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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 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 August 2013
Canon PowerShot Elph 330 HS
*Est. $200
Best cheap digital camera
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
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Olympus Stylus TG-630 iHS

Reviewed August 2013
Olympus Stylus TG-630 iHS
*Est. $200
Best cheap waterproof camera
Pros:
  • Waterproof, drop-proof and freeze-proof
  • Good-quality photos and videos
  • Snappy performance
  • Easy to use
  • Strong battery life
Cons:
  • Dim light requires flash
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Nikon Coolpix L820

Reviewed August 2013
Nikon Coolpix L820
*Est. $215
Best cheap ultrazoom camera
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 ultrazoom
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Nikon Coolpix S6500

Reviewed August 2013
Nikon Coolpix S6500
*Est. $195
Pros:
  • 12x zoom
  • Pocketable size
  • Very easy to use
  • Built-in Wi-Fi for instant photo sharing
Cons:
  • Photos and videos are good -- not great
  • Short battery life
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