CAMERAS
Point-And-Shoot Cameras Still Alive and Well, Despite Huge Smartphone Cam Advances
Smartphones are great, but there are still plenty of reasons to own a dedicated compact camera.

There is still a gap between phone’s camera and dedicated point-and-shoot cameras. A compact camera offers true optical zoom. Dedicated cameras are compatible with normal tripods, which makes vlogging and obtaining sharper stills easier. Even the smallest pocket camera has a sensor many times the size of your phone’s camera, which allowing for lower light shots fewer unwanted noisy artifacts. If you find your phone’s still photos and videos aren’t quite up to par, consider an upgrade to one of these compact cameras.

Canon PowerShot Elph 360

Canon’s “Elph” series wins my vote for best camera relative to its size. The Elph offers wifi sync so you can transfer photos to your phone or desktop for fast social media sharing and printing. The wifi feature also allows you to use your smartphone to control the camera.

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

The SX620 HS’s 20.2-megapixel sensor generates huge image files for a palm-sized camera. At $250, I start to expect a touch screen, but this camera doesn’t have one. Other than that, it is an excellent all-around choice for capturing highly detailed stills, and its video is good so long as you center the subject. Otherwise, the autofocus annoyingly jumps around. I was impressed by the battery life, which for me was over 1 week.

Panasonic Lumix DMC LX10

The $650 Lumix LX10 represents a huge price leap from the previous two cameras. What you get for $300 more is a Leica lens, 30FPS video at 4K and up to 60FPS at 1080 HD. I would only buy this camera over the PowerShot and Elph if I were going to use it mostly for video. Its 1-inch sensor is on-par with dx-format DSLR’s, and its tilting screen make it a good choice for concerts, crowd shots, and vlogging.

A Vlogger’s Best Friend, But Overkill For a Compact Still Cam

The $1,000 price point of the Sony RX100 Mark-5 is a breaking point for me. For that price, you can get a handsome DSLR kit, tripod, and an LED light panel. So why would anyone buy this? It does pack a lot of function into its palm-sized form factor. The latest RX100 shoots up to 120FPS, allowing you to create awesome slow-motion sequences. Its 4K video is smooth and vibrant – the perfect companion for a serious vlogger. RX100 users across the board like the camera overall but complain that it tends to overheat easily after shooting 4K for a few minutes. I would opt for the Panasonic LX10 unless I were specifically buying the RX100 for shooting video at high frame rates.