Best Point-and-Shoot Cameras 2014

Best Point-and-Shoot Cameras 2014

Despite smartphone cameras challenging the low end of the point-and-shoot camera market, 2014 should be a strong year for mid-range and high-end point-and-shoots. These compact cameras have large sensors, more megapixels, and an array of features and connectivity options. For those who want far better image quality than a smartphone in small package, below are our picks for the best point-and-shoot cameras of 2014.
 
 

Best High-End Point-and-Shoots

The Sony RX100 II is one the best point-and-shoot ever made—it’s what many professionals and enthusiasts will use when they can’t carry larger set-ups. The camera has an extra large sensor that produces high-quality 20.2 megapixel images, a fast Carl Zeiss lens, manual settings, RAW capability, and a lightweight durable body. The original Sony RX100, also a terrific camera but with fewer features, is now available at a discount.
Megapixels: 20.2
Sensor Size: 116 sq. mm
Zoom: 3.6x
Weight: 9.9 oz.
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The Canon PowerShot G16 is one of the top advanced performance point-and-shoots on the market. The lens is impressive with a maximum aperture of f/1.8, and the camera comes with features like Full HD 1080p movie capability, an optical viewfinder, in-camera HDR and panorama modes, and a number of manual controls. Given its image quality and features, the Canon PowerShot G16 is pocketable (to achieve this, Canon went without a flip-out screen that was on previous models like the G12). 
Megapixels: 12.1
Sensor Size: 41 sq. mm
Zoom: 5x
Weight: 12.4 oz.
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For travel and street photography, the Fujifilm X20 can go head-to-head with just about any compact camera (the Sony RX-100 II above might be an exception). With a large sensor, fast and accurate autofocus, an optical viewfinder, and RAW capability, the images produced by the FujiFilm X20 are superb for a point-and-shoot. A strength of the camera is its fast 28-112mm zoom lens, which helps bring to life scenes without optimal light. And like all Fujifilm cameras, a big draw of the X20 is its retro look and feel. 
Megapixels: 12
Sensor Size: 58 sq. mm
Zoom: 4x
Weight: 12.5 oz.
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Best Mid-Range Point-and-Shoots

Canon's popular S90–S120 models have set the standard for their class of performance point-and-shoots. The new Canon S120, released in October of 2013, combines high photo quality (the camera has an large sensor, manual controls, and RAW capability) with a simple and sturdy camera body that fits in your pocket. It isn’t the most feature-packed point-and-shoot, but the Canon S120 performs well across the board with no discernable weaknesses.
Sensor Size: 41 sq. mm
Megapixels: 12.1
Zoom: 5x
Weight: 7 oz.
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The Panasonic Lumix LX7 is a favorite among photography enthusiasts and a great value at under $300. Boasting a high-quality Leica lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.4, the LX7 has the best low-light performance of any point-and-shoot camera on this list. In addition, the Lumix LX7 shoots fast (up to 11 frames per second), has Full HD 1080P video capability, in-camera HDR, and a handy manual aperture ring. At under $300, the LX7 currently is a steal.
Megapixels: 10.1
Sensor Size: 41 sq. mm
Zoom: 3.8x
Weight: 10.5 ounces
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Best Budget Point-and-Shoots

The Canon PowerShot SX260 is a favorite among consumers with a 20x digital zoom, Full 1080p HD video capability (a rarity for a budget camera), and image stabilization, among other features. In most conditions, the Canon SX260 outperforms its price range and will produce high quality images. And at only 8.2 ounces, this compact travel zoom easily fits in your pocket.
Megapixels: 12.1
Sensor Size: 28 sq. mm
Zoom: 20x
Weight: 8.2 oz.
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The popular Nikon L820 still holds the top spot on our list of budget superzooms, packing an impressive 30x zoom along with a 16 megapixel image sensor. Compared to pricier superzooms, the Nikon L820 has fewer manual controls and requires conventional AA batteries. However, the image quality of the L820 rivals more expensive cameras and it has a nice 3-inch LCD screen for shooting and navigation. The new Nikon L830, with a 34x optical zoom and Full HD 1080p video, begins shipping on January 30, 2014.
Megapixels: 16
Sensor Size: 28 sq. mm
Zoom: 30x
Weight: 17 oz.
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For those looking for a point-and-shoot on a budget, the Canon Powershot A2500 is a great option. At well under $100, the camera features a 16.1-megapixel zoom lens with a focal length equivalent of 28-140mm and image stabilization for better low light performance. But perhaps most impressive is its total weight of only 4.4 ounces with a memory card, making the Canon A2500 an excellent option for travel and easy everyday use. 
Megapixels: 16
Sensor Size: 28 sq. mm
Zoom: 5x
Weight: 4.4 oz.
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