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The Best Cheap Digital Cameras

Updated on June 14, 2013

Everybody Needs a Digital Camera

A digital camera is one of the best electronic gadgets that you can have these days and is considered a must-have among many different types of people. Compact digital cameras are ideal for taking with you when you're on the go to capture those special moments that you don't want to forget. There are so many options on the market that it can be difficult to decide on which camera is the best for you. If you're unfamiliar with specifications and the technical terms associated with what cameras can and can't do, it can be extremely complicated to compare digital cameras to find the one that is suited to your needs.

This lens features five of the best affordable digital cameras, in terms of features and customer reviews. The best way to find out about a camera before you buy is to hear from those who have already used it. All five cameras featured in this lens have been rated and reviewed by many happy customers and are among the top sellers for inexpensive digital cameras.

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 - Another quality camera from Canon

A good digital camera is defined by its features. Not only does a camera need to have a good (higher) resolution in order to take quality pictures but also need to be fast and easy to use. It is also important to consider the type, size and price of the product before making the bargain. It should however be noted that there is no special spec that will give you a signal of the best camera in the market. Other features that are equally important include performance and design. Your own research therefore does the trick.

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 digital camera for instance, has a 16.1 effective megapixels with a 5 times Optical zoom. It also has a CMOS high sensitivity 1/2.3 sensor fixed on the lens. This means it can take high resolution pictures for objects that are at a distance five times further than those that can be taken by cheap digital cameras.

This camera also comes with a full 1080 p HD video with stereo sound. It also has a separate movie button (dedicated movie button) which means you don't have to switch it off when taking another picture or recording another movie. Instead you just 'pause' the video you are viewing, take the picture and then press the 'pause' button again to continue.

As the Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 does not have any built-in internal memory, a 10 SDHC 16 GB memory card is recommended for ultimate storage and optimum speed. It's stylish and sophisticated, slim curvy design enables it to fit in the user's palm making its operability even easier. Additionally, the Canon Digic 5 image processor alters the speed and power of the camera depending on the number of operations being carried out at the same time.

Canon PowerShot A2300 - A name you can trust at a price you can afford!

When you want to purchase a new digital camera, a name you can depend on helps in some way in deciding where to put your money. The Canon PowerShot A2300 is a wonderful addition to the Canon family and more than meets all the modern requirements when it comes to ease of use and on board functions and capabilities.

This is an inexpensive digital camera that is absolutely packed with features and has stood the test of time and remains a top quality product that we can all afford.

Some of the outstanding features on this gem of a machine are that it supports Windows 7, Vista, XP and also the Mac operating system, and is very versatile when it comes to shooting modes, whether you are taking still pictures or in HD movie mode. There are a total of 16 different choices, a few of which are, Smart Auto, self-timer, low light, live view or super vivid. Or you could opt for a playful shot with the new Poster Effect, snow or fireworks. With the movie mode you could record for over 29 minutes or up to 4GB of memory usage, and all in HD quality with the best of playback options either through your television or on the camera 6.8 cm (2.7") LCD screen.

As far as buying a cheap compact digital camera, you could do a lot worse than get your hands on a Canon PowerShot A2300. This sleek little product comes in several different colors and is light weight enough to be carried in a shirt pocket or a small purse, or indeed you could add the soft case and strap to carry it hands free. It's easy enough for anyone to use and the self timer gets everyone in the picture. It really is the best camera money can buy and a great way to add family memories to the collection.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 - Great for point and shoot

The Sony Cyber-shot WX150 is built around longer zoom and better sensor than many of the Sony's ultra compact cameras. It is not burdened with high end bloats such as touchscreen, GPD and Wi-Fi. It's a good camera for the casual point and shoot photographers. Novice photographers will find the camera being a strong value for the cost as a result. It's available in shades of blue, silver, red and black.

At a cost of below $200, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 is one of cheapest digital cameras you can find in the market for its quality. The features which the camera offers are generally good enough. Here are some of the highlights that stand out as among the best.

10 x zoom in a small and pocket sized bodyAll-round and solid image for web sharingFriendly interface for casual usageAlthough the camera is pretty small; you will find it comfortable to hold and navigate around. There are quite a number of settings which resemble that of the HX9. Even novice photographers will appreciate using the camera as it comes with a few extras that can make your photos look professional. The camera allows you to choose the mode you want using the slider at the back side. You have the freedom to choose which mode you would like your picture to be in. Among them are movie mode, panoramic mode and picture. The picture mode offers face detection, sharp images and superior autos. You can opt for partial or full colors among others.The movie mode offers a choice of 3 different video qualities which include FX,FH and HQ that offers a standard resolution of 1920x1080, 1920x1080 and 1440x1080 respectively.Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 offers decent sound and video quality thus making it great for family outings and videos. The battery life is just good enough as it can last a whole day without being recharged. It shoots at different photo styles such as panoramic, landscape, portrait, night and daytime shots. It is one of the best selling digital cameras these days for good reason.

Sony DSC-W670/B - A great contender!

The Sony DSC-W670/B is a 16.1 megapixel Cybershot Digital Camera with a 2.7 inch (6.8 cm) LCD screen. If you're looking for a cheap compact digital camera, the DSC-W670/B Cybershot is a great contender - at 3.9 x 0.8 x 2.4 inches (9.9 x 2 x 6.9 cm) in size and 5 ounces (142g) in weight, this camera will fit easily and conveniently into a handbag or pocket.

For an inexpensive digital camera, this product is well worth its bargain price, as it's jam-packed with technical features that even the most novice photographer can use to produce high-quality pictures. The 16.1MP image sensor captures crystal clear, high-resolution photographs that can easily be edited or cropped without ruining the quality of the image, or printed out for pictures up to 13 x 19 inch (33 x 48 cm) in size.

The 6x optical zoom makes it easy to capture subjects in close-up from a distance, while the Sweep Panorama mode allows you to capture wide-angle shots of your entire location, shooting continuously as you sweep the camera across the landscape, then automatically combining the shots into one large panoramic image. It's not just still shots from this camera though - you can also shoot high-definition video in MP4 format, making it easy to upload your videos to the internet to share with friends.

This best selling digital camera is designed to do most of the work for you, taking out the guess work for inexperienced photographers in how to take that perfect shot. The camera's Intelligent Auto (iAuto) is an improvement on traditional auto modes; it recognizes subjects, scenes and lighting conditions, and automatically adjusts the camera's settings to ensure image clarity, less blurring, and natural colors, including skin tones. Optical SteadyShot helps prevent blur when shooting moving subjects, while the Natural Flash mode captures colors that are far closer to real life than traditional flashes do.

Taking flattering and beautiful pictures of family and friends couldn't be easier with this camera's amazing amount of facial detection features. Face Detection ensures up to eight faces in each image are perfectly in focus, the Smile Shutter helps you capture those smiles as soon as they happen (particularly helpful when photographing children!), the Anti-Blink function works to counter blinking and squinting in your subjects, while the Soft Skin mode can automatically reduce the appearance of any skin blemishes or discolorations. You can make sure you're included in the family photos too with the Self-Portrait Timer.

Nikon COOLPIX AW100 - The ultimate adventure camera!

Nikon COOLPIX AW100 is one of the best-selling cameras in the world today due to the fact that it offers so many advantages to the user. This value digital camera is waterproof, freeze proof and shockproof. It can be taken on any kind of adventure, it will be handy to use when hiking on the mountains or even while on a beach holiday.

It has a 5xZoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens, this one of a kind camera also has 16.0-MP CMOS sensor that can be used to record low-light as well as fast action photos including that of a Full HD (10800 movies).

This camera is perfect for those who are always on the road due to the fact that this camera has a GPS and an electronic compass. It also has a 3-inch monitor and the new Action Control that the manufacturers have provided can be easily adjusted.

It can be taken to diving expeditions because it can reach a depth of 33-feet and can also shoot at 14° F temperature. Users do not need to worry if they drop the camera at a height of up to five feet because it is sturdy and made to withstand the test of time.

Scuba divers can find ample use for this camera; it can be mounted on a surfboard or attached to a scuba tank. It can record everything that is going on and users can see all that it has taken due to the Full HD (1080p) function it is able to provide.

It does not only take photos, it guarantees that the images produced are sharp. Shots taken from a dark cave will still look amazing with the help of its 16.0 MP CMOS sensor. It is able to blaze even in low light, works with fast action and can work with challenging shooting conditions due to the high impact photos it can produce.

Users can have three shots in just one second with the help of the one-touch control system.

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    • PhoenixV profile image

      PhoenixV 2 years ago from USA

      I recently bought a Nikon coolpix and I love it. It's so easy to use and gets great photos. It's great for enhancing content and will probably pay for itself. Great choices you have on inexpensive but premium cameras.

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      Pam Irie 4 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I use my digital camera all the time. A lot of my Squidoo articles feature tutorials of projects I've completed and I enjoy posting the pictures. Love that camera!