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Digital Cameras: $150 to $250

ConsumerSearch reviews all types of digital cameras, from basic point-and-shoot models to ultrazooms to digital SLRs. Digital cameras can be sorted by price, brand and type and you can easily compare models side-by-side. The best digital cameras in each category are named based on expert and user reviews, where cameras are evaluated for ease of use, comfort, features and price, in addition to photo quality.
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Canon PowerShot SX 280 HS

Reviewed May 2014
Canon PowerShot SX280 HS
*Est. $180
Best cheap digital camera
Pros:
  • 20x zoom
  • Good photos for its class
  • GPS, Wi-Fi and manual controls at a low price
Cons:
  • Battery life and battery sensor malfunctions
  • Missing some common features, like panorama
  • No RAW mode
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Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Reviewed August 2013
Canon PowerShot SX160 IS
*Est. $160
Best cheap digital camera for about $150 or less
Pros:
  • Impressive photo and video quality for the price
  • Full manual controls -- a rarity at this price
  • Strong 16x zoom
Cons:
  • Gobbles AA batteries
  • Too slow for fast-action photography
  • Can't handle very dim light
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Canon PowerShot Elph 330 HS

Reviewed May 2014
Canon PowerShot Elph 330 HS
*Est. $180
Pros:
  • Tiny, slim body
  • Comfortable and simple to use
  • Fast
  • Superb photos and HD videos for the price
  • Built-in Wi-Fi lets you send photos instantly
Cons:
  • Video limited to 24 frames per second

Nikon Coolpix L820

Reviewed May 2014
Nikon Coolpix L820
*Est. $220
Pros:
  • 30x zoom lens
  • Very good photo and video quality
  • Easy to use
  • Quick performance
  • Runs on AA batteries -- convenient for traveling
Cons:
  • Heavy and bulky, even for an ultra-zoom
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Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Reviewed August 2013
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
*Est. $245
Pros:
  • 30x zoom lens
  • Good image quality in bright light
  • Full manual controls with built-in-help
Cons:
  • Not for fast action or indoor photography
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