What are point and shoot cameras
Point-and-shoot cameras are sometimes called compact cameras. They are pretty simple and are designed for simple operations. Nothing too fancy. They do not have as many options available for the photographer as DSLRs have. The majority of them usually are fitted with focus free lenses or autofocus for focusing purposes and also have a built-in flash.
But because they are cheaper than a DSLR, they are some of the best selling cameras in the world. They are very popular amongst those who do not think of themselves as being professional photographers. These people usually want a camera that is easy to use and which can allow them to take quick shots during vacations, parties, trips or other such events.
We have to take into account that not many people have a lot of money to spend on expensive cameras, so this is yet another reason they go for point-and-shoot ones. According to statistics, the decline in sales for the point-and-shoot cameras started back in 2010, when smartphones overtook them in the role they were meant to cover. Eventually, I do believe that this type of camera will go extinct.
The market trends for point-and-shoot digital camera don’t look to good. I have already mentioned that it is very likely for them to be replaced in the near future. But if you still want to buy such cameras, then I would recommend you the following ones: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III, Panasonic TZ60, Canon SX700 HS, Canon G7X, Nikon L830, Canon SX60 HS, Panasonic Lumix LX100 or Sony HX50V.
But for the time being, we can still enjoy using them. Point-and-shoot cameras have been around for a long time. They are not something new. In fact, you can say that even the very first photo cameras (from the 1800s) were point-and-shoots. That would be true. They weren’t as sophisticated as a present day DSLR. You would just set them up, load them with plates or film rolls, and just take some photos.
Nowadays, we don’t see many point-and-shoot cameras that are using film rolls to store photos on. Most of them, if not all, are digital, meaning that all the pictures you will take will be stored in the cameras’ internal memory or on a memory card. That’s good news, since memory cards have a much higher storage capacity than a film and you can easily take hundreds of photos before having to replace the card with a bigger one.