Find The Best Point-and-Shoot Digital Cameras Under $300 – $500

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If you are like me, then you do not want to carry around a bulky DSLR cam everywhere with you. Or maybe you just don’t want to deal with having to learn all the buttons and features on a DSLR. Either way, point-and-shoot digital cams are the perfect solution. I love that I can always carry around my point-and-shoot without needing a bulky camera backpack or bag. Plus, it takes surprisingly good quality photos.

Earlier this year, I decided to upgrade my five-year-old Canon point-and-shoot digital cam with a new one. The way that I like to shop is to view all the options and then narrow it down to three for close inspection. If you want to do the same, you can start with the Amazon list of Best Sellers in Digital Point & Shoot Cameras or just start below with my top picks for best point-and-shoot digital cameras for the money for 2015 – 2016.

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Top 10 Cheap Digital Cameras for 2015 - 2016

ImageProductOur Rating
Olympus Stylus SZ-17 Digital Camera with 24x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3-Inch LCDOlympus Stylus SZ-17 Digital Camera with 24x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3-Inch LCD4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ70 16.1 MP Digital Camera with 60x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3-Inch LCDPanasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ70 16.1 MP Digital Camera with 60x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3-Inch LCD4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Nikon Coolpix L330 Digital CameraNikon Coolpix L330 Digital Camera4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Digital CameraCanon PowerShot SX700 HS Digital Camera4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 12.1MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3-Inch LCDCanon PowerShot ELPH 330 12.1MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3-Inch LCD4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Canon PowerShot SX600 HS 16MP Digital Camera Canon PowerShot SX600 HS 16MP Digital Camera 4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Samsung GC200 Galaxy Camera 2 - 16.3 Megapixel CMOS, 21x Optical Zoom, Android 4.3, WiFi and 4.8-inch Touchscreen LCD DisplaySamsung GC200 Galaxy Camera 2 - 16.3 Megapixel CMOS, 21x Optical Zoom, Android 4.3, WiFi and 4.8-inch Touchscreen LCD Display4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Nikon COOLPIX S6800 16 MP Wi-Fi CMOS Digital Camera with 12x Zoom NIKKOR Lens and 1080p HD VideoNikon COOLPIX S6800 16 MP Wi-Fi CMOS Digital Camera with 12x Zoom NIKKOR Lens and 1080p HD Video4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Nikon COOLPIX AW120 16 MP Wi-Fi and Waterproof Digital Camera with GPS and Full HD 1080p Video Nikon COOLPIX AW120 16 MP Wi-Fi and Waterproof Digital Camera with GPS and Full HD 1080p Video 4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Canon PowerShot SX710 HSCanon PowerShot SX710 HS4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
please note prices current at time of publication, but do change regularly

 

As you can see, there are a lot of great cameras on the market right now that fall in the under $300 – $500 price range. While you can certainly get a better quality point-and-shoot by spending a little more, there is no denying that for someone on a budget, these are some great affordable point and shoot options.

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS Review

canon powershot sx710 reviewOf all the cameras listed above, this one is definitely one of my favorites. Since it is made by Canon, you know that it is going to give you awesome quality images. And it is packed with features for the low price.

You can shoot 1080p full HD video, which is a nice feature. And your images are going to be of very high quality thanks to the 20.3 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor combined with the DIGIC 6 Image Processor.

One of the really convenient thing about this camera is that it has built-in wifi. That means you can easily send your photos to a printer or other device.

It does have a built-in flash and the option to use manual focus, which is rare for a point-and-shoot at this price range. On a full charge, you can expect the battery life to get you around 230 photos, which honestly could be better but it’s not terrible. And, the zoom is a 30x multiplier, which also could be better but is fine in most instances. For teh same price, you can get a better zoom with the Canon PowerShot SX530 HS, but it only shoots 16.3 megapixels, which isn’t worth the better zoom.

It’s also worth mentioning that the LCD screen on this camera is VERY high quality and does an awesome job of showing you what your photo will look like before you take it. You can change the settings and see immediate updates on the scree, which is a pretty cool feature for such a cheap camera.

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