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In age of smartphone cameras, point-and-shoot cameras still stand out

Posted June 19, 2018 8:16 p.m. EDT
Updated March 4, 2019 3:31 p.m. EST

— With so much documented and shared on social media, high quality photos are appreciated.

While camera technology on phones has improved significantly, Consumer Reports said advanced point-and-shoot camera can still produce better images.

"Smartphone cameras produce nice looking photos on your phone,” said Tercius Bufete, Consumer Reports technology editor. “But if you ever want to print them out, or crop, or edit, that's when you start seeing their quality kind of degrade.

In age of smartphone cameras, point-and-shoot cameras still stand out

“So advanced point and shoots and DSLR's, these kinds of cameras can create images that, well, you can have for a long time and you know they'll stand the test of time in terms of quality."

Advanced point-and-shoot cameras also perform better with low lighting and zooming abilities.

Consumer Reports urges people to test camera in the store to see if it's a good fit.

With a camera, you don’t have to miss out sharing on social media. Many cameras can now easily connect wirelessly to your phone, so you can transfer your photos for sharing.

Buying an advanced camera should be seen as an investment. Consumer Report’s top-rated products range significantly in price.

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 – $645
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II – $1200

If you want to stick with a smartphone camera, Apple's iPhone X camera is rated the best on the market.