Long live the point-and-shoot
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Long live the point-and-shoot

The death of the point-and-shoot compact has been disastrous for all the major camera manufacturers, but has also spurred the kind of innovation we've not seen in a long time. Keen photographers are the people who benefit most from this shake-up, with manufacturers clambering over themselves to offer the most attractive features to the last group of people willing to pay for a good camera.

The result is that there's never been a better time to buy a small camera. The latest enthusiast models cost more than the small-sensor point-and-shoots that used to rule the shop shelves, but they also offer image quality and user control far beyond anything we've previously seen in pocketable digital cameras.