Updated on 2 August 2013 by

Whether on vacation, or at a party, or at the park with your kids, the best standard point-and-shoot cameras make it easy to capture the most memorable moments at the press of a shutter button.

The best point and shoot cameras offer an entire spectrum of options from megapixel counts, optical zoom ranges to more advanced features such as face detection and image stabilization. But all the models are geared towards simplicity for the new user offering the best in autofocussing(AF) options and easy to use interfaces.

Some of the main types of standard point and shoots these days are:

Basic point and shoot
Typically in the range of $100-$200 like for eg the Sony Cybershot W350, the basic model is basically a go-everywhere pocket camera which you flip out and start clicking pictures with.

Advanced point and shoot
For eg the acclaimed Canon Powershot G12 , these advanced cameras offer a few manual options and superior image quality. Also offer wider apertures for greater depth of field and advanced features such as face detection. Normally priced around 300$-400$

Megazooms
The ultra-zoom models feature optical zoom lenses in the range of 24-30x like for eg the Canon S series. They are versatile and coupled with powerful zooms and advanced image stabilization options, they offer bang for the buck as well. Powerful megazooms are priced from sub-$250 right up to $500 offering sophisticated image stabilization and bigger sensor size etc.


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Canon PowerShot G16
Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
Canon PowerShot SX170 IS
Fujifilm X20
Canon PowerShot G16 Digital Camera
Canon PowerShot SX510 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Cyber-shot Digital Camera
Canon PowerShot SX170 IS 16.0 MP Digital Camera
Fujifilm X20 Digital Camera
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Camera Type
Standard Point and Shoot, Compact
Standard Point and Shoot, Compact
Standard Point and Shoot, Large sensor compact
Standard Point and Shoot, Compact
Standard Point and Shoot, Compact
Optical Zoom
5.0 x
30.0 x
3.6 x
16.0 x
4.0 x
Resolution
12.0 Megapixel
12.1 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
12.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS, BSI-CMOS
CMOS
Exmor R CMOS, CMOS
CCD
X-Trans CMOS, CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
2.8 in.
Image Sensor Size
1.97 mm
7.66 mm
13.23 mm
2.5 mm
3.6 mm
Average Rating
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