While Smartphones are becoming a threat to the market of cameras nowadays, mid-range and the best point and shoot cameras are still doing well in the market. Currently, there are digital cameras in the market with more megapixels, larger sensors, and numerous connectivity options than there has ever been. Below is a review of the top point and shoot camera to help both professional photographers and the people with a soft spot for photography.
1. Sony RX100
This camera from Sony is unarguably one of the best point and shoot camera in the market. The camera boasts of large sensors and fast Carl Zeiss lenses in addition to features such as strong bodies and lightweight. There are five more versions of the Sony RX100 cameras to choose from, but the original version remains to be the best choice because it gives the same quality of pictures as the newer and extremely expensive versions.
There is no 4K video and pop-up electronic viewfinder on this camera. Despite being crucial features, they do not justify doubling the price of this camera to get them on the other versions.
2. Panasonic Lumix LX10
This camera is one of the top point and shoot and travel camera that is going to serve you for years. The new LX 10 competes with shoot and point cameras from Canon and Sony and does not fall short of any specification. The f/1.4-2.8 lens is the fastest in this review and top-notch low-light performance. Unlike the Sony RX 100 V, this camera can shoot a 4k video and has a touchscreen. Travel photographers and aspiring videographers who want a small set up will not go wrong with this camera. Another reason why this camera is a good choice is the price.
However, there are shortcoming such as the relatively shorter 24-72 mm zoom range if compared to the G7X Mark II. The camera is also slower in comparison to the Sony RX 100 V when shooting is done at 10fps. However, this should not be a big issue for non-professional photography.
3. Canon G7 X Mark II
The Canon camera’s wide range of top class point and shoot features has displaced Sony’s domination of 1’’sensor in the market for several years. Currently, the G7 X is more expensive than the G9 X because of its features and functionality. Its focal length offers more coverage that any Sony RX100, the G9X and the LX10 above. The f/1.8-2.8 lens is very fast, performs well under poor lighting, and features touchscreen functionality.
The main shortcomings on this camera are the lack of an electronic viewfinder and the ability to shoot 4K video. The RX100 III compensates for being as expensive as the G7 X by offering pop-up viewfinder, and the Panasonic LX 10 makes up with a faster lens and 4K video.
4. Sony RX100 V
This is the latest release from Sony, which makes it a point and shoots camera with the most recent technology from the manufacturer. The most impressive and significant features added on this camera include a 350-point phase detection auto-focus and fast shooting up to 24 fps burst rate. These features combine with the electronic viewfinder and 4K video functionality to offer all that professionals need.
The main complaint received regarding this camera is battery life. Also, despite being a good camera, it is very expensive. For example, the Panasonic LX10 has the 4K video functionality and has the very fast lens, but it is much cheaper.
5. Panasonic Lumix FZ1000
If you do not mind a relatively large camera, the Lumix FZ1000 is not going to disappoint you. The camera offers large 1’’ image sensor and can zoom up to 400mm. The 400mm zoom range may not be the largest on the market, but most cameras that offer larger zoom abilities cannot match the FZ1000’s optical quality. Also, the camera can shoot 4K video.
However, size and weight are the two greatest concerns with this camera. The camera weight 29.3 ounces and cannot be put in a pocket. However, the size is still admirable for people attracted to versatility and those who do not want to keep switching multiple lenses to capture images.
6. Fujifilm X100T
No point and shoot camera can compete the Fujifilm X100T for a travel and street photography camera. The extra-large APS-C image sensor is the most impressive feature on this camera beating up to 3 times that of Sony 100 series and even the best from Canon such as G7 X.
However, this camera’s main concern for users is the fixed lens. It performs well in a bad lighting but does not give any zoom. Also, the camera is very expensive for someone who is not investing in photography but just doing it for fun.