Guide To The Best Budget Cameras of 2012


Top 3 Compact Cameras Under $200
6 August 2012 – Photography has increasingly become a hobby more than a profession. In this digital age we’re living in, brands have released many digital compact cameras that produce quality photos— almost exactly like SLR cameras. The best part is some of these digital cameras aren’t too heavy on the pocket.

So if you’re one who’s on the lookout to buying a budget quality digital camera, you’re in the right place. Below is a guide on three of today’s best budget cameras. So prepare your $200 and enjoy the best tech investment you’ll ever make.

Panasonic Lumix DMC FH-25

Panasonic Lumix DMC FH-25If you’re eyeing a digital camera that doesn’t cram in too many features into one compact gadget, then Lumix DMC FH-25 is perfect for you. The defining factor of this epic camera is its 8x, 28mm wide angle lens but it doesn’t stop there.

Quick Specs

  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 2.7 inch display
  • Up to 6400 ISO and 1/1600 shutter speed
  • 8x optical zoom; 4x digital zoom
  • 1280 x 720 max video resolution
  • 4.76 ounces/135 grams
  • 70 MB internal memory with SD card capacity
  • No zoom while filming
  • $139.95

Despites its release earlier last year, this remains to be one of the best selling of the bunch. It’s very easy to use and the resulting photographs range from good to very, very good. You also don’t have to worry about shooting on low light because that’s what this camera is built for.
Why it’s a must-buy: It’s an easy-to-use camera that produces superb shots whether at a very high or low light.

Canon Powershot ELPH 300 HS

Known as one of the world’s thinnest digital cameras, the Canon Powershot ELPH 300 HS is one ultra-compact camera that made waves to all point-and-shoot aficionados out there. It’s packed with all the features you would want a cell-phone sized, easy-to-use digital camera to have— and more.

Quick Specs

  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 2.7 inch display
  • Up to 3200 ISO and 1/2000 shutter speed
  • 5x optical zoom; 4x digital zoom
  • 1920 x 1080 max video resolution
  • 5 ounces/141 grams
  • No internal memory but with SD card capacity
  • With zoom while filming
  • $169.00

The selling point of this digital camera is its toy camera function, which allows you to edit the look of your photos, similar to the nostalgic film camera shots. Moreover, it’s packed with other effects such as Monchrome, Fisheye, Supervivid and many more.

Why it’s a must buy: It’s a compact camera that’s packed with features that leave its size as an understatement.

Kodak Easy Share M580

Kodak Easy Share M580If you want a compact camera that’s well-contoured and comes with the right accessories, then the Kodak Easy Share M5800 is for you. While it may be bigger than the other budget cameras around, it begs to differ when it comes to its features.

Quick Specs

  • 14 megapixels
  • 3 inch display
  • Up to 1600 ISO and 1/1400 shutter speed
  • 8x optical zoom; 5x digital zoom
  • 1280 x 720 max video resolution
  • 5.29 ounces/150 grams
  • 64 MB internal memory with SD card capacity
  • No zoom while filming
  • $99.99

Like the Powershot, the Easy Share comes in different colors, which makes it perfect for those mix-and-match fans. Moreover, it comes with a wrist strap that allows any traveler to maximize picture taking anytime, anywhere.

If you want quick face recognition or an optimum photo quality taken from afar, then this is the compact camera for you.

Why it’s a must buy: It’s the perfect, quality budget camera for those on-the-go and with style.

There’s no doubt that compact cameras have become a must-have for those who want to capture fleeting moments of life. So if you’re on the lookout for the best budget camera you can buy, consider these top 3 candidates.

About the author: Samantha Nicole Samonte is a Content Specialist for Webcada a CMS company in Singapore. She spends the rest of her time guest-blogging for various websites.