The 6 Best WiFi Cameras to Buy in 2017

Shop for the best cameras that allow you to connect to WiFi and share photos

A feature that's beginning to appear more and more often in both point and shoot and high-end digital cameras is the ability to connect to a WiFi network. When you can send photos wirelessly through your home WiFi network, it can greatly simplify the process of creating backup copies of your images, as well as sharing photos with others.

Some cameras allow you to make direct connections to Facebook or other social networking sites, too, which can be a great feature. Many WiFi-enabled digital cameras also now give you the option of uploading your photos to the cloud, which usually is a storage site that's owned by your camera's manufacturer. Using the cloud to store your photos is a great idea, as you'll always have backup copies away from your home computer, where they'll be safe from a fire or other natural disasters. 

The downside to WiFi-enabled cameras is that they can be a little difficult to set up and use on occasion. You will almost certainly need to understand a little bit about entering network passwords and knowing the name of your WiFi network before you can make the connection with your camera. If you've ever made a WiFi connection with your smartphone or with a laptop computer, you probably have the experience needed to make the WiFi connection with your camera. The wireless connection also can drain the battery more quickly than using a USB cable connection.

Still, once you have successfully put together a WiFi connection with your digital camera, you'll wonder how you've lived without it. (Remember, WiFi-enabled cameras use a different technology than NFC-enabled cameras.) Here are the best WiFi-enabled cameras currently on the market.

Best Overall: Nikon COOLPIX B700

Nikon COOLPIX B700 Digital Camera
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Point-and-shoot cameras tend to get a bad rap, if only because of the increasingly competitive cameras found in smartphones. The Nikon COOLPIX B700 is an attempt to assert the power, performance and versatility of the point-and-shoot space.

It features a 20.2 MP CMOS sensor ideal for low-light conditions, Full 4K video recording, target-finding autofocus (AF), and full manual exposure. Why would you want full manual exposure? Because you know enough about photography to take your game to the next level and begin setting the ISO, shutter and aperture settings yourself—something you can’t do on a smartphone. The B700 also has a stunning 60x zoom through the solid NIKKOR lens. It’s an all-around impressive shooter for the point-and-shoot space, one that offers a lot more than the thing in your pocket.

Best Compact: Samsung EC-WB350F

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One of the ways camera makers are trying to compete with smartphones is by making them smaller—capable of fitting in your pocket, just like a phone. The Samsung EC-WB350F accomplishes this in a tiny 2.56 x .98 x 4.49-inch package that weighs a little more than half a pound. But don’t be dissuaded by its size. This shooter has some impressive specs, too. It has a 16.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, Full HD (1080p) video recording, and a host of SMART features that allow you to share directly to social media, e-mail, Mobile Link, PC and other services. And the 21x optical zoom is about as good as it gets for this size. With MicroSD , MicroSDHC and MicroSDXC compatibility, you’re also sure to have ample room for all your photos. There’s even a remote viewfinder mode that allows you to use your smartphone to control the camera.

Best Auto Sensor: Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
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Some folks want the power and versatility of a DSLR or mirrorless camera, but are intimidated by all the controls. Crossover point-and-shoots—devices that offer a bit moe versatility than your average compact camera—are designed to meet this demand. Like our top pick, the Nikon COOLPIX P600, the Canon PowerShot SX610 is designed for people who want the best of both worlds. With the 20.1-megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor, you’re likely to capture some stunning, high-resolution images that most smartphones simply can’t compete with. Add in the DIGIC 4+ Image Processor and you see why, when it comes to point-and-shoot sensors, the SX610 is one of the best around. The camera also features an 18x optical zoom, Full HD (1080p) video recording, intelligent image stabilization, and, of course, WiFi and NFC connectivity. You can also engage the remote shooting function to use your smartphone as a control.

Best Zoom: Canon PowerShot SX700

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Okay, so the zoom on the Canon PowerShot SX700 isn’t quite on par with our top pick, the Nikon P600, but that’s why the P600 is our top pick. If you’re looking for something a little less intimidating, but you still want some serious zoom power, the SX700 is certainly worth looking into. It features a 30x optical zoom, which combines with the 4x digital zoom and optical image stabilizer to allow for an effective zoom rate of 120x. It’s got an impressive 16.1-megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor, Full HD (1080p) video recording, Intelligent Image Stabilization and a Zoom framing assist function. With WiFi, NFC and remote shooting, you can use your smartphone to remotely control the camera. The Mobile Device Connect Button allows you to share your images to your smartphone or tablet device for quick and easy social media sharing. And there’s a huge variety of shooting modes for novice shooters. It’s a well-rounded device with a lot of features, but not too many for any beginner to handle.

Best Value: Sony DSCWX220

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When it comes to value-forward, affordable point-and-shoots, bare bones specs is the name of the game. You can’t expect a whole lot of oomph from these devices, but you can expect a good deal. The Sony DSCWX220 is a simple  shooter that weighs just a quarter of a pound. It’s small enough to fit in pretty much any pocket, and yet it has the specs to deliver some decent photos, too. With the 10x optical zoom, you’ve already got a more powerful shooter than most smartphone cameras. Add in the 18.2-megapixel CMOS sensor (ideal for low-light shooting) and the Full HD (1080p) video recording and you’ve quite a nifty little device on your hands. Sony’s new BIONZ X processor and Optical SteadyShot allow for crisp images with impressive noise (graininess) reduction. Like most WiFi cameras, you can connect it to your smartphone or tablet for remote control functionality.

Best Design: Samsung WB350F

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Cameras are not really meant to be fashion statements. They are, first and foremost, machines that capture photographs. But that doesn’t mean they can’t look downright snappy as they do it. The Samsung WB350F works much like that: It’s an impressive point-and-shoot device with solid specs that also happens to look really cool—in a modest, simple kind of way. It comes in five colors (black, blue, brown, red, and white) emblazoned over an elegant leather-like body. Design aside, the WB350F features a solid 21x optical zoom with wide-angle lens, Full HD (1080p) video recording, and a 16.3-megapixel CMOS sensor. The dual capture mode allows you to shoot video and snap photos at the same time, and it comes with 2 GB of free Dropbox online storage, or up to 50 GB if you happen to own a GALAXY smartphone. You can also use your phone or tablet as a remote viewfinder to control the camera from a distance. What’s not to love?


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