Looking for a high quality, reliable camera, that’s a step-up from your smartphone, but won’t break the bank?
You’ve come to the right place.
In the next 3 minutes, I’m going to run through our picks for 2018’s best point and shoot cameras.
Bonus: They are all available for under $200.
Let’s get started!
#1 Sony W800/S
Sony make some great cameras at this price point, and the W800/S is no exception.
It’s simple to operate, takes good quality stills (up to 20MP), and can also capture HD video (720p).
Optical zoom isn’t the most powerful (you’ll get 5x), but we were impressed with the SteadyShot image stabilization.
There’s also a 10x digital zoom, but we would advise sticking with the optical zoom unless you REALLY need to get close. You can always blow up an image in your photo editor of choice when you get home.
And by the way, that’s our advice with most digital zooms. They get very noisy very quickly.
All in all, a very nice little camera. Even better, it’s normally available for under $100.
#2 Canon PowerShot ELPH 190
Need more optical zoom?
Then the Canon PowerShop ELPH 190 is a good choice.
You’ll get a 10x optical zoom, and again you’ll get solid, in-built image stabilization.
And while photo and video resolutions are the same as the Sony 800/S (20MP / 720P), the Canon packs in a few extra features that make it a better all round camera.
If nothing else, the in-built Wi-Fi (an impressive feature for a camera at this price point), makes it a little more desirable.
The good news?
While it is slightly more expensive than the Sony, it’s generally available for under $150.
Which makes the PowerShop ELPH 190 one of the best value point and shoot cameras on our list.
#3 Canon PowerShot SX620
Another Canon (yes, I’m a Canon fan), and this time it comes packing a whopping 25x optical zoom.
That’s pretty much as good as you’ll get zoom wise in a point and shoot camera. If you need more than that (you almost certainly don’t), then you’re looking at stepping up to a bridge camera, and that takes you into a different price bracket.
You’ll be getting closer to the $200 mark here, but if you have the budget then it’s worth spending the extra dollars.
Aside from the impressive zoom, you’ll get image stabilization, built in Wi-Fi, a 20.2MP sensor, and 1080P HD video. We also found that the SX620’s CMOS sensor performed better than the W800/S and ELPH 190 in low light conditions.
All in all, a great little point and shoot camera that will handle most scenes admirably.
#4 Nikon Coolpix B500
Ok, we’re going to cheat a little here.
You know how we mentioned above that for more zoom you’ll need a bridge camera?
And how we also mentioned that bridge cameras are a little more expensive?
Well, the Nikon Coolpix B500 is actually a bridge camera. And yes, it’s a little more than $200 (but not much more).
However we thought it was worth a mention on our list. Why? Because, the 3 point and shoot cameras we’ve detailed above are the best availlable in 2018, and cover a range of price points and features.
If you want a strictly point and shoot camera, go for the W800/S, the ELPH 190, or the SX620. They are all great cameras.
But if you want a little more oomh, then the Nikon Coolpix B500 is an excellent bridge camera, at a frankly excellent price.
- 40x optical zoom
- A Nikkor f/3.0-6.5mm lens (seriously good)
- A 16MP CMOS sensor
- Full HD (1080p) video
- Built in bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and NFC
- 7.4fps continuous shooting
- Remote control via smartphone or tablet
And you’ll normally get it all for under $300.
That’s it for our guide to the best point and shoot cameras under $200.
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