The market was flooded with compact digital cameras over these past few years and given the fact that digital photography as a science has been improving almost daily, most of these cameras are very affordable. With the price constantly pushed down by newly developed digital cameras packed with a wide array of complicated, high-tech functions, the price of good digital cameras went down as well.
It is for this reason that you are likely to find some truly amazing digital cameras available for less than 200 dollars if you know where to look. To save you the trouble of scouting the market yourself, we put together a list of the ten best digital cameras under 200 dollars to make things easier.
10Nikon COOLPIX S33 Waterproof Digital Camera
Waterproof up to 33 feet deep, the Coolpix S33 is the perfect holiday/vacation digital camera. If you’re thinking of going on an adventure or if you simply want to take pictures every step of the way despite the weather, then Coolpix S33 might be what you need. Make no mistake about it, this camera is very good in its own right, boasting features like 3x wide-angle NIKKOR glass zoom, the ability to record full HD 1080p videos with stereo sound, and a 13.2 MP CMOS sensor.
9Sony DSC-H300/BM – High Zoom Point and Shoot Camera
Thanks to its 35x optical zoom, the H300 will deliver perfect pictures regardless of distance or light conditions. This is also due to its 20.1 MP sensor equipped with in-camera stabilization features and the capacity to take blur-free HD videos. Speaking of which, the H300 can record 720p MP$ movies at 1280 x 720 in 30 fps, perfectly shaped for easy upload to social media websites or YouTube.
8Canon PowerShot SX400 Digital Camera
Equipped with a 16.0 Megapixel sensor with Canon DIGIC 4+ Image Processing technology, the PowerShot SX400 is one of the most high-tech digital cameras in this price range. It can capture 720p HD video with ease, just by pushing a dedicated movie button and zoom while shooting, a feature that is bound to come in handy at some point. It also features high-speed AF capabilities that improves focus speed considerably.
7Sony DSCW830/B Digital Camera
Thanks to its Optical Steady Shot image stabilization feature, the DSCW830/B will take clear pictures in spite of it being shaken while doing so. Many digital cameras boast this technology nowadays, but you don’t usually expect such an inexpensive camera to do so as well. The camera’s advanced features don’t end there, mind you, as it also features a 20.1 MP sensor with 8x optical zoom and the capacity to take full HD videos at any time.
6Samsung WB35F 16.2MP Smart WiFi & NFC Digital Camera
What’s great about the WB35F is that you can share your best photos with friends and family immediately after taking them through the built-in Wi-Fi technology with NFC. Among its SMART features, we find Social Media Uploads, E-mail, Photo beam, Direct Link, Remote Viewfinder, PC Auto-backup, and All Share capabilities. As for the camera itself, it comes with a 16.2 MP CCD Sensor with 12x Optical Zoom.
5Nikon Coolpix L330 Digital Camera
The most important feature of Nikon’s Coolpix L330 Digital Camera is its lens. It has a much larger objective lens than any pocket camera on the market, allowing it to capture more light, thus more detail and sharper shots. Due to its 26x optical zoom, you can use this camera for landscape shots, portraits, and pretty much any type of pictures you need. Another thing to point out is how well-optimized and user-friendly its digital menu is. You can quite literally spend hours browsing through the many software features it comes equipped with.
4Canon PowerShot A2500 16MP Digital Camera
Equipped with an ECO Mode that reduces power consumption, the PowerShot A2500 Digital Camera from Canon allows you to shoot a lot more pictures per charge than you would with standard digital cameras. It also comes packing a Smart AUTO feature that recognizes 32 different shooting situations and automatically chooses the proper camera settings for the job. It only has a 5x optical zoom, but the 16 MP image clarity definitely makes up for it.
3Sony W800/S 20 MP Digital Camera
The W800/S from Sony comes equipped with an MP Super HAD CCD sensor designed to take crisp images in great detail. Boasting a Sony Lens with 5x optical zoom, a 10x Clear Image digital zoom, and a 20.1 MP sensor, you can expect the W800/S to take well-above average pictures under any conditions. Interestingly enough, it also features a Sweep Panorama mode that allows you to take 360 degrees full circle panoramic shots.
2Samsung EC-WB350FBPBUS 16.3 Digital Camera
Most high-end digital cameras have SMART features nowadays, yet you wouldn’t expect one in this price range to do so, wouldn’t you? The EC-WB350FBPBUS from Samsung allows you to share your photos with friends and family with just a push of a button thanks to its built-in Wi-Fi with NFC features. As for the camera, it has a 16.1 MP sensor with 21x optical zoom capabilities, along with the feature to take 1080p full-HD videos.
1Nikon COOLPIX P600 16.1 MP Wi-Fi CMOS Digital Camera
Nikon Coolpix P600 is without a doubt, one of the most technologically advanced and at the same time reliable digital camera in this price range. It features 60x optical zooming capabilities with an astounding 68x Dynamic Fine Zoom for sharper image clarity and processing. It also comes equipped with a Hybrid Vibration Reduction system to ensure that you’ll still be able to take clear pictures with the camera shaking or moving. Last but not least, the P600 can take full-HD 1080p videos with stereo sound, a feature that any high-end digital camera should possess these days.