It looks like it could be the end for compact entry level cameras, with Nikon and Panasonic bowing out.

Nikon and Panasonic have confirmed that they will no longer be developing entry level point and shoot cameras. Instead, both companies will be focusing more on their more expensive line of mirrorless cameras and lenses. 

It comes as no real surprise, since the best camera phones are now so good that the demand for compact cameras has massively decreased. Cameras such as the Panasonic TZ-90 and Nikon Coolpix W300 are still available to buy, but once stocks run out they will only be available second-hand. 

Fujifilm also stated that it would be getting rid of its FinePix range, which includes one of the best waterproof cameras – the Fuji Finepix XP140. It will, however, still be developing its range of high-end compacts which includes the popular Fujifilm X100V. 

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Neither Canon or Sony have revealed whether they will be stopping production of entry level compacts, though it has been years since either released a new model.

The reason for the demise of these cameras:

With smartphones such as the  Samsung S22Ultra, and the iPhone 13 Pro Max, and the Google Pixel 6  now offering such competent sensors and specialist shooting options such as night mode, wide angle and macro, it’s no wonder that even the best point and shoot cameras are becoming less popular. Smartphones are more convenient, you have them on you at all times, and they’re much easier to charge – and as they say, the best camera you have is the one you have on you. 

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  1. I have used Pentax IQZoom compacts in the eighties and then switched over to point n shoot digitals like a Kodak, Panasonics and a Sony.
    I admit most of my pictures now come off various cellphones but the viewfinder on my camera is so handy during sunny outdoor picture taking! And of course, the ‘feel’ of a camera camera is so satisfying!

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