5 Best Point and Shoot Cameras under Rs 20000
Buying a camera is extremely confusing because of the technical jargon that is involved, which may mean nothing to amateur photographers. While on the other hand, professional photographers have to compare so many different features that along the way they might get totally lost in their search to find the ideal camera. Point and shoot cameras have evolved over the ears and have created a new segment where DSLR features are introduced in compact cameras. In this list we have reviewed the best point and shoot cameras under Rs. 20000 and compared them on the basis of design, build, image rendering, image stabilization, zoom range and much more. If you're looking for an excellent point and shoot camera under Rs. 20000, this is the perfect guide to assist you.
1) Sony Cyber-shot WX350
- No macro mode
- Interface is complicated
- Excellent Image Stabilization
- Good battery life
- Panoramic mode
Sony has greatly improved the 2013 WX300 and released it as the WX350, available in both black and white. The WX350 is lighter than its predecessor by 20 grams and has a new Bionz X image processor. The Sony WX350 can also take videos in full HD. Sony has left the following specifications unchanged in the WX350: a 3-inch 460K-dot-resolution LCD screen, a 24-1200mm Sony G Lens with 20x optical zoom and 18-million-pixel sensor.
The Sony WX350 is one of the best looking point and shoot cameras on the market. Sony puts emphasis on the premium design and build of its products, which is evident in the WX350's sleek and eye-catching design. The light weight and beautifully crafted exterior is easy to hold one-handed and slim enough to fit into your pocket. Navigation is made easy by the scroll wheel and directional buttons that can do only so much to help you find your way around the WX350's complicated user interface.
Image reproduction on the WX350 is remarkable, especially for a point and shoot camera that is so compact and slim. Images are well-balanced and over-exposure can effectively be dealt with by changing the metering mode. Few images look overexposed on the camera's screen but look better on a larger screen, so this could be an issue with the screen rather than with the optics. Sharpness in details is excellent, allowing you to print out your images in full resolution. Performance in bright-light and low-light conditions is slightly above average, with the Sony WX350 showing a little noise when clicking photos above the ISO 3200 mark.
The Sony WX350 gives you total value for your money, with its quick focusing, fantastic image stabilization and clear, sharp photos. The compact factor and sleek design will attract many causal photographers looking for a good point and shoot camera under Rs. 20000.
2) Nikon Coolpix L840
- Low level of image detail
- Zooming reduces image sharpness
- Attractive colorful design
- Excellent battery life
- 38x zoom
Nikon has replaced last years Coolpix L830 with the new and improved Nikon Coolpix L840, which sticks to the same recipe of fusing chunky DSLR design with decent point and shoot capabilities. Images are still captured by the 16.0-megapixel CMOS sensor, albeit with certain processing improvements that allow the Nikon Coolpix L840 to continuously shoot seven shots at 7.4 frames per second. The most useful addition to the L840 is Wi-Fi connectivity that allows you to control the camera remotely and share images wirelessly with smartphone or tablet. NFC pairing is also present for devices supporting the same.
The Nikon Coolpix L840's large chunky design is touted to be a bridge between the performance of large DSLR's and convenience of pocket-sized point and shoot cameras. However, the only thing the L840 has in common with a DSLR is its large size. The large size does have good ergonomics, with the rubber coating lending a firm and secure grip. The LCD screen can be titled, allowing you to take low or high angle shits easily. The screen is not touch-enabled, a feature that is gradually becoming a norm in all camera segments.
In terms of performance, the Nikon Coolpix L840 is similar to most compact point and shoot cameras. The tiny 1/2.3” image sensor clicks vibrant and well balanced pictures in daylight. However, when you zoom into images all the way you will notice the limitations of the small sensor. The detailing isn't sharp and smeared at places, a minor drawback for photographers who plan to print their images in maximum resolution. This problem occurs more often when clicking photos of landscapes while zoomed in, due to the increased sensitivity of the sensor to reduce camera shake.
All in all, the Nikon Coolpix L840 is a great camera for tourists and travelers who want a durable camera with decent image capture abilities. The three vibrant colors add much needed character to the otherwise plainly styled L840. For a price of under Rs. 20000, the Nikon Coolpix L840 is definitely a camera you should try out.
3) Nikon Coolpix S9900
- Can't capture RAW images
- No in-built viewfinder
- Image quality isn't spectacular
- No touchscreen LCD
- 30x optical zoom
- Compact and solid build
- Effective Vibration Reduction system
- Wide viewing angle for LCD screen
The S9900 is the perfect example of a compact point and shoot camera that meets every photographers needs, whether an amateur or a professional. The most striking feature is the ultra-slim profile that can easily slip into the tightest of pockets. The light weight and compact design make it ideal for tourists that travel the world without carrying the bulk of a DSLR. Nikon has not sacrificed endurance for looks, as the Nikon S9900 is sturdily built.
Within the S9900's hidden arsenal is a retracting lens with a powerful 30x zoom range that equals to 25-750mm. You can zoom in from across the room to across an entire valley by a simple flick of the zoom lever that is thoughtfully placed near the shutter trigger. You can effectively double the zoom range by using Nikon's ‘Dynamic Fine Zoom' extension. Nikon has paid attention to details beyond the camera's optics and added useful features like Wi-Fi and NFC communication, built-in electronic compass and GPS for geotagging images.
The Nikon S9900 is a sturdy and compact camera that is very well-engineered. The lack of any protruding components allows you to carry the compact S9900 wherever you go. You can also flip the LCD screen around so that the screen does not get in scratches while it is in your pocket. One major downside is the lack of an in-built or optional viewfinder, which forces you to use the screen for capturing images. This can be a major inconvenience if you happen to be clicking photos under the glaring sun. The in-built flash is not powerful and will leave you wanting for more in dark conditions.
When you put a telephoto reach in a compact camera, the first problem you have to tackle is image stabilization. Even the smallest movement can throw an image off when you're zoomed in so much. The good news is that Nikon has tackled this issue by employing its combined optical and electronic Vibration Reduction system. The Nikon SS9900 may have excellent zoom technology, but it lacks when it comes to image quality. The zoomed in shots blur very easily and noise is a prevalent problem. The inability to capture RAW images till be a turn off for buyers who like editing their shots later.
Out of the numerous features Nikon has bundled into the S9900, the sleek profile and 30x optical zoom are the major attractions. You get a point and shoot camera of excellent pedigree, which aspires to deliver the performance of the mighty DSLRs. For a price tag of under Rs. 20000, the S9900's quirks and shortfalls can be easily overlooked.
4) Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
- No touchscreen
- Can't change AF point
- Limited control over creative modes
- 30x optical zoom
- Wi-Fi connectivity
- NFC manual control
The SX700HS is the flagship of Canon's range of compact cameras. Canon has improved on the SX600HS and the SX280HS to give birth to the versatile Powershot SX700HS. Several buyers wonder what the major advantage these compact cameras have over smartphone cameras and cheaper point and shoot cameras. The answer is a high zoom ratio – with the SX700HS offering 30x optical zoom. With ZoomPlus, Canon's proprietary digital zoom technology you can reach up to an astronomical 60x zoom.
Apart from the 30x optical zoom, the Powershot SX700HS comes packed with an array of features. A 16.1 million pixel CMOS sensor is paired with a Digic 6 processor to give excellent image stabilization and reproduction. Canon's latest processor has been tested out in the SX700HS, improving its ability to take pictures in low-light conditions. The SX700HS also boats of five-axis dynamic image stabilization, which helps taking stutter free full HD videos. The SX700HS has a three-inch 922K dot PureColor II LCD screen that unfortunately lacks touchscreen navigation. In-built Wi-Fi connectivity is present, as with the norm with most cameras in this segment.
This is a camera designed to appeal to those that are looking for a large zoom range and for enthusiastic photographers. The full range of shooting modes – manual and semi-automatic modes – helps budding photographers get used to the finer nuances of photography. Canon always delivers cameras with top notch image rendering capabilities and this hasn't changed for the SX700HS. Colors and bright and vibrant with the perfect amount warmth, a special attribute of Canon cameras. All in all, the SX700HS should be your top priority if you're looking to buy a point and shoot camera under Rs. 25000.
5) Nikon Coolpix P610
- Can't shoot RAW images
- No touchscreen
- 60x optical zoom
- In-built Wi-Fi
- Articulating screen
Our most expensive camera on the list also has the most features, making it an excellent buy for serious photographers looking to grab a camera under Rs. 25000. The Nikon Coolpix P610 is a camera that delivers serious performance with great image quality, especially in optimal conditions. If you're looking for a camera with long zoom that can take clear pictures of landscapes and scenery, the P610 should be your pick of the lot. If you require RAW images for post production editing, you will have to look at the Canon SX700HS instead.
The Nikon P610's design and build is based on Nikon's bridge cameras that resemble DSLRs in form but deliver point and shoot performance at a reasonable price. Its unique selling point is its 60x optical zoom, which can further be increased by 4x using the digital zoom. Inside the bulky P610 is a 16 million pixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor that is the same as the ones found in other compact cameras.
A nice touch is the 3-inch 921k-dot TFT LCD screen attached by an articulating hinge, which allows you to take photos at awkward angles. You can also fold the screen inwards to protect it from dust and scratches when not in use. In-built Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity allows you to connect the Nikon Coolpix 610 to a number of smartphones and tablets.
At first look the P610 resembles a small DSLR as its shell has been designed keeping in mind the DSLR shooting experience. The Nikon Coolpix P610 is lighter than a DSLR, yet its size and relative heft give it a sturdy and solid feel when gripped with both hands. There is rubberized grip with an indent for the middle finger that not only prevents the camera from slipping but also provides excellent ergonomics.
The Nikon Coolpix P610 produces some spectacular images, especially in outdoor light conditions, which is where most tourists would use their point and shoot cameras. The colors are vibrant and lively with a distinct pop without going overboard. For creative photographs you should explore the Nikon Coolpix P610's Picture Control settings – Standard, Neutral, Vivid and Monochrome. The manual control will give serious photographers complete control over image settings, which is a good thing but rather redundant considering you can't click RAW images. If you're looking for the DSLR experience at an affordable price point under Rs. 20000, the Nikon Coolpix P610 is made for you.
Adit Jhaveri Posted on August 04, 2015
Adit Jhaveri is B.B.A graduate (Kingston University, London) who is currently pursuing his post graduation diploma in Integrated Marketing Advertising and Communication (quite the mouthful), while simultaneously pursuing his passion for writing. Adit has worked as a Content Writer at Lexiconn Content Services, where he created online and offline content for leading brands and businesses. A tech enthusiast, audiophile, football fanatic and a voracious reader, he is always scouring the web for abstract knowledge. He currently resides in Mumbai with his favourite four-legged companions, Max and Molly.