Most smartphone cameras have inadequate shooting features. But any point and shoot camera have optical zoom (changing the perspective of shots), larger in-built sensor, and a powerful flash (great for backlit/ low light environments). I’ve reviewed the best point and shoot camera under $100.
Summary: I recommend Sony DSC-HX9V or Sony DSCW800/B 20.1 MP for point-and-shoot filming & photography. They allow multi-shot image processing, high-speed burst filming, and slow-motion video. Forget the ‘okay’ smartphone images (noisy, blurry & soft) that’ll look bad on large screens.
Reviews: Top 7 Best Point and Shoot Camera Under $100 2019
This Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V takes the top spot for the Best Point and Shoot Camera Under $100. It’s not the smallest in the market. But I excuse it for having great features such as 16 times optical zoom, 24 mm lens, and GPS. It has a 16 times lens shooting 1080p 60 frames/ sec progressively with 28 megabits/ sec encoding. I love that it can record high definition videos in 1080p.
The microphone is relocated to the center and it can pick up your voice when held at arm’s length. At its back, you’ll get a 3 inch LCD screen (but not touch screen – sadly) plus a great scroll wheel that you’ll use to navigate various menus. You’ll also find a button display, dedicated flash button, and timer – you can go live and hit the playback button.
There is a dedicated movie button on the top side. It has stereo speakers where you can hear everything loud and clear. It has an in-built flash that will pop up when you need it. Sony has created the stabilization mode that allows you to take clear shots when walking. In video mode, focusing is fast and accurate. Also, in taking pictures in burst mode, you can take 10 pictures in a row.
On software, this camera has a sweep panorama mode – where you’ll just take the camera and slide it from one scene to another and create a panoramic scene instantly. This mode also works with shooting 3d pictures – which you can amazingly view on a 3d TV.
Next up is the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W800. It’s an amazing kit that’ll help you capture those treasurable memories. With 5 times zoom, this camera will take great detailed 20 megapixel photos with its CCD sensor. It’s easy to use and you can easily pick up the settings you’ll require to use.
Next up is the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W800. It’s an amazing kit that’ll help you capture those treasurable memories. With 5 times zoom, this camera will take great detailed 20 megapixel photos. It’s easy to use and you can easily pick up the settings you’ll require to use.
This point and shoot camera can also comfortably sit on your tripod. It’s so small that you can just fit into your pocket as you move out or travel. But it doesn’t have WIFI or dynamic range. It comes with a large LCD screen, image stabilization in-built flash and the red-eye reduction that’ll allow you to take high-quality snapshots.
Further, if you deem that photo won’t serve the required purpose, you can shoot a high-definition video with sound and using the panoramic shots, you can capture your 360 degrees in a single sweep at a touch of a single button.
This Nikon COOLPIX A10 comes with the 16.1MP CCD sensor and 5 times optical zoom lens and has an ergonomic build. It works on 3 AA batteries (luckily the conventional AA batteries that can take about 700 shots), has, a 230k-dot LCD monitor, Smart Portrait mode and shoots 720p HD video.
Ergonomically, this camera is relatively light (about 160g), ultra-compact, has the textured thumb rest and its video record button is raised. It has native ISO range that ranges from 80 – 1600 sensitivity (for low-light environments) with a 4608 x 3456 pixels resolution.
With the 16.1MP CCD sensor, you can easily record HD 720p video and still high-resolution images. In addition, it has a 5 times Optical Zoom Lens that you can extend using a 4 times digital zoom.
This Kodak Pixpro FZ53 is a budget-friendly point-and-shoot camera that comes with a 5x zoom lens for any casual photo shooter. However, this camera has no wireless connectivity and could disappoint relatively on video and image quality.
The camera comes with plastic body build (230k-dot design) and is lightweight (about 3.7 ounces) with ISO sensitivity. Despite that most of us casual photographers may mainly tend to use the fully automatic mode, the camera also has manual controls.
Through the EV compensation, it’s possible to darken or brighten your scenes. On digital stabilization, Kodak Pixpro FZ53 has the all-important anti-shake. In addition, it has Panorama, Movie, and Portrait among other modes.
With the auto mode activated, it’s possible to toggle macro focusing after switching off the camera’s flash. However, this camera only comes with a 2.7-inch LCD – which is relatively small, compared to other point and shoot cameras reviewed above.
Sadly, for continuous image shooting (particularly at 16MP resolution) you’ll have a 3.3 seconds wait time between the shots. Further, the camera’s autofocus is slow.
Nikon L35AF Camera (popularly as Pikaichi – like great quality) is also a budget-friendly, portable, & durable point and shoot camera. It comes with a 35mm F/2.8 lens that’s multi-functional, sharp and fast.
Also, it has an auto pop-up flash and an auto-focus system. I found it simple to use the L35AF camera – including using flash, focusing or aperture setting. It has the AF spot at the model of its viewfinder – that also has the analog lever & diagram in showing the focus distance.
You can set its ASA/ISO through turning the ring around the camera’s lens. It’s interestingly powered by 2 economical AA batteries – not the specialized types of batteries.