Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired The Best Point-and-Shoot Cameras

Hexbyte Tech News Wired The Best Point-and-Shoot Cameras

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Ditch the DSLR and say “sayonara, smartphone” with these awesome compact cameras.
Smartphones may be the most popular picture-takers in the world, but dedicated cameras still have a ton of advantages. A pocketable point-and-shoot gives you features like optical zoom, better image stabilization, a bigger sensor for sharper photos, and way nicer dials and controls. If you love photography, get yourself a point-and-shoot camera. Don’t wait for the next family outing or the trip after this summer’s European excursion—treat yourself to a real camera and start capturing memories. No matter if your images end up printed and framed, or reeling in scores of likes on Insta (yes, you can still share your photos there), this selection of cameras will up your photo game in a way that portrait mode or studio lighting on a fancy new phone simply can’t.


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Best Overall

Canon

PowerShot G7 X Mark II

This Canon sits right in the sweet spot for price, features, and image quality. At $650, it’s relatively affordable too. The G7 X captures detailed images thanks to a big 1-inch sensor, optical stabilization, and 4.2x zoom. The tilting touchscreen and built-in Wi-Fi increase its utility. I appreciate the wide selection of controls given the compact size—Canon found room for an exposure compensation dial, as well as a big front dial around the lens. Even though it’s easily stuffed into a pocket, this petite device sports a comfy, confidence-inspiring rubber front grip and rear thumbrest that make it satisfying to hold.

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Affordable Fave

Sony

Cyber-shot RX100

Need the basics? This tried-and-true Sony model, though several years old, is still a gem—especially since the price keeps dipping every time Sony releases newer versions. For as low as $370, you can scoop up this premium compact, which comes standard with a 3.6x optical zoom lens. It doesn’t have the modern amenities—it lacks both touch input and Wi-Fi—but the money you save by going for this slick Sony means you’ll have more dough left over for extra batteries, straps, SD cards, and cases for toting it into the wild.

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