Point-and-shoot cameras have come a long way from the start, and today’s high-end models can produce clear, sharp, and attractive photos, even for snap shots. All point-and-shoot cameras have a fixed lens, often a pancake or zoom style for maximum portability. When choosing a high-end fixed-lens digital camera, keep in mind the type of image you are shooting. For other considerations on what makes a good point-and-shoot digital camera, read about five of our favorites below.
1. Leica D-LUX 7 . camera
This camera performs well in every aspect. It has a spectacular 17-megapixel resolution and a four-thirds sensor (one step below APS-C), in-body image stabilization, and a maximum aperture at a bright f/1.7. It goes above and beyond with a fundamentally unmatched wide-angle lens — offering a focal length equivalent of 24 to 75 millimeters — and with its impressive ability to shoot 4K video at up to 30 frames per second (fps). The LCD sensor doesn’t move and there’s no built-in flash, but it’s a worthy sacrifice for the camera’s compact size, measuring just over four and a half inches in length. Plus, it has a classic silver and black look with an enviable red Leica stamp on the front.
2. Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II Digital Camera
This camera is a solid choice at a much more affordable price than our #1 pick. It is equipped with a 5x zoom lens, can shoot continuously at up to 20 fps (30 if shooting in RAW mode), and can shoot in 120p or 4K 30p HD video for short bursts. It has a built-in flash—rare for a camera of this size and quality—and a pop-up electronic viewfinder that makes selfies a breeze. However, this PowerShot’s calling card is its touchscreen display, which, along with the electronic viewfinder, lets you touch and drag objects into focus. That alone makes up for its lackluster autofocus feature and relatively easy battery drain.
3. Ricoh GR III Digital Camera
The rugged and discreet Ricoh GR III offers superior sensors and lenses at a relatively affordable price. APS-C sized 24.2 megapixel sensor; add a 28mm-equivalent f/2.8 lens, and the result is a sharp, high-quality image, especially for a camera at its price point. Phase-detection autofocus on the sensor is fast and consistent, although it can struggle in poor lighting. For its small size (and its light weight of only 227 grams), this easy-to-use model makes for great shots. Still shots, that is—the video quality is nothing special.
4. Fujifilm X100V Digital Camera Kamera
The biggest standout feature of the Fujifilm X100V is its hybrid viewfinder. You have the choice of an optical viewfinder with traditional rangefinder capabilities, or an electronic viewfinder that works with a 3-inch tilting LCD screen for extended visibility. The APS-C sensor gives you a resolution of 26 megapixels—the same as high-end Fujifilm models, such as the X-Pro3 camera. The 23-millimeter (35-millimeter equivalent) lens provides clarity even at corners and in wide-aperture close-up shots. Video capabilities also stand out: The camera can shoot in an incredible 4K/30fps resolution with continuous autofocus and face detection.
5. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II Digital Photo Camera
One of the most important considerations for image quality is sensor size, and the relatively small Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II manages to pack a full-frame 42-megapixel sensor into a body at just under four and a half inches in length. The camera is compact—weighing just over a pound, making it a bit easier on the pocket than the other cameras on this list—but slimmer than any comparable full-frame DSLR at a fast pace. The BIONZ X processor combined with a backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor reduces noise in low-light situations, and the 399-point phase-detection autofocus system beats many more expensive DSLR cameras as well.