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Best Point-and-Shoot Digital Cameras

What are the best point and shoot digital cameras? There are many excellent models available so choosing one that is right for you can be a major headache. But it shouldn't be.

One could argue that if you could afford it, then spend a fortune buying the 'bestest of the best' digital camera and use it on the Auto mode all the time. The problem with this reasoning is that many 'prosumer' digital cameras give worse results in Auto mode than some of the best point and shoot digital cameras. This is because the more advanced digital cameras give you more options and expect you to set these yourself. A point-and-shoot digital camera has most of these options defaulted so as to give you the best results in most of the common picture-taking situations.

A good point and shoot digital camera will take good pictures in Auto mode in most situations. No need to set shutter speed or aperture; white balance is automatic, thus saving you from having to figure out how to set color balance indoors vs. outdoors; and even film speed is automatically adjusted to ensure proper exposure in low-light situations.

The following digital cameras are for those who desire a point and shoot digital camera. Our list of the best point and shoot digital cameras is by no means complete, and we plan to add to/update it as new models come along. Click on a camera to view its QuickFact™ Sheet. A separate window will open to make it easier to navigate back and forth.

So, let this page be the starting point of your research. Read the QuickFact™ Sheet of each camera for more information and our Buyer's Guide to help you narrow down your choice (Warning: some elbow grease required).


 



Canon PowerShot SD550 Digital ELPH

7.1 megapixels
3x optical zoom
more...

89.5W × 57.0H ×27.4D mm /
3.52W × 2.24H × 1.08D in.

170 g / 6 oz.

MSRP: US$499.95


Canon PowerShot SD30

 



Canon PowerShot SD30

5.0 megapixels
2.4x optical zoom
more...

96.1W × 45.1H ×23.9D mm /
3.78W × 1.78H × 0.94D in.

105g / 3.7 oz.

 


 



Canon PowerShot A400

3.2 megapixels
2.2x optical zoom
more...

107 (W) x 53.4 (H) x 36.8 (D) mm /
4.2 (W) x 2.1 (H) x 1.4 (D) in.

165 g / 5.8 oz.

MSRP: US$179.99 / CAD$350

 


View the QuickFact Sheet for the Fujifilm FinePix F50fd



Fuji FinePix F50fd

12.0 megapixels
3.0x optical zoom
more...

92.5W × 59.2H × 22.9D mm /
3.6W × 2.3H × 0.9D in.

155 g / 5.4 oz.

 




Fuji FinePix F480

8.2 megapixels
4.0x optical zoom
more...

95.6W × 55.4H × 23.0D mm /
3.8W × 2.2H × 0.9D in.

140 g / 4.9 oz

 



Kodak EasyShare LS753 Zoom

5.0 megapixels
2.8x optical zoom
more...

108 (W) x 49 (H) x 30 (D) mm /
4.3 (W) x 1.9 (H) x 1.2 (D) in.

165g / 5.8 oz

MSRP: US$399.95

 



Leica D-Lux

3.2 megapixels
3x optical zoom
more...

121 (W) x 52 (H) x 34 (D) mm

180 g

MSRP: US$

 



Minolta DiMAGE Xg

3.2 megapixels
3x optical zoom
more...

85.5 (W) x 67 (H) x 20 (D) mm /
3.37 (W) x 2.64 (H) x 0.79 (D) in.

120 g / 4.3 oz.

MSRP: US$



Nikon Coolpix 5200

5.1 megapixels
3x optical zoom
more...

88 (W) x 50 (H) x 36.5 (D) mm /
3.5 (W) x 2 (H) x 1.4 (D) in.

155 g / 5.5 oz

MSRP: US$499.95

 



Nikon Coolpix 4800

4.0 megapixels
8.3x optical zoom
more...

106W x 66H x 54D mm /
4.2W x 2.6H x 2.2D in.

255 g / 9 oz.

 



Nikon Coolpix 3700

3.2 megapixels
3x optical zoom
more...

95.5W x 50H x 31D mm /
3.8W x 2.0H x 1.2D in.

130 g / 4.6 oz.

MSRP: US$399.95

 



Nikon Coolpix 4100

4.0 megapixels
3x optical zoom
more...

88 (W) x 65 (H) x 38 (D) /
3.5 (W) x 2.6 (H) x 1.5 (D) in.

140g / 4.9 oz.

MSRP: US$299.95

 



Olympus Stylus 410 Digital

4.0 megapixels
3x optical zoom
more...

99 (W) x 56 (H) x 33.5 (D) mm /
3.9 (W) x 2.2 (H) x 1.3 (D) in.

159 g / 5.6 oz.

MSRP: US$399.99 / CAD$499.95

 



Olympus Stylus Verve Digital

4.0 megapixels
zx optical zoom
more...

95 (W) x 55.5 (H) x 27.5 (D) mm /
3.74 (W) x 2.18 (H) x 1.08 (D) in.

115 g / 3.7 oz.

MSRP: US$349.99 / CAD$469.95 / UK£249

 



Olympus D-395 Digital

3.2 megapixels
No optical zoom
more...

110 (W) x 62 (H) x 37.5 (D) mm /
4.3 (W) x 2.4 (H) x 1.5 (D) in.

154 g / 5.4 oz.

MSRP: US$149 / CAD$199.95

 



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5

5.0 megapixels
Leica 12x optical zoom with image stabilization
more...

108W x 68.4H x 84.8D mm /
4.25W x 2.69H x 3.34D in.

326 g / 0.72 lbs

 

View the QuickFact Sheet for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30

- 7.2 MP (1/2.5-inch CCD)
- 3.6x optical zoom with image stabilization
- 28–100 mm f/2.8(W)–f/5.6(T)
- 2.5-in. LCD monitor (207K)
- Movie 640 x 480 (30 fps)
more...

94.9W x 51.9H x 22.0D mm /
3.74W x 2.04H x 0.87D in.

132 g / 0.29 lb

 



Pentax Optio S4

3.2 megapixels
3x optical zoom
more...

83 (W) x 52 (H) x 20 (D) mm /
3.3 (W) x 2.0 (H) x 0.8 (D) in.

115 g / 4.1 oz. (with battery and SD memory card)

MSRP: US$399.99

 

View the QuickFact Sheet for the Sony DSC-W55 Cyber-shot


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Sony DSC-W55 Cyber-shot

7.2 megapixels
3x optical zoom (38 - 114 mm)
2.5-in. LCD (115K)
Auto, P, Scene Modes
more...

89W x 57H x 23D mm /
3 1/2W x 2 1/4H x 7/8D in.

116g / 4.2 oz.

 

View the QuickFact Sheet for the Sony DSC-W35 Cyber-shot


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Sony DSC-W35 Cyber-shot

7.2 megapixels
3x optical zoom (38 - 114 mm)
2.0-in. LCD (85K)
Auto, P, Scene Modes
more...

89W x 57H x 23D mm /
3 1/2W x 2 1/4H x 7/8D in.

116g / 4.2 oz.

 

View the QuickFact Sheet for the Sony DSC-S700 Cyber-shot



Sony DSC-S700 Cyber-shot

7.2 megapixels
3x optical zoom (35 - 105 mm)
2.4-in. LCD (112K)
Auto, P, Scene Modes
more...

91W x 61H x 26.5D mm /
3-9/16W x 2-3/8H x 1-1/16D in.

149g / 5.3 oz

 

View the QuickFact Sheet for the Sony DSC-S650 Cyber-shot



Sony DSC-S650 Cyber-shot

7.2 megapixels
3x optical zoom (35 - 105 mm)
2.0-in. LCD (115K)
Auto, P, Scene Modes
more...

91W x 61H x 26.5D mm /
3-9/16W x 2-3/8H x 1-1/16D in.

130g / 4.6 oz

 

Not sure which one to buy? Want a digital camera that gives you a bit more control? Check out our Buyer's Guide.

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