Fewer people than ever are buying digital point-and-shoot cameras, but there has never been a better time to get one! Lately, the camera of choice for the overwhelming majority of the world has been the one in everyone’s smartphones. And why not—they are fully bundled into a device you always carry anyway—taking up virtually no additional space and weighing so little, they’re barely there.
With a phone’s constant connection to the Internet, pictures taken with a smartphone have the least distance to travel, in terms of your time and effort, to get onto any one of the social media platforms that all together have the biggest audience for photography. For the selfies and snapshots that make up the constantly flowing image streams that underpin Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat, the picture quality provided by smartphone cameras tends to be good enough.
Best Advanced Point and Shoot Camera of 2020
Canon PowerShot Digital Camera [G7 X Mark II] with Wi-Fi & NFC, LCD Screen, and 1-inch Sensor - Black
- The advanced video capabilities of the Power Shot G7 X Mark II camera can capture moments in the quality they deserve
- Features a large 1.0 inch, 20.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor that helps capture high quality images and videos with a wide dynamic range. Autofocus system features ttl autofocus and manual focus. Operating temperature is 0 to 40 degree celsius. Note charging time varies considerably depending on the remaining battery power
Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II Compact Digital Camera w/1 Inch Sensor and 3inch LCD - Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth Enabled...
- 1.0 Inch, 20.1 Megapixel High sensitivity CMOS sensor
- Digic 7 image processor. Compatible with iOS versions 8.4,9.3 and 10.2 and Android smartphone and tablet versions 4.1,4.2,4.3,4.4,5.0,5.1,6.0,7.0,7.1
Sony RX100 IV 20.1 MP Premium Compact Digital Camera w/1-inch Sensor, 4K Movies and 40x Super Slow Motion HD DSCRX100M4/B
- World's first1 201 MP 1" Exmor RS stacked back illuminated CMOS, High resolution 4K movie recording with direct pixel readout and no pixel binning, Super slow-motion movie3 HFR (High frame rate) up to 960 fps (40x)
Sony RX100 II 20.2 MP Premium Compact Digital Camera w/ 1-inch sensor, MI (Multi-Interface) shoe and tilt LCD screen (DSCRX100M2/B)
- 20.2 MP 1"-type Exmor R CMOS sensor. 28-100mm equivalent F/1.8-4.9 lens.
- Continuous shooting up to 10 FPS. ISO 160-12800, expandable ISO 100, 125, and 25,600.
- . 1080 60p/24p HD video with full exposure control (MPEG-4/AVCHD)3.0 inch tiltable TFT LCD with 1,229,000 dots
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 V 20.1 MP Digital Still Camera with 3" OLED, flip Screen, WiFi, and 1” Sensor DSCRX100M5/B
- ELECTRONIC VIEW FINDER: retractable Tru-Finder EVF provides sharp resolution, bright self-illumination, and high contrast to view shots and adjust settings through a ZEISS T* coated eyepiece.
- AUTO FOCUS: World’s fastest (0.05 sec.) hybrid AF system (contrast + phase) which is great for action and wildlife photography
- World’s Fastest AF acquisition speed of 0.03 sec. Optical image stabilisation technology developed by Sony is valuable for handheld still and movie shooting, especially in low light or at the ultra-telephoto end of the zoom range up to 600 mm
- 24.3MP X Trans CMOS III APS C sensor with no low pass filter and X Processor Pro
- 8 way focus lever plus the number of focusing points has been expanded from 49 in previous models to 91 (up to 325 points)
Canon PowerShot G9 X Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom, Built-in Wi-Fi and 3 inch LCD touch panel (Silver)
- 1.0-inch, 20.2 Megapixel* High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor combined with Canon's powerful DIGIC 6 Image Processor creates the Canon HS SYSTEM for outstanding low-light performance up to ISO 12800, enhanced image quality and fast operation
But you might be a photography enthusiast who doesn’t consider the picture quality from a smartphone camera “good enough.” Or, you are accustomed to the control over exposure and focus provided by large-format digital cameras. In those respects, advanced point-and-shoot cameras are a good solution, and blend more advanced imaging capabilities with customizable and accessible controls, yet still maintain a smaller, inconspicuous form factor, sans the added bulk of additional lenses.
Below are five current and well-regarded advanced point-and-shoots from which to pick. All offer some exposure control, plus RAW file output, which can further help you preserve image quality before editing or making changes to a picture. All of these cameras can be used to take great photos, but the choice can be made depending on the features that best suit you.