Ever since the birth of my first child, I have been in love with digital cameras. However, choosing a great digital camera on a budget can be difficult. For most people, a point and shoot digital camera will meet their needs adequately. These five point and shoot digital cameras are all compact, take quality photos and video and are easy to use even for people who have never used a digital camera before. And, all five are affordable coming in at around $100.
Top Affordable Digital Camera: Canon PowerShot A495 Digital Camera
Canon does cameras right. Canon digital cameras earn high ratings across the board. From the most affordable Powershot’s to the pro dSLR’s costing many thousands of dollars, consumers are consistently satisfied with Canon digital cameras. What makes Canon digital cameras so good? Canon digital cameras are easy to use, take quality pictures and are of solid construction.
The Canon Powershot A495 digital camera is one of the best point and shoot cameras on the market today. It is available at Amazon for $99 with free shipping. The Canon PowerShot A495 digital camera has 10.0 megapixels, 3.3x optical zoom and 4.0x digital zoom. The large clear 2.5 inch LCD screen is crisp and clear whether taking a picture or playing them back. The camera uses AA batteries so it is easy to replace the batteries anywhere you go. The camera uses SD/SDHC memory cards, but unfortunately none is included with the camera. It is an extremely easy camera to use. The solidly built lightweight thin body makes it easy to handle and it easily fits in a purse or pocket. The color quality is great. The pictures are high resolution and can be enlarged to 13 x 19 inches without a loss of quality. Up close shots, action shots and far away shots all maintain excellent detail. The Smart Auto feature automatically adjusts the camera settings to those optimal for the shooting conditions so you can concentrate on your subject. Other features include self timer, auto focus, video mode, 18 screen modes, red eye removal and flash. The Canon Powershot is great digital camera for both novices and those with more than average photography skills.
Top Affordable Digital Camera: Kodak EasyShare C182 Digital Camera
The Kodak EasySare C182 digital camera is available at Target for $99.99 with free shipping. The camera has 12.0 megapixels, 3.0x optical zoon and 5.0x digital zoom. The 3 inch LCD display is crisp with dazzling color. This digital camera has a 32MB built in memory so it can store a good number of photos without needing an SD card. It is also very easy to transfer pictures from the Kodak EasyShare to your PC or Mac. The camera runs on 2 AA batteries so replacing the batteries is easy. You can take 200 pictures on one battery charge. This camera takes amazing video with exceptional sound quality. In fact, this digital camera takes video that rivals any high end video camera. Additional features include automatic shutoff, video mode and red eye reduction.
Top Affordable Digital Camera: Nikon Coolpix L22 Digital Camera
The Nikon Coolpix L22 digital camera is available at Amazon for $106. The Nikon Coolpix has 12.0 megapixels, 3.6x optical zoom and 4.0 digital zoom. The 3.0 inch LCD display screen is super bright making it easy to see, even on a sunny day. The Nikon Coolpix takes quality photos that are clear and crisp and easy to view. This is a great point and shoot camera for the price. It has all the features you would expect of a larger more expensive camera. It is easy to use, fast and yet small enough to fit in a purse or pocket. The controls are easy to understand. The camera uses AA batteries and takes 240 photos per battery charge. This camera takes some of the best video of any point and shoot camera on the market. Additional features include auto focus, easy to read on-screen menu, self timer, blink detection, electronic image stabilization, 20MB built in memory and 16 screen modes.
Top Affordable Digital Camera: Fujifilm FinePix JV100 Digital Camera
The Fujifilm FinePix JV100 digital camera is available at Amazon for $109.95. The Fujifilm FinePix has 12.0 megapixels, 3.0x optical zoom and 6.3x digital zoom. The camera runs on a rechargeable Li-ion battery which is included. This camera is an HD lover’s dream. It has an HD movie mode and is compatible with HDTV’s. You can also zoom while shooting video. This digital camera is very easy to use and takes clear pictures with vivid color. You can use the easy to understand dial to choose one of ten shooting modes instead of having to fool around with an on-screen menu. No more lost photo ops! Additional features include electronic image stabilization, auto focus, self timer, built in help, red eye removal and 24MB built in memory.
Top Affordable Digital Camera: Sony CyberShot DSC-S2100/B Digital Camera
The Sony CyberShot DSC-S2100/B digital camera is available at Target for $109.99. A compact size and fantastic performance makes this camera one of the best affordable digital cameras on the market. If you want a digital camera that is truly automatic, then this is the camera for you. The Sony CyberShot has 12.1 megapixels, 3.0x optical zoom and 6.0x digital zoom. The 3 inch LCD display is perfect for setting up shots, reviewing photos or using the easy to read on-screen menu. This digital camera is powered by 2 AA batteries and has 6MB of built in memory. A nice feature of the Sony CyberShot is that it accepts SD, SDHC and Memory Stick Pro Duo cards (Sony’s previous line of memory cards). So those who have invested in the Pro Duo cards can still use them in this camera. Additional features include red eye removal, video mode, face detection technology, macro zoom and continuous auto focus. This is a great digital camera for beginning photographers and is very easy to use. In fact, Sony designed this digital camera with the beginner in mind.