Not everyone interested in photography is a professional photographer. The complexities involved in functioning of modern day cameras and camcorders are hard to handle and understand for an ordinary photographer. Apart from professionals, the regular photographers require a less complicated camera for everyday use. The best option for such casual photographers is “Point and Shoot” camera. Following are listed five best options in Point and Shoot camera listing.

Casio Exilim EX-Z150:

This 8.1 mp camera is basically teen oriented, judging from the variety of striking colors it possesses, including black and silver. Designed beautifully, this camera is basically all metal and hard. A teenager photography geek will be quite happy to hold it in his hands.

It has a 3” LCD at the rear side, which certainly is a good feature. This camera shares its design with the previous Exilim cameras and is built on the similar lines. It offers a steady and firm grip, so that the photographer can fully concentrate on the image to capture rather than focusing on the slipping camera. On the top right corner at the backside of the camera, there is located the video button. Near it is a row of buttons with dedicated functions like playback, flash, delete and video controls. Most of the functions have to be accessed by navigating through the menu.

A number of preset options include Auto, backlight, portrait, landscape, text, nighttimes etc. other features include face detection, anti shake, color tinted shots, Youtube video mode, ebay mode, and direct Youtube uploading. This camera costs $200, and shoots pretty fine photos, but a bit noisy videos. Also, it suffers from shutter delay and limited focusing abilities.


  • Max. Megapixels: 8.1Megapixels
  • Optical Zoom: 4X Zoom
  • Zoom Range Min. (mm): 28
  • Zoom Range Max. (mm): 112
  • Weight (ounces): 5.3, Media Slots: SD Card

Product’s Unique Selling Points:

  • Huge 3” LCD
  • Easy to use


  • Slow to focus and shoot
  • No zoom while shooting video

Sony Cyber shot DSC W170:

It is a 10 mp cyber shot camera offering a wide angle Carl Zeiss lens with 5 x optical zoom. It has a shiny outer case, and the rear side is a bit crowded than the front panel. The design is a bit professional looking and the camera feels sturdy. At the rear, there is a labeled function dial, too. Buttons are a bit small, and thus difficult to handle sometimes.When the small button factor comes to the Menu button, it is a greater difficulty. Also, the “down” button doubles as self timer, so it takes time to get used to its functions.

There is a 2.7” screen, but the camera also possesses a tiny viewfinder, which one can use when the battery is low. Though the camera features 5x optical zoom; the result is not up to the mark. Flash intensity is adjustable, but images seem quite soft.


  • Max. Megapixels: 10.1Megapixels
  • Optical Zoom: 5X Zoom
  • Zoom Range Min. (mm): 28
  • Zoom Range Max. (mm): 140
  • Weight (ounces): 6, Media Slots: Memory Stick

Product’s Unique Selling Points:

  • Full featured
  • Unique extras
  • 5x optical zoom
  • Carl Zeiss lens


  • No zooming while shooting video
  • In-camera navigation takes practice

Pentax Optio A40:

This is a simple 12 mp camera with 3x zoom and high quality features. This black and silver camera has a gorgeous look. There are two grips which keep the user’s hand away from the lens and flash, and the 2.5” seemingly small screen works quite well both indoor and outdoor.

Image stabilizer is one great feature, which helps you take better and clearer shots while capturing moving objects. This feature works really well in this petite camera. With the ease of many frequently used functions having dedicated buttons, this camera has a wonderful image quality.

Though images can seem noisy sometimes, you will hardly find artifacts. Only if it had a 5x zoom and a RAW image option, we would count it in coolest cameras; though it is much finer than other cameras of its class, costing $250.


  • Max. Megapixels: 12Megapixels
  • Optical Zoom: 3X Zoom
  • Zoom Range Min. (mm): 37
  • Zoom Range Max. (mm): 111
  • Weight (ounces): 5.2, Media Slots: SD Card

Product’s Unique Selling Points:

  • Attractive design
  • 12 mp camera


  • Fragile battery cover

Nikon Coolpix S210:

Quite good looking and inexpensive costing $180, this is an entry level point and shoot digital camera featuring 8 mega pixels. It is available in a variety of vivid brushed metallic colors that add to its attractiveness. It has a 2.5” LCD at the rear for capturing photos and it is the only feature that helps finding a view, as the camera lacks a secondary viewfinder. This is a 0.7” wide camera, which fits into the user’s hand very easily.


  • Max. Megapixels: 8 Megapixels
  • Optical Zoom: 3X Zoom
  • Zoom Range Min. (mm): 38
  • Zoom Range Max. (mm): 114
  • Weight (ounces): 4.1, Media Slots: SD Card

Product’s Unique Selling Points:

  • Interval shots and time lapse video
  • Simple navigation


  • Not enough custom controls
  • Power and shutter button are too close

Canon PowerShot A590IS:

This is a beginner level camera which is highly inexpensive costing only $150. Basic features include 8 mp resolution, 4x optical zoom and optical image stabilization, face detection, 19 shooting modes and a 2.5” LCD. You can set shutter speed and aperture manually.

For the low price, it offers such a magnificent image quality that you cannot get from cameras featuring higher megapixel count. The included hand grip makes it easy to hold the camera. Best feature is the image stabilization that would fail you if you try to take a blur photo; no matter how hard you try.


  • Max. Megapixels: 8Megapixels
  • Optical Zoom: 4X Zoom
  • Zoom Range Min. (mm): 35
  • Zoom Range Max. (mm): 140
  • Media Slots: SD Card

Product’s Unique Selling Points:

  • Very easy to use
  • Excellent optical image stabilization


  • Too big size
  • Slippery body and hand grip

So, these were the best five options for any amateur photographer who is unable to handle the complex features of modern cameras. These are not expensive enough to buy, plus few of them offer great image quality than pricier cameras. Therefore, do not hesitate anymore, choose one that suits you best, go to the market, and buy it! Nature awaits your skill.

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