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2021 Feature: 5 Cameras $300 and Under!

Updated: Jan 12, 2021

Need a new camera on a budget? We have a few options that may be perfect for what you need!

#1 Sony DSC-W830 Compact Camera $129.99

20.1 MP | 25-250mm Equivalent Zoom | HD 1080 Video

The DSC-W830 Digital Camera from Sony is a pocket-sized point-and-shoot featuring a 20.1MP, HD 1280 x 720p video recording at 30 fps, and low-light sensitivity to ISO 3200. The 8x optical zoom, 4.5-36mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens offers a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 25-200mm, covering wide-angle to telephoto perspectives, and an aperture range of f/3.3-6.3.

The camera is equipped with a 2.7", 230k-dot Clear Photo LCD monitor providing sharp, natural color that makes it easy to compose shots, read menus, and view photos, even in bright sunlight. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization counteracts camera shake for clear, blur-free shots. Additionally, benefit from Sweep Panorama shooting up to 360°, allowing you to capture an entire landscape in a single shot. Files are recorded to MS Duo or SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards. The DSC-W830 is configured with a USB 2.0 port and composite HD and SD outputs.

We recommend this camera for those who want an ultra compact camera option.

16.4 MP | 28-140mm Equivalent Zoom | Waterproof Up to 65ft

The Fujifilm XP130 Underwater camera integrates four rugged protection features: waterproof to 65ft/20m, freezeproof to 14°F/-10°C, shockproof to withstand drops from 5.8ft/1.75m, and dustproof to keep out sand and other foreign particles. The camera is suitable for a variety of outdoor scenes, making it a highly competitive option for a camera under $300. This camera features an internal 5x optical FUJINON zoom lens(28 – 140mm*1), which means that you can zoom right up to the action, even underwater. The technology continues to impress with the added application of Intelligent Digital Zoom. When using the camera underwater, Fujifilm’s years of experience ensure that colors are reproduced exactly as they are seen by the human eye. Fujifilm’s “Underwater” and “Underwater macro” modes are also designed to optimize image capture underwater. You can capture the action quickly and surely with continuous shooting up to 10 frames/sec. (max. 10 frames) at full resolution. To top it all off, the XP130 also allows for a wireless remote feature controlled by your smartphone, along with Wifi transfer.

We recommend this camera for those who want a rugged camera for all types of adventures! White water rafting, beach trips and snorkeling sessions are just a few activities that this camera would excel at capturing.

#3 Nikon COOLPIX W150 Child-Friendly Camera $169.99

13.2 MP | 300-90mm Equivalent Zoom | Waterproof up to 33ft

Designed for holidays, beach days, or every day, the white Nikon COOLPIX W150 is a sleek point-and-shoot camera characterized by its impressive durability and intuitive design. Perfect for use on adventures or for an aspiring young photographer, the W150 sports a 13.2MP CMOS sensor and NIKKOR 3x zoom lens to produce high-resolution stills and Full HD video in a variety of situations. Sensitivity from ISO 125-1600 along with Electronic VR also benefit working in a variety of lighting conditions to keep up with all-day shooting. Its physical design is water, shock, dust, and freezeproof and features a rear 2.7" 230k-dot LCD for composing your shots and reviewing imagery. In-camera image editing enables quick fine-tuning of your shots and SnapBridge wireless connectivity also lets you share your snaps while on the go.

We recommend this camera for those who want a simple camera for a younger first-time photographer!

#4 Canon PowerShot 360HS Compact Camera $209.99

20.2 MP | 25-300mm Equivalent Zoom | Pocketable

Combining high-resolution imaging with a versatile feature-set, the black PowerShot ELPH 360 HS Digital Camera from Canon is a sleek point-and-shoot featuring a 20.2MP 1/2.3" CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4+ image processor. The sensor and processor combination avails sensitivity to ISO 3200 and notable image quality, as well as 7.2 fps continuous shooting, to suit working in a variety of conditions, and, in addition to stills, also enables full HD 1080p video recording at 30 fps. A 12x optical zoom lens provides a 25-300mm equivalent focal length range and an Intelligent IS image stabilization system helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld imagery. For composing imagery and reviewing your photos and movies, a large 3.0" 461k-dot LCD is featured on the back of the camera and built-in Wi-Fi with NFC allows you to wirelessly share images to a linked smartphone or tablet. Additionally, the ELPH 360 HS also features a range of creative features for compiling videos and stills or producing creative works in-camera, including Hybrid Auto, Creative Shot, and Story Highlights.

We recommend this camera for those who want an ultra compact camera option.

#5 Canon PowerShot Zoom Monocular $299.99

12.1 MP | 100-400mm Equivalent Zoom | HD 1080 Video

Long-range viewing and recording with a compact, pocketable design, the Canon PowerShot ZOOM is a unique digital camera that blends the capabilities of a PowerShot point-and-shoot with the reach of something like a stabilized monocular. Incorporating an impressive 100-400mm equivalent focal length zoom range, with 2x digital zoom possible, this sleek camera is ideal for handheld birding, wildlife viewing, and even sports subjects. A 12.1MP CMOS sensor records both stills and full HD 1080p video up to 30 fps and continuous autofocus helps to keep subjects sharp. Video recording is further benefitted by a built-in microphone and Face Tracking AF when working with human subjects. Additionally, image stabilization benefits both stills and videos by reducing the appearance of camera shake for steadier recording in various lighting conditions. The unique feature set is complemented by an equally unique physical design that is suitable for easy one-handed use. The compact form factor is ideal for carrying and a 2.36m-dot electronic viewfinder, with 60 fps refresh rate, enables clean, realistic eye-level viewing. A three-way one-touch switchable button makes for fast zoom changes and the camera also features a microSD memory card slot for saving files and a USB Type-C port for charging the internal battery. Additionally, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity pair with the Canon Camera Connect App for remote live view monitoring and wireless file sharing to a mobile device.

We recommend this camera for wildlife photographers or back-yard birding enthusiasts!

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