If you are an artist who takes photographs for reference, or even uses them in your work, a convenient yet highly functional point-and-shoot might be just the tool you need. These cameras are intended for nonprofessional photographers who can’t be bothered with pricy add-ons like speedlights and lenses, and who prefer automatic modes than manual controls (although many can also be manually set). If you prize portability, but have aged out of your dated, bricklike digital camera, peruse our five picks below. We’ve selected some stellar cameras smack-dab in the Venn diagram of quality, ease-of-use, and compactness.
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