Ten Point-and-Shoot Cameras That Are Better Than Your Smart Phone

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Sony Cybershot RX100 II Premium Pocket Camera

Sony Cybershot RX100 II Premium Compact Camera

With a 1-inch sensor larger than you’ll find in any other pocket camera with a zoom lens, Sony’s original Cybershot RX100 reset the standard for premium compacts. What had previously been the best was relegated to the B team. Not much has really changed with the new Sony RX100 II. It’s still ruling the pocket camera roost with the largest sensor, a 3.6x f/1.8 zoom lens, manual controls and RAW shooting. But Sony flipped the sensor over for even better image quality, and they added a new tilting LCD display, an accessory shoe for external flash or electronic viewfinder, and built-in Wi-Fi so you can Instagram from anywhere, as long your phone has service.

Why is it better than a Smart Phone?
The RX100 II has near-DSLR image quality and a super-fast optical zoom along with great manual controls. With the built-in Wi-Fi, the RX100 II is as close as you can get to actually getting digital SLR quality photos from your Smart Phone.

Learn More About the Sony Cybershot RX100 II >>

  • MSRP: $750
  • 1-inch 20.2-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor
  • 3.6x 28-100mm f/1.8-4.9 Zeiss zoom lens
  • 1920 x 1080/60p AVCHD full HD video
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC and mobile app for iOS and Android
  • Sensitivity: 160 to 25,600 (expandable to ISO 100 and 125)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with free mobile app for iOS and Android
  • 3-inch tilting 1.23-million-dot LCD display
  • Shooting modes: PASM manual modes, scene modes and Intelligent Auto (iAuto)
  • RAW shooting
  • 10 frames-per-second high-speed burst (Speed Priority mode)
  • Multi Interface Shoe for flash, EVF and stereo microphone

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Photo-John, a.k.a. John Shafer, is the managing editor of PhotographyREVIEW.com and has been since the site launched back in 1999. He's an avid outdoor enthusiast and spends as much time as possible on his mountain bike, hiking or skiing in the mountains. He's been taking pictures for ever and ever, and never goes anywhere without a camera.

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  • James Felbab says:

    Apprarently you missed this.


    For the majority of photographs taken every day, the cameras are way more advanced than the photographers. It’s really not all about the latest and best gear. What it’s really about is whats behind the gear. That could/should be your next article,IMO. Something like “How the top 10 photographers can use a smartphone to create stunning photos.” Or, “Top ten tips to make you a better photographer.” Good photographers don’t come out of a shrink wrapped box and never will. Photography is a skill and you can’t buy that skill with the latest and greatest $$$ camera. And, yes, the best camera is the one you have with you. I don’t carry around my cameras and lenses wherever I go but I do have my phone with me at all times. I’m not inclined to carry my P&S cameras as well as a phone so if/when the need arises the phone does an admirable job of capturing the moment.

    I read that the top selling camera in the world is the smartphone. Nothing else even comes close. That being the case, why not work on helping these smartphone users become better photographers. Once they realize the smartphones limitations they might be inclined to move up to a more advanced camera but it is not all about gear.

    Here are four points that are irrefutable.
    A poor photographer with a poor camera = a poor photo.
    A poor photographer with a great camera = a poor photo.
    A great photographer with a poor camera = a great photo.
    A poor photographer with a great camera = a great photo.

  • James Felbab says:

    That last point should have read… A great photographer with a great camera – a great photo.

  • susanne says:

    need advice: my husband has recently retired &, shall we say, not retiring well. Many years ago, he was an excellent semi-pro photographer. I’d like to find a good digital camera to get him interested in life again. We are an a very limited income (SS only). Any suggestions where I could start?

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