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Point and Shoot cameras around this range are aimed at those who like photography but either they are not yet ready for DSLRs or they don’t want to carry around bulky cameras and multiple lenses. These offer features ranging from long range zooms, waterproof body design to full manual control. For convenience sake, I’ve reviewed here cameras with 20x or less zoom.

Canon IXUS 510 HS

Features:

  • 10.1 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor
  • 12x zoom (28-335mm equivalent) f/3.4-5.6
  • 3.2-inch touchscreen, 461,000-pixels
  • Full HD recording

Pros:

  • Good looks
  • WiFi enabled
  • Touchscreen for easy navigation

Cons:

  • No grips, use wrist strap for safety
  • Micro SD card support
  • A bit pricey for what it has to offer

Price: Rs 19,395

 

 

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Features:

  • 12.1 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor
  • 20x zoom lens F/3.5-6.8 (35 mm equivalent: 25 – 500 mm)
  • GPS tagging, GPS Logger, automatic time update
  • Full HD recording
  • 3 inch TFT colour (Wide Viewing Angle)

Pros:

  • High resolution 3-inch LCD with very good outdoor and low light visibility
  • Built in GPS
  • Full manual control

Cons:

  • Autofocus slower than competition
  • Pictures can be a bit softer in typical conditions
  • ISO locked at 100 at shutter speeds below 1 second
  • No RAW support, no bracketing either
  • Poor battery life

Price: Rs 18,425

 

 

Nikon Coolpix S800c

Features:

  • 16 megapixel 1/2.3″-type BSI CMOS sensor
  • 10x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom (25-250mm equivalent) F3.2-5.8 lens
  • 3.5 inch OLED monitor touch panel with anti-reflection coating
  • Full HD video at 30fps
  • Android v2.3 operating system
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS

Pros:

  • Android ecosystem, full access to Play Store
  • Built-in WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth
  • Sharp and vivid 3.5in touchscreen OLED display
  • Fast auto-focus and continuous shooting
  • Full HD movies with stereo sound, optical zoom

Cons:

  • First of a kind in a new product category
  • Running pretty old android version
  • Short battery life
  • Mediocre image quality, not better than a point and shoot costing half as much
  • Smartphone like interface, no dedicated movie button
  • No manual controls

Price: Rs 20,322

 

 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30

     

Features:

  • 14.1 megapixel high sensitivity MOS sensor
  • 20x Powerful Optical Zoom LEICA DC Lens (35 mm Equivalent Focal Length: 24 – 480 mm)
  • f/3.3 – f/6.4 Aperture
  • Full HD Video Recording 1080/60p
  • 3.0 inch TFT Touch Screen LCD Display
  • Advanced GPS System with World Map Information

Pros:

  • Built-in GPS with landmark database and maps
  • Super intelligent auto mode
  • Fast burst mode
  • Good build quality
  • Touchscreen

Cons:

  • Too much noise, even at 100 ISO
  • Redeye a problem, no removal tool inbuilt
  • No manual focus, no RAW
  • Images have yellow/brownish cast in artificial light

Price: Rs 19,590

 

Sony DSC-HX20V

Features:

  • 18.2 megapixel Exmor R™ CMOS sensor
  • 20x optical zoom and 80x digital zoom (35 mm Equivalent Focal Length: 25 – 500 mm)
  • f/3.2 – f/5.8 aperture
  • 3 inch XtraFine TruBlack LCD
  • Full HD videos at 1080/50p

Pros:

  • Long zoom in a compact body
  • Super sharp 3 inch LCD
  • Two auto modes, make things pretty easy for the consumer
  • Fun sweep panaroma
  • Built-in GPS with compass
  • Best in class battery life

Cons:

  • Loss of detail even at low ISOs
  • Exposing a shot can be a bit tricky as it tends to underexpose
  • Design a bit annoying, buttons hard to reach and somewhat too small
  • No RAW support
  • Slow battery charging

Price: Rs 19,500