5 The Best Cameras in 2018 – Hey, are you a person who likes to travel or does someone like to capture the best moments with the camera. Looking for a great camera that does all the hard work for you? You can direct and take pictures with many cameras, but if you don’t want to intervene when taking your photos too much, you will find that some models are more suitable than others.
You should also pay attention to the camera by tilting the LCD screen if you want to be creative, and viewfinders if you tend to shoot outdoors with any frequency. The long zoom is great for holidays and traveling. However, this feature tends to be accompanied by a narrower maximum aperture range – which can make the camera more difficult to use in low light and when looking to create a shallow depth of field.
01. Sony RX100 Mark IV
The best point-and-shoot camera overall
Type: Compact | Sensor: 1in | Megapixels: 20.1MP | Lens: 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 | Screen: 3in tilting screen, 1,040,000 dots | Viewfinder: EVF, 2.36million dots | Continuous shooting speed: 16fps | Max video resolution: 4K | User level: Enthusiast
Powerful performance in tiny body (plus)
Excellent 4K video recording (plus)
Somewhat slippery in the hands (minus)
Battery life could be better (minus)
Sony has wisely chosen not to discontinue any of its six RX100 cameras since each camera’s respective launch, which means there’s a strong possibility one will suit your specific budget. While the company’s most recent two models still have an asking price that sails close to their RRPs, the
RX100 Mark IV
continues to hit the sweet spot between features, performance, size and price. An idea all-rounder for the more discerning user, on top of a 20.1MP 1in sensor and a ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 optic, the camera has a high-quality pop-up viewfinder, together with a tilting LCD screen that goes all the way around to face the front, and even 16fps burst shooting for critical captures. 4K video and HD recording to a staggering 960fps for slow-motion output are also on hand (making this our pick of the best point-and-shoot cameras for film, too) as is Wi-Fi and NFC for simple cable-free communication between the camera and smart device. It’s not the cheapest point-and-shoot camera, but you get a solid performer for your money, whatever it is you want to shoot.
2. Leica Q (Typ 116)
If you have a bigger budget to play with, this modern full-frame smasher should be at the top of your list
Sensor: Full frame | Megapixels: 24MP | Lens: 28mm f/1.7 | Monitor: 3in fixed touchscreen, 1.04million dots | Viewfinder: EVF | Continuous shooting speed: 10fps | Max video resolution: Full HD | User level: Expert
Beautiful sensor/lens combo (plus)
One of the best EVFs around (plus)
Very expensive (minus)
No 4K video (minus)
Leica’s excellent M-series rangefinders are probably the last kind of camera that would make this list, but the firm’s
Q (Typ 116)
model is a different beast. It blends classic good looks with modern trappings, from autofocus and built-in Wi-Fi through to a 3in touchscreen and a superb 3.68million-dot electronic viewfinder. The 24MP full-frame sensor allows it to easily capture better images than most other compacts, although the fixed-focal length 28mm f/1.7 lens in front of it – while optically excellent – may prove to limit for those who may need a zoom. This is a no-compromise point-and-shoot camera that produces exquisite stills, but it’s asking price very much reflects this – definitely one for the purist.
3. Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
The best Canon point-and-shoot camera, with great handling, Raw shooting and plenty of manual control
Type: Compact | Sensor: 1in | Megapixels: 20.1MP | Lens: 24-100mm (equiv) f/1.8-2.8 | Screen: 3in tilting touchscreen, 1.04million dots | Viewfinder: No | Maximum continuous shooting: 8fps | Max video resolution: Full HD | User level: Enthusiast
Lovely default JPEGs? (plus)
Great focusing system (plus)
No viewfinder? (minus)
Lens slight soft at wide-angle (minus)
While Canon carries more advanced models in its PowerShot compact lineup than the
G7 X Mark II
, this do-it-all compact has the best balance of portability, image quality, and usability. A great all-in-one walkaround camera for those wanting malleable Raw files or print-ready JPEGs alike, the substantial grip makes it far nicer to handle than Sony’s RX100-series models, while a lens control ring, a tilting LCD with great touch-sensitivity, built-in ND filter and Raw shooting with in-camera processing make it as capable in operation as it is in the quality of its output. However, for a camera of its size, it’s a pity that Canon hasn’t found space for an electronic viewfinder. The camera’s
PowerShot G9 X Mark II
stablemate is also worth a look if you like the basic idea of the G7X Mark II, but want something slightly slimmer – although its lens isn’t as wide nor as long, and its screen is fixed in place.
4. Nikon A900
A superzoom lens, 4K video, and a tilting LCD makes this pocketable Nikon point-and-shoot camera stand out
Type: Superzoom compact | Sensor: 1/2.3in | Megapixels: 20.3MP | Lens: 24-840mm (equiv) f/3.4-6.9 | Screen: 3in tilting LCD, 921k dots | Viewfinder: No | Max burst speed: 7fps | Max video resolution: 4K | User level: Beginner
4K video recording (plus)
Tilting screen (plus)
No viewfinder (minus)
A small sensor for this price (minus)
With the excellent P340, P7800 and COOLPIX A no longer in production, Nikon’s most capable compact camera that isn’t styled like a DSLR is arguably the
. Despite its compact proportions, the body conceals a wealth of fancy tricks, from a 35x optical zoom that travels between 24-840mm (equivalent) focal lengths through to 4K video recording and even a 1cm macro shooting option. Ideal for the travelling photographer that doesn’t want the bulk of a mirrorless camera or DSLR, the A900 is also furnished with a tilting LCD screen for framing image and videos from more awkward positions. If you like what you see here but your budget doesn’t quite stretch this far, we’d recommend the Panasonic TZ70 / ZS50 (option #2).
5. Sony RX1R II
The best Sony point-and-shoot camera is unashamedly niche, but you won’t find this sweet set of specs on any other compact
Type: Enthusiast compact | Sensor: Full-frame | Megapixels: 42.4MP | Lens: 35mm f/2 | Screen: 3in fixed LCD, 1.28million dots | Viewfinder: EVF, 2.359million dots | Max burst speed: 5fps | Max video resolution: Full HD | User level: Enthusiast/professional
excellent, the high-resolution sensor (plus)
399-point phase-detect AF (plus)
Poor battery life (minus)
Picture, for a minute, a compact camera that features a 42MP full-frame sensor from an acclaimed mirrorless model that’s relied upon by the pros, together with a 399-point phase-detect AF system, a wide-aperture ZEISS-branded lens, a gorgeous electronic viewfinder and a tilting LCD screen, all inside a body that will just about sit in the palm of your hand. That’s precisely what the Sony RX1R II offers, a camera that’s perhaps most at home outside of the home, right on the street where its 35mm lens and f/2 aperture will help the documentary photographer capture images of an exemplary standard. On the downside, the camera’s battery life is nothing special, and the lack of 4K video means it’s looking a little dated already. Still, if the Leica Q Typ 116 (option #3) is a little outside of your price range and APS-C just won’t do, this resolution monster is a clear winner.