Cheap Digital Cameras: Ratings of Sources
Total of 14 Sources
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by Editors of DigitalCameraInfo.com
Our AssessmentThis easy-to-navigate site provides the same thorough analysis as its parent site, CamcorderInfo.com. Editors spell out their rigorous camera testing procedures -- and strict ethics policy -- in great detail. You can sort the reviews by type of camera, price, etc., making it easy to find the best cameras in any given category. Reviews here are up-to-date, too -- editors have tested most of the latest cameras.
Steve's Best Cameras
by Editors of Steves-Digicams.com
Our AssessmentReviews at Steves-Digicams.com are current and impeccably detailed. Each full review includes a lengthy list of pros and cons and plenty of sample photos. Editors don't criticize the cameras very harshly, though. They recommend more than a dozen cheap cameras here, listed in the Entry-level Compact, Ultra Compact and LifeProof categories.
Best Compact Cameras: All-rounders
by Editors of TechRadar.com
Our AssessmentCamera tests here are excellent. Testers judge all major aspects of the camera, assign star ratings and post sample shots. Here, editors name their four favorite budget point-and-shoots. The Canon PowerShot Elph 310 HS wins the Editor's Choice and Best In Class awards, but editors also name models that suit specific needs -- one that's cheaper, one that's slimmer and one with an extra LCD screen on the front for shooting self-portraits. A couple of the top picks are still for sale, but they're not the latest models.
Point and Shoot Digital Camera Ratings and Reliability
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org conducts rigorous product testing of more than 150 point-and-shoot digital cameras. Each camera is tested on a variety of criteria, including image quality, ease of use, versatility, LCD quality and more. The ranked ratings chart shows how the inexpensive cameras perform next to their more expensive counterparts. Unlike the dedicated camera websites, though, ConsumerReports.org doesn't post any sample photos from the cameras. ConsumerReports.org recommends both recently discontinued and current models.
Best Budget Digital Cameras
by Lori Grunin
Our AssessmentCNET does a great job evaluating digital cameras. Each camera receives hands-on testing for build quality, features, shooting speeds, ISO and image quality. The reviews provide product ratings, a list of pros and cons that quickly summarize overall performance, and product specifications. Lori Grunin rounds up the best under-$200 cameras here, including three that earn Excellent ratings. The slightly more expensive (but still under $250) Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 also rates Excellent and is a top pick in Grunin's separate list of the best compact cameras. The lists also include other models that rate slightly lower, including some older models.
by Editors of PCMag.com
Our AssessmentPCMag.com tests a variety of digital cameras -- including plenty of the latest cheap models -- and the site is well known for its detailed and balanced reviews. Testers aren't shy about criticizing poor performers. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 is the current Editors' Choice among under-$250 compact cameras.
Best Point-and-Shoot Cameras
by Editors of DigitalCamera-HQ.com
Our AssessmentIn addition to detailed standalone camera reviews, DigitalCamera-HQ.com names the best cameras in several categories. Reviews here are test-based, balanced and plain-spoken. One of the top three cheap digital cameras has been discontinued, though, and editors haven't fully reviewed some cameras.
The Best Digital Cameras
by Editors of PhotographyBlog.com
Our AssessmentThe editors of Britain's PhotographyBlog.com review plenty of digital cameras, most of which are available in the U.S. Cameras are thoroughly tested for image quality, ease of use and product value. All of the top budget picks are still available for purchase, although some are older models.
by Editors of DigitalCameraReview.com
Our AssessmentDigitalCameraReview.com has detailed, test-based reviews of digital cameras. The site doesn't test as many cameras as sites we rank higher, but the balanced analysis is worth a read. The Canon PowerShot Elph 110 HS receives a relatively good review compared to other cheap digital cameras.
Point and Shoot Digital Cameras
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com is the best source for user reviews of cheap digital cameras. As with most user reviews, the owner write-ups at Amazon.com vary, but many reviews are quite detailed. You can sort cameras by price, rating and more to find the best model for your needs.
Dave's Picks: Budget
by Editors of Imaging-Resource.com
Our AssessmentImaging-Resource.com is one of the best sources for reviews of expensive cameras, but editors don't review many cheapies. Cameras do undergo thorough testing, with editors using each model to photograph identical subjects under standardized conditions. Sample pictures help to gauge and compare performance, while the detailed write-ups cover key factors such as camera construction, optics and exposure. However, the budget picks are out-of-date -- the top picks are still available, but they're not the latest models.
Our Recommended Digital Cameras
by Jeff Keller
Our AssessmentJeff Keller's in-depth camera reviews are easy and fun to read. Keller doesn't directly compare cameras, but each review lists similar cameras to consider. He recommends only a couple of cheap cameras, though, and he notes that they've both been replaced by newer models -- which he hasn't reviewed.
Point-and-Shoot Cameras with the Best Image Quality
by Tim Moynihan
Our AssessmentPC World lists the cameras that score best overall on its imaging tests -- including budget models from Samsung, Casio and Canon. Several cameras on this list have been replaced by newer models. PC World publishes summaries for easy product comparison, while standalone reviews of each model include test results.
Point and Shoot Cameras
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentWalmart.com attracts fewer owner reviews than Amazon.com -- and reviews tend to be shorter -- but a few current budget cameras earn high marks with at least a dozen owner reviews each.