I have an DSLR and a mirrorless camera AND a point and shoot. There are some really nice point and shoot cameras out there that if I had endless amounts of money, I would totally get. Currently, I use the Sony WX300 point and shoot camera. This is what I usually have in my purse and pull out with friends for snapshots or selfies. You know, the usual. I will be straight up, though, you get exactly what you pay for with a point and shoot. I know this for a fact from my two and a half years at Peoria Camera Shop. If you get the cheapest camera out there, don’t be surprised by the poor quality of the photos and the camera itself. Expect that $100 camera to last about a year or two. That’s it. Just wanted to throw that out there and make it clear. If you invest in a better camera, you’ll get more out of it and it’ll last longer.
Anyways, here are some of the point and shoot cameras that I drool over for various reasons. I will say, too, that almost all of these models are made with professionals in mind that want the quality, but don’t want the size.
Nikon Coolpix AW130. I like this camera simply because of it’s durability. Waterproof, shockproof, and freezeproof. I’m mainly interested in the waterproof aspect, but an almost indestructible camera sounds pretty great, too! The zoom is pretty much non-existent, but that’s to be expected with a waterproof camera. It runs about $300 before any rebates.
Fujifilm XQ2. I won’t lie, the biggest draw for me here is the aesthetic of the camera. It’s beautiful. And so inconspicuous. This would be perfect for sight seeing and people watching without drawing any attention to you. They’ll think you’re just a hipster with a film camera haha. It’s got a 25-100mm zoom lens with a f/1.8-4.9 aperture. Not bad at all. And only $400 before rebates.
Canon Powershot S120. This little guy has a f/1.8 5x zoom on it and I just love it. It’s small and compact, easy to use and performs well in low light. It’s $450 before any rebates.
Sony Cybershot RX 100 IV. Oh baby. All the Sony’s R line is amazing, I must say. What draws me the most is the 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 Ziess lens. Oh man. The bokeh (blurred out background) and low light potential is insane! This has an eyepiece, too, which would definitely come in handy. And it’s tiny! It’ll fit in your pocket! $950 before any rebates.
Sony Cybershot RX 10 II. This is my absolute favorite. If I had an extra $1,399 to spend, I’d get this. It’s a 24-200mm f/2.8 Zeiss lens! 2.8 all the way through! It is bigger, like the super zoom point and shoots or the small DSLRs. So, it’s not going in your purse or pocket. The potential, though! I’d love this for shows that I’m not approved for, because this lens does not detach and could be taken into any venue. Ah, the possibilities!
There you have it! These are all my “if only” cameras that are produce amazing photos, mainly due to their quality lenses. Are there any others I should know about? Let me know!