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Best Point and Shoot Cameras Under $1000 – Buying Guide

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They say point and shoot cameras are outdated but that is completely wrong. There are a lot of things to look forward with point and shoot cameras than your heavy DSLR camera and trendy smartphones!

The world has been changing a lot. Technology has driven the course of our life to a faster pace. Cellphones, computers, and tablets have gone to different dimensions that human being had never expected.

But sadly, because of that development, other technologies have been left out like point and shoot cameras that have been famous for the past two decades. For those who do not know, point and shoot cameras or compact cameras are the first of the cameras who do not use films on taking photographs. It is incorporated with free lenses, auto-focus, and built-in flash maximizing your experience in taking pictures.

What’s new with Point and Shoot Cameras in 2018?

Because of the discovery of smartphones way back 2010, point and shoot cameras have faced a major decline in sales and production. That is why camera manufacturers have been thinking ways to adapt to the new demand. They’ve upgraded their products to come up with the growing need of smartphones and DSLR cameras. To give you an insight, here are the latest point and shoot cameras under $1000 that you should know.

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1. Sony RX100 V

$948.00
$999.99
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An upgrade of new camera technology that boasts autofocus speed (0.05sec) and continuous shooting speed of 24 fps that is definitely comparable to any DSLR cameras available today. It incorporates a magnificent 3” (1229 k dots) Xtra Fine LCD display and a multi-wide angle camera that allows you to take photos at any range of perspective making your photography experience at it’s best. This aesthetic compact camera captures videos at it’s best given high-quality 8-megapixels considering a 4000 video6 and 2-megapixels when referring to full HD videos. Aside from that, this point and shoot camera deliver a flawless close to real images with it’s high-contrast 2.35 million dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder for which is a boost from the latter optical viewfinder. Also, it maximizes your photography bounds through it’s 8fps continuous live shooting that allows you to capture fast track moments and objects.

VERDICT

Generally, this is quite an excellent product exhibiting features that most of the compact cameras don’t have. It incorporates high-quality imaging and video capturing. It also has wide range angle experience that allows you even to take selfies like a smartphone. A lot of users like this yet there are those still users who are not convinced with the compact camera’s capability. Some demanded on how it had a delayed startup time. Also, it is not water resistant and thus, does not allow underwater imaging. But nonetheless, you can’t have all the features on just one camera, right? The most important is that it gives the best quality of photos and videos that some of the modern cameras don’t have.

PROS CONS
Multi-angle capture Delayed startup time
High-quality audio and videos
Enables quality zooms (3.6x)
Fast shooting phase and speed
Hybrid autofocus systems
Continuous and fast pace shooting
Electronic viewfinder

 

2. FujiFilm X100F

$1,299.00
$1,299.95
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This multi-featured point and shoot camera that allows a versatile photo capturing the experience for everyone who loves to takes photos. It incorporates the X-Trans CMOS III sensor for which uses an aperiodic color filter array that has 23.4 MP APS-C sensor managing noises with glam despite it’s increasing a number of pixels. Also, this compact camera uses a different kind of engine allowing 4 times faster processing speeds making your photo experience fast, easy, and one of a kind.

VERDICT

Most of its customers have good experiences with this product. Though its kind of expensive it’s a worth of shot. It gives quality photos and is relatively even to fast pace shooting. It is easy to use having a friendly interface. But despite its high price (under $1000), there are still features that this point and shoot camera lacks that a few users demand. It does not include optical zoom for which is really important especially on taking long-range photos. Also, the autofocus is slow making it less ideal to capture moving objects.

PROS CONS
Aperiodic color filter Low-quality optical zoom
Noise reduction
Phase detection area expansion
Fast processing speed
Advanced hybrid viewfinder
Variation of Image Modes
Full HD Video Recording
Fast Electronic Shutter
Friendly interface and controls
Advanced filters

 

3. Sony RX10

$798.00
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This fast capturing point and shoot camera includes a different zoom experience up to 11 inches that allows you to take close up pictures without forfeiting image quality. Also, this compact camera owns a superior aspherical lens that takes high-resolution photos anywhere and everytime you want. It has a high-speed focus incorporating fast processing speeds that keep you on track with continuous shooting experiences. This point and shoot camera make your travels and bonding moments boundless because it’s light and has easy to use controls and displays.

VERDICT:

This point and shoot camera is a recommended product. It is really expensive ( under $1000) but worth it gave it’s producing high-quality photos. Also, the best feature of it is its optical zoom. In this way, capturing photos would never get hard especially on far and close range shooting. But despite its price, it lacks some features that most users feel it should have. It does not have still photo capture while recording video that most Sony cameras have. Also, the audio recording quality is really poor as compared to other brands.

PROS CONS
Auto Focus Technology Poor audio
Large-aperture zoom range
Sensitive sensor
Fast Image Processing
Full HD video
Easy to control interface
Adds Noise reduction

 

4. Panasonic Lumix LX100

$647.99
$797.99
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A high quality and realistic display of images that brings you smooth ultra-resolution captured photos bring to life. The Lumix LX100 series comes with the multi-aspect ratio which allows you to easily capture and select images in three aspect ratios (4:3,3:2, 16:9). This point and shoot camera that is under $1000 comes with a creative and sophisticated lens system with a maximum focal range of 24-75 mm.  This compact camera comes with a large sensor measuring 4/3” size ensuring a great capture of your wonderful photos.

VERDICT

There are three main features that this camera has on edge. Its lens, sensor, and its advanced controls. That are also keys to getting a well-captured and high-resolution images with the fast and continuous phase of shuttering. This compact camera under $1000 is an absolute buy. Though a lot of its users has its concerns with the product. There are dust in the lens and sensors even if it’s heavily protected. It has also no touch screen which makes capturing difficult especially on video recording.

PROS CONS
Maximum range optical zoom Dust can penetrate even if the lens is heavy protected
Super sensitive lens
Multi-image recorder
High powered sensor
Includes External flash
Ultra-pace capture speed
High photo resolution
Print videos (4K quality)
Filter Effects Variation

 

5. SONY RX100 III

$698.00
$748.00
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A compelling Cyber-shot point and shoot camera that has fast and wider lens with 24-70mm size indicating a more sensitive and quality photo capturing. The good thing about this new Sony’s brand of compact camera is its pop-up electronic viewfinder for which allows EVF to be available anytime without needing to increase its load and size. Aside from that, this camera is quite small and handy as compared to other cameras. This allows for you to get high-resolution imaging anywhere and anytime you feel on getting.

VERDICT

As compared to its predecessors, this under $1000 point and shoot camera are a bit edgy with it’s added features including it’s larger and more sensitive lens capturing wider angles and ranges. It is also well built considering its metal body and it’s a pocket size camera. Though this is really expensive given it’s under $1000 and it’s really not perfect and has flaws, but this product would still be definitely worth a shot.

PROS CONS
Customizable lens, focus, aperture and shutter speed Does not employ touchscreen
High-quality resolution Limited zoom
Pop up Electronic viewfinder Weak auto white balance
Pocket-sized compact camera
Larger Lens
1080 hp video recording
Quick auto-focus

 

6. POWERSHOT G3 X

$849.00
$999.00
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This compact camera takes a leap to imaging through its 20.2 inches. High Sensitive CMOS sensor that allows you to zoom in up to 25x. It connects easily to built-in NFC and WIFI connection allowing sharing of your images and videos to your compatible Android devices on it’s the fastest pace and exhibiting the same audio quality. It captures with a high-resolution imaging through its powerful image processor that allows you to take photos with less distortion and noise exhibiting the highest quality of the photo.

VERDICT

This under $1000 point and shoot camera is a bit bulky for travels but it has an excellent optical zoom up to 25x that captures photos up to long distances. It also displays high-resolution images given its ultra-powered LCD display and sensitive lens. Aside from that, this under $1000 camera is water and dust resistant ensuring the protection of your camera through different weather conditions. Though there are still weaknesses for this point and shoot camera, this includes a. it does not have a built-in electronic viewfinder, b. the focus is slower than other brands, and c. much likely incapable of continuous shutting as compared to other point and shoot cameras.

PROS CONS
Optical zoom up to 25x Big and Heavy
Enabled WIFI and NTC Limited video quality
High-quality imaging No Slow Motions
Water and dust proof
Touchscreen Mode

 

8. PowerShot G1 X Mark II

$649.00
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This powerful point and shoot camera perform high-quality imaging and video recording gave its bulky 1.5-inch 12.8 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 6 image processor. This includes an Optical Image Stabilizer allows capturing photos with fewer noises and with dynamic range. It also includes a high-resolution electronic viewfinder adding to its great capturing experience at it’s best!

VERDICT

This is an upgrade for its previous model and consequently, should address the latter’s weaknesses to bring more quality photos and to compete to other point and shoot camera brands. It has a faster lens with a promising zoom application. It has also enhanced continuous shooting and LCD has repatterned bringing the best to its customers. It has also built in fast and easy WIFI connection as what we expect to the manufacturer. Overall, it’s totally recommended but it’s still not that good as compared to other point and shoot camera brands.

PROS CONS
Optical Zoom (5x) Bulky
High-resolution pictures
Built in WIFI and NTC connection
Wide range LCD display
Ultra-powered sensor
Full HD audio and video recording

 

9. Nikon COOLPIX P900

$579.00
$699.95
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A point and shoot camera under $1000 that will give you an ultra-zooming experience. It features an 83x optical zoom with 2000 mm equivalent focal length that could make ease of photo and video capturing on closer lengths. This incorporates a high-quality imaging resolution with its vari-angle LCD display and a high-resolution eye viewfinder. It has a built-in GPS and enables WIFI and Near Field communication that allows you to share your photos and videos easy and instantly. It also incorporates a long life battery maximizing your photo experience.

VERDICT

Unlike other compact camera brands, this features an ultimate optical zoom that gives your photo capturing imaging as it’s best. This allows also the easier transfer of photos with its WIFI and Near field communication. Though the video and photo resolution is something you could find in another compact camera brand it’s totally worth purchasing if you are an avid zooming fan. Also, it’s a bit bulky though and pricey but it’s something nearer and competitive to existing DSLR cameras.

PROS CONS
Superior optical zoom ( 83x) Bulky
Vari-angle LCD display
WIFI and NTC enable
Full  HD Video Recording
16 MP Sensor

 

9. PowerShot G5 X

$729.00
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We always want to use a point and shoot camera with easier controls, handy and brings quality imaging like those in DSLR. This compact camera will bring to you that dream photography experience. It incorporates a 1.0 inch, 20.2 Megapixel High Sensitivity sensor and DIGIC 6 image processor that brings your photos to speed and to a great resolution. It has convenient and simple control interface including a Vari-angle touch screen panel LCD monitor which allows even a first timer photographer on using it.

VERDICT

This point and shoot camera have excellent imaging quality as compared to DSLR camera. It is also lightweight and handy which means you could bring it anywhere you go without a hassle. It has also simple controls and easier to manage that even an amateur photographer could handle. Though this is a bit pricey and optical zoom is not it’s field of expertise, but this compact camera would be worth a try.

PROS CONS
High-quality imaging Limited optical zoom (4x)
Pocket-sized
Great Lens and Sensor
WIFI and NTC enable
Built in hot shoe
Easy to use
Multi-touch display

 

10. PANASONIC FZ 100

$409.69
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2 used from $149.79
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A multi-strength and powerful point and shoot camera that incorporates a wide-angle optical zoom with lens ranging from 25 mm at the wide end for a 24x focal length. This contains a full HD (1920×1080) developed video display and audio recording that could capture an excellent audio quality, and thus, even viable for movie recording. It has a high-speed sensor packed with 14.1 megapixel CMOS that takes high-resolution photos. This point and shoot camera will take your photos and videos to another dimension.

VERDICT

The only brilliant feature about this compact camera is its optical zoom as compared to other compact cameras. It gives high quality and videos like the other brands but still not that excellent. Though it has still some features that are very praiseworthy like it’s intelligent auto mode that keeps your videos gaining the highest shutter experience.It also gives a wide angle 3 inches LED display registering faces during video recording. Overall, this point and shoot camera are made for video recording though it still has flaws, this point and shoot camera under $1000 is still worth a try.

PROS CONS
Wide range optical zoom Could produce noises
3 inch LED display Awful sensor ( as compare to other brands)
Acceptable Image and video quality
Intelligent auto mode
Multi-angle view