Point and shoot digital cameras are the mainstay of everyday photography. generally they fit in your pocket, just work, and are simple to pull out and get a quick shot. The cameras listed below in our collection actually get used regularly for daily, family, and street photography. Known as pocket cameras, digicams, etc. Keep in mind these cameras can also be very high end shooting RAW and film simulations comparable to the pro and semi-pro digital cameras.

Sorted by release year.

Canon Powershot S400

The S400 is a surprisingly nice little camera for a point and shoot that came out in 2003. It looks like it’s built out of metal and feels like it. The unit also using a standard CF up to 1g. As an earlier model, it is a little thicker than most, but also sports a view finder that compliments the screen (albeit a very tiny view finder). That little feature becomes fairly useful in bright sun.

  • 4.0 mpix CCD sensor couple to a Canon 3x zoom lens with a 2.8 to 4.9 aperture
  • Powered by a Canon NB-1LH batters
  • File format: JPG
  • ISO up to 400 with Auto
  • Motion JPEG movie
  • Uses standard CF Card up to 1g
  • 9 point AiAf with 1Point AF option
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Added to collection: 2022
  • Status: One working no issues, two with bad sensors for parts
  • Click here for more info – dpreviewmanual

Kodak Easyshare CX7330

The CX7330 is  very basic, AA battery powered, don’t have to think, press the button kinda camera. Using a standard SD card the unit isn’t limited to an outdated memory format. Communications from the camera is still at USB 1.0.

  • 3.1 mpix CCD sensor couple to a Kodak Retinar 3x zoom lens with a 2.7 to 4.6 aperture
  • AA battery powered – again we always recommend rechargeables
  • File format: JPG
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Added to collection: 2018
  • Status: Repairs – needs cleaning and work on battery compartment
  • Click for more info – dpreviewmanual pdf

FujiFilm Finepix A360

The Fuji A360 is a a pre-Super CCD pocket camera that runs off of 2 AA batteries (rechargeable recommended) and is limited to using XD-Picture card memory. There is a minute amount of internal memory for a pic there and there. Note: you cannot use the Olympus Micro-SD to XD Picture cards showing up on various sites – they do not fit and the Fuji cameras do not have the firmware to use them.

  • 4.1 mpix 1/2.5 CCD coupled to a Fujinon Zoom Lens with 2.8 to 4.7 aperture
  • Exposure Compensation (-2.1 to +1.5)
  • AA Battery Powered – rechargeables recommended
  • XD Picture Card memory only … adapters do not work
  • File format: JPG
  • Release Year: 2005 (note: blue front may indicate Wal-Mart only bundle version
  • Added to collection: 2022 (thrift store find)
  • Status: Working no issues
  • Click here for more info – pdf manual

FujiFilm Finepix A400

The Fuji A400 is a a Super CCD HR pocket camera that runs off of 2 AA batteries (rechargeable recommended) and is limited to using XD-Picture card memory. There is a minute amount of internal memory for a pic there and there. Note: you cannot use the Olympus Micro-SD to XD Picture cards showing up on various sites – they do not fit and the Fuji cameras do not have the firmware to use them.

  • 4.1 mpix Super CCD HR coupled to a Fujinon Zoom Lens with 3.3 to 5.5 aperture
  • Exposure Compensation (-2 to +2)
  • AA Battery Powered – rechargeables recommended
  • XD Picture Card memory only … adapters do not work
  • File Format: JPG
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Added to collection: 2022
  • Status: Working no issues
  • Click for more info – dpreview

FujiFilm Finepix A500

The Fuji A500 is a a Super CCD HR pocket camera that runs off of 2 AA batteries (rechargeable recommended) and is limited to using XD-Picture card memory. There is a minute amount of internal memory for a pic there and there. Note: you cannot use the Olympus Micro-SD to XD Picture cards showing up on various sites – they do not fit and the Fuji cameras do not have the firmware to use them.

  • 5.1 mpix Super CCD HR coupled to a Fujinon Zoom Lens with 3.3 to 5.5 aperture
  • Exposure Compensation (-2 to +2)
  • AA battery powered – rechargeables recommended
  • XD Picture Card memory only … adapters do not work
  • File Format: JPG
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Added to collection: 2022
  • Status: Working not issues
  • Click for more info – dpreview

Kodak Easyshare M853

The Kodak M853 is a plastic enclosed 8.2 mpix CCD based poacket camera for HD still and IS (Image Stabilization). The camera is fairly light and is powered by a KLIC 7001 battery from Kodak or third party.

  • 8.2 mpix CCD sensor coupled to a Kodak lens with a range of 37 to 111mm
  • Auto or multiple ISOs up to 1250
  • Uses standard SD memory cards
  • Uses proprietary battery
  • File Format: JPG
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Added To Collection: 2022
  • Status: Working no issues
  • Click for more info – dpreviewmanual html

Vivtar Mini Digital Keychain Camera

Yes, we had to include these. Why …. well, why not? Throw it in your pocket, snap pics around town, get home, download the shots (not knowing what you took because they have no display), and cringe and the final output. Sort of like getting a set of prints back from the processors when you took them in a $20 plastic 35mm cheapo camera in the 80s. Nostalgia never goes away – it just gets smaller. Supposedly these cams started out around 2008 in various forms from Vivitar and others, Sakar was the main OEM manufacturer.

  • A whopping .1 mpix (note: there is a decimal point involved here)
  • Up to 20 shots at 322×288 or 4x at 176×144
  • Pricey at $10 or less (slightly more for the advanced models)
  • AAA Battery – one. At least it’s economical
  • No screen – why be disappointed right out of the gate
  • File Format: JPG
  • Release Year: 2008
  • Added To Collection: 2009
  • Working no issues
  • Please check out Pittsburgh By Mini-Cam, a 2010 photo blog project and entry into Art All Night
  • Click for more info – camera wikioem manufacturermanual pdf (at least one version)

Canon SD880 IS (Digital IXUS 870 IS)

This Canon SD880is is one very well made camera. Along the placement of buttons and quality of images it feels amazingly well built for a point and shoot. This is fast becoming my favorite daily carry camera for street and opportunistic photography.

  • 10 mpix CCD based sensor coupled to a 28 to 112mm wide zoom lens.
  • Auto or multiple ISOs up to 1600
  • Uses standard SD memory cards
  • Uses proprietary battery: NB-5L
  • Large 3in bright LCD screen
  • File Format: JPG
  • Release Year: 2008
  • Added To Collection: 2022
  • Working no issues
  • Click for more info – dpreviewken rockwellmanual pdf

Kodak Easyshare M863

The Kodak M863 (the red one pictured here was actually a wedding gift to my wife from me when we got married in Gatlinburg). It is a very well build subcompact pocket camera and it feels like it. Very well made, 8.2 mpix CCD based powered by a Kodak KLIC 7001 battery or equivalent.

  • 8.2 mpix CCD sensor coupled to a Kodak lens with a range of 34 to 104 mm aperture range of 2.8 to 5.1
  • Auto or multiple ISOs up to 1600
  • Uses standard SD memory cards
  • Uses proprietary battery
  • File Format: JPG
  • Release Year: 2008
  • Added To Collection: 2008
  • Status: Working no issues
  • Click for more info – dpreviewmanual pdf

Kodak Easyshare M320

The Kodak M320 is an end of year 2022 aquisition. Appears to be working fine with a slightly dim screen.. At 9.2 mpix it has a slightly better sensor than the M863, but software functionality is pretty much the same. Lens the same also.

  • 9.2 mpix CCD sensor coupled to a Kodak lens with a range of 34 to 104 mm aperture range of 2.8 to 5.1
  • Auto or multiple ISOs up to 1600
  • Uses standard SD memory cards
  • Uses proprietary battery (KLIC 7001)
  • File Format: JPG
  • Release Year: 2009
  • Added To Collection: 2022
  • Status: Working no issues
  • Click for more info – dpreviewmanual html

Kodak Easyshare M583 - Metallic Red

The subcompact has become one of my favorites to shoot street and daily photography with, even with a slightly slow user interface. The camera has a 14 mpix CCD based sensor and is powered by a Kodak KLIC 7006 battery. This is another Kodak branded pocket camera that looks and feels very well built. I believe this may have been built by JK Imaging for Kodak as they officially licenses to build under the Kodak name a few years later in 2013.

  • 14 mpix CCD sensor coupled to a Schneider – KREUZNACH lens 28 to 224 mm lens
  • Auto or multiple ISOs up to 1600
  • Face Detection with Face Recognition
  • Multiple focus and exposure zones
  • Uses standard SD memory cards
  • Uses proprietary battery
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Added To Collection: 2022
  • Status: Working no issues
  • Click for more info – kodak manual

Kodak Easyshare M583 - Metallic Blue

The subcompact has become one of my favorites to shoot street and daily photography with, even with a slightly slow user interface. The camera has a 14 mpix CCD based sensor and is powered by a Kodak KLIC 7006 battery. This is another Kodak branded pocket camera that looks and feels very well built. I believe this may have been built by JK Imaging for Kodak as they officially licenses to build under the Kodak name a few years later in 2013.

  • 14 mpix CCD sensor coupled to a Schneider – KREUZNACH lens 28 to 224 mm lens
  • Auto or multiple ISOs up to 1600
  • Face Detection with Face Recognition
  • Multiple focus and exposure zones
  • Uses standard SD memory cards
  • Uses proprietary battery
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Added to collection: 2022
  • Status: Working no issues
  • Click for more info – kodak manual

FujiFilm XQ1 Ultra-Compact

We purchased this to get into the X-Trans II style sensor that Fujifilm is now using for more of their mirrorless cameras. The benefit is not having to used a filter for anti-aliasing resulting be better true-color and exposures. AS we shoot crossover style (anything from street to nature photography) we wanted to have a very high end point and shoot that is small and pocket compatible. Like the Fujifilm color standards over the years – we chose an older XQ1 shooter to start with.

  • 12 mpix X-Trans II sensor without an anti-aliasing filter
  • Auto or multiple ISOs up to 3200
  • Aperture range is f/1.8 to f/4.9
  • 4x zoom lens (25-100mm)
  • Uses standard SD memory cards
  • Uses proprietary battery: Fujifilm NP-48
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Added to collection: 2023
  • Status: Working no issues in excellent shape
  • Click for more info – dpreviewphotography lifemanual pdf

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