This may come as a shock to many legitimate camera lovers out there, but, seriously, some people just don't prefer DSLRs and mirrorless cameras all that much.
I mean, don't get us wrong, these are great cameras and probably the best out there. But they also have their disadvantages that may lead people to desire, something more portable? More compact? Simpler? Like, a point-and-shoot camera?
Whereas DSLRs and mirrorless cameras may give off that special "professional" feel, some people just don't want that. Point-and-shoot cameras, on the other hand, offer remarkable compactness, simplicity, all the traits highlighted above, and most importantly, they offer a sort of middle ground between smartphones and bulky cameras, which makes them just perfect for people who desire that moderation.
Also, they're much less expensive. So yes, point-and-shoot cameras are awesome. But which company produces the best point-and-shoot cameras? Well, the answer, as in most areas of photography, may not be so clear-cut.
Still, there is a brand that has managed to produce high-quality compact cameras over the years, retaining customer trust while managing to end up on the top of most best point-and-shoot camera lists out there.
Yes, you guessed it. This company is none other Canon. This is why we have decided to compile the detailed list below of not just the best point-and-shoot cameras, but the best Canon point-and-shoot cameras.
Excited? We are too.
TL;DR – Our Top 3 Picks
1. Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III
The first Canon point-and-shoot camera on our list is none other than the G7 X Mark III, the popular upgrade to the G7 X II, which is quite the embodiment of what a point-and-shoot camera really is.
If you were forced to point at a single camera to illustrate what a point-and-shoot camera is, the G7 X Mark III is it. It is aimed specifically at people who desire an upgrade from smartphones, so it has all you'd expect in a traditional compact camera, and it is also designed to be fully video upgraded, so it is also, at the same time, "modern" enough.
It sports a fast 24-100mm equivalent f1.8-2.8 lens, along with a 20 megapixel CMOS sensor (an upgrade on the previous G7 X MII) and a DIGIC 8 processor.
All of these, of course, mean you're sure to be getting great images that are significantly better than those you'd get from a smartphone. But, again, this may not be totally correct considering how far smartphone cameras have come.
One thing that's for sure, though, is that even though you may get a smartphone equivalent of this camera in the picture aspect, you can't ever get one when it comes to videos.
This is because the G7 X MIII inherited a good number of video features from its predecessor, and then significantly upgraded them. Now it includes, among other things, a live stream option, 4k/30p resolution, 1080p slow motion video, and vertical video capture.
All of these points make the G7 X MIII, without a doubt, one of the best point-and-shoot cameras on the market. It is perfect for those who can't draw the line between professional photography and photography as a hobby.
2. Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II
Announced at almost the same time as the G7 X Mark III, the G5 X Mark II is a high-end compact camera, with many highlights and only very few shortcomings, which is great for any gear, to be honest.
It belongs to the group of point-and-shoot cameras with the modern 1" type sensor, and very articulate design. Physically, the device is quite stunning, both in aesthetics and performance, thanks to its solid, secure grip.
On the functional side of things, the G5 X MII is as comprehensive as they come. First, let's talk about its updated processor, and how it works seamlessly with other upgrades, such as its 20 megapixel sensor and image stabilization technology to produce a full flexible and responsive system.
And then, of course, we have the pop-up 2360k dot electronic viewfinder, its fast 24-120mm f1.8-2.8 zoom lens, and 30.0 frames-per-second continuous shooting.
Like the G7 above, the G5 X MII is also terrific when it comes to video shooting. It provides high-quality 4k videos and 1080p slow motion videos.
On the shortcomings side of things, as mentioned earlier, we have a few itches here are there that are, generally, very minor and could barely turn out to be a deal-breaker. An example of this is the short battery life (230 shots) and the absence of a microphone jack.
And again, when you consider its fast maximum aperture, 4K video, image stabilization, touchscreen with a 180° up tilt, and 90° down tilt, these shortcomings don't seem very important.
3. Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
Before the G7 X Mark III was the G7 X Mark II in all its sturdy majesty. It may not have the finesse of the Mark III, but don't be fooled—this device is still as capable as point-and-shoot cameras come.
What it lacks in the finer details of the G7 X MIII, it more than makes up for with its versatility and image quality.
It features a 20.2 megapixel 1-inch BMI-CMOS sensor, and a fast aperture range of f1.8-2.8, like most gears in its class.
Physically, it is as compact as point-and-shoot cameras come, maybe even more, weighing about 319g, with a thickness of 42mm, all of which are way below the average dimensions for cameras in this range, a testament to just how compact and portable the device is.
It has, among other features, an ND filter, 9-blade curved aperture diagram, a control dial around its lens, with another rear dial at the back, and, of course, an ISO range of 125-12800, which can be boosted to 25600.
All in all, we'd say the G7 X MII is superb for people who are enthusiastic enough about photography without wanting to push the hobby to the limit, and are satisfied with it remaining just a pleasure.
Thanks to its versatility, portability, image quality, performance in low light, and HD video capture, it is also suitable for travellers and adventurists.
Other notable features of the G7 X MII are its 24mm wide angle lens, touch screen capability, image stabilization, articulating screen, RAW shooting, AE bracketing, 8.0 frames-per-second continuous shooting, and face detection focusing.
4. Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III
Next on our list of the best Canon point-and-shoot cameras is the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III, which is as good a compact camera as most you'll get out there.
The highlights of the G1 X MIII are numerous, to say the least, but perhaps one of the most impressive is the fact that this camera is one of the few point-and-shoot cameras you'll find that can easily pass for a DSLR, especially to an untrained eye.
Some might even call it a pocket-sized DSLR thanks to its solid performance and comprehensive functionalities.
From a stunning 24.2 megapixel APS-C sensor to a dual pixel autofocus system and a zoom lens which covers a focal range of 24-72mm, you get enough features in this device to match, or even surpass, a handful of DSLRs—even from Canon itself.
Also, it is not only by being similar to DSLRs in certain aspects that the G1 X MIII gets all of its appeal. It also possesses a significant amount of other traits that make it desirable in itself.
Among these are its dual sensing image stabilization (which reduces shake by up to four stops), a fully articulating screen, 9.0 frames-per-second continuous shooting, and a fast enough 2.80 wide lens.
Physically, the G1 X MIII is just as compact as your average point-and-shoot camera, coming in at 339g and 51mm thickness. It is perfect for general photography, including taking hobby shots and traveling. For connectivity, you have the NFC, Bluetooth, and wireless options.
5. Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II
The obvious first thing worth noting about the G9 X Mark II is its beautiful exterior, quite unique no matter how familiar you are with point-and-shoot cameras.
Sometimes when cameras try to pull off a unique feeling, they end up being too much, and just turn out to be weird. This isn't the case with the sleek G9 X Mark II. It manages to be quite unique and traditional at the same time, which is a hard look to pull off.
Apart from its looks, however, the G9 X Mark II also has a lot to offer in terms of features and functionalities. First of all, it belongs to the class of compact cameras with big 1-inch sensors, of which we've already mentioned a few on this list already. With big sensor comes clear images, and this device offers that.
It features a 20.1 megapixel BMI-CMOS sensor, a wide angle 28-84mm equivalent lens with aperture range of f/2 to f/4.9, 3-inch touchscreen LCD, image stabilization, and 8.2 frames-per-second continuous shooting.
Physically, the device weighs 206g and is 31mm thick, which is just portable enough for a pocket camera.
All in all, the G9 X Mark II is a beautiful device with quite a lot of takeaways and talking points that make it more desirable than others. It is sleek, sophisticated, and is capable of giving you high-quality images.
In addition to this, it is also quite portable with a very soft lens, perfect for taking general day-to-day shots with at least three times the quality you'd get with a smart phone.
6. Canon PowerShot SX740 HS
Each point-and-shoot camera possess what some might call their area of expertise. Whether it is in their compactness, toughness, zoom range, there is always an area where one shines over the other. When it comes to the Canon PowerShot SX740 HS, this highlight can definitely be found in none other than its 40x zoom, where it finds its greatest value.
Sure, this baby also features a 20.3 megapixel BMI-CMOS sensor along with the Canon DGIC 8 processor. Sure, it has a 3-inch LCD capable of being flipped to a 180° upward angle, but there's no denying its long 40x zoom lens remains the icing on the cake to all these other impressive features.
Why is this so impressive? Well, for one, the reach that you'll get with such a lens is something you're not even sure to get with some professional DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. And it just so happens that this SX740 HS's lens is also optically stabilized, has a focal length of 24-960mm, and an aperture range of f/3.3 to 6.9.
Now that we've stopped gushing about the zoom range, we would also like to take a moment to point out the awesomeness of the 180° flip LCD, which makes it possible to turn the screen towards the intended subject, and the selfie-friendly shooting modes, which makes it the perfect personal camera, just as close to you as your iPhone.
Physically, the device is so sleek and compact, some might even call it diminutive, and it has a thickness of 40mm with a 299g weight.
Other impressive aspects of this camera are its 4k video capability, 1/3200s high shutter speed, 10.0 frames-per-second continuous shooting, articulating screen, and image stabilization.
7. Canon PowerShot SX620 HS
Last lucky Canon point-and-shoot to make it on our list of the very best Canon point-and-shoot cameras is the PowerShot SX 620 HS, which some would argue deserves to end up way higher on the list. And to those people, we'd say it should be obvious by now that the list is not meant to indicate quality in a chronological fashion.
The places of the devices on the list can be interchanged easily, as evidenced by this device, whose 25x zoom lens and 25-625mm equivalent lens is quite enough to make it a worthwhile purchase.
It features a 20.2 megapixel BSI CMOs sensor, and is one of those cameras equipped with the Canon "Intelligent Image Stabilizer" technology. This, of course, is a fancy term for the ability to automatically pick the right mode—a feature which is especially convenient for those new to photography.
It also sports an automatic zoom feature to help in focal length adjustments. In terms of connectivity, you have the usual NFC and built-in wireless option.
Other impressive highlights of this device include a 182g lightweight build with a stunning 28mm thickness, and face detection autofocusing. Its battery is just a little above average, so it might just offset its compactness with the need to carry two batteries for those who are going to be taking a lot of shots.
In the end, the PowerShot SX620 HS is especially perfect if you're new and just trying to get a hang of professional photography, thanks to its array of automated features, impressive zoom range, and of course, its highly impressive portability.
The "quality" of a point-and-shoot camera boils down to three things in the end. Most of these are usually traded off for each other.
First of these that you want to be on the lookout for is the toughness of the camera: do you want a tough or rugged camera, with a waterproof and solid body? Or are you in the market for something simpler? Tough cameras are great for travelling, going on family trips, and basically any activity that doesn't involve you staying at home or taking a quick stroll.
Another factor is that of zoom length. As we've seen on the list, the very best point-and-shoot cameras in this regard offer zoom lengths capable of rivalling DSLRs and mirrorless cameras.
And then, of course, there's the question of image quality, which has a lot to do with sensor size and resolution. And we can assure you that all the entries on our list excel in almost all these aspects.
For instance, if, with regards to the first criteria, what you desire is a tough kind of gear suitable for taking on rough trips and family excursions, then the Canon G9 X Mark II or the G1 X Mark III should do it for you.
In the aspect of lens zoom, well, the Canon PowerShot SX740 HS has one of the longest of all point-and-shoot cameras and even DSLRs, and as for image quality, you should find the G7 X MIII and the G9 X MII very satisfactory.