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10 Point-And-Shoot Cameras For Every Price Range and Situation

From pro-grade options with full-frame sensors, all the way to highly pocketable budget-friendly offerings, we round up the best picks available on the market today
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Point-and-shoot cameras have taken a massive leap forward in terms of features and image quality. Because they don't have the adjustability of DSLRs with interchangeable lenses, it's important to pick a model that will best suit your needs and lifestyle. If you are looking to take photos while out socializing with friends or of your restaurant meals, consider a compact camera. If you like taking nature photos, on the other hand, perhaps you should consider a superzoom camera that's slightly larger, but considerably more versatile.

SONY CYBER-SHOT DSC-RX100 V

Best for Size, Image Quality, 4K Video

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The Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V by Sony is one of the best compact cameras money can buy. The ultra fast camera fits in a jacket pocket, yet it can shoot 4K video and capture images whose quality rivals that of a pro-grade DSLR on more than one occasion, thanks to its 1-inch sensor. The best compact option by quite a margin, the DSC-RX100 V is beautifully crafted and easy to use. A pricey but amazing piece of photography gear.

NIKON COOLPIX A900

Best for Zoom, 4K Video, Wireless Connectivity

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The Nikon COOLPIX A900has a 1/2.3-inch 20MP CMOS sensor, superb 35x zoom range, adjustable display, and rich set of external controls. Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth, and GPS connectivity are also available, as is the ability capture 4K video footage. This is a great option for daylight nature photographers or buyers looking for a compact superzoom.

PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-LX100

Best for Large Sensor, Image Quality, 4K Video, Manual Controls

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The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX100 packs the largest sensor of any point-and-shoot camera in its price range. Its massive 4/3-inch sensor is complemented by an equally impressive, highly versatile lens, whose aperture ranges between f/1.7 and f/2.8. Abundant connectivity features, 4K video capture, and a handy set of manual controls are also on board the DMC-LX100. There are two colors to choose from. 

OLYMPUS STYLUS TOUGH TG-4

Best for a Rugged, Waterproof Body

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The Olympus Stylus TOUGH TG-4 is perfect for adventurers because of its waterproof (up to 50 feet), freezeproof, shockproof, dustproof, and crushproof construction. Its 16MP 1/2.3-inch sensor can capture 16MP stills in RAW format and 1080p video. The rest of the camera's features include a microscope mode for ultra close-up shooting, Wi-Fi, GPS, and built-in eCompass.

CANON POWERSHOT G5 X

Best for Manual Controls, Versatile Lens

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The PowerShot G5 X is Canon's rival to the DSC-RX100 IV by Sony. It features an image sensor of the same size, and an superb set of manual controls, which are bound to appeal to photography enthusiasts. A bright lens with excellent zoom range, Wi-Fi connectivity, and an electronic viewfinder round up the key highlights of this compact camera. If you are not hell-bent on shooting 4K video (the PowerShot G5 X can't), this is a solid point-and-shoot camera whose versatility is among the best in its class.

PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-TS30

Best for Rugged Body, Pricing

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 is tough, compact, and quite affordable. It has a 16MP 1/2.3-inch CCD sensor with optical image stabilization, as well as built-in memory and a 25-100mm zoom range. The DMC-TS30 can be dipped in up to 26 feet of water and even capture images while at it. A perfect toy for pool parties and beach duty.

SONY CYBER-SHOT DSC-RX1R II

Best for Pro-Grade Image Quality, Compact Size

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Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II is technically a point-and-shoot camera, as it doesn't work with interchangeable lenses. That said, with a 42MP full-frame sensor, Zeiss Sonnar lens, manual controls, and the ability to capture RAW images with ISO of up to 102,400, the DSC-RX1R II is powerful photography tool that's capable of delivering pro-grade photos without breaking a sweat. This is a great option for pro photographers looking for a compact camera to add to their collection, or for well-heeled students of the craft.

PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-FZ300

Best for Zoom Range, Pricing, 4K Video

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 is a premium superzoom camera, whose 12.1 MP 1/2.3-inch sensor can also capture 4K video. A superb 25- to 600-millimeter zoom range, optical image stabilization, manual controls, and adjustable display make this a great option for nature photographers.

CANON POWERSHOT G9 X MARK II

Best for Design, Compact Size, Image Quality

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Inside the stylish and compact body of the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II lies a capable 1-inch 20MP sensor. Excellent image quality, a rich array of connectivity settings, and intuitive controls make the G9 X Mark II an excellent choice for casual users looking for a pocketable camera that packs a punch. There are two color options to choose from.

SONY CYBER-SHOT DSC-RX10 III

Best for Zoom Range, Image Quality, 4K Video

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The third generation of Sony's premium superzoom camera (24- to 600-millimeter range in a 35-millimeter equivalent) brings 4K video recording, super slow-motion video capture, and ultra fast autofocus. The quality of the 20MP images captured by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III is excellent thanks to its Zeiss lens and advanced 1-inch sensor. Convenient manual controls and smartphone connectivity make the RX10 III a great premium all-arounder.

In case you don't feel like splurging, consider the older RX10 models. The first generation is available for less than half of the price of the latest iteration.

This story originally appeared on BestProducts.com.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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