Even professional photographers who favor interchangeable lens cameras travel with smaller alternatives. This roundup lists the 5 best point-and-shoot cameras to shoot b-roll, take on vacation, and have in-hand during a party. We selected these cameras based on physical size, image quality, and versatility.
Best Point-And-Shoot Cameras 2019
|Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II||Panasonic LUMIX ZS200||Ricoh GR Ⅲ||Leica C-Lux||Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI|
|Sensor||1″ 20.20 MP||1” 20.1 MP High-Sensitivity MOS Sensor||24.23 MP APS-C sensor (23.5 x 15.6 mm)||1″ 20.2 MP MOS Sensor||1″ 20.1 MP Exmor RS® stacked CMOS sensor|
|Image Processor||DIGIC 7||ZS200 Venus Engine||–||Venus III||BIONZ X|
|Lens||–||15x LEICA DC Vario-Elmar Lens||Integrated 28mm fixed focal length lens||Leica DC Vario-Elmar 8.8-132 mm ASPH lens||24-200mm equivalent F2.8-4.5 zoom lens|
|ISO Range||ISO 125-12,800||ISO 80-25,600||ISO 100-102,400||ISO 80-25,600||ISO 80-12,800|
|Monitor Specs||3″ 1.04 million dot LCD||3″ 2,330K-dot LCD||3″ 1,037,000-dot LCD||3″ 1,240,000-dot LCD||3″ 1,228,800-dot LCD|
|FPS||8 fps||6 fps||4.3 fps||10 fps||24 fps|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||4.15 x 2.40 x 1.65 in.||4.4 x 2.6 x 1.8 in.||4.29 x 2.44 x 1.3 in.||4.45 x 2.64 x 1.81 in.||4.02 x 2.28 x 1.69 in.|
|Weight||11.3 oz.||12.0 oz||9.07 oz||11.99 oz||10.62 oz|
|Image Stabilization||Optical Image Stabilizer||5-axis Hybrid Optical Image Stabilizer||3-Axis Sensor-Shift Shake Reduction (SR)||5-Axis Optical + Electronic Image Stabilization||Optical SteadyShot™ Image stabilization|
|WiFi / Bluetooth®||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
The Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II is an affordable point-and-shoot camera that offers remarkable quality for its size. That said, this is decidedly a no-frills option that does the basics incredibly well. Thanks to its DIGIC 7 image processor and 20.1MP 1″ CMOS sensor, the G7 X Mark II’s enhanced focus and tracking speeds hold up even in low-light shooting situations.
Leica C-Lux Digital Point-And-Shoot Camera
The Leica name is associated with both high quality and (understandably) high prices—the Leica C-Lux is no exception. This model has 4K video recording at 30 fps and an impressive maximum ISO sensitivity of 25600 that rivals some of its larger DSLR counterparts. It also doesn’t hurt that its focal length spans from 24 to 360mm (35 mm equivalent), so you get up close and personal while keeping your distance.
This little camera established itself on our list of the best point-and-shoot cameras with its extra features. The Sony RX100 VI has an incredible 24-200mm f/2.8–f/4.5 ZEISS lens and the world’s fastest hybrid autofocus system. Small F-numbers throughout the zoom range make it easy to achieve fast shutter speeds (24 fps) and lots of gorgeous bokeh. You can find our full video review here.
Are you interested in investing in a camera with a Leica lens but don’t want to spend Leica prices? The Panasonic LUMIX ZS200 is a great option. It offers a 15x LEICA DC Vario-Elmar lens that can capture every scene from wide-angle to telephoto (35mm camera equivalent: 24-360mm). If you’re worried about shaky hands at 15x magnification, never fear. To eliminate jerky shooting, the lens features 5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S.+ in photo and video recording.
Last but not least on our list of the best point-and-shoot cameras is the Ricoh GR III. A brief Google search of the GR III will show you that many consider this a “perfect” point-and-shoot camera. It boasts a 24.23 MP APS-C sensor, a 28mm fixed focal length lens, and 16x magnification that make this camera both responsive and highly versatile. The only (slight) downside is that the Ricoh GR III’s 3” touchscreen is fixed. However, that doesn’t stop this from being a wise investment for new and experienced photographers alike.