Looking for a great digital camera on a budget?
The variety of point-and-shoot digital cameras available today is enough to make your head spin. With manufacturers from all over the world offering a dizzying array of features at a wide variety of price-points, you might be tempted to just grab one off the shelf and be done with it. Don’t do that.
While there is no one best budget digital camera, a little information can help you choose the perfect digital camera, whether you’re buying for yourself or purchasing a gift for someone else.
Cannon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS
Some people’s highest priority in any digital camera is simplicity.Or if you’re buying a simple to use camera for someone who isn’t particularly technically inclined, you might want to consider this
If you’re someone who just wants to pick up a camera and use it without having to worry about getting a setting right, this is well worth considering.
Versatility and Sharing
Kodak Easyshare M552
This camera features a 28mm wide-angle lens and 5x zoom, which gives it more versatility than you’ll get from most point-and-shoot digital cameras. If you or the person you’re buying for wants to share snapshots with family quickly and easily, Kodak’s patented Easy Share functionality makes it as easy as pushing a single button.
Smartphone Style Interface
As smart phones have dropped in price and become more common, many people have come to prefer a smartphone-style user environment in other technological devices.
If you love the smartphone style, the best affordable camera for you may be the Samsung SH100. This camera gives you a comfortable touchscreen but, unlike the camera on a smartphone, also offers a zoom lens and wireless upload capability.
Cannon PowerShot ELPH 100 HS
Night shots and other low-light are a challenge even for professional photographers, so imagine the difficulty in taking nice low-light shots with a simple, affordable point-and-shoot camera.
If you take a lot of photos in low light (such as a child blowing out birthday candles or fireworks on special occasions), take a look at the Cannon PowerShot ELPH 100 HS. This camera offers better low-light photos than most other budget digital cameras. It also offers lots of fun-to-use modes and, as of June 2012, was priced $100 lower than when it was first released.
Pentax Optio RS1500
Adults certainly aren’t the only ones who enjoy documenting their lives in photograph form. If you’ve got a little shutter-bug running around, a popular cheap digital camera to put in his or her hands may be the Pentax Optio RS1500.
This camera, with a kid-friendly interchangeable faceplates featuring movie characters such as the Green Lantern, is durable while also offering enough functionality for the Tween or Teen who wants to be a bit more serious with picture-taking. These features include 14 megapixels, 4x optical zoom, and a 3 inch LCD display.