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Top 20 Popular Point and Shoot Digital Cameras

canon-SD780IS-point and shoot.jpgLast week we published the Top 10 Popular DSLRs – listed in order of popularity with our readers based upon their purchases at Amazon over the last month or two.

Today we’re publishing a similar list – but this time looking at the most popular Point and Shoot Digital Cameras. I know that there will be some debate over what a point and shoot is and isn’t – but basically I’ve lumped all non DSLRs into this list whether they’re compact point and shoots or super zoom digital cameras.

Note: the numbers in brackets after the descriptions show how many people purchased the camera mentioned. In each case I’ve compiled different colors of the same camera into one list so in many of the cameras its a total of multiple colors.

Top 20 Popular Point and Shoot Digital Cameras

  1. Canon PowerShot SD780 IS – 12.1 Megapixels with a 3x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5-inch LCD. (pictured above) (27)
  2. Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS – 10 Megapixels with a 3x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5-inch LCD.(26)
  3. panasonic-DMC-ZS3-point-and-shoot.jpg

  4. Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 – 10 Megapixels with a 12x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3 inch LCD. (pictured right) (25)
  5. Canon PowerShot SX120IS – 10 Megapixels with a 10x Optical Images Stabilized Zoom and 3-inch LCD. (13)
  6. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 – 12.1 Megapixels with a 18x POWER Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD. (10)
  7. Canon PowerShot A1100IS – 12.1 Megapixels with a 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5-inch LCD. (9)
  8. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 – 12 Megapixels with a 5x MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3 inch LCD. (8)
  9. Canon PowerShot A480 – 10 Megapixels with a 3.3x Optical Zoom and 2.5-inch LCD. (6)
  10. Canon PowerShot SD940IS – 12.1 Megapixels with a 4x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-inch LCD. (6)
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  12. Fujifilm FinePix J28 – 10 Megapixels with a 3x Optical Zoom (pictured right) (5)
  13. Canon Powershot S90IS – 10 Megapixels with 3.8x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3-inch LCD (5)
  14. Canon PowerShot Pro Series S3 IS – 6 Megapixels with a 12x Image Stabilized Zoom (4)
  15. Nikon Coolpix L20 – 10 Megapixels with a 3.6 Optical Zoom and 3 inch LCD. (4)
  16. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS15 – 12 Megapixels with a 5x MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD. (4)
  17. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 – 12 Megapixels with a 5x Optical Zoom and Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization (4)
  18. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 – 12 Megapixels with a 4.6x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD. (4)
  19. Canon Powershot SD990IS – 14.7 Megapixels with a 3.7x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (3)
  20. Kodak EasyShare Z1485 – 14 Megapixels with a 5x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5 inch LCD. (3)
  21. Canon PowerShot G11 – 10 Megapixels with a 5x Wide Angle Optical Stabilized Zoom and 2.8-inch articulating LCD. (3)
  22. Nikon Coolpix S630 – 12 Megapixels with a 7x Optical Vibration Reduction (VR) Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD. (3)

canon-s90-point-and-shoot.jpgIt’s nice to see 6 manufacturers making this list – particularly seeing Panasonic come close to pipping Canon for the top spots!

PS: I’ve just bought myself a Canon Powershot S90IS (pictured right) – it’s very new and so didn’t feature high on the list as it came out partway through the period of this survey but I expect it and its big brother the G11 to climb the rankings in future months.

Have you bought a point and shoot digital camera recently? If so – what did you buy and how have you found it? We’re looking forward to seeing your mini review of your point and shoot camera in comments below.

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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+.

  • Jana

    Does anyone use Casio p&S??? that is ALL that my dad will buy anymore! He loves that brand! But, I don’t know anybody else who uses it! hahaha! I have a Canon Xsi, and my daughter (15) has a Kodak Easyshare (?) camera which she got when she turned 11….it has served her well. Now my younger daughter (turning 11) got a camera for Christmas (Nikon Coolpix–model, don’t remember, already returned it because the pictures were soooooo grainy! I read the horrible reviews and took it back….now on the search for something in the $120 price range for her!)

  • jack clarfelt

    I took my new S90 and my dslr Nikon D90 on holiday to Florida. The photos are mixed up in my album and the best praise I can give the S90 is that mostly you can’t tell any difference . The only way to distinguish them is to magnify by 100% where the Nikon is superior but at normal viewing sizes there is no difference. I usually shoot on Aperture or when I’m lazy on Program.

  • Shelly Ferguson

    Hi Darren, I was wondering how well my camera compared to the Kodak camera that you mentioned in the top 20 list. I am using the kodak easyshare DX7630 model. it takes really good pictures however I cannot seem to get a picture to load so you can check out some of the pictures on my facebook page in my photos.Thanks
    Sincerely

    Shelly K. Ferguson

  • John Ireland

    I love my Nikon D5000 for most of my shots, but a point and shoot is essential for the always around camera. For the longest time I have used a Canon Powershot Elph of some vein. My 7 MP variant has finally been demoted to my daughter’s camera and I am looking at a new one right now. I’ll probably get another Canon (I love my Nikon DSLR, but Canon owns the P&S realm), but probably stay a generation behind (10 MP range) since you can get them at huge discounts compared to the 12 MP variants right now. Given the size of that sensor I don’t think you need to cram 12 MP on there.

  • Mayukh

    Sony DSC H Series is absent in the list. The superzooms H50 or HX1 certainly deserve to make it among Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3/ Canon PowerShot SX120IS/ Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 (#3-5). Maybe they are overpriced which is typical of Sony, but they stand a class apart IMHO.

  • http://thesoulcage.deviantart.com coNs

    I have a Lumix DMC-FX01 (from 2007), and it’s pretty good, so the new ones must be awesome.
    [eimg url='http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2010/006/6/b/Heavy_cloud_no_rain_by_thesoulcage.jpg' title='Heavy_cloud_no_rain_by_thesoulcage.jpg']

  • rich

    I have a Nikon Coolpix L18 that takes great pics and good video also. I bought a new Pentax W-80 because of it’s ruggedness. It is really a disappointment. The pictures are very grainy and it takes a lot of shots out of focus. It works best in bright outdoor light. The video is OK. I sent it back but that was basically a joke. Does anyone else have any advise? I had a K 1000 for many years my first dslr is a K 10 and I just upgraded to the K20. All of them have been great.

  • Iva

    I used to have a Canon S2IS and it was pretty good performance-wise, but of poor physical quality. At some point, the zoom mechanism got stuck and ended up damaging the lens. As it was overpriced, I decided to go for something smaller with similar abilities and a friend who’s used about every bestselling compact-to-prosumer available recommended Panasonic Lumix TZ3. That was one great, great little camera. It served me for two years of non-stop (ab)use, it got wet twice and then, one day, it just didn’t turn on.

    While I’m still thinking about fixing it, I got a TZ7/ZS3 this year and it’s love at the first sight. <3 A recommendation.

  • Leo

    I am quite disappointed with my just recently bought Cannon Power Shot A3100 IS. Although it captures good quality photos, it always starts its Slide Show from the very first shot despite the fact that I have set its playback setting into the “last viewed” option. Furthermore, it lacks file management capabilities, like creating separate folders that you can choose to set as the default saving area and/or the playback folder. To me this is an important function that should have been incorporated in its menu, since digital point and shoot compact cameras are notorious in producing large quantity of photos. Sigh!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/27171557@N04/ achi

    a committed lover of photography can make great photos from any camera….that said ,there are number of nice cameras that you can buy…the smart way of doing so is to buy them just when the replacement model has come. you can then buy the same camera at 30 to 50% less. i purchased the canon S5IS in this way and its awesome.IMHO never spend too much on P&S.. if you are going to spend $350 then chip in a little more and buy the entry level dslr with a 50mm 1.8 lens…results will speak for themselves!!

    ANYWAY…dont worry about the camera..as there has been no dramatic improvement in image quality of all these cameras in last 5 years!! .just go out and take more photos . your success rate will go up by sheer statistics and the practice. have a good day and happy shooting!!

  • mahesh

    Hi,
    I am new to world of camera. I am confused about Canon SX20, Nikon P100 and Panasonic FZ35 / FZ28 / FZ50?

    Wud u suggest me which is better one in terms of picture quality and zoom?

  • Rich

    This category has been ruined because the camera companies have eliminated the viewfinder and put in a bunch of stupid features that most point and shooters don’t need or want. Many shots will be missed due to bright sun and glare that most point and shooters will probably not mind. I am a point and shooter because I like to carry my camera in my pocket all the time and I find the lack of a viewfinder a serious negative to my photography. So my only defense is to use my older cameras and not purchase any new ones, hoping the camera companies will realize their error and put the viewfinder back. How much could it cost? I’d gladly pay extra for a viewfinder.

  • Richard

    Mahesh, any of the cameras you have listed will make a fine super zoom camera, but certainly not pocket size!
    I would go with the Panasonic FZ35, then the Canon, and last the Nikon. The Panasonic seems to have the others beat on noise and sharpness, and it’s a very good value for the price.

    And Rich, some of the newest point and shoots have a very bright and clear screen that makes it easy to shoot even in bright sunlight conditions, although still not quite as easy as with a viewfinder, but acceptable. And the brightness is adjustable. I have no problems with my Canon SX210 IS, but a Kodak 1485 was not usable at all outdoors on a sunny day.

  • Danielle Joy R

    I purchased my first digital camera about a month ago. It’s a Nikon coolpix L110. My husband and I do weddings and other things as well as general photography. I did a lot of research before buying this camera and with my budget of around $200 it was the best one with the best optical zoom I could find. I was taught some about photography when I was teen by a professional photographer in town. He photographed famous people including his children. One of them was a a concert harpist. He swore by the Nikon brand. Of course his were not digital then(20 ish yrs ago). So I finally bought my Nikon and i love it! The zoom is better then my husband’s Pentax istDL 6.1MP Digital SLR Camera with zoom lens. I recently used it at a wedding job we had and the pictures were amazing! I love it! The video feature could use some help, but it’s not terrible. I love the sports setting. It takes a bunch of pictures one after the other so it looks like it’s a video. The pictures are a bit on the grainy side though on this setting. I am attaching some pictures I have taken with this camera. Oh yeah…it’s 12.1 mp15 x zoom 3.0 inch LCD and it’s red! I love it!

  • Danielle Joy R

    I purchased my first digital camera about a month ago. It’s a Nikon coolpix L110. My husband and I do weddings and other things as well as general photography. I did a lot of research before buying this camera and with my budget of around $200 it was the best one with the best optical zoom I could find. I was taught some about photography when I was teen by a professional photographer in town. He photographed famous people including his children. One of them was a a concert harpist. He swore by the Nikon brand. Of course his were not digital then(20 ish yrs ago). So I finally bought my Nikon and i love it! The zoom is better then my husband’s Pentax istDL 6.1MP Digital SLR Camera with zoom lens. I recently used it at a wedding job we had and the pictures were amazing! I love it! The video feature could use some help, but it’s not terrible. I love the sports setting. It takes a bunch of pictures one after the other so it looks like it’s a video. The pictures are a bit on the grainy side though on this setting. I am attaching some pictures I have taken with this camera. Oh yeah…it’s 12.1 mp15 x zoom 3.0 inch LCD and it’s red! I love it! [eimg url='mntwashingtonhotel.jpg' title='mntwashingtonhotel.jpg'][eimg url='sage1.jpg' title='sage1.jpg'][eimg url='sage2.jpg' title='sage2.jpg'][eimg url='fave.jpg' title='fave.jpg']

  • thesinglecouple

    Hi
    Thanks for the great article…

    So does that mean the Canon SX120 is not a DSLR? I’m getting kinda muddled here. . …=(

  • Riete

    Hi,
    I’m new here and almost new to photography. I used to have an Olympus 790SW which was lovely, but I want a bit more options, especially more zoom functions.
    But … as a newby, I’m totally mixed up now. So many possibilities.
    I have been looking at the Olympus SP 800-UZ.
    Anyone any thoughts about that one? Please??

  • Jamie Clevenger

    My husband bought me a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330 for Christmas, and I love it. My problem is, how can I utilize this camera to get great shots???? I consider myself a beginner, and would LOVE more tips on how to use this thing!!!!!

  • Dave

    Sorry to see that my Nikon L110 didn’t make the list. You wouldn’t believe some of the photos I shot with the camera. Its been a real workhorse for me. At last count it was at 9700 photos and it is still going strong. I still take it along with me even when I am carrying my DSLR…….

  • Lisa

    Haven’t seen any comments on the canon powershot sx40, bought in November love it, still learning great shots and amazing 35x zoom. It’s as close to getting a slr but no extra lenses. If anyone has one would love some tips!

  • http://www.notyet.com Jaykay144

    Nikon S8200 purchased in Nov11 with 16MP and 14x zoom lense, plus full HD 1920×1080 video 30fps). The optical zoom reaches to 350mm and if you can stand the digital zoom for that long reach animal or flower shot (wait for it … wait for it … wait for it …) 700mm.

    (Sorry too many Psyche episodes with The Guster and his friend).

    Quite crisp pics for $350.00 and the hand held night shots are very good.
    Cheers

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  • Jaykay144

    July 13, 2012 08:09 pm

    Nikon S8200 purchased in Nov11 with 16MP and 14x zoom lense, plus full HD 1920x1080 video 30fps). The optical zoom reaches to 350mm and if you can stand the digital zoom for that long reach animal or flower shot (wait for it ... wait for it ... wait for it ...) 700mm.

    (Sorry too many Psyche episodes with The Guster and his friend).

    Quite crisp pics for $350.00 and the hand held night shots are very good.
    Cheers

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  • Lisa

    January 13, 2012 02:54 pm

    Haven't seen any comments on the canon powershot sx40, bought in November love it, still learning great shots and amazing 35x zoom. It's as close to getting a slr but no extra lenses. If anyone has one would love some tips!

  • Dave

    November 12, 2011 07:45 am

    Sorry to see that my Nikon L110 didn't make the list. You wouldn't believe some of the photos I shot with the camera. Its been a real workhorse for me. At last count it was at 9700 photos and it is still going strong. I still take it along with me even when I am carrying my DSLR.......

  • Jamie Clevenger

    January 18, 2011 08:45 am

    My husband bought me a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330 for Christmas, and I love it. My problem is, how can I utilize this camera to get great shots???? I consider myself a beginner, and would LOVE more tips on how to use this thing!!!!!

  • Riete

    December 28, 2010 03:06 pm

    Hi,
    I'm new here and almost new to photography. I used to have an Olympus 790SW which was lovely, but I want a bit more options, especially more zoom functions.
    But ... as a newby, I'm totally mixed up now. So many possibilities.
    I have been looking at the Olympus SP 800-UZ.
    Anyone any thoughts about that one? Please??

  • thesinglecouple

    September 14, 2010 06:56 pm

    Hi
    Thanks for the great article...

    So does that mean the Canon SX120 is not a DSLR? I'm getting kinda muddled here. . ...=(

  • Danielle Joy R

    July 27, 2010 10:57 am

    I purchased my first digital camera about a month ago. It's a Nikon coolpix L110. My husband and I do weddings and other things as well as general photography. I did a lot of research before buying this camera and with my budget of around $200 it was the best one with the best optical zoom I could find. I was taught some about photography when I was teen by a professional photographer in town. He photographed famous people including his children. One of them was a a concert harpist. He swore by the Nikon brand. Of course his were not digital then(20 ish yrs ago). So I finally bought my Nikon and i love it! The zoom is better then my husband's Pentax istDL 6.1MP Digital SLR Camera with zoom lens. I recently used it at a wedding job we had and the pictures were amazing! I love it! The video feature could use some help, but it's not terrible. I love the sports setting. It takes a bunch of pictures one after the other so it looks like it's a video. The pictures are a bit on the grainy side though on this setting. I am attaching some pictures I have taken with this camera. Oh yeah...it's 12.1 mp15 x zoom 3.0 inch LCD and it's red! I love it! [eimg url='mntwashingtonhotel.jpg' title='mntwashingtonhotel.jpg'][eimg url='sage1.jpg' title='sage1.jpg'][eimg url='sage2.jpg' title='sage2.jpg'][eimg url='fave.jpg' title='fave.jpg']

  • Danielle Joy R

    July 27, 2010 10:06 am

    I purchased my first digital camera about a month ago. It's a Nikon coolpix L110. My husband and I do weddings and other things as well as general photography. I did a lot of research before buying this camera and with my budget of around $200 it was the best one with the best optical zoom I could find. I was taught some about photography when I was teen by a professional photographer in town. He photographed famous people including his children. One of them was a a concert harpist. He swore by the Nikon brand. Of course his were not digital then(20 ish yrs ago). So I finally bought my Nikon and i love it! The zoom is better then my husband's Pentax istDL 6.1MP Digital SLR Camera with zoom lens. I recently used it at a wedding job we had and the pictures were amazing! I love it! The video feature could use some help, but it's not terrible. I love the sports setting. It takes a bunch of pictures one after the other so it looks like it's a video. The pictures are a bit on the grainy side though on this setting. I am attaching some pictures I have taken with this camera. Oh yeah...it's 12.1 mp15 x zoom 3.0 inch LCD and it's red! I love it!

  • Richard

    July 23, 2010 04:01 am

    Mahesh, any of the cameras you have listed will make a fine super zoom camera, but certainly not pocket size!
    I would go with the Panasonic FZ35, then the Canon, and last the Nikon. The Panasonic seems to have the others beat on noise and sharpness, and it's a very good value for the price.

    And Rich, some of the newest point and shoots have a very bright and clear screen that makes it easy to shoot even in bright sunlight conditions, although still not quite as easy as with a viewfinder, but acceptable. And the brightness is adjustable. I have no problems with my Canon SX210 IS, but a Kodak 1485 was not usable at all outdoors on a sunny day.

  • Rich

    June 13, 2010 07:32 pm

    This category has been ruined because the camera companies have eliminated the viewfinder and put in a bunch of stupid features that most point and shooters don't need or want. Many shots will be missed due to bright sun and glare that most point and shooters will probably not mind. I am a point and shooter because I like to carry my camera in my pocket all the time and I find the lack of a viewfinder a serious negative to my photography. So my only defense is to use my older cameras and not purchase any new ones, hoping the camera companies will realize their error and put the viewfinder back. How much could it cost? I'd gladly pay extra for a viewfinder.

  • mahesh

    June 10, 2010 06:10 am

    Hi,
    I am new to world of camera. I am confused about Canon SX20, Nikon P100 and Panasonic FZ35 / FZ28 / FZ50?

    Wud u suggest me which is better one in terms of picture quality and zoom?

  • achi

    May 15, 2010 04:15 pm

    a committed lover of photography can make great photos from any camera....that said ,there are number of nice cameras that you can buy...the smart way of doing so is to buy them just when the replacement model has come. you can then buy the same camera at 30 to 50% less. i purchased the canon S5IS in this way and its awesome.IMHO never spend too much on P&S.. if you are going to spend $350 then chip in a little more and buy the entry level dslr with a 50mm 1.8 lens...results will speak for themselves!!

    ANYWAY...dont worry about the camera..as there has been no dramatic improvement in image quality of all these cameras in last 5 years!! .just go out and take more photos . your success rate will go up by sheer statistics and the practice. have a good day and happy shooting!!

  • Leo

    April 19, 2010 05:38 pm

    I am quite disappointed with my just recently bought Cannon Power Shot A3100 IS. Although it captures good quality photos, it always starts its Slide Show from the very first shot despite the fact that I have set its playback setting into the "last viewed" option. Furthermore, it lacks file management capabilities, like creating separate folders that you can choose to set as the default saving area and/or the playback folder. To me this is an important function that should have been incorporated in its menu, since digital point and shoot compact cameras are notorious in producing large quantity of photos. Sigh!

  • Iva

    April 8, 2010 01:36 pm

    I used to have a Canon S2IS and it was pretty good performance-wise, but of poor physical quality. At some point, the zoom mechanism got stuck and ended up damaging the lens. As it was overpriced, I decided to go for something smaller with similar abilities and a friend who's used about every bestselling compact-to-prosumer available recommended Panasonic Lumix TZ3. That was one great, great little camera. It served me for two years of non-stop (ab)use, it got wet twice and then, one day, it just didn't turn on.

    While I'm still thinking about fixing it, I got a TZ7/ZS3 this year and it's love at the first sight. <3 A recommendation.

  • rich

    January 17, 2010 10:25 am

    I have a Nikon Coolpix L18 that takes great pics and good video also. I bought a new Pentax W-80 because of it's ruggedness. It is really a disappointment. The pictures are very grainy and it takes a lot of shots out of focus. It works best in bright outdoor light. The video is OK. I sent it back but that was basically a joke. Does anyone else have any advise? I had a K 1000 for many years my first dslr is a K 10 and I just upgraded to the K20. All of them have been great.

  • coNs

    January 9, 2010 04:39 am

    I have a Lumix DMC-FX01 (from 2007), and it's pretty good, so the new ones must be awesome.
    [eimg url='http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2010/006/6/b/Heavy_cloud_no_rain_by_thesoulcage.jpg' title='Heavy_cloud_no_rain_by_thesoulcage.jpg']

  • Mayukh

    January 4, 2010 11:31 pm

    Sony DSC H Series is absent in the list. The superzooms H50 or HX1 certainly deserve to make it among Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3/ Canon PowerShot SX120IS/ Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 (#3-5). Maybe they are overpriced which is typical of Sony, but they stand a class apart IMHO.

  • John Ireland

    January 2, 2010 02:33 am

    I love my Nikon D5000 for most of my shots, but a point and shoot is essential for the always around camera. For the longest time I have used a Canon Powershot Elph of some vein. My 7 MP variant has finally been demoted to my daughter's camera and I am looking at a new one right now. I'll probably get another Canon (I love my Nikon DSLR, but Canon owns the P&S realm), but probably stay a generation behind (10 MP range) since you can get them at huge discounts compared to the 12 MP variants right now. Given the size of that sensor I don't think you need to cram 12 MP on there.

  • Shelly Ferguson

    December 31, 2009 09:54 pm

    Hi Darren, I was wondering how well my camera compared to the Kodak camera that you mentioned in the top 20 list. I am using the kodak easyshare DX7630 model. it takes really good pictures however I cannot seem to get a picture to load so you can check out some of the pictures on my facebook page in my photos.Thanks
    Sincerely

    Shelly K. Ferguson

  • jack clarfelt

    December 31, 2009 08:50 pm

    I took my new S90 and my dslr Nikon D90 on holiday to Florida. The photos are mixed up in my album and the best praise I can give the S90 is that mostly you can't tell any difference . The only way to distinguish them is to magnify by 100% where the Nikon is superior but at normal viewing sizes there is no difference. I usually shoot on Aperture or when I'm lazy on Program.

  • Jana

    December 31, 2009 02:57 pm

    Does anyone use Casio p&S??? that is ALL that my dad will buy anymore! He loves that brand! But, I don't know anybody else who uses it! hahaha! I have a Canon Xsi, and my daughter (15) has a Kodak Easyshare (?) camera which she got when she turned 11....it has served her well. Now my younger daughter (turning 11) got a camera for Christmas (Nikon Coolpix--model, don't remember, already returned it because the pictures were soooooo grainy! I read the horrible reviews and took it back....now on the search for something in the $120 price range for her!)

  • farridhusin

    December 31, 2009 01:15 pm

    hi there,
    i just recently bought a Canon Powershot G11 digital camera. perhaps you guys can review some of the photos captured by its lens at my website. ( http://156.tumblr.com ).

  • kmr

    December 24, 2009 03:04 pm

    Hi to all,
    Please, can some one advise me which camera I should buy. I have SONY W5 and It's doing really nice but now I want to up grade. so I am considering
    Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ7
    or
    Canon Power Shot SX 200 IS
    or
    Canon Power Shot SX 120 IS
    which one would be the best for Low Light, sporting, and landscape photography. or if you any any other model in mind better then above model so please suggest.
    I am not looking for SLRs please

  • Dennis White

    December 24, 2009 04:32 am

    I have a Nikon P80 That I am really enjoying. Had it about a year. Like it so well went back and got a Nikon L20 for my wife to use. When I got the P80, I Iooked at Fuji and Panasonic. Side by side with the Nikon, no comparison.

  • joe kies

    December 22, 2009 11:38 am

    BOY! I sure wish I could see some comments on something besides canon and nikon.. nothing against either,, but people knew about PENTAX,, it was [film] and is [I think]one of the 3 best cameras in the world..
    I recently got an x70, and so far think it is upholding the pentax name and rep.. joe

  • tlake55

    December 22, 2009 06:27 am

    Last Christmas I was given the Canon PowerShot SX10, what an AWESOME camera!!! I've taken about 1200 pictures since last Christmas...OH it's fun to use!!! I was only a novice photographer but wanted something digital and wanted something with some options so I could grow into it. I did lots of reading up on photography and checked out this website since receiving the SX10. I think the camera has helped me take better pictures (along with some reading). It's a bit above a point-and-shoot but not quite to the DSLR level...It has the look of a DSLR, so it's bigger than a standard point-and-shoot, but gives you the point-and-shoot ease-ability with some options to make your "own" shots (some semi-manual and manual modes, and lots of in-betweens). The Canon PS SX10 is a GREAT camera!!
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/35749970@N02/3507409313/' title='CAMPING.YANKEE SPRINGS-4.24.09' url='http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3397/3507409313_809e8c0b1a_o.jpg']

  • djoena

    December 18, 2009 02:58 pm

    i bought an S90 last november 14th. it's an awesome piece of digital device.

  • Doug Atkinson

    December 18, 2009 02:26 pm

    I had my first chance today to really start to play with my PowerShot SD780IS that was given to me as a birthday present. I'm very new to photography (other than the typical vacation photos) but I really loved these first attempts. It was a nice surprise to find that the special features of the camera are readily accessible not only with the placement of the controls, but with the clarity of the display.

    http://atkinsondp56.blogspot.com/2009/12/first-attempts.html

  • r4 dsi

    December 16, 2009 08:08 pm

    Great information. Nice images. I have Canon Powershot S90IS. The Canon PowerShot S90 is a well designed, solid camera. The build quality is excellent. It's small, but easy to handle. It has features that aren't on my DSLR and is quite capable. All-in-all, a very good camera and well worth the money.

  • Steven Collins

    December 16, 2009 10:12 am

    I have involved with photography for a long time and have bought quite a few SLRs in my time. But after while weight and the constant expense made me loose interest. I converted over to an Olympus IS10 in the 1990's a film version of todays point and shoot with 28 to 110mm zoom lens. I have it today, this camera has been all over the world with me over years that I have it and I taken many good photographs with it.
    So I am an early convert to these sort of cameras, I have since had three digital super zoom cameras and I have bought the Fujifilm's new FinePix S200EXR after doing a lot of research and playing with it in the camera shop.
    My only real gripe with these sort of camera's is their electronic viewfinders and the power lens system. It would be perfect if used the DSLR optical viewfinder, yes it would add a bit of weight and to the cost. But the benefits would out way the cost and weight. The main reason I chose Fujifilm's new FinePix S200EXR was because of its lens which is mechancial and not electronic zoom. Plus it feels like a DSLR, which what I like without all of expense of different lenses. At least I am half way there to my perfect superzoom.

  • ALOKE KUMAR BASU

    December 16, 2009 02:07 am

    THESE WHOLE ARRAY OF COMMENTS WERE HELPFUL TO SOME EXTENT THAT LED TO MY BUYING OF NIKON COOLPIX P90 PS CAMERA AND I TOOK SOME GREAT SHOTS WITH THAT EVEN IN DEMANDING SHOOTING CONDITIONS. THANKS TO NIKON'S REPUTATION FOR GREAT OPTICS AND INVARIABLY THEIR TRUSTED TECHNOLOGY.

  • Abernathy

    December 14, 2009 08:01 pm

    I'm really new in photography. I've always been interested in the art but felt very reluctant to share my photos or claim 'I'm into photography' because I only have a point-and-shoot camera (Canon PowerShot A430). However, I recently gained a lot of confidence to take up this new hobby when people started noticing how good my photos are and some people were actually surprised to know that I only used a point-and-shoot to take them. Since I've found a new liking for the beach and underwater life, I then purchased another one, a Canon PowerShot D10. I know I'm very far from affording a DSLR, but I'm looking forward to get creative with what I currently have and honestly, this website is helping me out a lot! ü

  • Rajev

    December 12, 2009 06:08 am

    First of all Eden Connell, I loved your pics. They are awosome.

    I just read the review of canon SX 200 and seems to be a wonderful PS camera.

    Pre-PMA 2009: Canon has jumped into the small-body, moderate zoom market (think Panasonic TZ5) with the PowerShot SX200 IS zoom compact. Sporting a 12.1 MP sensor, image-stabilized lens with 12x Optical zoom (28 - 336mm equiv) and a 3.0" LCD, it includes a host of features including the Smart Auto mode and enhanced Easy mode, Enhanced Face Detection with Face Select & Track, Face Self-Timer, Auto Red-Eye Correction and HD video recording.

    The full review :-

    http://www.dpreview.com/news/0902/09021804canonsx200is.asp

  • joe kies

    December 8, 2009 11:26 pm

    just got myself a pentax x70 superzoom.. for a more reasonable price, I still [started in the film days] think that pentax are one of the three best cameras made.. joe

  • Zack Jones

    December 8, 2009 06:53 am

    I bought the Canon PowerShot D10 not too long ago (it's not on the list) and it's a pretty good camera. Image quality is okay but I love that it's water proof so I can use it around water without worrying about it. For me it's an 8/10 camera. I'd rate it higher if it supported RAW format. The processor it uses supports the format but Canon elected not to enable it on the camera.

  • kevin

    December 6, 2009 09:38 pm

    I am looking to purchase a panasonic zr1 point&shoot cam for my 6mths trip to USA this coming winter

    i would like to ask the readers/professionals here whether my point&shoot camera will malfunction/stall in the winter? (e.g minus 15 degress celcius)

    i need advice. thanks.

  • jagcanivel

    December 6, 2009 01:32 am

    bought a canon ixus 750 5 yrs ago and fell in love with photography ever since. such a user friendly camera that first timers wont have trouble handling.

  • Tony

    December 5, 2009 04:46 pm

    I have the Cannon s31s and I enjoy shoting pics with it. Great camera for the money and great features. I would recomend this camera to anyone. I plan to own one again as I need to rebuy or update.

  • Sim

    December 5, 2009 06:32 am

    I brought the Olympus SP 590UZ after reading about it on your forum, before that I had the SP500, I adore my camera and the focal range I now have, take it everywhere as it so easy fits into my bag, I am able to take macro of 1cm to 26 Optical zoom range images for bird watching to landscapes all in the flick of a switch, it's such a fantastic camera for my use and I continue to learn with it every time i use it .

  • Manuel

    December 5, 2009 05:46 am

    This post and others doesn't have date. How can we know if the information remain valid? by comments date?

  • Julie

    December 4, 2009 05:26 pm

    Hi-I bought a Kodak Easyshare ZD710 about a year ago & I love it. Ease of use, Fantastic photos and most of all the 10X optical zoom. Bought it for ebay to sell my jewelry;only 7mps but it does 2mm gems just fine. And the price was right: $120. It does great for what I need ti for and any other purpose I've run into since then. It takes great panoramic photos and the video feature is pretty neat although I already have a nice Sony Video Cam.

  • Dang Ninh Phuong

    December 4, 2009 12:58 pm

    I have Canon 40D with 7 lenses (1lens from my film camera) for hobby and a Canon S5 IS just for meeting, seminar or when I want to travel very light. I'm happy with the two cameras, but the difference between them in photography I think everybody know.

  • Aniruddha H D

    December 4, 2009 09:05 am

    I am using a Sony DSC H7 for the past 2 years. Although it has many, many cons such as high noise at considerably low ISO, slow focusing and so on, I think I have put it to a rigorous use through rain, subzero temperatures and so on, and is still working fine. The macros and landscapes are excellent, which I couldnt achieve through a Canon S5IS - its so called rival camera since both released during same time and both featured similar characters. I'm not surprised why Sony H7 didn't make it to the list, but it's a good cam, I like it!

    If I have to buy a cam now, I'll definitely go for a DSLR, point-and-shoot is excellent for learning before diving in for the big fish.

  • Mario

    December 4, 2009 07:23 am

    why the powershot SX200 IS is not in the list :(

  • Murray Schwartz

    December 4, 2009 06:45 am

    I purchased an Olympus SP 565UZ went to Sam's & paid $250 10 pix & 20 x Op terrific pictures have a Canon 590 & my favorite small carry (with me always) Stylus 1010 10Pix 7 op Its almost a small workhorse
    Murray

  • Eden Connell

    December 4, 2009 06:00 am

    Hi guys,

    I have always bought Canon point-and-shoot cameras I buy mainly the IXUS range and have bought at least five of them and upgraded as the mega pixels increased.... the last one I had was the 960is it was a little too bulky compared to the other IXUS cameras I had. I like to carry them around with me most of the time so I can be ready to capture the perfect shot.

    I recently wanted another camera for my collection as I have an SLR the Canon 40D I do lots of surfing an adventure sports so I decided on the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS1 due to its waterproof and shockproof capabilities. I have had it for one month, it is everything I expected and takes pictures very fast (not much lag), picture quality is good for a point-and-shoot, this camera struggles in low light but the reveiws say this as well so it was expected. It is up to a Canon standard so I'm happy with it. Yet to fully test it out surfing can't wait.

    I met someone travelling who bought the same camera and it has leaked I hope this doesn't happen with mine.

    Only negatives is the lens doesn't have a cover so it can easily get scratched in your pocket and the screen has a few scratches from bouncing around in my boardshort pocket.

    I would rate this camera 8.5 out of 10

    ****DOES ANYONE HAVE THIS CAMERA? AND HAS IT LEAKED?******

    I have taken some great images here are some samples:

    Example of low light shot:
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/zoominwitheden/4094112778/' title='20091109-P1000011' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2591/4094112778_75cddd8503.jpg']

    I was impressed with the picture quality of this shot:
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/zoominwitheden/4094115154/' title='20091110-P1000095' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2799/4094115154_84b6edb498.jpg']

    Under the sea:
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/zoominwitheden/4119155326/' title='20091115-P1000413' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2582/4119155326_cdb51ce47a.jpg']

    My secret island:
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/zoominwitheden/4118386165/' title='20091115-P1000473' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2711/4118386165_522cf8a6bb.jpg']

  • Patrick Stivers

    December 4, 2009 05:51 am

    I recently swapped out my Powershot SX110IS for the SX120IS and really enjoy it. I've pretty much relegated it to personal shots of me with family, girlfriend, at work, whatever, so I can leave my Rebel Xsi on RAW for actual hobby shoots. It's a wonderful little camera with great setting options and outstanding quality.

  • Sarah Graham-Taylor

    December 4, 2009 05:43 am

    My Panasonic Lumix DMC T27 is fantastic. Takes beautiful photos, is really easy to use and a nice size to carry (I use a Canon 5D Mk II plus heavy lenses usually). Took the Lumix to the Arctic in September, as well as the DSLR above, and it performed brilliantly. Highly recommended

  • GAry McClure

    December 4, 2009 05:38 am

    I Just purchased the Canon G11 - and I love it. It has all the manual features of a more powerful SLR type (like my Canon 5D) but I have found that in it's auto mode, the camera's processor captures even the most challenging images. The only issue I have with it is at low light settings and a High ISO, it seems to have more digital noise that I would have hoped for - but all in all the best point and shoot I have ever had!

  • tish robinson

    December 4, 2009 01:28 am

    I bought a Kodak EasyShare Z980 a few months ago. Upgraded from a slightly lower Z model which I've used for for my travel blog and magazine travel articles. Wanted better resolution but it also offers other unique features. First and foremost, it is very easy to use. But it offers very good quality photos.

  • Taylor

    December 3, 2009 03:05 pm

    I wish my camera was on that list, it rocks! I have a Samsung SL620. You should have a 10 or 20 cameras under $200 article. For the more thrifty of us! That would be a really cool article.

  • Darren

    December 3, 2009 01:17 pm

    Hmmm. I have the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 and it is junk. I wish I could return it, alas, I can't.

  • Cornell

    December 3, 2009 08:00 am

    How far back does DPS go to compile its statistics? The S3IS has had a few successors -- first the S5IS, then the SX 10, and now the SX 20 -- over the past several years.

  • Rich

    December 3, 2009 06:13 am

    The Canon S90 is next on my list. I played around with it at the store, and it's the perfect size to carry around with you everyday. But I do have to say that it's priced a little high. Even though it has a fast lens and great image processor, it lacks some basic features that are found in other point-n-shoot cameras in the same price range.

    Currently, the S90 is going for $399 at some online retailers. I think I'll wait till it drops down to $350.

  • Tiffany

    December 3, 2009 05:30 am

    I am doing a giveaway on my site for some fake mustaches. It's been the 'in' photography prop lately and I'm giving some away at this link http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2009/12/the-gift-box-a-giveaway/. Thought some of you may be interested.

  • Dave

    December 3, 2009 04:59 am

    I bought a Canon G10 about this time a year ago. Epson had a big rebate on printers, and an extra $100 if you bought a camera at the same time. That made the G10 price a little more appealing.

  • Ed V.

    December 3, 2009 03:59 am

    Got myself a Panasonic LZ10 back in August for only US$120. My first Panasonic after 4 Canons (still have and use them for different purposes). Despite that it has full manual controls and lens-based stabilization. Doesn't do too badly either--just keep the ISO at 400 or less...

  • Snooze

    December 3, 2009 03:25 am

    I bought a G11 not so long ago and I'm enjoying it tremendously, because it does what it claims to do which is to perform well in low light. I found it frustrating when shooting indoors with my older Canon S2IS. I either had to use longer shutter speed which, without a tripod, blurred my shots or use ISO higher than 100 which resulted to grainy images. G11 is fun to be had! You can check out the photos I've taken using this baby and you be the judge.

  • staxnet

    December 3, 2009 03:18 am

    I am loving the G11. I am blown away by its low light performance. Not a DSLR or 4/3 killer by any stretch, but it is still quite impressive and a hell of a lot of fun to play with.

  • Martin Schiff

    December 3, 2009 02:20 am

    I just purchased an S90 as well, and love it. I already had an SD1100IS which I also liked, but the S90 is better in so many ways. It's larger sensor and excellent noise reduction capabilities produce images that are much higher quality, even at high ISO settings. With my SD1100, anything above 200ISO was quite noisy. The S90 is usable at 1600ISO and even at 3200ISO it's not that bad. Also the level of control that you have with the S90 is worlds better than the SD1100, to say nothing of the fact that you can shoot RAW. They really hit a home run with this one.

  • Lena

    December 3, 2009 01:50 am

    I am so glad that this post came now! Just in time for me to make my final decisions about a p&s for my 11 yr old niece for Xmas! While I have the Nikon P80 which I love to death (See below), I would obviously not spend so much on an 11yr olds camera. I was looking at one that is on the list! YAY! Canon A1100is. You have now given me several options to compare now. I have held and used the A1100is though in the store, and really liked it. The feel, the quality... the only thing I was hearing was shotty battery life. But she didn't use rechargables.

    On to my personal P&S, my P80 is great. I got it (for $200) after recommending it to my SIL two years ago. (orig price $299-$350 or so) It really compares to my DSLR in so many ways, plus the 18x zoom is amazing. Of course using the zoom in low light situations becomes a situation, as I have noticed with any P&S camera with high zoom. Perfect for concerts, or to carry around. Unlike it's sister P90 that I almost got for the faster shoot speed, which while they say is not much bigger, it is a giant compared to the P80. I am sure the quality is about the same though. But really, for $400, I would rather pick up a beginner DSLR. Prior to that, I had the Kodak Z612. Amazing P&S. Lots of similar features also to a DSLR, which I started using before I got the thing wet. :( Amazing concert shots... when my DSLR dropped, and I needed to use it instead, I was upset, but then realized the quality was awesome! Although only a 6.1, it still produced amazing images.

  • Christoph

    December 3, 2009 01:39 am

    I shot a lot of my early photos with the faithful, cheap and fast Casio Exilim Z-57. Would I buy a point and shoot today, I would probably go for a Fuji EXR sensor camera - or a Olympus EP-1 (not strictly point and shoot though). See some point and shoot picture below!

    (An earlier comment contained pictures but didn't appear here...)

  • Tim Almdal

    December 3, 2009 01:26 am

    I just switched from the Pentax K10D with a ton of lens to the Canon G11. Now all my photography equipment fits in a pocket. :-)

    I just felt that cameras are changing so quickly, that I no longer wanted to be committed to a particular camera brand. It also helps that I know longer have to carry around 5-10lbs of camera equipment all the time (i took my camera and at least 2 lens everywhere). Which usually meant the lens I really wanted was at home.

  • rian

    December 3, 2009 01:23 am

    i just got me a g11.. a mini-review..? well, it's great! ;D beats lugging around a dslr all the time.. actually the s90is was the other p&s i was looking into but oh well.. and yep, i ditto ed's comment about these cams being a tad pricey..

  • Kitch

    December 3, 2009 01:17 am

    I picked up an S90 just days after it's release and have about 3000 shots through it thus far. It's the first time since moving to a DSLR about 2 years ago that I have used a PS camera again. I love it! Some recent workflow improvements have made it even better! I wrote a little blog post at http://www.thekitch.com/photography/canon-s90-and-distortion with info about the workflow. Check it out!

  • Frank Worth

    December 3, 2009 01:01 am

    I just purchased the Nikon S630 and am very impressed. I bought the camera so that I could have something small to carry with me at all times. The camera works well with the other nikon software that I had on my computer. I took a picture of my dog and had it enlarged to 11x17 inches and was amazed at the sharpness. It was equal to the Nikon D5000 which I also own. It is very easy to use and if you are looking for image sharpness, check out this fine instrument.

  • Tom

    December 3, 2009 12:52 am

    I just bought me a canon powershot sx200, next to my alpha 200 from sony. It's very compact, and the pictures arent too bad. And most of all, the zoom is 12x optical:) for 'only' 220 euro's.

  • Ed O'Keeffe

    December 3, 2009 12:48 am

    I think the problem with the Canon G11 and your new S90IS is they are both very expensive. Obviously they have a ton of features but I still feel that even a little drop in price would see the sales of both camera go through the roof.

    Personally I know I would love that new S90IS camera and I'm a big Nikon fan! Hopefully after Christmas the prices on these particular compacts will drop.

  • Christoph

    December 3, 2009 12:35 am

    I shot a lot of my early photos with the faithful, cheap and fast Casio Exilim Z-57. Would I buy a point and shoot today, I would probably go for a Fuji EXR sensor camera - or a Olympus EP-1 (not strictly point and shoot though). See some point and shoot picture below!

    [eimg url='http://www.flickr.com/photos/focx/3971476263' title='3971476263'] [eimg url='http://www.flickr.com/photos/focx/3761497088' title='3761497088']

  • Christoph

    December 3, 2009 12:34 am

    I shot a lot of my early photos with the faithful, cheap and fast Casio Exilim Z-57. Would I buy a point and shoot today, I would probably go for a Fuji EXR sensor camera - or a Olympus EP-1 (not strictly point and shoot though). See some point and shoot picture below!

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/focx/3971476263/' title='Uryunuma bog / ?????' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2596/3971476263_e38ee3ac5e.jpg'] [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/focx/3761497088/' title='Summer' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2457/3761497088_d5c20fed06.jpg']

  • Christoph

    December 3, 2009 12:34 am

    I shot a lot of my early photos with the faithful, cheap and fast Casio Exilim Z-57. Would I buy a point and shoot today, I would probably go for a Fuji EXR sensor camera - or a Olympus EP-1 (not strictly point and shoot though). See some point and shoot picture below!

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/focx/3971476263/' title='Uryunuma bog / ?????' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2596/3971476263_e38ee3ac5e.jpg']

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