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The 6 Best Point-And-Shoot Cameras - Summer 2022 Reviews

Best Point-And-Shoot Cameras

While the smartphone has become the reigning pocket camera, there's still something to be said about a dedicated camera with buttons and dials you can touch and feel. And while smartphone cameras are becoming more and more capable these days, they're still physically limited by their lenses. That's where the point-and-shoot camera comes in. Whether it's a super-sharp fixed lens or a versatile zoom lens, it'll give you a bit of an edge to take your everyday or travel photos to the next level.

We've bought and tested over 75 cameras, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best compact fixed-lens cameras to buy. These picks were selected not only based on their overall performance but also their feature set and price. If you want something with a bit more oomph that's still portable enough to travel with, check out our picks for the best mirrorless cameras for travel, or the best compact cameras. Alternatively, if you don't mind a bigger camera and want a built-in superzoom lens, take a look at our picks for the best bridge cameras.

  1. Best Point-And-Shoot Camera

    If there's a single point-and-shoot that justifies the continued existence of point-and-shoots, it's the Fujifilm X100V. It's the fifth iteration of Fujifilm's premium compact camera and is made by and for photographers. While it isn't cheap, especially considering you're stuck with the one lens, it brings a lot to the table that you simply don't get with other point-and-shoots. First, its one lens is a beauty, with a wide max aperture and versatile 35mm-equivalent focal length. Inside, the camera also has the same high-res APS-C sensor found in many of Fujifilm's flagship and premium interchangeable-lens cameras, giving it a leg up on most point-and-shoots, which tend to have one-inch or smaller sensors.

    Of course, that bigger sensor also means the camera isn't as compact as other options on this list, but it's still quite portable and is fitted with a proper viewfinder—not just any viewfinder, either. It's a unique hybrid viewfinder that can act as an optical viewfinder to give you a direct view of your subject and surroundings, perfect for street photography. Then, toggle a switch, and you've got an electronic viewfinder that lets you preview settings changes to your image in real-time.

    Wrap it all up in a sleek-looking and sturdy package, and the X100V is a clear winner among point-and-shoot cameras. If you want something more portable and you're not a stickler for shooting with a viewfinder, the Sony RX100 VII is the best travel point-and-shoot camera you can get. Its zoom lens isn't as sharp or fast, and it uses a smaller sensor, but it's more compact and has a simpler control scheme that makes it a bit more accessible than the more photographer-oriented Fujifilm.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Point-And-Shoot Camera

    The Panasonic LUMIX LX100 II is a bit different than other options on this list because it has a unique multi-aspect sensor that lets you change the aspect ratio without affecting the camera's field of view. It's an enthusiast camera through and through, with dedicated exposure dials that give you more manual control. The fixed screen is a bit limiting, but it does encourage you to shoot through the viewfinder, which is larger than most point-and-shoot viewfinders.

    Its built-in lens is also relatively bright, which, along with its larger-than-usual sensor, makes this a great option for low light, though it isn't quite as good as the Fujifilm X100V above. It isn't as versatile or portable as the Sony RX100 VII, which has a much more reliable autofocus system. Still, if you fit the enthusiast niche and prefer to shoot with manual controls, this is a great option for travel or street photography.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Point-And-Shoot Camera

    For those who aren't willing to drop a small fortune just for a point-and-shoot, the Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II offers a good balance of performance and features at a more palatable price. Unlike the Fujifilm X100V, it uses a smaller one-inch sensor, so image quality isn't as good, but it's still a step above most smartphone cameras, and you get a built-in zoom lens for versatile shooting.

    The camera's super portable and even has a little pop-up viewfinder for really sunny days when the screen might be hard to see. It doesn't have the best battery life, but most point-and-shoots are limited in that respect. All in all, it's a great pocket camera for the price, despite having an autofocus system that lags behind higher-end options like the Sony RX100 VII and the X100V.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Point-And-Shoot Camera

    If you're on a budget, the Panasonic LUMIX ZS80 offers a lot of value for its price. You won't get stellar image quality out of this thing, but it's portable, easy to use, and even has a little viewfinder. Battery life is also decent, and it even has 4k video capability, though it's only good if you don't mind heavily cropped footage.

    But the real selling point of this camera is its zoom lens, which ranges from 24 to 720mm (full-frame equivalent). That means you have a ton of flexibility to zoom in on far-away subjects. If you want to save even more money, the Canon PowerShot SX740 fills a similar niche, with an even longer zoom range, though it lacks a viewfinder and may be harder to find in stock.

    See our review

  5. Best Point-And-Shoot Camera For Vlogging

    If you're a vlogger looking to jump from a smartphone to a dedicated camera but still want something portable, the Sony ZV-1 is one of the best point-and-shoot cameras you can get for vlogging. It's compact, lightweight, and designed specifically for vlogging. You've got a dedicated video recording button, a fully articulated screen so you can see yourself, and it even comes with a detachable windscreen for its microphone to help cut down on wind noise when shooting outdoors—features you won't find on a photo-oriented camera like the Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II.

    If that wasn't enough, it's also got Sony's always-reliable autofocus and specialized modes to help with certain kinds of vlogs. Product and beauty vloggers, for instance, can take advantage of its 'Product Showcase' feature, which automatically shifts focus to any objects held up in the frame instead of prioritizing faces. Like most point-and-shoots, battery life isn't the best, especially if you're recording in 4k, but it's tough to beat if you need a compact vlogging camera.

    See our review

  6. Best Point-And-Shoot Camera For Street Photography

    If you're looking for a compact camera for street photography, look no further than the RICOH GR III. It's incredibly portable, unlikely to attract attention, and still fits in an APS-C sensor for high-quality photos. You also still get a few command dials to more easily adjust settings on the fly. While the Fujifilm X100V and the Panasonic LUMIX LX100 II also make for great street cameras thanks to their manual controls and large sensors, the RICOH is tailor-made for street photography, and its pared-down design and small size are hard to beat.

    Its built-in lens has a wide-angle 28mm equivalent focal length that's well-suited to street photos—wide enough to capture busier scenes but versatile enough to capture street portraits. If that's too wide for you, however, RICOH also released a variant called the GR IIIx, which has a 40mm equivalent lens, giving you a more standard field of view that some might find more versatile.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III: The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III is a great option for vlogging, and unlike the Sony ZV-1, it has a built-in YouTube livestreaming feature. However, its autofocus system isn't as effective, and the camera lacks some of the quality-of-life features the Sony has. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Sep 06, 2022: Revamped article with clearer structure and picks to better reflect market conditions and user expectations.

  2. Mar 11, 2022: Ensured all main picks are still available and represent the best option for user needs and expectations.

  3. Feb 04, 2022: Reviewed article for accuracy and clarity.

  4. Jan 06, 2022: Removed the Panasonic LUMIX ZS80. Renamed the Fujifilm X100V as 'Best Point-And-Shoot Camera' and added the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III as an 'Alternative With Livestream Support' to the Sony ZV-1.

  5. Dec 10, 2021: Verified accuracy and availability of picks; no change to recommendations.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best point-and-shoot digital cameras for most people to buy, according to their needs. We factor in the price, feedback from our visitors, and availability (no cameras that are difficult to find or almost out of stock in the U.S.).

If you'd like to choose for yourself, here's the list of all our point-and-shoot camera reviews. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There is no single perfect camera. Personal taste, preference, and shooting habits will matter more in your selection.