Updated on 15 September 2013 by

The best point and shoot cameras for beginners are the basic models with simple and easy-to-use features. The below listed top-rated cameras include ultra-zoom and rugged cameras. These compact cameras can capture images of up to 18 Megapixel resolution and Full HD videos. Available from brands like Canon, Nikon and Panasonic under the Powershot, Coolpix and Lumix product lines, the camera can be affordable under the $300 product line.


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Samsung WB800F
Nikon COOLPIX S9500
Samsung WB250F
Sony DSC-WX80
Samsung WB800F Digital Camera
Nikon Coolpix S9500 Digital Camera
Samsung WB250F Digital Camera
Sony DSC-WX80/B Digital Camera
$250 - $311
$285 - $330
$100 - $144
$200 - $259
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Release Date
Feb 2013
Jan 2013
Jan 2013
Jan 2013
Camera Type
Compact, Standard Point and Shoot
Standard Point and Shoot, Compact
Compact, Standard Point and Shoot
Compact, Standard Point and Shoot
Optical Zoom
21.0 x
22.0 x
18.0 x
8.0 x
Resolution
16.0 Megapixel
18.0 Megapixel
14.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
BSI-CMOS
CMOS, BSI-CMOS
CMOS, BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
2.7 in.
Image Sensor Size
2.5 mm
7.66 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
Average Rating
 4.0 stars
 3.8 stars
 3.7 stars
 3.9 stars