Sometimes, the Best camera for the job is something that’s compact and easy to use. Plus, many of us aren’t skilled enough to use bulkier cameras with tons of controls. A simpler tool that you could, say, point-and-shoot, is often a much better choice. That’s why we decided to find the best point-and-shoot cameras in 2021 and bring them to you!
When you’re having an outdoor adventure or playing a sport, regular cameras don’t cut it. Photos or videos captured will be blurry and won’t highlight you or your friend in all the glory possible. Plus, normal cameras aren’t all that durable and are rarely waterproof.
That’s why we took it upon ourselves to find the best action cameras in 2021. Action cameras are usually waterproof and have special sensor suites to help them stabilize images and eliminate blurriness as they capture photos and videos of moving targets. Let’s take a look at the cameras we tested and loved.
Recently, Polaroid Originals gave us the OneStep+, a dual-lens camera with Bluetooth connectivity in a classic Polaroid instant camera body. Now, with a rebrand that sees Polaroid Originals return to simply Polaroid, the company has released the Polaroid Now, an even simpler camera that aims to get back to the basics of fun, instant shots.
The Polaroid Now drops some of the features of the OneStep+ while simplifying others.
Gone is the physical toggle for choosing between portrait and landscape – the Polaroid Now does this for you. You also don’t need to worry much about focusing, as the lens in the Polaroid Now is autofocus, sliding in a 35 mm or 40 mm lens depending on how far away your subject is.
Dropping the Bluetooth features and swapping to autofocus sees the Polaroid Now positioned as a point-and-click instant camera for those who prefer to keep things simple.
The X-T4 is the latest flagship APS-C mirrorless camera from Fujifilm. It’s a 26-megapixel camera capable of shooting up to 20 frames per second.
The Fujifilm X-T4 uses the same processor and sensor as the X-T3, which will continue to be for sale. However, impressive leaps forwards have been made elsewhere. The banner changes are in-body stabilization, faster shooting, a larger battery, and improved autofocus features. Other design changes may tempt you to upgrade from the superb X-T3.
Fujifilm’s X100 series of fixed-lens cameras has been many photographers’ favorite for almost a decade. We like the performance, portability, and physical design of this prime-lens compact camera. Now the X100V hits the market and we’re keen to see what the latest model might improve upon. It turns out, it’s a lot.
The X100V promises more capability, a redesigned lens, improved autofocus, and a laundry list of video features. So let’s dive in to see why we think this is a top choice if you’ve never owned an X100 series before and whether to upgrade if you have an earlier model of X100.
The 20.7-megapixel APS-C DSLR Nikon D500 is a DX-format camera that can shoot 10 frames per second and has an autofocus system similar to the D5. In other words, it’s a very high-performance camera small enough to get into the thick of the action.
With a 153-point autofocus system, a rugged build, 10 fps continuous shooting, and 4k video support, the D500 delivers more than expected. It’s closely aligned to Nikon’s heavier full-frame pro-level camera.
The D7500 is an exciting departure for Nikon, an upgrade to the D7200 that borrows more than a little tech from the top-of-the-range DX-format D500. It’s not a direct replacement for the D7200 as the D7200 will continue to be on sale, instead representing a half-way house between the enthusiast-level D7200 and the professional D500.
The most exciting thing about the D7500 is its 20.9-megapixel sensor and EXPEED 5 image-processing engine that’s lifted directly from the flagship D500. You also get an improved autofocus module, a tilting screen, and the ability to capture video in 4k resolution.
The entry-level Canon EOS M50 is designed for those who are looking to make their first upgrade from a basic compact camera or a smartphone. This doesn’t mean it lacks pro features – it has a 24.1-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, a 10-fps burst shooting capacity, and can record 4K video. It has everything a budding photographer could want.
The compact size and light weight make it a companion you can bring anywhere. Reliable metering and auto white balance make it a camera that’s easy to get great shots with, and the autofocus is so fast and accurate you can capture all the action.