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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

Samsung WB800F Digital Camera


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Samsung WB800F
Nikon COOLPIX S9500
Samsung WB250F
Sony DSC-WX80
Samsung EX2F
Samsung WB800F Digital Camera
Nikon Coolpix S9500 Digital Camera
Samsung WB250F Digital Camera
Sony DSC-WX80/B Digital Camera
Samsung EX2F Digital Camera
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Release Date
Feb 2013
Jan 2013
Jan 2013
Jan 2013
Aug 2012
Camera Type
Compact, Standard Point and Shoot
Standard Point and Shoot, Compact
Compact, Standard Point and Shoot
Compact, Standard Point and Shoot
Compact, Standard Point and Shoot
Weight
0.48 lb.
0.45 lb.
0.5 lb.
0.27 lb.
0.65 lb.
Optical Zoom
21.0 x
22.0 x
18.0 x
8.0 x
3.3 x
Resolution
16.0 Megapixel
18.0 Megapixel
14.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
12.4 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
BSI-CMOS
CMOS, BSI-CMOS
CMOS, BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
2.7 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
2.5 mm
7.66 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
9.5 mm

  • A 21x zoom and a wealth of shooting options and wireless features make the Samsung WB800F Smart Camera a fine smartphone accessory.


  • The Samsung WB800F packs a sharp 21x zoom lens and Wi-Fi, but some issues with image and video quality prevent it from getting top marks.


  • As usual, though, the price of the Samsung WB800F is very appealing - an official tag of £249.99 / $299.99, before any shopping around, makes this camera, if not an outright bargain, then certainly cheaper than the rest of the travel-zoom crowd, especially considering the features on offer. Only you can decide if that's all worth sacrificing a little image quality for.


  • With its long lens and compact size, plus extras like built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, the Nikon Coolpix S9500 is a very good point-and-shoot travel companion.


  • Nikon's Coolpix S9500 is a fully loaded pocket camera with a huge zoom range and a sharp lens, but it doesn't quite edge out our Editors' Choice.


  • Ultimately the Nikon Coolpix S9500 offers a versatile zoom lens, good image quality and performance, and enough interesting features to be deserving of your consideration, especially if you don't mind the lack of manual control.


  • For those who want more camera than their smartphone offers without sacrificing the easy sharing, the Samsung WB250F Smart Camera is a good, affordable choice.


  • The Samsung WB250F has a long 18x zoom lens and a top-notch Wi-Fi implementation, but image quality isn't the best we've seen in its class.


  • The Samsung WB250F currently sits just under the £200 mark. That's a little high for a camera of this construction, but the tech makes up for it. From a geek point of view, there's plenty to do with lots of little features and settings to test and play with. From a photographer's point of view, it's a plastic camera with a bad lens and noise at low ISO. If you can look past that, or you don't see what we see, then you'd be perfectly happy with the Samsung WB250F.


  • The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80 is a compact camera that is capable of capturing sharp photos in all types of light, and also includes Wi-Fi.


  • The Sony WX80 is very small, which means that its control buttons and LCD screen are also very small. This will represent a significant drawback with this camera, as anyone with large fingers will struggle to use this camera comfortably. Still, if you don't mind the small size of this model, it's a good option versus others in its sub-$200 price point.


  • Even though it boasts an array of attractive features, a compact body, and a few impressive highlights in our performance testing, the WX80's image quality is ultimately nothing special. While the prospect of having 1080p HD video, an 8x optical zoom, and WiFi connectivity in your pocket for under $200 seems enticing, the reality isn't quite that appealing.


  • The high-end Samsung EX2F point-and-shoot offers up fast lens, a swiveling OLED display, and excellent integrated Wi-Fi.


  • The Samsung EX2F seems to be the best compact option at $500, which used to be the average price in this category. We draw a lot of comparisons to the Sony RX100, but it's easy to forget that model costs $150 more than most of the competition. Of course it remains to be seen how many consumers are willing to pay "only" $500, which is already expensive by compact standards, and pony up the extra 30 percent for the RX100, which is clearly a better camera.


  • The Samsung EX2F is a solid upgrade of the EX1, but 2 years is a long time in the world of digital cameras and the EX2F doesn't quite offer enough to keep up with the competition, despite featuring the world's fastest lens on any compact.