While all of us may not be into professional photography, we definitely want to capture those beautiful moments with our loved ones. Although, with the advent of high-resolution cameras on mobile phones, the point and shoot camera industry has taken a hit, there are still a lot of people out there who will always go for a camera that provides them with a host of features. In 2011, we saw the likes of Canon, Sony and Kodak leading the market with their sleek and stunning cameras, and this year too, their cameras have received great reviews for being innovative and value for money. We would also like to help you with some tips which you should keep in mind before putting your money on a camera.
Things to Look Out For
It is assumed that the individual who is looking to buy such a camera will be more bothered about the design and the physical appearance of the device, rather than its features. You must settle for one that is lightweight, small, easy to hold and aim and easy to navigate. It should not have many complicated features and excessive buttons. All standard features like image stabilization, high shutter speed, red-eye reduction and good ISO speeds are a part of all these cameras today, so you do not have to worry about the image quality at all. You will find a lot of similarities between a lot of the models that you come across, and this is what maintains the standardization in this particular segment. The battery life of the camera will also play an important role, and on an average, these cameras are capable of clicking between 200 - 400 images on a single charge. With these pointers in mind, let's check out the best digital cameras of 2012.
Top Point and Shoot Cameras of 2012
Canon PowerShot Elph 300 HS
If the SD1400 IS was one of the best cameras to come out of the Canon factory, the PowerShot Elph 300 HS continues to keep the legacy alive. There are several modifications over its predecessor, like a CMOS sensor, wide-angle of view, and more optical zoom. The camera is capable of capturing high-quality images even in dimly lit conditions. It doesn't come equipped with a touchscreen, but we found that the menu keys offer easy maneuvering. The camera weighs 5 ounces with the memory card and battery installed, and this works great because of its sleek design. The screen size is 2.7" diagonally and this offers a clear view of your images. The 12 MP shooter offers high-quality images and allows users to record videos in High-Definition. Also, one of its innovative features is its ability to autofocus and zoom while you are recording a video. The only chink in its armor seems to be the poor battery life, which is restricted at 220 images.
Priced at $175.99
Sony Cybershot W570
The Cybershot series from Sony has carved a niche for itself in the market, and has become a household name as far as cameras are concerned. It is compact, sleek, stylish, and with a resolution of 16 MP, offers great images. The LCD is 2.7" long, enabling the users to view their images seamlessly. The Easy shooting mode ensures that beginner's don't face any hassles while using the camera. The 5x zoom and 1280 x 720 recording allows for a great movie experience. As in the case of Canon PowerShot Elph 300 HS, the battery life maxes out at 220 images, something, we are sure could be worked upon.
Priced at $165.99
Panasonic Lumix ZS7
Want to buy a camera that will last a long time? Panasonic Lumix ZS7 stands apart from the crowd as it is one of the best looking and sturdy cameras in the market. When compared to its competitors, it might not be one of the most compact digital cameras out there, but the crystal-clear images sort of compensate this disadvantage. The 3" display means that it has one of the biggest screens. A 12.1 MP shooter, and video recording in HD AVCHD enhance the quality of images and videos. On the whole, the Panasonic Lumix ZS7 lives up to its name, but, its price is something which can turn a prospective buyer off.
Priced at $395.99
Nikon CoolPix S1000pj
The next entrant in this list is Nikon CoolPix S1000pj. One of the most innovative camera of the year, its built-in projector enables you to view your photos on the move. The projector can display images up to a size of 40 inches. A 2.7" display, 12 MP shooter, 5x wide-angle lens, 640 x 480 pixels recording are some other features, but then, with the exception of the built-in projector, this is just like any other snapper. So, if you are game for innovation this year, Nikon CoolPix S1000pj can very well be the one for you.
Priced at $220.00
Fujifilm FinePix F80EXR
If you are having a go at photography for the first time, Fujifilm FinePix F80EXR will prove to be an able companion. The display size is 3", which is slightly larger than the industry standards. If you have recently realized that you have a keen interest in wildlife, this camera will be of good help, courtesy its 'pet mode'. It ensures that pictures of animals are crystal-clear, as it specifically focuses on them. The 10x zoom and video recording at 4.2 frames per second are some of its highlights. One thing that disappointed us was the battery life. At 200 images, it is a tad short from what its competitors have to offer.
Priced at $233.95
Almost all of these cameras also come with a setting for auto adjustment. What this means is that the camera automatically detects the light exposure, the weather conditions and other variables, and changes its mode. These cameras are getting smarter and smarter, and this enables people to get a good shot without making any adjustments at all. Small children who are learning photography or are just interested in clicking some cool pictures will find these cameras extremely useful. The best digital cameras can be found in a variety of sources, and you will find them to be very affordable for you. The convenience and the portability that these cameras offer is unmatched, and it can turn even the most ignorant of photographers into a seemingly professional one.