24 April 2013 by Permi Krishna
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.