Best Digital Cameras Under a USD 300 Budget – Review
If you can spend about $300 to buy a new digital camera, there are a lot nice options in the market now. The best ones for this budget often belong to the list of point and shoot cameras aimed at the beginning level. But don’t worry because those models has commonly offer nice resolution, large LCD screens, nice-looking design and very thin sizes of the bodies. There is a variety of great models to consider for this budget range. Below, I have listed the best digital cameras which have the sub-$300 prices. They are alphabetically listed.
List of Best Digital Cameras
1. Canon EOS M DIL
The first mirrorless model has been released for four years in the digital camera market and Canon was the last one among big players of the DSLR market to delay adding a DIL model to its product lines.
But now, this famous manufacturer has changed their direction.
The EOS M DIL, the first DIL model of Canon has been released now. This camera is basically offered in the white or black color for the bodies, but you can find the red or silver versions in some places all over the world. There includes EF-M lens mount with this camera.
The EOS M has an image sensor with the resolution of 18 megapixels. A very nice feature with this camera is the inclusion of high-resolution touch screen LCD. At the moment, both the two famous camera manufacturers have joined the DIL camera market. While Nikon has the J1 – the first DIL since the previous year, Canon has the EOS M DIL now. With the participation of Canon in this market, DIL cameras will certainly become more and more popular than ever.
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2. Canon PowerShot D20
The Canon PowerShot D20 recently released is a touch model, which has been different from other PowerShot models of the same manufacturer in terms of the design.
The D20 has included a CMOS image sensor, which has the resolution of 12.1 megapixels. This is not bad at all for such a tough camera. The LCD measured 3.0 inches is nice while the optical zoom lens is 5X only. You can record nice videos with the support of full 1080p movie mode.
Especially, there are powerful waterproof features with the D20. You can make use of the camera under the water with the 33 feet depth at maximum. The camera also does not matter in cases of 5 feet fall and it can survive the low temperature up to 140 Fahrenheit. In addition, the macro mode is very great when you have the D20 work under the water.
You can purchase this camera in one of the following colors: yellow, orange, blue, or silver for the bodies with curved and black trim, based on the place you are living on earth.
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3. Canon PowerShot SX230 HS
It is pretty hard to find a camera that can combine between the pretty and solid design with a large zoom lens, but if that type of camera is what you are seeking for, the Canon’s PowerShot SX230 HS is exactly a great option. The camera now is available in three colors, including blue, black and read. All of those colors are pretty common in the market now.
The image quality is good with the large optical zoom lens measured 14X and the 12.1MP image sensor using the CMOS technology. The LCD screen measured 3 inches in thickness is also nice. You can easily record interesting videos with the support of the full 1080p movie mode. In addition, the performance of the Canon PowerShot SX230 is good in even inadequate lighting conditions thanks to the HS system. In this TIPA award-winning camera, you also find the popup flash very useful in cases that you need more light for shooting photos.
4. Fujifilm FinePix S8400
The resolution of the camera is 16 megapixels. The time to initializing the camera is also very fast, just one second only. The Fujifilm FinePix S8400 has a very large optical zoom lens, which is up to 44X. In addition, The LCD measured 3.0 inches is nice while you can make use of the full 1080/60i HD movie mode to record nice videos. You can also capture macro photos in the shortest distance of 0.39 inches with FinePix S8400W camera.
Beside the strong point of the large zoom, the inclusion of a viewfinder is extremely great for such an ultra zoom camera
Now, there is only one color option when you purchase the FinePix S8400W model – it is the black. You can use four AA batteries to run this camera.
5. Nikon Coolpix S9500
The optical zoom lens is 22X, which is very large with this camera while the 18.1MP resolution of the CMOS image sensor is an amazing number. There is an OLED display screen measured 3.0 inches. You can record nice videos with the full 1080p HD mode. And the WiFi capacity as well as built-in GPS is another two strong extra features of the S9500.
6. Nikon J1 DIL
One of the new DIL cameras that belongs to Nikon’s recently announced models is the Nikon J1.
You’re going to find many nice features with this small camera which is a model of great interchangeable lens combinations.
The CMOS image sensor has the 10 MP resolution. There is a quick autofocus mechanism which includes 73 focusing points. You can shoot up to 10 frames in one second and record nice videos with the support of 1080p HD movie mode. A nice feature with this Nikon camera is the inclusion of a 3.0-inch LCD screen which has a high resolution.
There are some color options for the body that you can select, such as: silver, black, pink or red.
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7. Nikon J2 DIL
Right from the launching last years, the Nikon 1 system of DIL models has attracted a lot of attention from the public in general and photographers in particular. The Nikon J2 is the newest models to follow this line of products. It may not attract the same attention but this is a very nice option for photographers who are seeking for a combination between the nice looking design and the powerful shooting features.
Although the 10.1 MP resolution is not really high, the image sensor using the CMOS technology is pretty large in comparison with the ones you see in point and shoot models. Therefore, the image quality is even greater with the smaller number of megapixels.
You can take advantage of the full 1080p HD mode to record nice videos. The LCD screen measure 3.0 inches is going to provide you with images of high resolution. There is a variety of color options that you can select, including: silver, white, dark red, black, orange and pink. If you find the design the J1 nice looing, then you will be easily happy with the look of the J2 together with some great additional features. This camera is really worth your consideration.
8. Olympus SZ-30MR
High-end digital cameras have become more and more common since 2011. And the Olympus SZ-30MR is one of the nice models that follow this trend.
The camera has a CMOS image sensor which has the resolution of 16 megapixels. This image sensor helps lower the noise when you shoot photos in inadequate lighting conditions. In addition, the Olympus SZ-30MR has a pretty nice optical zoom lens which is up to 24X and the LCD screen measured 3.0 inches is nice while the thickness of the camera is 1.6 inches only. Especially, you can easily record 16MP still images as well as 1080p HD movies simultaneously with the SZ-30MR.
9. Olympus PEN E-PL3 DIL
You can find many high-end shooting features with the Olympus PEN E-PL3 digital interchangeable lens, which has the similar camera body like a point and shoot camera. The PEN Lite is another name of this camera.
A 3-inch LCD screen which is tiltable is included with the PEN Lite. With this LCD, you can easily shoot photos in challenging angles. The image sensor uses the CMOS technology which has the 12.3 MP resolution and the ability to capture five frames in one second. There are many nice color options, based on the places where you buy the camera.
10. Sony Cyber-shot WX300
You will easily find cameras manufactured in 2013 quite thin but with a lot of great feature as well as a nice optical zoom lens.
Among those mid-range models is the Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 from Sony. This is a nice camera offering some very great features while its thickness is around 1.17 inches only.
The camera has a nice optical zoom lens, which is 20X. You will be pleasured to see the 3.0-inch LCD screen with the resolution of 18.2 megapixels. Nice videos can be recorded with the support of the 1080p HD mode and the built-in Wi-Fi is a great extra advantage. Especially, one of the very strong points with the the Sony WX300 is its amazing battery life in which you can shoot up to 500 images before the next charge.
The WX300 is now available in white, black and red for the bodies.