DIGITAL CAMERA QUICK REFERENCE BUYING GUIDE
Point and shoot camera market have been dying for years now and manufacturer shifted their focus to advanced compacts. It's hard to see sub 10k point and shoot to do significantly better than your smartphone. Almost all sub 10k houses CCD sensor which just shoots HD video in 4k era and it's painfully slow in performance.
No. of cameras announced getting lesser every year, some manufacturers stopped production of basic point and shoot and some manufacturers aren't launching them in Indian market. Lately, Olympus, Panasonic, Fuji's presence is getting narrow and Samsung is exiting from this business in many countries. Our choices are very less comparitively. Point and shoot buyers don't have 100s of choices like in the past, in a way it's good. Less confusing, easy to narrow down, time saving...
Many of the reviewing sites are not even reviewing basic models at all. Guess, these are not interesting enough any more. What they can do? It's a dying breed. Manufacturers are housing lots of zoom in the cameras to attract, but that pushes the cost higher. Almost all of those travel/bridge zoom cameras cost as much as a DSLR, in fact some are costlier than DSLR.
As this segment of the camera is almost dead, the need of this thread is almost nil. Probably, this is my last update here.
Those who are looking to buy, this is just a guide. So,
* Do your own research before buying.
* Read reviews of the cameras you have narrowed down.
* Every camera has it's own merits and demerits, so don't dig too much to find "the best" camera and confuse yourself.
* Finally, try the camera before buying esp. if you're investing big and look for the best deal around.
|LARGE SENSOR CAMERA||RUGGED|
|Canon IXUS 285|
|Canon G1X Mark II|
Canon G9X/G7X Mark II/G5X/G3X
Olympus Stylus 1
Ricoh GR II
Sony RX10 series
Sony RX100 series
Sony RX1R II