Updated on 2 August 2013 by

Most point and shoot cameras work well in a bright lighting environment like outdoors under the sun light, and also support flash for obtaining better quality pictures. But in the locations like streets and playgrounds, or even in your home during night times - in the low lighting environments, the flash wouldn't be of the precise use for the situation. Take a look at the necessary features of the best point and shoot cameras for low lighting environments.

The best low light cameras should essentially have bigger sensor size, support for higher ISO setting and have wider aperture to let more light to fall on the sensor. But the point shoot cameras are generally very compact unlike DSLRs, and do not support manual controls for setting desired f-number (aperture) or ISO value. Hence it could be a great option to buy a point and shoot camera with larger sensor size and lesser f-number (wider aperture for brighter lens). And a helpful tip could also be the turning off your flash during low lighting environments to avoid grainy images.

Our list of best point and shoot cameras for low light support ISO number of at least 1000 and sensor size of at least 10 mm and range up to 43.3 mm.


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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1
Fujifilm XF1
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100
Sigma DP2 Merrill
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Cyber-shot Digital Camera
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Full-frame Digital Camera
Fujifilm XF1 Digital Camera
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Digital Camera
Sigma DP2 Merrill Digital Camera
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Release Date
Jun 2013
Sep 2012
Sep 2012
Jun 2012
Jun 2012
Camera Type
Standard Point and Shoot, Large sensor compact
Compact, Standard Point and Shoot
Compact, Standard Point and Shoot
Compact, Standard Point and Shoot
Compact, Standard Point and Shoot
Image Sensor Size
13.23 mm
15.86 mm
11.0 mm
25.4 mm
28.2 mm
Max. ISO Speed
25600.0
6400.0
12800.0
6400.0
6400.0
Optical Zoom
3.6 x
1.0 x
4.0 x
3.6 x
Resolution
20.0 Megapixel
24.3 Megapixel
12.0 Megapixel
20.2 Megapixel
46.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
Exmor R CMOS, CMOS
CMOS
EXR CMOS
Exmor R CMOS
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Average Rating
 4.2 stars
 4.3 stars
 3.8 stars
 4.3 stars
 4.0 stars

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