Love preserving precious moments, but don’t feel like carrying a large, heavy camera? Not a problem–just opt for a point & shoot. It’s small yet powerful and so simple to use that you’ll feel like a pro!
Mega pixel should never be the deciding factor when shopping for any camera, including a point & shoot. Why? Because higher mega pixels stuffed into a small image sensor can result in image noise. However, there’s no denying that it does play a crucial role in what makes a camera worthwhile as more mega pixels provide more room for cropping images without affecting image quality.
Optical zoom allows you to take images from a distance while still retaining image quality. It’s a true zoom lens unlike digital zoom that blows up an image much like you would when enlarging one on a photo editing program.
A camera's display lets you frame images and review them. Larger displays let you see images more clearly but they should also have a high resolution otherwise sharpness will be lost.
This feature detects people’s faces and enhances focus and exposure on subjects. It’s especially useful when taking group photos.
As lightweight and easy to use as point & shoot cameras are, shaky hands can ruin photographs. Image stabilisation compensates for it, which is why it’s important that your purchase has this feature.
Even if long-distance photography is not important to you, your camera should have optical zoom.
Check focal length, which indicates the field of view a camera can cover. A short focal length offers a wider angle view while a longer focal length offers higher magnification.
A high ISO indicates a more sensitive sensor and a faster shutter speed. This means good image quality in low-light conditions and in action shots.
Most point & shoot cameras have video recording but you might want to go for one that has HD recording.
Look for a camera that has a solid battery life if it uses rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. There are also cameras that use AA batteries.