Smartphones have made point-and-shoot cameras a highly endangered species. But before you totally abandon the idea of buying a pocket-size camera, think about the things your phone doesn't do well – telephoto, true wide angle and powerful flash photography.
Point-and-shoots also sport a bigger battery that lets you take many more shots and longer videos, plus lots more storage capacity for recording your images. And as sophisticated as smartphones are getting, point-and-shoot cameras usually pack more photo tools and generally produce better image quality.
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While the selection of point-and-shoots has shrunk considerably (Kodak's kaput, Casio no longer sells in the U.S., and Canon may be paring back its offerings), the quality, versatility and price of what's available is better than ever. All models come equipped with zoom lenses for wide-angle and telephoto coverage; full-function flashes instead of weak LEDs; and slots for standard SD Cards, which can hold hundreds or even thousands of images. Here are the top point-and-shoots for your needs and budget.
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