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The Best Point and Shoot Cameras Under $200 2012

Updated on January 5, 2013

Time to Shop for a New Camera?

Are you looking for a new or additional camera? Fantastic! Now is a good time to check out some of the many options out there in point and shoot cameras. If you're like most of us these days, you're not only looking for a good digital camera - you're looking for one at a good price that fits your budget. Point and shoot cameras are some of the easiest to operate, and come in a variety of styles and price ranges to fit your needs without breaking the bank. Read on to get the scoop on three point and shoot digital cameras below. These are all nice cameras, priced under $200, and quite frankly are some of the best camera deals arount. Or, if you're ready to dive right in, read the short reviews snippets below and then start shopping for the point and shoot camera of your dreams.

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Wow Three Great Cameras Under $200

If you're looking for more than just nice cameras, then check these out. The Panasonic DMC-FH25K 16.1MP Digital Camera with 8x Wide Angle lens and Image Stabilized Zoom is a nice camera with LOADS of features, making it one of the best cameras under $200.

The Canon PowerShot A2300 IS 16.0 MP Digital Camera with 5x Digital Image Stabilized Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle lens is a Cannon point and shoot camera that really shines. Add to that the 720dpi HD video recording capabilities and you have one awesome digital camera under $200.

The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 20x Image Stabilized Zoom 25mm Wide-Angle lens sports Cannon's HS System allowing you to take photos in a wide variety of circumstances. This makes for one nice camera that performs well in low light - just point and shoot.

Read on to get more details. Or, if you're ready to make a decision? Start shopping how for the Camera & Photo products of your choice.

Panasonic DMC-FH25K 16.1MP Digital Camera with 8x Wide Angle Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD (Black) (OLD MODEL)
Panasonic DMC-FH25K 16.1MP Digital Camera with 8x Wide Angle Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD (Black) (OLD MODEL)

This Panasonic point and shoot camera is quite popular, receiving an average of 4.3 out of 5.0 stars. A true point and shoot, this camera has iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode, including two new functions - AF (auto focus) Tracking and Intelligent Exposure. iA allows any user to take beautiful photos with ease. But it gets even better! The iA functions also include four detection functions: Motion Detection, Face Detection, Scene Detection, and Shake Detection.

Lumix powerful Scene Mode range allows the user to select from a variety of 28 scene modes, including Sports, Pets, and Baby, to help insure your photos are the stuff memories are made of.

And you want to share those memories with others, right? No problem! The Lumix Image Uploader feature helps you do just that. Select the images or video you want to share, then connect the camera or the memory card to your computer. The upload begins automatically and guides you through the process. It's easy to share photos on Facebook and videos on YouTube. The only thing better than capturing your photographic memories is sharing them, and the Lumix lets you do just that - quickly and easily. So, what are you waiting for? If the Lumix sounds right for you, then don't wait any longer - buy one today!

Canon PowerShot A2300 16.0 MP Digital Camera with 5x Digital Image Stabilized Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle Lens with 720p HD Video Recording (Red)
Canon PowerShot A2300 16.0 MP Digital Camera with 5x Digital Image Stabilized Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle Lens with 720p HD Video Recording (Red)

The Cannon PowerShot sports some impressive features, including 16.0MP image resolution, 720dpi HD video recording, and Smart AUTO, Cannon's very own sophisticated automatic scene detection capability. Just press the shutter button and Smart AUTO kicks in to assess various aspects of composition, both in the subject and the background. Next the scene is analyzed using 32 predefined shooting situations. Then the Cannon PowerShot A2300 optimally assigns the correct settings to ensure your still photo is the very best it can be. This is yet another true point and shoot camera. So, don't get hung up on scene composition, lighting, shutter speed or background lighting. Let the Cannon PowerShot A2300 handle all that for you, while you relax and enjoy the moment and capture the memories.

Nikon Coolpix S9300 16.0 MP Digital Camera - Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Nikon Coolpix S9300 16.0 MP Digital Camera - Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

The Nikon CoolPix S9300 blends power, portability, form, and function into one neat package. From it's 18x Optical Zoom and high resolution 16MP CMOS sensor, to it's full HD 1080p video with stereo sound, you'll find lots to love about this camera.

But, there's more! This CoolPix also offers creative in-camera effects which afford the user the opportunity to add special effects like high key, low key, a nostalgic sepia effect; even add a filter like fisheye or minature.

You can also easily create panoramas with the Easy Panorama Mode for breathtaking 180 to 360 degree scenes.

Perhaps the most interesting feature of the CoolPix S9300 is the GPS and electronic compass enhancements. Want to brag about something on Facebook or other social network? It's easy with the Nikon CoolPix S9300. With the GPS turned on, all files are instantly geotagged so you can create a visual travelogue of where you are and what you're doing - right town to latitude and longitude.

This point and shoot camera sports a solid 3.9 of 5.0 stars for its rating. After using the CoolPix S9300 you may agree with one of the reviews which sums it up this way - a "Great Little Nikon".


Want to Upscale a Bit? - Check out this Cannon Power Shot SX260!

If you have a little more than $200 to spend on a point and shoot camera, you may want to check out this Cannon Power Shot SX260. This little Power Shot sports a respectable 12.1MP high sensitivity CMOS sensor, a 25mm Wide Angle Lens. There's even a dedicate movie button for 1080 full HD video with stereo sound.

The Power Shot SX260 is a lot of camera in a compact size. In addition to everything above, it includes Smart AUTO for 58 predefined shooting situations, optical image stabilization, a 20x optical zoom, and Cannon's HS System, which allows you to take bright, clear photos in a wide range of shooting conditions. You get all this in a camera that's just 1 1/4 inches thick!

With 223 Five Star ratings, there are lots of good things to say about the Cannon Power Shot SX260. One of the most helpful reviews was from a dedicated amateur photographer, who takes his hobby very seriously. Here's a recap of what they had to say about the Power Shot SX260:

The Likes:

1) Pocketable.

2) Turns on quickly to "grab a shot on the go".

3) 20x lens -- 25mm to 500mm. The 25mm shots are corrected internally for distortion and the 500mm shots are sharp thanks to the IS technology.

4) Very good noise control

5) Copy is very sharp -- no need to sharpen the photos it produces.

6) Color accuracy is on par with an Olympus E-P1, considered by some to be the paragon of color accuracy.

7) Full manual mode is available when desired.

8) Takes very good HD video.

The Dislikes:


So, if you are looking for a great point and shoot camera under $200 but you have a few extra bucks to spend, consider the Cannon Power Shot SX260. There's no doubt you can trust your best shots to this camera. It just may be "the one" you've been waiting for.

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Didn't find exactly what you were hoping for in this article? Hey, no problem! We understand that what we like, might not be exactly what you like. And, when it comes to selecting a great point and shoot camera, you'll want to take your time and make the best selection possible. After all this will be your go-to camera for your day-to-day photography needs. After all, what can be easier, than to pick up the camera, point and shoot! It's a great tool for capturing those special moments and preserving your photographic memories for years to come.

So, take your time. Look around. Perhaps you'd like to spend a little more than $200? That's okay! Check out the other options below. There's something for almost everyone.

What are Your Thoughts? - Tell us about your favorite point and shoot camera under $200

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      bjesparza 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great list of cameras!