Cameras are one of the most important equipment of modern day and as we have seen they have evolved considerably in the past decade. From cameras with negative reel and Polaroid to point and shoot digital ones and sophisticated DSLRs, we have seen many new innovations in cameras which help you keep your precious memories alive forever in the most convenient way.
With the passage of time the latest technology has now come into the grasps of common man and the specifications and features that were available at a price of more than 50,000 a few years back, can now be obtained in less than 20,000.
So, today the cameras you get in this price range of between 17000 and 20000 are some of the best industry has to offer. With these state of the art image capturing equipments, you can totally forget worrying about low light conditions and blurry images as they offer you nothing but the best when it comes to keeping your memories alive.
So in this article I’m going to tell you about the cameras with best of lens, optical zooms, sensors and features that you can buy in a price of less than 20K. Let us begin then:
#7) Samsung WB200F Smart Digital Camera – Price: Rs. 18,495
The Samsung WB200F is a smart camera best suited for youngsters and the point and shoot generation. The camera is equipped with a 14.2 megapixel CMOS sensor and 18x optical zoom lens which can easily fit wide angles into its frame and can also click images of far off objects with comparative ease.
The Samsung WB200F also allows you to record videos in pure HD quality at 720p. Watching and editing the videos and the images is also quite simple on its 3 inch LCD touch screen display and with its cloud storage, you will never have to worry about low space on memory card or losing your precious images.
The smart digital camera is also equipped with in built Wi-Fi which allows you to share photos over social media and vie e-mail as soon as you click them. You can also pair your camera to your smart phone and shoot the images remotely so that you don’t have to press click and run back to the group within 10 seconds.
Samsung WB200F is an ideal camera for both the beginners and professionals alike as it is equipped with both, a smart auto mode and full manual mode which allows you to fix the settings as per your liking.
#6) Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 – Price: Rs. 19,990
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 is a bulky piece of hardware and with all that muscle there comes exceptionally brilliant performance. The Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ70 is equipped with a 16.1 High sensitivity sensor which clicks brightest of images even in extremely low light conditions.
The camera allows you to capture detailed images of wide alluring landscapes without missing a single aspect, with its 20 mm huge wide angle lens which offers 60x optical zoom.
The camera also offers video recording at 1920 x 1080 pixels so that you can create moving, talking memories that you can relive again and again. Also, the 3 inch LCD display monitor of Panasonic Lumix is state of the art and has a great resolution for viewing and editing the images.
All in all this bulky camera is one of the best that money can buy.
#5) Nikon Coolpix P610 – Price: Rs. 19,500
Another bulky bruiser of a camera with 60x optical zoom lens in the list but Nikon’s 80 year old NIKKOR technology makes this lens slightly better than its predecessor. Rest of the specifications of Nikon Coolpix P610 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 are quite similar as Coolpix is also equipped with a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor and EXPEED C2 image processing engine that delivers richer colors even in extremely low light conditions.
The camera records videos in full HD and its 3 inch LCD TFT monitor with anti reflection coating and 5 level brightness adjustment functions offer amazing readability in sunlight. The monitor is also flip enabled which enables you to capture cool selfies with your group.
Nikon Coolpix P610 is also equipped with Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities and can easily share pictures online or with your smart phone. You can also remote shoot images without relying on the timer by connecting the camera to your Android or Apple smart phone.
Even for beginners this camera does amazing job with its intelligent Auto mode.
#4) Sony Cyber Shot DSC-WX300 – Price: Rs. 19,490
When it comes to digital cameras, there are very few brands which can compete with Sony. The Cyber Shot DSC WX300 explains why. Although compact in size, this camera explains why the saying “good things come in small packages” was created.
Equipped with a 18.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor and 20x optical zoom lens, the Sony Cyber hot DSC – WX300 is a powerhouse of a camera in a size that you can easily fit into your pocket. The intelligent and superior auto makes sure that even beginners can click stunning shots without any difficulty.
The camera also records videos in HD quality which you’ll love to preserve for a lifetime and its 3 inch 460k dot LCD goes beyond brilliant when it comes to viewing your captured images.
The in-built Wi-Fi feature of this camera also allows you to shoot the images remotely with your smart phone and upload them on social media directly from the camera.
#3) Canon Power Shot SX700 HS – Price: Rs. 18,497
If there is any brand which competes in a deadly way with Sony’s Cyber Shot, then it is Power Shot series by Canon. The Power Shot SX700 HS boasts of superior features in compact size just like Sony’s WX300 and they stand quite neck to neck in the competition.
The Canon Power Shot SX700 HS features a 16.1 megapixel CMOS sensor with 30x optical zoom lens which is brilliant for a compact size camera. The optical zoom ensures that you capture every single detail of picturesque landscapes without missing out on anything. The zoom also ensures maximum detail and clarity while taking shots of far off objects.
For superior HD video performance, the camera optimally utilizes its DIGIC 6 image processor and can also efficiently capture quick moving objects even in the dark.
The camera also has built in Wi-Fi and NFC for easy sharing of images with friends, family and whole world. The camera can upload the images directly to social media or transfer them to your smart phone with a single tap. You can also shoot the images remotely by connecting the camera to your smart phone.
#2) Samsung NX Mini (9 mm lens) – Price: Rs. 18,599
This best camera for a price of 18.5k is equipped with a 20.5 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor of Samsung NX mini ensures superior quality image with life like colors and crystal clear resolution. The camera comes with a 9 mm lens in the box but you can change it as per your requirements with any other lens from the Samsung NX series of cameras.
The camera is ultra slim and ultra light at 22.5 mm thickness and 158 gm weight respectively and has a flip enabled 3 inch touch display that you can use for clicking perfect selfies. Just flip the screen up and look at yourself in the monitor while taking the shot. Also, the wink shot feature of the camera enables you to click selfies by just winking at the lens.
The camera as every other in this list, records HD videos and allows you to share your shots and videos easily with friends and family via in-built Wi-Fi and NFC features. Remote shoot feature is also available in Samsung NX mini provided you possess a smart phone.
This superb quality camera can also be used as a baby monitor for keeping an eye on your sleeping baby in another room. The camera sends notifications on your phone if your baby wakes up or starts crying.
With so many features and many more, this is surely one of the smartest cameras and deserves a spot on the number 2 position in this list.
#1) Sony H400/B – Price: 17,294
So in the battle between all the camera brands, Sony indeed came out on top today. The Sony H400/B is nothing short of a gigantic warrior and ultimate performer when it comes to point and shoot cameras. Bulky and loaded with features, Sony H400/B has quite a few ace up its sleeve. Let us find out what makes this camera worthy of the top spot.
The camera is equipped with a 20.1 megapixel Super HAD CCD sensor for capturing ultra bright, crisp, clear and detailed images. The 63x optical zoom state of the art Sony lens makes sure you that you never miss a millimeter of the action and capture every single minute detail on your screen, no matter how far it is.
The 3 inch LCD screen shows you what your naked eyes cannot see, also due to its amazing zoom capabilities and the camera records videos in stunning HD quality.
The smile shutter technology makes sure that all smiles are automatically converted into memories and its DSLR type build gives you a premium feel when you’re walking around with it. The Sony H400/B wil surely make a lot of people jealous of your possession.
The intelligent Auto mode of this camera automatically adjusts ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation and saturation to enable easy capturing of party photos in fluctuating lights.
Although it doesn’t come equipped with Wi-Fi, it makes up for that with easy connectivity to desktops via card readers or cables and even with lack of modern features, the clarity of images clicked by this camera is unmatched and unparalleled.
So, that brings us to the closure of the list which had best cameras under the range of Rs. 20,000. As always, do let me know in the comments about what you think of these cameras and if there are any others which ought to be here. Also, tell me what other features you would like to see in cameras of this price range in the future?