Looking a few years back, point and shoot cameras seemed to be facing obsolescence, with smartphones, Iphones and Ipads integrating better and better photo and video technology. However, the manufacturers have managed to open new doors to progress for the once dying breed, and now we’re witnessing a new comeback wave on the market. This year has seen many powerful arrivals on this niche, and here are some of the most appreciated point and shoot cameras in 2016.
Panasonic Lumix DMC LX-100 is one versatile tool, with a 12.8 MP Micro 4/3” MOS sensor that does wonders in combination with the 24-75mm Leica lens. A manual focus ring offers you more creative freedom than auto focus cameras. 4K video and photo resolution makes it a powerful contender, and is also a big selling-point that not only adds to the richness of the image, but also allows depth of detail and great colour reproduction.
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III is a high-end compact camera that also features 4K resolution, the famous Sony Optical Steadyshot and a performant 24-600mm equivalent F2.4 -4 lens and 20MP 1”-type stacked CMOS sensor. Together with the BIONZ X image processor, they offer great ISO performance and noise reduction. Overall, the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III is an appraised camera that efficiently combines a great zoom range and fast lens speed.
Another point and shoot camera that everyone admired this year is the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4, a perfect companion for the adventurous photographers. Waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof, what more proof do you need? Combining a 16MP live MOS sensor of 1/2:3 and an F2.0 wide angle lens, this camera is as sharp as it is tough. Built-in wi-fi connectivity even lets you share your experiences in no-time.
Canon Powershot G16 may seem an odd choice for those of you who cherish portability the most, but as far as performance goes, you will quickly understand why the manufacturer decided to sacrifice a little space. Similar to the RX100 III, the G7 from Canon has a 20 MP, 1”-type sensor, it works with 24-100mm equivalent F1.8-2.8 lens and allures us even more with its flip-up rear touchscreen. Moreover, the G7 renders great physical control features such as clicking control dials and exposure compensation dial.
As you can see, the point and shoot cameras industry has been really busy with finding new features and combinations to woe the consumer and we may well admit we are looking forward for more.