I'm going to try to convince you that if you've got a budget DSLR slung over your shoulder, there's a high likelihood that you'll be better served by a point-and-shoot camera. Weird, right? But hear me out.
For the last few years, Sony's RX100 point-and-shoot camera line has been king of the compact mountain. With the latest version, the RX100 III, Sony aims to build on the previous little powerhouses by zeroing in on the features people want — and eliminating those they don't.
The RX100 was instrumental in forging the high-end point and shoot category of digital cameras when it debuted in 2012. Last year's Mark II version was a minor spec bump, but the new RX100 Mark III has some startling features you'd ever expect from a camera so small.
The Olympus SH-1 seems at first like any other compact point and shoot camera with a long zoom. But it includes a signature feature usually found in the company's interchangable-lens bodies: 5-axis on-sensor image stabilization.
When Fujifilm announced its beautiful pocket camera, the XF1, last year we were genuinely psyched, which made the camera's disappointing handling even more of a bummer. With the XQ1, Fuji has fixed some of the XF1's annoyances and packed in the same hot image sensor that's on the badass X20. Now we're talking.
Sony's expanding its line of snazzy high-end point-and-shoot cameras with yet another formula we haven't seen before. The new RX10 takes the design of the superzoom "bridge" cameras popular with amateurs and juices it with an enthusiast-quality image sensor and dope optics. Like the entire RX-line, the new shooter…
For less than $500 you can't find a tiny camera with the image quality and flexibility of Canon's parade of S-series Powershot cameras. With the S120, the tradition marches on.
Last year, Sony overhauled basically its entire line of cameras from the very bottom to tippiest top. Surprisingly, the most exciting of the bunch weren't mirrorless cameras or DSLRs, but a novel pair of fixed-lens Cyber-shots: The RX100, a point-and-shoot superior to all others, and the RX1, a compact full-frame…
The Canon S110 is the most refined little pocket camera Canon has ever made. The core design of the S110 remains unchanged from previous iterations. But with a little streamlining and some key new features, it's inched one step closer to perfection. Are you looking for the highest quality possible in a small…
Someone in your life still uses a crappy, ancient, point-and-shoot digital camera. Maybe it's you. Maybe it's your mom. And at some point, on some vacation, or some holiday dinner, you're going to get shot with it—the digital equivalent of a FunSaver.
Canon's G1 X is kind of a ridiculous camera. It's a point-and-shoot. But it has a bigger image sensor than most of the mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras out there. And it's $800, so it costs more too.
Canon's S95 was our favorite pocket camera. Um, it's probably not anymore. Meet the S100. What's new? Oh, Canon's first Digic V processor. A wider 24mm zoom lens. A 12-megapixel CMOS sensor (up from a 10MP CCD). 1080p video. And GPS built-in.
Samsung's SH100 isn't the first point-and-shoot to have Wi-Fi, but it makes better use of it than most: You can use Samsung's Galaxy S Android phones as a wireless remote and geotagger for the camera.
Having a camera that knows where you take your pictures is cool, but typically it only works under an open sky. Casio's EXILIM EX-H20G point-and-shoot has a hybrid GPS system that effectively keeps track of you even when you're indoors.
Oh, I've been waiting for this little camera for a long time: A pro-worthy Nikon point-and-shoot. After the bizarre melange of features in Nikon's last flagship camera—uh, ethernet jack?—the P7000 is nakedly all about performance.
Any point-and-shoot can fit in your bag, but not every point-and-shoot can fit in your pants. The super-slim Nikon S8100, however, doesn't sacrifice power for pocketability: it shoots 1080p video; and has 10x optical zoom and 10fps full-res high-speed shooting.
The Nikon Coolpix S80 takes up where the S70 left off: bumping the megapixels up to 14.1 (from 12.1), upgrading the 3.5" touchscreen to OLED, and rounding some corners for a decidedly sleeker (like .7" thick sleek) look.
The PowerShot S90 is our longstanding favorite point-and-shoot, and one of its few shortcomings was that it couldn't do HD video. The updated S95 shoots 720p video and does it in a slightly smaller body.