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

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I keep hearing that the point-and-shoot camera is dead, that Smart Phones are just as good, that the camera you have with you is the best camera – blah, blah, blah. Well, guess what? I disagree. And to prove my point, I’ve made a list of ten point-and-shoots that are better than your Smart Phone. These cameras have better features, better performance and better image quality than you’ll get with any Smart Phone. Most of them will fit in a pants pocket and some of even them have built-in Wi-Fi so you transfer to your Smart Phone, process with your favorite apps, and then send that dessert photo straight to Instagram. You can have more. You should have more.

Point-and-Shoot Cameras That Are Better Than A Smart Phone

This list of point-and-shoot cameras (below) is arranged in order from least expensive to most expensive. There’s something for everyone here, from the straight point-and-click photographer who wants a vacation camera that offers more than a Smart Phone; to the experienced DSLR veteran who wants the very best image quality and manual controls in a pocketable camera. And every one of these cameras is better than the iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S4, Nokia Lumia 1020 or any other Smart Phone.

first cameraCanon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS >>

Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2
Stylus Tough TG-2

Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR
FinePix F900EXR

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
PowerShot SX50 HS

Sony Cybershot HX50V
Cybershot HX50V

Panasonic Lumix LF1
Lumix LF1

Sony Cybershot RX100 II
Cybershot RX100 II

Nikon Coolpix A
Coolpix A

Fujifilm X100S

Sony Cybershot RX1
Cybershot RX1


If you’ve got a favorite camera that wasn’t included, or you disagree with me and think point-and-shoot cameras are dumb, we want to hear from you! Please share your thoughts in the comments section at the bottom of any page in this article. And if you own one of these cameras, please write a review!

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About the author: Photo-John

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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