Camera manufacturers are constantly pushing the limits in equipment production, and for less than $200, you too can own a camera that will capture your precious lifetime moments flawlessly. The seven cameras featured here will change your perspective, especially if you’re one of those people who believe that video production is expensive. Be it a wedding or birthday, you will no longer need to hire a photographer or videographer when you get your hands on any of the budget point and shoot cameras listed below. Without further ado, here are the top seven point and shoot cameras under $200.
Pro: Front LCD Selfie Screen
Con: Strange Placement of Camera Flash
It is rare to find a pocket camera that gives you a viewing screen both at the back and front and this makes the Samsung EC-DV180FBPBUS stand out. Apart from the two screens, this 16.2MP camera produces high quality photos and videos. It comes with a 5x optical zoom lens with an f/2.5 aperture, as well as a program mode that enables you manipulate saturation, contrast and ISO.
The down side of this camera is that the flash is located near the lens thereby increasing the probability of red-eye, but other than that, this camera is great.
PANASONIC DMC-ZS45 LUMIX
Pro: Powerful 20x Zoom
Con: Maximum shutter speed of 4 seconds
This 16 MP camera is handy because, for starters, the rear LCD viewing screen can be tilted 180 degrees up so you can see how the image will appear when taking selfies. It also has an automatic wink feature which takes a picture when you wink. The picture quality is high and its video resolution is full HD. Aperture ranges from f/3.3 to f/6.4 and it also allows you to manipulate ISO as well as many other settings. When taking pictures, however, you have to hold still for at least three seconds before the camera captures the image, but this is common in other point and shoot cameras so it shouldn’t discourage you.
CANON POWERSHOT N
Pro: Simple Wi-Fi connectivity to mobile devices
Con: LCD screen only tilts up to 90 degrees
For a camera that only weighs 0.43 pounds, it can do wonders. With a resolution of 12.1 MP for still images and 1920×1080 full HD video quality, this camera takes great photos and videos. It is further optimized to capture great images in low light environments and the Wi-Fi feature enables you to transfer images to your mobile devices almost effortlessly. If you like taking selfies, however, this camera may disappoint because the LCD screen only tilts halfway up.
Pro: Wi-Fi, NFC & Email features
Con: Slow autofocus
This is a power-packed device, offering a plethora of top-notch features. With this camera, you will access 21x zoom capability, combined with full HD video resolution and 16.3MP still image quality. In addition the camera offers Wi-Fi connectivity as well as NFC and the ability to email pictures directly from the device.
CANON POWERSHOT ELPH 350HS
Pro: Intelligent IS Feature
Con: Average Battery Life
The Canon Powershot ELPH 350HS compensates for its delicate feel and average battery life by producing outstanding images and videos. Its intelligent IS feature enables shake-free zooming throughout its 12x zoom range, and this ensures you end up with fewer blurry images. What’s more, the camera is fitted with a 20.2MP still image resolution, 1080p video quality, NFC and Wi-Fi technology for easy pairing with other devices.
NIKON COOLPIX S6900
Pro: Selfie-Optimized LCD Screen
Con: Poor Low Light Performance
This camera is both light-weight and compact. The three-inch LCD screen is adjustable in various angles and it can even be tweaked to face you thereby enabling a perfect selfie. Though it produces considerable noise on images captured in low light, the Nikon Coolpix S6900 produces extremely detailed images in good lighting. Comprising a 12x optical zoom lens and 1080p full HD video resolution, this camera is described as very reliable by a majority of its users.
CANON POWERSHOT SX710HS
Pro: 30x Zoom with Intelligent IS
Con: Difficult Wi-Fi instructions
Though this camera does not cost less than $200, you can get a used one for as low as $210 and a refurbished one for as low as $199. Canon really outdid themselves with this gadget so it is worth every penny. How? Well, apart from an advanced 30x shake-free zoom lens, this camera captures crisp 1920x1080p Full HD video with stereo sound. In addition, the maximum shutter speed on this device is an impressive 1/3200 of a second. The Canon Powershot SX710HS also comes with Wi-Fi technology, NFC, image-sync function and manual recording mode.