If you have a budget of 300 dollars for a digital camera then you’ll be really pleased with the options you have. You might not be able to get your hands on an exceptionally brilliant DSLR in this budget but as far as the point and shoot range of cameras go, the choices in this budget are limitless.
So, if you enjoy photography and wish to capture panoramic views of landscapes, create long videos of events like weddings and parties and want to make your most precious moments eternal in an affordable price; then you’re at the right place.
In this article I’m going to tell you about good point and shoot digital cameras that you can get in $300 or less. So without further delay, let us begin:
#8) Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7K – Price: $320
Although a bit above the price range, this digital camera by Panasonic deserves the opening spot on this list. With features like 10.1 megapixel high sensitivity MOS sensor, 3.8x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom, this is one of the best warriors in this range.
The 3 inch screen of the camera provides wide viewing angle and it contains more than 16 photo modes which the intelligent auto sensor can fix on its own and deliver most amazing and blur free shots. The new 24 mm wide lens minimizes distortion and delivers sharp and crisp images always.
For those of you, who love to shoot videos of important events like weddings and birthday parties, this camera records videos in full HD at 1080p resolution.
#7) Samsung WB1100F – Price: $249
This camera is anything but compact. It’s giant, big and bulky, but not just for the sake of it. The reason behind its huge size is that it accommodates a 35x optical zoom lens which captures pictures in brilliant detail. With its 16.2 megapixel sensor and 35x optical zoom lens, the Samsung WB1100F is able to take amazing shots with minimal shutter lag. It also comes with a 720 HD video, and several smart features like social media upload, mobile link and e-mail share features which makes it easy to share images and videos.
The Samsung WB1100F contains a digital TFT LCD screen of 3 inches to view and edit the captured images and 21 MB of internal memory to store them. The memory can be expanded up to 64 GB with the help of a micro SD card. It is one of the really great cameras that you can buy in this price.
#6) Sony WX350 18 MP Digital Camera – Price: $228
The Sony WX350 is equipped with a 20x optical zoom lens, 80x digital zoom and a 18 megapixel sensor to capture exceptionally astounding images regardless of the distance from the object and lighting conditions. The WX350 also has an army of aces up his sleeve and a wide range of connectivity options, for instance, you can pair it with your smart phone through a Wi-Fi. Another unique feature is the Lock-On AF, which helps to keep your subject in focus and click detailed images.
The camera has a TFT LCD display of 3 inches which is brilliant for viewing and editing captured pictures. It has an inbuilt memory to store a few images but a memory card will be required if you don’t transfer your images to a computer on a regular basis.
#5) Samsung WB800F Smart – Price: $308
This compact digital camera from Samsung is a perfect combination of looks and performance. It has a 16.3 megapixel sensor, 4x digital zoom and 21x optical zoom lens for capturing clear, crisp and sharp images.
Its 3-inch TFT LCD display screen helps to provide a wider viewing angle for your images. In addition, it comes with smart features such as social media upload, cloud service and email that enable you to share photos directly to social media sites and through email. Also, it supports micro SD card for storing the images or you can transfer them to the computer by using a USB cable.
#4) Canon Power Shot D30 – Price: $299
If you need a camera that can keep up with your adventurous lifestyle then look no further. Canon PoweShot D30 is exactly the thing you’re looking for to take on adventurous mountain climbing and scuba diving trips.
The camera is equipped with a 12 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and 5x optical zoom. Although, you might argue that the specifications of this camera are less than everything we have seen so far but what it lacks in specs, it makes up for it in toughness.
The camera is ideal for bikers, mountaineers and divers as this camera is shock proof and waterproof up to 82 meters which makes it an ideal companion for scuba divers and snorkelers as well. It also features a built in GPS system which records the time and location of all the clicked pictures.
The 3 inch LCD monitor is bright and allows easy readability even in bright and sunny days. The intelligent Auto feature automatically decides the best settings for all the images at times when you’re too busy to select it manually and delivers perfect shots in every setting. The best part, it costs just under $300
#3) PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-FZ70 – PRICE: $247
Another bulky camera in the list with 16.1 megapixel sensor, 5x digital zoom and 60x optical zoom lens. This beauty by Panasonic can easily capture far off shots without breaking a sweat and compromising on detail. The camera is nothing short of a zoom wonder and great in hands of professional photographers
The 3 inch display is again awesome for editing and other stuff and the camera has a variety of smart modes to help make your job easier. With an inbuilt storage OF 200 MB, the camera can store a lot of images and you can also expand the memory using a SD, SDHC or SDXC type of memory enhancements.
This camera also records videos in pure HD and can easily replace a video camera.
#2) Nikon Coolpix P530 – Price: $296
This warrior by Nikon features a 16.1 megapixel CMOS sensor and 42x zoom NIKKOR Lens. The camera is light and portable and one of the best you can get at a price of less than $300. The zoom feature allows the users to shoot stellar close-ups from a great distance without compromising on detail and crispness of the images.
It also shoots pure HD videos in a resolution of 1080p and features manual exposure controls and is equipped with intelligent target finding auto focus systems which delivers exceptional accuracy. The camera also features instant photo sharing on social media networks and via e-mail.
#1) Canon Power Shot SX700 – Price: $279
Compact, classy and powerful. These 3 words efficiently define this warrior by Canon. When it comes to digital cameras, canon has made a name for itself in the market and this camera tells us why Canon is so brilliant as a brand.
It is equipped with a high sensitivity 16.1 megapixel sensor and a DIGIC 6 image processor. The processing power and speed of this camera is unmatched by any other in this price range.
The image stabilized lens of this camera offers 120x combined zoom comprising of 30x optical and 4x digital. The 3 inch TFT LCD screen offers wide viewing angles when in use.
Apart from all this if you want to use your camera to shoot videos for YouTube, it has a pure HD recording feature at 1080p. The camera also supports wireless uploads to social media sites via Wi-Fi.
So, this was the list of top point and shoot digital cameras under $300 that you can buy to relive your favourite memories.
Tell me in the comments if I missed out on a worthy contender or about any other additional features that you’d like to see in this price range.