Finding the best affordable point and shoot camera can be tricky because there are hundreds of products to choose from. But no worries, we've got you covered! To help you pick a great, cheap point and shoot camera we've tested 30 new models. The goal was to find a perfect but money-saving budget alternative to the bestselling Canon PowerShot SX710 HS. The winner is called Nikon Coolpix S7000. It's an incredibly good, cheap point and shoot camera that can easily keep up with the Canon. Best of all it's very affordable, in fact, it's one of the cheapest products tested in our small camera reviews. So how do these two contenders compare? Let's find out!
The Canon PowerShot SX710 HS is a great, bestselling camera. But the Canon brand name also comes with a big-brand price tag. We certainly wouldn't call the SX710 a very affordable point and shoot camera. Therefore, we'd recommend this product to people who are looking for a very high megapixel resolution for a compact camera. For everybody else, the Nikon Coolpix S7000 is a smarter choice because it takes excellent, high-res images and offers virtually the same features as the Canon - at a low price.
The Nikon Coolpix S7000 is the best inexpensive point and shoot camera we've tested. It offers an amazing set of specs and features while still managing to be very affordable. So if you're looking for a cheap compact camera with very similar features to the expensive Canon PowerShot SX710, this is the smartest choice! We recommend the Coolpix S7000 to anybody who wants to take easy, top-notch photos - all while saving a lot of money. In short, the S7000 is a top budget choice that won't break the bank.
The Canon PowerShot SX710 HS takes high-res images with a very high 20.3-megapixel resolution. That's a lot of pixels and enough for all everyday use cases. Having such a high resolution means that you can print sharp images up to 24x36-inches big.
The Nikon Coolpix S7000 features a similarly high resolution of 16 megapixels. While not quite as many as the Canon, 16MP still provide exceptionally sharp and detailed images. It's enough to print great looking pictures up to a 20x30-inch size.
The SX710 HS supports several HD and other video resolutions. This includes 1080p full-HD at 30 and 60 frames per second, 720p HD at 30 fps, and 640 x 480 video at 30 fps. This is a nice set of settings, though you'd likely most use the 1080p HD setting.
The S7000 offers all the video quality settings of the Canon but also adds additional ones. You get 1080p full-HD at 25, 30, 50, and 60 frames per second, 720p HD at 25 and 30 fps, as well as 640 x 480 resolution at 25 and 30 fps. That's an excellent set of options.
The Canon PowerShot SX710 HS features built-in Wi-Fi. This lets you wirelessly send photos and videos to your smartphone. It's a great feature to have and makes sharing important moments easy. The SX710 also offers NFC technology for compatible smartphones.
The Nikon Coolpix S7000 also offers Wi-Fi, surprising for its affordable price. Additionally, the camera features NFC technology for sending images and videos to compatible smartphones. The combination of Wi-Fi and NFC makes the camera very future proof.
The Canon PowerShot comes with a 3-inch LCD on the back. Viewing images was easy, even in bright light and at wide angles.
The Nikon Coolpix offers a very similar, 3-inch LCD. The screen looks bright, sharp, and vibrant and images look great in sunlight.
The SX710 HS had a battery life of about 210 photos in our tests. This will vary based on how you use the camera, of course.
The S7000 can take about 190 photos before needing a recharge. That's a standard battery life for a compact point and shoot.
The Canon PowerShot's ISO ranges from 100 to 3200. That's a very good range for a small digital camera, allowing you to take blur-free images in low light situations and very bright environments.
The Nikon Coolpix wins this comparison, offers an excellent 100 to 6400 ISO range. That's exceptional for a compact camera and means that you can take well-lit pictures in almost all situations.
The PowerShot has an F3.2 - F6.9 aperture range. Aperture is the size of the lens' opening which is responsible for that nice background blur effect in great photos. The PowerShot's aperture range is great for a small point and shoot camera.
The Nikon Coolpix's aperture range is F3.4 - F6.5. This is very similar to the PowerShot and allows for excellent looking photos. A high aperture maximum (such as the Nikon Coolpix has) allows for faster low-light photos and also makes it easier to isolate subjects.
The PowerShot has a maximum shutter speed of 1/3200 of a second and a minimum one of 15 seconds. That's a wide range, allowing you to manually adjust how you want your images to look. In any case, both rapidly moving and static scenes will look great.
The Coolpix shutter speed ranges from a maximum of 1/4000 of a second to a minimum of 4 seconds. You can use this wide range to creatively adjust how your photos look. Think sharp images of fast-moving sports scenes and slow-shot images of rivers.
The Canon PowerShot SX710 HS offers a 30x optical zoom, plus a 4x digital zoom. It's enough to center in on far away objects easily.
The Coolpix S7000 offers a 20x optical zoom that's expanded by a 4x digital "Dynamic Fine Zoom" zoom to a sharp 40x zoom total.
The SX710 HS's auto focus technology offers the following eight options: Contrast Detect, Multi-area, Center, Tracking, Single, Continuous, Face Detection, and Live View. All these different settings help to ensure well-focused images in various situations.
The Coolpix offers all auto focus options that the SX710 has but adds one extra (Selective Single-Point): Contrast Detect, Multi-area, Center, Selective Single-Point, Tracking, Single, Continuous, Face Detection, and Live View. It's a great selection of focus settings.
If you're planning to capture very fast moving objects, then continuous shooting is the way to go. The PowerShot can take images as fast as six frames per second.
Again, the Nikon Coolpix beats the PowerShot. It can take images at a very fast 9.2 frames per second. This let's you capture even rapidly moving objects like sports, kids, animals, and more.
Canon covers the PowerShot with a standard, one-year warranty.
Nikon also offers a standard, one-year warranty.
The Canon PowerShot measures 4.5 x 1.4 x 2.6 inches.
The Nikon has a size of 3.9 x 1.1 x 2.4 inches.
The Canon PowerShot weights about 9.4 ounces.
The Nikon Coolpix has a weight of about 5.8 ounces.