Smartphones killed the point-and-shoot camera, but compacts still have a place

Hand holding the Panasonic Lumix TZ100
(Image credit: Panasonic)

Do you remember the last time there was a new point-and-shoot camera announcement? And I'm including bridge cameras in this category too. I don't think Panasonic has released anything new since 2018 (the Lumix ZS200 was the last, also called the Lumix TZ200 and TZ220 outside the US), which was also when we last saw Canon launch a PowerShot S-series camera. Nikon may have outlasted most of the camera makers by announcing the Coolpix P950 (a bridge camera) in January 2020.

We've waited over two years for a new point-and-shoot (whether zoom compact or bridge) and I'm sure we're not going be seeing another one again. After all, smartphones these days take far better images (mostly using computational photography or software to achieve that goal), even the budget handsets.

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Sharmishta Sarkar
Managing Editor (APAC)

In addition to looking after they day-to-day functioning of Digital Camera World in Australia, Sharmishta is the Managing Editor (APAC) for TechRadar as well, and helps produce two of Future's photography print magazines Down Under. Her passion for photography started when she was wandering the wilds of India studying monkeys (yes, life took a sharp turn somewhere along the way) and is entirely self-taught. That puts her in the unique position of understanding what a beginner or enthusiast is looking for in a camera or lens, and writes to help those like her on their path to developing their skills or finding the best gear. While she experiments with quite a few genres of photography, her main area of interest is nature photography – wildlife, landscapes and macro. She still prefers an optical viewfinder but is utterly fascinated with what mirrorless technology has been able to achieve. 

With an ear to the ground in the Asia-Pacific territory, she is constantly on top of camera news and breaking developments in the Australian region, in addition to sourcing local deals during big retail events like Amazon Prime Day and Black Friday / Cyber Monday. 

She’s also a skilled stargazer, always eager to share astrophotography tips such as photographing the blood moon without even using a tripod!