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Point and Shoot cameras fit in a pocket or pocket book, take high resolution pictures, have features that make it hard to take a bad picture and won't break the budget
Sony Digital Camera - DSC-HX300
 
Retrevo's Recommendation
Strong Buy for Everyone
Specs for this Sony digital camera: 20.4 Megapixel • 50 x Optical Zoom • 3 in LCD Display • Video Capture
Reviews for this Sony digital camera (1 expert review (rating 82 / 100) ): "Huge 50x 24-1200mm zoom range...Excellent optical image stabilisati..." see more »
Reviews for this Sony digital camera (1 expert review (rating 82 / 100) ): "Huge 50x 24-1200mm zoom range...Excellent optical image stabilisation...Articulated 3 inch LCD screen...Dial...No wifi or GPS option...Lacks eye sensor for EVF...Lacks built-in ND filter...In the combined battery and card compartment accessed via a door in the base of the grip, the HX300 takes the same NP-BX1 battery as the HX50...The HX300 is compatible with SD, SDHC and SDXC including UHS-1 cards as well as Sony Memory Stick cards using an adaptor...The HX300's..." see less »
Canon Digital Camera - SX500 IS
 
Retrevo's Recommendation
Strong Buy for Everyone
Specs for this Canon digital camera: 12.1 Megapixel • 50 x Optical Zoom • 2.8 in LCD Display • Video Capture • Face Detection
Reviews for this Canon digital camera (1 expert review (rating 85 / 100) • 2 user reviews): "30x stabilised optical zoom...Compact lightwe..." see more »
Reviews for this Canon digital camera (1 expert review (rating 85 / 100) • 2 user reviews): "30x stabilised optical zoom...Compact lightweight body...Frame assist helps locate subjects at long focal lengths...Versatile...Very poor continuous shooting...Lens suffers from Chromatic aberration...Poor...Of course you can go smaller than the SX500 HS, but compact super-zooms lack the extended zoom range it offers...For example, Canon's own PowerShot SX240 HS is small and light enough to be pocketable - not quite an adjective you could apply to the SX500..." see less »
Sony Digital Camera - DSC-RX100
 
Retrevo's Recommendation
Strong Buy for Bargain Hunters
Specs for this Sony digital camera: 20.2 Megapixel • 3.6 x Optical Zoom • 3 in LCD Display • Video Capture
Reviews for this Sony digital camera (5 expert reviews (rating 83 / 100) ): "In particular, Sony is predicting a 10% improvement in the time ta..." see more »
Reviews for this Sony digital camera (5 expert reviews (rating 83 / 100) ): "In particular, Sony is predicting a 10% improvement in the time taken to achieve an autofocus lock when shooting in low light when compared to the RX100, since the contrast detection system should have higher-quality data from the new image sensor to work with...Another important change is aimed at turning the RX100 II into something of a system camera, albeit one with a fixed lens...Unlike the RX100, the new camera now sports a flash hot shoe...And when connected, you can control your RX100 II remotely from the smart device, including a remote live view stream on the screen of your Android / iOS device, using a free app...The Clear Image Zoom function is based on what Sony calls By Pixel Super Resolution algorithms..." see less »
Canon Digital Camera - SX280 HS
 
Retrevo's Recommendation
Strong Buy for Everyone
Specs for this Canon digital camera: 12.1 Megapixel • 20 x Optical Zoom • 3 in LCD Display • Video Capture • GPS
Reviews for this Canon digital camera (3 expert reviews (rating 83 / 100) ): "Slightly superior image quality to peer group, but not by much......" see more »
Reviews for this Canon digital camera (3 expert reviews (rating 83 / 100) ): "Slightly superior image quality to peer group, but not by much...Broad 20x optical zoom covers every situation in pocket body...1080p video...No touch-screen nor the ability to move the single AF area mode...No remote control over...The SX280 HS is unsurprisingly powered by the same NB-6L battery pack as the SX260 HS and like that model it's charged outside the camera using a separate mains charger...The SX280 HS depletes it battery pretty quickly when filming..." see less »
Panasonic Digital Camera - DMC-ZS20
 
Retrevo's Recommendation
Older product, look for current models
Specs for this Panasonic digital camera: 14.1 Megapixel • 20 x Optical Zoom • 3 in LCD Display • Video Capture • Face Detection • GPS
Reviews for this Panasonic digital camera (3 expert reviews (rating 87 / 100) • 1 user review.): "Broad 20x optical zoom covers every situ..." see more »
Reviews for this Panasonic digital camera (3 expert reviews (rating 87 / 100) • 1 user review.): "Broad 20x optical zoom covers every situation in slim body...1080p video with zooming, stereo sound and continuous AF...Built-in GPS with landmarks and...Hard to handhold video at the longest zoom...Can't disable video IS...Touch-screen not used...The ZS20 / TZ30's thickness is even more impressive when you compare it against its 2012 pocket super-zoom rivals...This makes them noticeably thicker and a little heavier than the ZS20 / TZ30, allowing Panasonic..." see less »
Canon Digital Camera - ELPH 520 HS
 
Retrevo's Recommendation
Older product, look for current models
Specs for this Canon digital camera: 10.1 Megapixel • 12 x Optical Zoom • 3 in LCD Display • Video Capture • Face Detection • Smile Detection
Reviews for this Canon digital camera (3 expert reviews (rating 82 / 100) ): "12x stabilised optical zoom...Very compact sylish metal body...Op..." see more »
Reviews for this Canon digital camera (3 expert reviews (rating 82 / 100) ): "12x stabilised optical zoom...Very compact sylish metal body...Optical zoom while movie recording....Poor battery life...Takes MicroSD format cards...Small buttons can be difficult...Given the success of intelligent Auto scene detection it would be good to see Canon drop scene modes like Portrait, Snow and the redundant Stitch Assist and introduce another innovative new shooting mode in the same mould as movie digest...The dual-position mode switch is a good..." see less »
Panasonic Digital Camera - DMC-FZ47
 
Retrevo's Recommendation
Older product, look for current models
Specs for this Panasonic digital camera: 12.1 Megapixel • 24 x Optical Zoom • 3 in LCD Display • Video Capture • Face Detection
Reviews for this Panasonic digital camera (2 expert reviews (rating 83 / 100) ): "Very good photo quality Monster 24X, 25 - 600 mm Leica le..." see more »
Reviews for this Panasonic digital camera (2 expert reviews (rating 83 / 100) ): "Very good photo quality Monster 24X, 25 - 600 mm Leica lens Power OIS image stabilization, with "active" mode for movies 3-inch LCD with 460,000...Photos are on the noisy side; highest sensitivities should be avoided Images have yellow/brownish...As you can see, the FZ47 is generally a nice improvement over its predecessor, and that doesn't include a 35% increase in autofocus performance that's not listed in the chart...Is the Lumix DMC-FZ47..." see less »
Canon Digital Camera - SX130 IS
 
Retrevo's Recommendation
Older product, look for current models
Specs for this Canon digital camera: 12.1 Megapixel • 12 x Optical Zoom • 3 in LCD Display • Video Capture • Face Detection
Reviews for this Canon digital camera (1 expert review (rating 86 / 100) ): "Great image quality...Fully manual PASM exposure modes...Excellent..." see more »
Reviews for this Canon digital camera (1 expert review (rating 86 / 100) ): "Great image quality...Fully manual PASM exposure modes...Excellent optical image stabilization...720p movies...Large and heavy compared to rivals...Poor continuous shooting speed...In Manual modes the PowerShot SX130 IS has two main autofocus modes...The PowerShot SX130 IS's Face Detection is quick and reliable, guaranteeing in-focus shots as long as people aren't too far away and the lighting is reasonably good...It's a shame the SX130 IS doesn't employ the..." see less »
Olympus Digital Camera - XZ-2
 
Retrevo's Recommendation
Average Buy for Everyone
Specs for this Olympus digital camera: 12.0 Megapixel • 4 x Optical Zoom • 3 in LCD Display • Video Capture • Face Detection
Reviews for this Olympus digital camera: "New 12-megapixel 1/1.7-inch BSI CMOS sensor delivers improved resolution and better low-light capabil..." see more »
Reviews for this Olympus digital camera: "New 12-megapixel 1/1.7-inch BSI CMOS sensor delivers improved resolution and better low-light capabilities than its predecessor Fast, bright...Image quality deteriorates at higher ISOs, with loss of detail at ISO 800 and up, and significant noise...The XZ-2's lens cap mounts across the whole lens system -- which means that when the camera is turned on and the lens extends, the lens cap simply pops off -- and there's no cord to catch it...The top..." see less »
FujiFilm Digital Camera - HS50EXR
 
Retrevo's Recommendation
Average Buy for Everyone
Specs for this FujiFilm digital camera: 16.0 Megapixel • 42 x Optical Zoom • 3 in LCD Display • Video Capture • Face Detection
Reviews for this FujiFilm digital camera (1 user review.): "A lot like a small SLR, the HS50EXR has a deep handgrip, an eye-level electronic vi..." see more »
Reviews for this FujiFilm digital camera (1 user review.): "A lot like a small SLR, the HS50EXR has a deep handgrip, an eye-level electronic viewfinder, and a big lens with manual focus adjustment...The HS50EXR measures 4 by 5.3 by 5.7 inches and weighs 1.8 pounds...The HS50EXR closes down to f/5.6, which captures only 25 percent as much light as f/2.8, at focal lengths longer than 300mm...If you're a fan of manual focus, the HS50EXR has one feature that will jump out—Peaking...The HS50EXR keeps noise below 1.5 percent through ISO 800, but fine details are erased by noise reduction at this setting..." see less »