digital Camera (Black) with 32GB Deluxe Accessory Bundle

User Ratings: 84

Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions

"Awesome performance."

I haven't tried the macro shots yet, but will update this review when I get too. Better photos than her XR phone. The battery life is outstanding, lasted her whole two week trip with moderate use. Make sure you format first or it may fry on you. One thing that worries me is the little flap that covers the USB connector.

  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 16X Long Zoom Digital Camera (Black) with 32GB Deluxe Accessory Bundle
  • BUNDLE INCLUDES: Panasonic LUMIX FZ1000 4K QFHD/HD 16x Long Zoom Digital Camera with SanDisk 32GB Extreme PRO SDHC UHS-I Memory Card, Wasabi Power Replacement Battery for Panasonic DMW-BLC12, Focus Camera Accessory Kit for Camcorders, Corel Deluxe Photo Software Kit and Focus Flexible 12-inch Spider Tripod
  • EXPRESS YOURSELF WITH LUMIX FX1000: The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 16x Long Zoom Digital Camera (Black) allows you to take stunning HD videos and 4K video capture. For even greater versatility, switch to manual operation in creative video mode and dramatic slow motion in full-HD 120 fps video, the recording format is 30p. The DMC-FZ1000 offers a true Hybrid Photography that anyone can use
  • LARGE SENSOR: The incorporated 1-inch 20.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor improves the S/N ratio, enabling capture of clear images with minimum noise even when shot at ISO12800 / Extended ISO25600
  • LEICA LENS: The LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens is created especially for the FZ1000. It has an F2.8-4.0 brightness that resists blurring even with telephoto shots, and an angle of view that extends from 25mm wide-angle to 16x optical zoom
  • PANASONIC AUTHORIZED DEALER: Includes USA Manufacturer’s Warranty
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Panasonic DMC-FZ1000
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 Final Thoughts

"Black looks black."

During my search, I discovered that the Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 was about to be released. Excellent quality photos too. The Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 has many features which are very easy to use and get to. I was pretty skeptical buying another point and shoot. The Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 is small and fast.

Overall Score
4.8


(31 Points)

8. Sigma DP0 Quattro Compact Digital Camera

User Ratings: 57

Sigma C83900 First Impressions

"Love this little Sigma C83900!"

That is the reason I bought this Sigma C83900. Excellent two characteristics in a Wildlife Point & Shoot Digital Camera. Light, portable and equipped with a good sensor. Not to mention it worked great as a Wildlife Point & Shoot Digital Camera too. I haven't tried the macro shots yet, but will update this review when I get too.

  • Sigma DP0 Quattro Compact Digital Camera
  • The dp0 is the fourth camera in the new Quattro series to be released, with the dp1, dp2 currently available and the dp3 Quattro to follow
  • The dp0 is stocked with a fixed and newly designed 14mm F4 wide-angle lens designed specifically and lined up perfectly with its new Foveon X3 Quattro sensor to create exceptional images
  • The new Foveon X3 Quattro offers an even higher level of image purity with an increase in resolution to the previous Foveon sensor, sure to bring about new experiences in your photography
  • Batteries: C batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sigma C83900
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Sigma C83900 Final Thoughts

"Screen works well."

If the battery does run low, you can pop in normal alkaline. After over 10,000 pictures, my Sigma C83900 operates perfectly in every aspect. Takes great low light & fireworks pictures. I was pretty skeptical buying another point and shoot. The recommended solution is to send in the camera for cleaning.

Overall Score
4.4


(21 Points)

9. Canon PowerShot SX600 HS 16MP Digital Camera (Black)

User Ratings: 60 4

Canon 9340B001 First Impressions

"All on Auto."

So I went to a camera store and tried out both of them. Ergonomics count, especially when you get used to Canon's excellent system--wow! Not to mention it worked great as a Wildlife Point & Shoot Digital Camera too. I don't really see a good excuse for that, wildlife photos may prove nearly impossible. If you want to take bird pictures.

  • Canon PowerShot SX600 HS 16MP Digital Camera (Black)
  • 16.0 Megapixel High Sensitivity CMOS sensor combined with the DIGIC 4+ Image Processor creates the Canon HS SYSTEM, which helps provide excellent lowlight performance.
  • 18x Optical Zoom (25-450mm) helps ensure outstanding optical performance and versatility.
  • Creative Shot mode uses composition, color and lighting from your original image to create unique images with an artistic flair.
  • Capture stunning 1080p Full HD video with a dedicated movie button.
  • Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper camera settings based on 32 predefined shooting situations.
  • Batteries: Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon 9340B001
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Canon 9340B001 Final Thoughts

"Very worth the buy."

What a really unique camera. It’s taken its place as my go to camera, which is what I intended it for. Takes great low light & fireworks pictures. My old SX700 that was serviceable for years finally gave up and failed. I just love how easy it is to get good looking shots.

Overall Score
4.3


(365 Points)

10. Sony DSCWX500/B Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black)

User Ratings: 66 7

Sony DSCWX500/B First Impressions

"Awesome pics!"

I get great photos, and it does not take long to import them to my laptop. The Sony DSCWX500/B has many features which are very easy to use and get to. The battery life is outstanding, lasted her whole two week trip with moderate use. After taking a photo, it would not focus or operate, or so it seemed. The zoom is incredible as well.

  • Sony DSCWX500/B Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black)
  • 30x Optical/60x Clear Image Zoom ZEISS (Trademarked) Vario-Sonnar T* Lens. Playback Functions: Beauty Effect, BRAVIA Sync(Control for HDMI), 9/25-frame index view, Slideshow, Forward/Rewind (Movie), Delete, Protect, Motion Shot Video, TRILUMINOS Color*13, 4K image output.
  • 18.2MP Exmor R (Trademarked) CMOS Sensor for superb low light images
  • Versatile video w/ high-quality XAVC S (Trademarked), AVCHD & MP4 formats
  • Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi (Trademarked) w/ NFC
  • In the box: Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-BX1), AC Adaptor (AC-UB10C / UB10D), Micro USB cable, Wrist Strap, Instruction Manual
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sony DSCWX500/B
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Sony DSCWX500/B Final Thoughts

"Great clarity."

If you want to take bird pictures. Lastly, the complaints about battery life are totally valid. They make it look like I know what I'm doing. I bought this camera right before I went on vacation to Hawaii. While the 24-70 seems good, I can’t wait for a new Sony DSCWX500/B.

Overall Score
4.2


(110 Points)

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