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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$-400$

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 G16 Digital Camera






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
Release Date
Aug 2013
Aug 2013
Jun 2013
Aug 2013
Jan 2013
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
12.0 Megapixel
12.1 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
12.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
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

  • While the Canon PowerShot G16 is better than the G15 and remains a nice enthusiast compact, its low-light photo quality disappoints for the money.

  • The Canon PowerShot G16 offers an impressive control layout and Wi-Fi, but its underwhelming optical viewfinder disappoints.

  • The price of the Canon PowerShot G16 is an eye-watering £529.00 / $549.99, which makes it more expensive than the class-leading Sony Cyber-shot RX100, itself bested by the RX100 Mark II, albeit at an even higher price-point. Despite the improvements, we still feel that the RX100/RX100 II with its much larger sensor delivers even better results than the G16, making it our choice in the "pocketable compact camera for enthusiasts" sector of the market.

  • The Wi-Fi-equipped Canon PowerShot SX510 HS is a perfectly capable long zoom camera with an affordable sticker price. Images are generally sharp, but show some noise.

  • In amongst all the good news, there are a couple of minor gripes. The chromatic aberration at either end of the zoom range takes the edge off its otherwise excellent image quality, especially as it's something that could be corrected digitally by a new image processor. And while it's nice to see an improvement in the previously mediocre continuous shooting performance, it's still hardly fast in that regard.

  • The Canon PowerShot SX510 HS packs all the features you'd typically expect to see in a bridge camera, but is much smaller than many of its competitors, even though it has built-in Wi-Fi. The reduction in the size of the camera means that the battery is small and therefore doesn't have a particularly long life. There are full manual controls but no RAW shooting, but the lens has a minimum focusing distance of 0cm, so you can get as close as you want to your subject for macro photography.

  • The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II's combination of looks, speed, flexibility, and photo quality makes it a great choice for enthusiasts who can afford the price tag.

  • The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II compact camera offers a few worthwhile upgrades when compared with the original RX100, but comes in at a higher asking price.

  • With the rise of the samrtphone seemingly sounding the death knell for cheap compact cameras, it looks like only premium models like the new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II II will survive their onslaught. Only you can decide if the RX100 II's premium price-tag is simply too high - for us, while it does take the edge off the overall package, the RX100 II is definitely the best compact camera that money can currently buy.

  • If you hate AA batteries, but like inexpensive compacts with manual controls, the 16x zoom Canon PowerShot SX170 IS takes a good photo. Otherwise, seek out its predecessor, the SX160 IS.

  • The Canon PowerShot SX170 IS - build and performance is acceptable given its asking price, so those who have little to spend will find equally little to complain about. Though picture quality is a little so-so for our tastes, at least the camera looks good and feels good in the palm, which at this currently contracting budget end of the market actually counts for quite a lot.

  • Canon Powershot SX170 IS clearly qualifies as a "best buy" for budget conscious shutterbugs who want a lot of bang for their camera buck. The SX170 IS would be an almost ideal choice for a first digital camera, an excellent choice as a primary family camera, and a very good choice for travelers who want an inexpensive, feature rich, dependable, and relatively inexpensive P&S digicam that is capable of producing consistently excellent images. In the past, the SX150 IS's single major shortcoming was poor battery life with OTC alkaline AAs.

  • The Fujifiilm X20 is a great choice for people looking for a well-designed photographer's camera, but the basic feature set and disappointing video might not be for everyone.

  • If your head has been turned by the headline-grabbing X100S, but you really, really want a zoom lens, then the X20 is on hand to more than satisfy your needs. £519 / $599 is admittedly a lot of ask for what is essentially still a compact camera at heart, despite all the fancy trappings, but for us the Fujifilm X20 delivers such a winning combination of old and new that offers so many important improvements over the original model that we can heartily recommend it for new and X10 users alike. Essential!

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    The Fuji X20 is a powerful digicam that gives complete control to the photographer. Its performance and image quality rival that of an entry-level dSLR as does its price tag.

Top 5 point and shoot digital camera:

  1. Canon PowerShot G16 Digital Camera
  2. Canon PowerShot SX510 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera
  3. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Cyber-shot Digital Camera
  4. Canon PowerShot SX170 IS 16.0 MP Digital Camera
  5. Fujifilm X20 Digital Camera