Whether thanks to technological advancements in digital cameras or the cut-throat competition, point and shoot cameras are increasingly becoming more powerful and getting loaded with mouthwatering features. And the best thing about these compact digital cameras is that we need not to burn a hole in our wallet to grab the best digital camera with decent shooting capabilities. If you have a budget of $400 for buying a decent compact digital camera, you will be thrown with aplenty of options to choose from. Here I have compiled the best digital camera choices that easily fit in any shoestring budget.
Nikon Coolpix S9100
One of the best cheap digital cameras, Nikon Coolpix S9100, is known to have a price drop in 2012. The digital camera was sold for $200 in 2011 and now it costs $130. Considered as one of the best digital camera under $200, the camera features 12 megapixels, 1/2.3-inch backside-illuminated CMOS sensor, 3-inch LCD screen, 18x optical zoom, shoots full HD video at 1920x1080pixels at 30fps, supports SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards. Despite cheap price point, this best digital camera has several shooting modes including Auto, Scene, Scene Auto Selector, Special Effects, Continuous, Night Portrait and Night Landscape, Backlighting HDR.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3
If you want a compact digital camera that will be light in price point and build but high in features, then Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 would be the best digital camera choice for you. GF3 is an interchangeable camera that comes with wide range of features at the lowest price in its genre. You can buy this cheap digital camera for $380 from Crutchfield. Top features of this digital camera are 12.1-megapixel Live MOS, Venus Engine FHD image processor, ISO ranges from 100 to 6,400, 3.8fps, unlimited JPEG/7 raw, 23-area contrast AF, 60-1/4,000 sec, shoots video with 1080/60i/50i at 17Mbps, 720/60p at 17Mbps.
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS is the best digital camera for budget-conscious camera buyers, especially those zero in on long zoom. This mega zoom shooter is reasonably priced at $380 with 35x optical zoom lens. The vari-angle LCD of this cheap digital camera offer you multiple shooting angles, for video and still images. Major features of this mega-zoom budget digital camera are 12 megapixels backside-illuminated CMOS, 2.7-inch vari-angle LCD, 35x optical zoom, optical and digital image stabilizer, Li-ion rechargeable battery. Another benefit of buying this digital camera is that you can get to use diverse types of memory cards such as SD, SDXC, SDHC, Eye-Fi SD and SDHC cards.
If you want to opt for some more options, then take following shooters in consideration to weigh all pros and cons and settle for the best digital camera in your budget â€“
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
- Canon PowerShot Elph 510 HS
- Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25
- Canon PowerShot A2200