The Canon PowerShot S100 is a compact pocket camera with the look and feel of a point-and-shoot and the manual capabilities of a DLSR. It nicely bridges the gap between the two to provide a great alternative for those who want more than automated photo shooting without the expense and size of DLSR. It ranks near the top of our list for high-end point-and-shoot options.
Canon's PowerShot SX260 is one of the better entries in the sub-compact power-zoom category. The 20x zoom lens sets a new industry standard while offering both the amateur and casual photographer the power to capture those faraway images he's after. With on-board GPS standard this is a camera that must be considered if you're looking for a new subcompact.
In March 2012 Canon added to its ultra-compact line with the introduction of the PowerShot ELPH 110. At an MSRP of $249.99 the ELPH 110 HS is not a bad option for compact point-and-shoot users looking for camera that provides convenience, small size and light weight, and good picture quality for the class. This isn't the best PowerShot around, but it's still a good camera nonetheless.
Among compact pocket cameras the Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 has few rivals in terms of image quality, features, and price all in one package. This lightweight point-and-shoot offers a ton of functionality jam packed into a small package that's easy to take with you. Even more importantly, it gives superior picture quality when compared to most other cameras in its class. The Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 is certainly worthy of PC Mag's pick as Editor's Choice.
Nikon's D7000 is marketed as an entry-level DSLR but is, in reality, halfway between the D90 DSLR and the semi-pro D300S. It is a full-featured DSLR suitable for the advanced amateur who doesn't have the money to invest in a professional camera. It's also pretty handy for the casual photographer who doesn't mind the size.
The Nikon COOLPIX L810 is considered a "mega-zoom" point-and-shoot for photographers looking for a few extra features and a high zoom level in an easy-to-use package. It's not likely to appeal to many point-and-shoot users due to its size and bulk. By the same token, it's not likely to appeal to DSLR users because of its poor image quality. Unfortunately, the strongest selling point of the Nikon COOLPIX L810 is the fact that it takes standard AA batteries.
Nikon makes no bones about the fact that the COOLPIX L26 is a pocket point-and-shoot camera aimed squarely at those who don't take pictures very often. It boasts an intelligent auto mode which automatically selects appropriate scene settings as well as ISOs and white balance. It's one of the best in class at providing good quality pictures for people who are not at all familiar with photography.
The Nikon D4 is a 16.2 megapixel camera brought to market with serious professionals in mind. The hefty price tag puts it out of reach for most amateurs and semi pros. Nonetheless, you get a lot of bang for your buck in a package that boasts great speed, good resolution, and a ton of great features sure to get your creative juices flowing. The Nikon D4 may be the best professional grade camera ever released by Nikon.
The Nikon D5100 is the top player in the company's budget DSLR category released last year to compete with the Canon EOS Rebel T3i. Both cameras fall under the $1000 threshold for budget DSLR's, yet they don't deliver the same performance. The D5100 provides good image quality and a host of useful features, but it still lags behind some of the competition. For a camera in this class you might expect a little more.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V is a compact family camera which blurs the line between a mindless point-and-shoot and a more advanced camera with greater flexibility and more features. Those simply looking for something to throw in their pockets as they head out to family functions will be just as happy as more serious shooters who want to get great shots on that family holiday or field trip. Though it is a bit pricey the DSC-HX30V will be the perfect camera for a lot of people.