Best point-and-shoot under $200
If you're looking for a camera with an array of nifty features and specs, the price tag can quickly get high, but the Sony DSC-WX7 contains all the technical qualifications of a higher-end (read pricier) model: 5X optical zoom, a 2.8-inch LCD screen, 3D sweep panorama and a sophisticated video recording mode. Add in the sleek, stylish package and you've got yourself a solid camera.
Also consider: Fujifilm JZ250, $119.99
Best point & shoot for image quality
Choosing a point-and-shoot over a DSLR or mirrorless camera often means sacrificing image quality for compactness and price, but the Canon Powershot G15 is no slouch. The 12.1 MP CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 processor and ultra-fast f/1.8-2.8 aperture make for a shallow depth of field and sharp, professional-looking photos.
Also consider: Nikon Coolpix P7100, $349.99
Best point & shoot waterproof/tough
Who wants to sink upwards of $1,000 into a camera that you might end up dropping, drowning or otherwise harming? The Olympus TG-1 doesn't need to be babied. Waterproof, shockproof, crushproof, freeze-proof and generally unfuckwithable, it's the most durable compact on the market, while the high-speed f2.0 lens is matched to the situations that will test it: low light and fast action.
Also consider: Panasonic DMCTS4D, $299.99
Best point & shoot Ultra-compact
There's a reason the term "camera-phone" has fallen out of use. Nearly all new smartphones come equipped with high-quality cameras, many comparable to stand-alone point-and-shoots on the market. That's challenged producers of compact cameras to offer more and better functionality than the cell already in your pocket. The Sony DSC-RX 100 does a good job of this, somehow cramming full manual control, a lens with an impressively wide aperture and large sensor size all within a sleek, small body.
Also consider: Canon Powershot S110, $399.99
Best point & shoot Zoom
Road-trippers who don't want to pack a ton of photo gear need a non-SLR camera that can handle travel shots. The Panasonic DMCZS20's 20X optically stabilized zoom lens carries a very impressive focal range for a compact, while the GPS is elaborate enough to log your location and provide maps of 90 countries and a database of a million landmarks.
Also consider: Pentax Optio RZ18, $149.99