Best point and shoot camera


If you're shopping for a point-and-shoot compact camera, you've come to the right place! At Camera Labs I write in-depth reviews of cameras but understand you're busy people who sometimes just want recommendations of the most outstanding products. So here I'll cut to the chase and list the best point-and-shoot cameras around right now.

On this page you'll find the best point-and-shoot compact cameras, from the cheapest models worth having to those aimed at enthusiasts who demand a high degree of control and decent quality. So this page has the broadest range of prices and features of all my buyer's guides, but if you're looking for a great camera that fits in your pocket, you're sure to find it here! I've also included a couple of pocket super-zoom models but if you're really into this type of camera you should check out my dedicated best superzoom camera buyer's guide.

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Panasonic TZ100 / ZS100 review - order at Amazon USA, Adorama, B&H, Amazon UK or Thanks!


The Lumix TZ100 / ZS100 resets the clock on Travel zoom development. Rather than exclusively continue with ever-longer zooms, Panasonic has boldly split the range, leaving the TZ80 / ZS60 to pursue the long zoom market and allowing the new TZ100 / ZS100 to woo photographers willing to sacrifice some reach for improved image quality. So the TZ100 / ZS100 swaps the tiny 1/2.3in sensor of earlier models for a 1in sensor that's roughly four times larger. This means a shorter zoom is necessary to maintain a pocketable body, but impressively Panasonic has still managed to squeeze-in a respectable 10x / 25-250mm range and even an electronic viewfinder too. The market for compacts with 1in sensors may be growing larger by the day, but so far the TZ100 / ZS100 is the only one which boasts anything longer than a 4x zoom in a body that'll still just about squeeze into a pocket. The TZ100 / ZS100's lens may not be as bright as the models with 3 to 4x ranges, but the extra reach of a 10x zoom is very tempting, especially for travel photographers. Throw-in a touch-screen, Wifi and 4k video too (along with Panasonic's innovative 4k Photo modes) and you have a highly compelling compact.

Sony RX100 III review - order at Amazon USA, B&H, Amazon UK or Amazon DE, thanks!

Sony's hugely popular RX100 series may now be on its fifth generation, but since most of the upgrades on the recent Mark IV and V concern extreme slow motion video and ultra-fast burst shooting, I reckon the earlier and more affordable RX100 Mark III remains the best choice for general use. Like the other models in the series, the RX100 III is equipped with a 20 Megapixel 1in sensor that has about four times the area of a typical phone or point-and-shoot camera, allowing it to deliver lower noise and greater tonal range. The lens on the Mark III is the same 24-70mm f1.8-2.8 as the Mark IV and Mark V, delivering a bright and useful range. The major selling point over many rivals is the popup electronic viewfinder, that's surprisingly good. There's also a built-in ND filter, great quality 1080p video, slow motion at 720p, a screen which can angle round to face the subject for selfies, and support for downloadable apps. The RX100 III may now have more competition than ever from the likes of Canon and Panasonic, not to mention Sony itself, but it remains one of the best compacts around. A touch-screen would make it even better, but Sony hasn't even included one on the newer Mark IV and V models. If you don't need the viewfinder, consider the Canon G7X II and if you desire a longer zoom range, go for the Lumix TZ100 / ZS100.

Panasonic TZ80 / ZS60 review - buy it at, Adorama, B&H, Amazon UK or Thanks!


The Lumix TZ80 / ZS60 is a pocket-super-zoom with a 30x optical range, 18 Megapixel sensor, 4k video, touchscreen and built-in electronic viewfinder. Sold alongside the flagship TZ100 / ZS100, the Lumix TZ80 / ZS60 effectively becomes its 'cut-down' sibling, but it is arguably the true successor to the earlier TZ70 / ZS50, while the TZ100 / ZS100 starts a new series with a larger sensor to differentiate it. The TZ80 / ZS60 shares the same 30x / 24-720mm zoom range and electronic viewfinder as its predecessor, but adds 4k video, reinstates the touch-screen of older models and bumps-up the resolution to 18 Megapixels, albeit still with a small sensor. The sensor is arguably too small for the 4k video to really shine above 1080p, but importantly it allows the camera to support Panasonic's 4k Photo modes which really add value and make the Lumix models unique. This and the continued support for RAW, keeps the Lumix TZ80 / ZS60 a classy step-above most rivals, but if your budget is tighter and you don't need 4k video or the built-in viewfinder, consider Canon's PowerShot SX720 HS which extends the zoom range to 40x. Sony's older HX90V is also a good alternative, boasting an EVF, tilting screen and GPS receiver.

Sony HX90V review - buy it from Amazon USA, B&H, Adorama, Amazon UK or Amazon DE. Thanks!


Sony's Cyber-shot HX90V is one of the smallest compacts with a 30x optical zoom. Successor to the popular HX60 and HX50, it shares a similar optical zoom range, but packed into a smaller body. The HX90V delivers an equivalent range of 24-720mm, taking you all the way from respectable wide angle to super-telephoto, although the earlier G-series optics have been upgraded to a new design by Zeiss. Like its big rival, Panasonic's Lumix TZ80 / ZS60, the HX90V features a built-in electronic viewfinder which is popped-out the top of the body for use like the recent RX100 models. Unlike the TZ80 / ZS60 though, the HX90V also sports an articulated (albeit not touch-sensitive) screen which can tilt up to face forward for selfies, along with built-in GPS hardware that's more convenient than syncing a log made with a smartphone. Ultimately, the Lumix takes the lead with 4k video, touch controls and support for RAW, but the HX90V has the GPS, tilting screen and slightly smaller body. Both are great high-end pocket super-zooms, but also consider Canon's SX720 HS which boasts a longer zoom than either at 40x.

Canon SX720 HS review - buy it from, B&H, Adorama, Amazon UK, Amazon DE.Thanks!


Canon's PowerShot SX720 HS is the company's flagship pocket super-zoom camera, boasting nothing less than a 40x optical zoom. It shares the same 20 Megapixel resolution and 1080 / 60p movie mode as its predecessor, the SX710 HS, but extends the optical zoom range from 30x to 40x while maintaining virtually the same body size. The new zoom features a range equivalent to 24-960mm, allowing it to out-gun the 30x / 24-720mm of its arch rival, the Lumix TZ80 / ZS60. In terms of other features, the SX720 HS falls behind the Lumix, lacking a viewfinder, touch-screen, 4k video and RAW recording, but Canon has focused on delivering the longest zoom in the smallest body and in those terms the SX720 HS doesn't disappoint. If it's a long zoom you're looking for, there's nothing to touch it in this form-factor, but if you're happy with a 30x range and can spend a little extra, the Lumix TZ80 / ZS60 comfortably out-features it in every other department.

Canon G9X review - buy it from Amazon USA, B&H, Amazon UK or Amazon DE. Thanks!


Canon's PowerShot G9X is the slimmest traditional compact to feature a 1in sensor - giving it superior quality to most phones and compacts but without compromising its pocketability. Indeed the G9X is almost exactly the same size as Canon's earlier S120, despite sporting a sensor with roughly three times the surface area. As you'd expect for a small body with a larger than average sensor, the zoom range isn't huge - just 3x - but the 28-84mm range still covers most needs while the 5cm macro and f2 aperture at the wide end allow for respectable close-ups and relatively shallow depth-of-field effects. Impressively for its size there's a mode dial with a wealth of shooting options from full Auto to full Manual, while the touch-screen interface presents quick and easy access to all the settings. Indeed the combination of pocket size and the touch-screen makes it one of my favourite compacts around, although compare it closely with the chunkier G7X (Mark I or II) which squeezes-in a longer zoom and a tilting screen, often at a bargain price.

Canon G7X Mark II review - order at, B&H, Adorama, Amazon UK or Amazon DE, thanks!


The PowerShot G7X is Canon's answer to Sony's RX100 series, packing a larger than average 1in sensor into a pocketable body. The G7X Mark II is the latest version, sharing the same 1in sensor and 4.2x / 24-100mm / f1.8-2.8 zoom as its predecessor, but now with an improved grip and a touch-screen that can angle down as well as flipping all the way up to face the subject for selfies, or filming pieces to camera. Behind the scenes the 1in sensor is coupled with Canon's latest DIGIC 7 processor which supports timelapse movies, in-camera RAW processing and improved tracking and subject detection. As before its major rival is Sony's RX100 III with the Canon boasting a longer zoom and touch-screen, while the Sony sports a built-in viewfinder. If you want the same quality in an even smaller body, consider the G9X which may have a shorter zoom and lacks the tilting screen, but measures roughly the same as Canon's S120. Or if you want the same quality but with a longer zoom in a body that's still pocketable, there's Panasonic's Lumix TZ100 / ZS100. The market for 1in compacts is growing steadily, but the G7X Mark II strikes a great balance of features for the money.

Nikon S33 review - buy one at Amazon USA, B&H, Adorama, Amazon UK or Amazon DE. Thanks!


If you're a photographer with kids, you'll understand the desire to equip them with a camera that can survive pretty much anything they throw at it - or drop it into. Waterproof tough models are ideal since they can survive drops, sand, snow or total submersion in liquids, but equally you want one that won't break the bank. Nikon's S33 is the perfect choice, a budget digital camera engineered to survive the trials of childhood - or indeed active adult-hood. Available in a variety of bright colours, this simple-to-use 13 Megapixel / 3x zoom compact is waterproof to a depth of 10 metres, shock-proof to 1.5 metres and you can use it in temperatures down to -10C, so it's good for the piste as well as the pool or the seaside. There are superior tough cameras out there, but none at this price, nor any which can be programmed to bark or tweet when you take a photo. If you'd also like Wifi, look out for its successor, the W100.

Nikon L840 review - order at Amazon USA, B&H, Adorama, Amazon UK or Amazon DE. Thanks!


Nikon's COOLPIX L840 is a DSLR-styled super-zoom camera with a surprisingly powerful feature-set for the money. You get 16 Megapixels, 1080p video, a tilting 3in screen and a 38x optical range equivalent to 22.5-855mm. It's also powered by AA batteries that may increase the weight, but at least a spare set is easy to get hold of. The major update over its best-selling predecessor is the inclusion of Wifi with NFC which makes it an even more compelling proposition, especially for the price. A great super-zoom camera at an entry-level price.

Panasonic Lumix LX100 review - order at Amazon USA, B&H, Amazon UK or Amazon DE!


The Panasonic Lumix LX100 is one of the most powerful compact cameras to date. Forget 1in sensors, Panasonic's squeezed in the larger Four Thirds sensor from the Lumix GX7 along with its big and detailed viewfinder too. Sure the lens specification means only 12 Megapixels of the original 16 are used, but the active area is still larger than a 1in sensor and the spare border allows the camera to cpature at different aspect ratios without cropping. As for the lens, the LX100 sports a 24-75mm zoom with a bright f1.7-2.8 focal ratio and an impressive macro mode than can focus as close as 3cm at wide angle. The AF system is very fast and impressively keeps working at much lower light levels than the competition. And the icing on the cake? The LX100 can film video at 4k resolution and actually lets you grab 8 Megapixel stills from it. The body may be larger than the RX100 III and G7X, and the screen may not tilt nor be touch-sensitive, but it's hard to argue with the powerful specification, especially at increasingly discounted prices.

Sony W830 review - order at Amazon USA, B&H, Amazon UK or Amazon DE, thanks!


Sony's Cyber-shot W830 is one of the lowest-priced point-and-shoot cameras that's worth having. It's a point-and-shoot compact with an 8x optical zoom, 20 Megapixel resolution and 720p video packed into a slim and light body, and offers a step-up from the cheapest compacts on the market while maintaining a double-digit price tag. For this kind of money you won't get Wifi or 1080p video, but the basics are there along with a useful zoom range, panorama mode and in-camera charging. In my book it's the best compact at the sub-100 price tag.

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