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The 18 Most Popular Point and Shoot Cameras Among our Readers

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve highlighted the best selling DSLRs and best selling DSLR Lenses among our readers.

Today we’re moving onto best selling* ‘point and shoot‘ cameras. In actual fact ‘point and shoot’ is not the best term for this list as really it is a list of non interchangeable lens cameras and includes compact point and shoots, super zoom cameras and more. So if it is a camera and it doesn’t have an interchangeable lens it’s here.

Here’s the list!

1. Canon PowerShot Elph 110 HS

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2. Canon PowerShot S100

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3. Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS

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4. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150

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5. Canon Powershot SX260 HS

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6. Panasonic Lumix ZS20

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7. Canon Powershot Pro Series S3 IS

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8. Canon PowerShot SX50

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9. Panaonic DMC-ZS15

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10. Nikon Coolpix L810

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11. Canon PowerShot G15

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12. Sony DSC-RX100

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13. Fujifilm FinePix S4200

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14. Canon PowerShot ELPH 310 HS

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15. Canon Powershot A1300

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16. Fujifilm X100

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17. Nikon Coolpix AW100 Waterproof

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18. Panasonic Lumix TS20 Waterproof

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*Note: these lists were compiled from reports supplied to us from Amazon.com where we are affiliates. One of the ways dPS is able to cover its costs and be a sustainable business is that we earn a small commission when readers make a purchase from Amazon after clicking on our links (including those above). While no personal details are passed on we do get an overall report from Amazon about what was bought and are able to create this list.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

  • Simon

    So, pretty much every point-and-shoot Canon make?

  • http://digital-photography-school.com/ Darren Rowse

    actually it’s less than a third of them but yes Canon always feature heavily in our P&S list. They dominate that market for sure.

  • Jose

    Good list overall thought I’m a little confused as to why I’m seeing my precious x100 in a point and shoot list. Mirrorless? Yes. Point and shoot? No.

  • Kim

    I realllly dig my Panasonic Lumix LX 3. I wished the controls were more intuitive. Since I am whining, ill add that the font looks like it came from 1982, and not the ‘cool’ 1982 either. :) Even tho I am a Canon girl all the way, I feel like I cheated.

  • Karrie

    Darren you’re right. Lots of Canons. I have a couple Canon DSLR’s…which I love, but a couple years ago bought a Panasonic. I am sorry I did. The colors are just not like the Canon Point & shoots. I will sell my Panasonic & grab a Canon for those times I need a light weight alternative to the DSLR.

  • http://peachtreeprunings.blogspot.com Rachel

    Thanks! This is useful. I’m pinning this for future reference.

  • Peter in La Jolla

    I ave the Panasonic LX-5 and, like Kim, I sort of feel guilty as I traded in my G10 for it and I shoot with a Canon 40D DSLR. I really like the S100 (and the S series in general because they are pocketable) but no regrets where IQ is concerned.

  • Naz

    Darren- I’d liek to see an article, or perhaps poll which discusses the ‘sharpest, least noise point and shoot’ what readers feel, and perhaps what testing proves to be, is the best IQ in a point and shoot camera-

  • Elizabeth

    Thank you for your very informative site and I have learnt a lot from it. I am sorry to see that the Panasonic FZ150 wasn’t on your list!

  • http://www.os-am.com OsmosisStudios

    18. Because that’s a logical number for items on a list.

  • Cornell

    Is there a limit as to how far back the sales records can go in determining which cameras make the list? It seems to me that the Canon Powershot S3 IS (number 7 in the list) has not been around for at least a few, possibly several, years.

  • Riff

    It’s just a list of cameras. Eeesh the perils of first world problems.
    Less time wondering about why and what and more time spent shooting I say.

  • Jim Brown

    Not even a mention of Samsung’s NX line? Okay, they’re mirrorless rather than P&S, but you included the X100 — which is mirrorless.

  • cornell

    I purchased my Canon Powershot SX50 HS before I became serious about photography, thus much thought wasn’t put into selecting a camera particular to my interest (Nature). The term “High End P&S Camera” sent in when I realized the aperture limits were 3.4 to 8.0.

    The camera is only two months old; should I sell it/trade it in for a new SLR or continue practicing and learning photography basics with my current camera?

  • http://Www.rjbarnes.com Rob

    How is the x100 not a point and shoot. I own one for the reason that it IS my point and shoot. It’s a fixed lens(non-interchangeable) and there for not in the mirror less class. If it had interchangeable lenses then it would be mirror less. I had a feeling it would be on here and love that it is. It’s the most powerful camera on this list and such a great performer.

  • Jason

    The only camera on this list I would ever consider is the Sony RX100. Not because I am a Sony fanboy, just because it is far far superior to anything on this list. Most of this list is nothing much better than typical camera phones.

  • http://www.flixelpix.com David

    I do love the X100 it offers great colour rendering and a real sense of depth.

  • http://www.simplyphotographyblog.com Paul Meldrum

    I was surprised that the Nikon P7xxx series was missing from the list. Having just purchased their latest offering the P7700, it has a lot to offer than the majority of those listed lag way behind in. The wide aperture and amazing focal length were two of the main attractions for me.

    Maybe it’s because not many would consider a high end “point and shoot” alongside those normally considered in that category of camera?

  • MareC

    I’m searching for the perfect point and shoot camera for my real estate agents to use. It obviously needs a wide angle but it also needs to be simple to use and affordable (Maybe $250) as they occasionally come up missing. It will be used for interiors for typical homes. We use a professional photographer for luxury homes.

  • L. Oz

    My Lumix TZ4 is fabulous! I carry it around everywhere. Close-ups are super sharp. The movie mode is questionable, I don’t rely on it.

  • Tshepo G

    Hi if may ask i need a digital camera since i have developed interest in photography and graphic designing so I’ve just seen a canon SX50 camera and liked it how good is it. Is it recommendable for a beginner like me?

  • Mike

    Hey tshepo, sorry this is about which cameras were purchased through affiliate links from this site. For the info you ask for, try a google search on camera reviews or entry level cameras. Don’t buy anything less than $100 unless you are the type to drop new interests. Almost anything on the market between $100 and $200 will be simple enough for beginners, yet high enough quality to become your backup or a nice gift if/when you upgrade to a better camera.

  • http://photos.pixellicious.com Pixellicious Photos

    @tsepho g: I recently go the Canon Powershot SX50 HS Digital camera. It’s amazing for the zoom and reach. Although at the highest zoom the max aperture is limited to 6.5, making it a slightly lower lens. Wish to see an upgrade with constant max aperture.

    As a beginner you will definitely get some good shots even using the Auto mode. However you will need to practice making your hands stable while shooting at the full zoom.

    My interest is bird photography and I’ve been doing it with Canon SX50 HS. You can see some of the sample shots here:

    Common Tailorbirds
    Bulbul: The Singing Bird
    Birds at Aksa

    Although I would love to own a Canon EOS 60D soon but till the time I do, I’m quite happy using Canon Powershot SX50 HS.

  • Reza E.

    Darren,

    Help! I have been struggling with an agonizing decision for over a year. I can’t decide if I should buy and entry level DSLR, a high end point and shoot, or a mirrorless camera.

    I like the looks, the size, and from what I hear, the performance of Fuji X100. However I’m not sure if I will be missing having a zoom or not. Sometimes you just can’t physically get close enough to the subject.

    I have an old 35mm Canon EOS with c couple of lenses so it does make sense to buy a digital EOS.

    Mirrorless seems to give you the best of both worlds, kind of. I like the Sony NEX but for the life of me I can’t figure out why Sony does not add a pop-up flash. Who wants to carry an extra accessory just to use flash.

    Do you have any words of wisdom? Anything that would help me make a decision?

Some older comments

  • Reza E.

    April 27, 2013 08:37 am

    Darren,

    Help! I have been struggling with an agonizing decision for over a year. I can't decide if I should buy and entry level DSLR, a high end point and shoot, or a mirrorless camera.

    I like the looks, the size, and from what I hear, the performance of Fuji X100. However I'm not sure if I will be missing having a zoom or not. Sometimes you just can't physically get close enough to the subject.

    I have an old 35mm Canon EOS with c couple of lenses so it does make sense to buy a digital EOS.

    Mirrorless seems to give you the best of both worlds, kind of. I like the Sony NEX but for the life of me I can't figure out why Sony does not add a pop-up flash. Who wants to carry an extra accessory just to use flash.

    Do you have any words of wisdom? Anything that would help me make a decision?

  • Pixellicious Photos

    March 26, 2013 09:47 pm

    @tsepho g: I recently go the Canon Powershot SX50 HS Digital camera. It's amazing for the zoom and reach. Although at the highest zoom the max aperture is limited to 6.5, making it a slightly lower lens. Wish to see an upgrade with constant max aperture.

    As a beginner you will definitely get some good shots even using the Auto mode. However you will need to practice making your hands stable while shooting at the full zoom.

    My interest is bird photography and I've been doing it with Canon SX50 HS. You can see some of the sample shots here:

    Common Tailorbirds
    Bulbul: The Singing Bird
    Birds at Aksa

    Although I would love to own a Canon EOS 60D soon but till the time I do, I'm quite happy using Canon Powershot SX50 HS.

  • Mike

    February 9, 2013 05:47 pm

    Hey tshepo, sorry this is about which cameras were purchased through affiliate links from this site. For the info you ask for, try a google search on camera reviews or entry level cameras. Don't buy anything less than $100 unless you are the type to drop new interests. Almost anything on the market between $100 and $200 will be simple enough for beginners, yet high enough quality to become your backup or a nice gift if/when you upgrade to a better camera.

  • Tshepo G

    February 1, 2013 08:31 pm

    Hi if may ask i need a digital camera since i have developed interest in photography and graphic designing so I've just seen a canon SX50 camera and liked it how good is it. Is it recommendable for a beginner like me?

  • L. Oz

    January 21, 2013 07:12 am

    My Lumix TZ4 is fabulous! I carry it around everywhere. Close-ups are super sharp. The movie mode is questionable, I don't rely on it.

  • MareC

    January 14, 2013 03:54 am

    I'm searching for the perfect point and shoot camera for my real estate agents to use. It obviously needs a wide angle but it also needs to be simple to use and affordable (Maybe $250) as they occasionally come up missing. It will be used for interiors for typical homes. We use a professional photographer for luxury homes.

  • Paul Meldrum

    January 5, 2013 06:33 pm

    I was surprised that the Nikon P7xxx series was missing from the list. Having just purchased their latest offering the P7700, it has a lot to offer than the majority of those listed lag way behind in. The wide aperture and amazing focal length were two of the main attractions for me.

    Maybe it's because not many would consider a high end "point and shoot" alongside those normally considered in that category of camera?

  • David

    December 31, 2012 10:47 pm

    I do love the X100 it offers great colour rendering and a real sense of depth.

  • Jason

    December 31, 2012 07:25 am

    The only camera on this list I would ever consider is the Sony RX100. Not because I am a Sony fanboy, just because it is far far superior to anything on this list. Most of this list is nothing much better than typical camera phones.

  • Rob

    December 28, 2012 08:07 am

    How is the x100 not a point and shoot. I own one for the reason that it IS my point and shoot. It's a fixed lens(non-interchangeable) and there for not in the mirror less class. If it had interchangeable lenses then it would be mirror less. I had a feeling it would be on here and love that it is. It's the most powerful camera on this list and such a great performer.

  • cornell

    December 25, 2012 09:59 am

    I purchased my Canon Powershot SX50 HS before I became serious about photography, thus much thought wasn't put into selecting a camera particular to my interest (Nature). The term "High End P&S Camera" sent in when I realized the aperture limits were 3.4 to 8.0.

    The camera is only two months old; should I sell it/trade it in for a new SLR or continue practicing and learning photography basics with my current camera?

  • Jim Brown

    December 24, 2012 03:11 am

    Not even a mention of Samsung's NX line? Okay, they're mirrorless rather than P&S, but you included the X100 -- which is mirrorless.

  • Riff

    December 22, 2012 10:01 pm

    It's just a list of cameras. Eeesh the perils of first world problems.
    Less time wondering about why and what and more time spent shooting I say.

  • Cornell

    December 22, 2012 03:37 pm

    Is there a limit as to how far back the sales records can go in determining which cameras make the list? It seems to me that the Canon Powershot S3 IS (number 7 in the list) has not been around for at least a few, possibly several, years.

  • OsmosisStudios

    December 22, 2012 04:04 am

    18. Because that's a logical number for items on a list.

  • Elizabeth

    December 21, 2012 09:01 pm

    Thank you for your very informative site and I have learnt a lot from it. I am sorry to see that the Panasonic FZ150 wasn't on your list!

  • Naz

    December 21, 2012 06:42 pm

    Darren- I'd liek to see an article, or perhaps poll which discusses the 'sharpest, least noise point and shoot' what readers feel, and perhaps what testing proves to be, is the best IQ in a point and shoot camera-

  • Peter in La Jolla

    December 21, 2012 03:11 pm

    I ave the Panasonic LX-5 and, like Kim, I sort of feel guilty as I traded in my G10 for it and I shoot with a Canon 40D DSLR. I really like the S100 (and the S series in general because they are pocketable) but no regrets where IQ is concerned.

  • Rachel

    December 21, 2012 01:40 pm

    Thanks! This is useful. I'm pinning this for future reference.

  • Karrie

    December 21, 2012 11:55 am

    Darren you're right. Lots of Canons. I have a couple Canon DSLR's...which I love, but a couple years ago bought a Panasonic. I am sorry I did. The colors are just not like the Canon Point & shoots. I will sell my Panasonic & grab a Canon for those times I need a light weight alternative to the DSLR.

  • Kim

    December 20, 2012 04:14 pm

    I realllly dig my Panasonic Lumix LX 3. I wished the controls were more intuitive. Since I am whining, ill add that the font looks like it came from 1982, and not the 'cool' 1982 either. :) Even tho I am a Canon girl all the way, I feel like I cheated.

  • Jose

    December 20, 2012 03:09 pm

    Good list overall thought I'm a little confused as to why I'm seeing my precious x100 in a point and shoot list. Mirrorless? Yes. Point and shoot? No.

  • Darren Rowse

    December 20, 2012 12:35 pm

    actually it's less than a third of them but yes Canon always feature heavily in our P&S list. They dominate that market for sure.

  • Simon

    December 20, 2012 12:28 pm

    So, pretty much every point-and-shoot Canon make?

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