10 Best Budget Digital Cameras 2010

By Avik, Gaea News Network
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

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Gone are the days of Film Cameras, Digital cameras have replaced them, taking over the realms of photography. Digicams have been reduced to household stuffs and are mostly available with everyone in and around you. Suppose you are on a budget and still craving for a digital camera to capture some cherishable moments that you would never-ever wanna lose, what do you do? Your fix is to search a cheap camera that holds all the features that you can do with. If you know exactly the features you are looking for in your camera, your next step must be to check out whether it fits your budget. Remember unnecessary features only adds to the price. You can achieve the best in photography even with simple and effective features. We are here to help you in finding the Digital camera with all the best features that suits your budget.

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Facts that need to be considered before buying a Digital camera

Resolution Specs - Don’t be fooled with high resolution capabilities. Resolution is something related to printing and not with quality photography. A normal photographer can do wonders with 5-6 megapixel cams.

Zoom - This is what you should be looking for. Quality photography goes hand-in-hand with the zoom functionality of the camera. You should check out an extended-zoom camera with image stabilization that will ensure that shots taken at full telephoto will be tack-sharp, even without a tripod.

Power Supply - Proprietary lithium-ion power supplies flooding the market. But, AA batteries are the ones you can count on when in a remote location. Two or three sets of high-performance AAs like the Energizer E2 Lithium line can usually sail you through a 10-day trip with ease.

Size does matter - SLRs with a big powerful lens may do wonders, but what if you can’t carry it everytime. So, it is better to look for a camera that’s handy.

Aperture - The size of the aperture determines exactly how much light is let into the camera when your picture is taken. With a large enough aperture you are less likely to need the flash, the artificial flash of light does not always do justice to the picture you are trying to take. Effects like red eye are also common.

Shutter Speed - A camera that features a wide range of shutter speeds is what you should opt for. Different situations demand different shutter speeds for a more accurate, pleasing photography. More speed results in Freezing situation and less blurring, but when you want things to look as they are, you need to slow down a bit.

Storage Media - It is the memory capability of your camera. The number of pictures and the minutes of video that you can shoot with your camera is totally dependent on the memory card. You should firstly check out with the maximum limit support by the camera and then go for a card according to necessity and budget. With a larger memory you are always free to shoot pictures of highest quality.

1. Nikon CoolPix S630

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The Nikon Coolpix S630 is a compact, inexpensive point-and-shoot camera with a 7X optical zoom lens, image stabilization, and a 2.7″ LCD display. The camera is very much portable and comes in at a very low price. Battery performance is notably good. The camera allows you 220 shots with a fully charged set of batteries.

Specification

  • Installed Memory 44 MB
  • Memory Type SD, SDHC
  • Camera Type Point & Shoot Digital Camera
  • Digital Zoom 4x
  • Optical Zoom 7x
  • LCD Screen Size 2.70 in
  • Weight 4.90
  • Megapixels 12 Mp
  • Image Stabilization Optical
  • Flash Built-in Flash
  • Maximum Video Capture Resolution 640 x 480
  • Total Pixels 12700000
  • Image Sensor CC
  • Warranty Information 1 Year Limited
  • Lens: Max Aperture 3.5 1/f
  • Lens Mount Fixed
  • Color Available Jet black, Midnight blue, Ruby red, Titanium silver. Royal purple

Price $94.95-$109.95

Pros

This camera holds credit to some of the best night shots ever taken with a low priced digital cam. This thing comes stock with many great features, it has a multi-shot and a panorama assist.

Cons

The only problem faced so far with it is that you can’t get those distance pics that you can from some of the other cool pix cams out there.

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2. Fujifilm Finepix Z37 10MP Digital Camera

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Fujifilm FinePix Z35 digital compact camera is targeted towards the youth market. It Sports a compact body and vivid colors. It features a 10MP camera with a 2.5 inch LCD. The FinePix Z35 has a new, smaller sculpted design, which is great for bags, great for parties.

Specifications

  • Internal Memory 18mb
  • Memory Type SD, SDHC compatible
  • Camera Type Point & Shoot Digital Camera
  • Digital Zoom 5.7x
  • Optical Zoom 3X
  • LCD Screen Size 2.7 in
  • Megapixels 10 Mp
  • Image Stabilization Electronic
  • Flash Built-in Auto Flash
  • Maximum Video Capture Resolution 640 x 480
  • Weight 4.2 oz
  • Total Pixels 10000000
  • Warranty Information 1 Year Limited
  • Lens Features: Aperture Range F3.7 - F4.2.
  • Colors Available White/Pink, Black/Silver, Apple Green, True Blue and Deep Purple.

Pros

Compact, nice design. Very easy to use for first time digital camera users. Photo quality is good, fast start up time and long battery life. This setting is great no need to switch back and forth from macro to distance it does it automatically and the pictures are sharp. The face recognition is very good too.

Cons

No major issues have been faced yet. Not readily available as a package and in Pink & white colors.

Price: $129.99

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3. Canon PowerShot A3000IS

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This is a must take away digicam that simplifies quality photography. It’s slim, lightweight design and large screen means you can always keep it with you. The 10.0-megapixel sensor captures every part of the scene in crisp, vivid detail. Make perfect prints up to A3 in size, or crop without sacrificing fine detail. The PowerShot A3000 IS features a slim, modern design with metal front shell.

Specification

  • Memory Type MMCplus, HC MMCplus, MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Camera Type Point & Shoot Digital Camera
  • Digital Zoom 4x
  • Optical Zoom 4 X
  • LCD Screen Size 2.70 in
  • Megapixels 10 Mp
  • Image Stabilization Optical
  • Interface Connection 1 x USB 2.0 USB, 1 x Audio/Video Out, 1 x DC Power In
  • Flash Built-in Auto Flash
  • Maximum Video Capture Resolution 640 x 480
  • Weight 5.47 oz
  • Total Pixels 10600000
  • Warranty Information 1 Year Limited
  • Lens Features: Aperture Range F2.7 - F5.6.

Pros

This is a powerful camera and exhibits many features alike high priced pro cameras. All the modes and controls you would expect from canon are available. Video is decent in 720, which can be considered an issue. It provides easy user navigation to select options. It takes very lively pictures.

Cons

No issues faced so far.

Price: $125.54
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4. Kodak EasyShare Z915

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The Kodak EasyShare Z915 is the company’s effort to run into the growing market of very compact ultrazoom cameras. The camera may not be as compact as the other competitors, but sure provides quality performance.

Specification

  • Installed Memory 32 MB
  • Memory Type SD, SDHC
  • Camera Type Point & Shoot Digital Camera
  • Digital Zoom 5x
  • Optical Zoom 10 X
  • LCD Screen Size 2.50 in
  • Weight 7.76
  • Megapixels 10 Mp
  • Image Stabilization Optical
  • Image Stabilization Optical
  • Flash Built-in Auto Flash
  • Maximum Video Capture Resolution 640 x 480
  • Total Pixels 10000000
  • Image Sensor CCD
  • Warranty Information 1 Year
  • Lens: Max Aperture 3.5 1/f
  • Lens Mount Fixed
  • Color Available Black, Blue

Price: $96.54

Pros

Smart, compact high quality HD picture, although not HD in video mode. You can just take it out of the box and start using. Trouble-shooting is easy, just follow directions by going to the Kodak site online. Great camera at great price.

Cons

Microphone for video is weak. No view finder- difficult to view screen in bright light. It doesn’t have a power adapter. There might be some Battery issues.

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5. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310

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Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-W310 is a stylish compact camera with a 12 Megapixel sensor, 4x optical zoom, and 2.7 in screen. It is aimed squarely at the point-and-shoot photographer. It has an intelligent auto-exposure mode with scene recognition, Face detection and a Smile shutter.

Specifications

  • Memory Type Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick PRO High Speed Duo, SD, SDHC
  • Camera Type Point & Shoot Digital Camera
  • Digital Zoom 2x
  • Optical Zoom 4 X
  • LCD Screen Size 2.70 in
  • Weight 4.27
  • Megapixels 12.1 Mp
  • Image Stabilization Electronic
  • Flash Built-in Auto Flash
  • LCD Screen Size 2.70 in
  • Maximum Video Capture Resolution 640 x 480
  • Total Pixels 12400000
  • Warranty Information 1 Year Limited
  • Lens Features 35mm Zoom Lens 28 - 112 mm
  • Color Available Black, Gray, Pink

Pros

The camera comes along with some control over ISO sensitivity, white balance, metering modes. It is a ready to use, perfect for newbies. The lens has a two-step aperture which offers either f/3.0 or f/4.3 at wide angle; at telephoto the maximum aperture is f/5.8, and the minimum aperture isn’t stated. Autofocusing is possible to a minimum of just five centimeters at wide angle.

Cons

Though most of the users have no complaint about the price and performance of the product altogether, some claim that the picture quality is not upto the mark.

Price: $109.99 - $142.72

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6. Olympus T-100

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This one is a perfect gift for the teens and tweens alike. Featuring all the latest trends in technology, this 12Mp camera with movie recording makes a perfect budget digital camera for amateurs. The Olympus T100 is an entry-level digital camera that offers a 3x optical zoom and AF Tracking for fast-moving subjects such as kids and pets, and continuously adjusts the focus.

Specification

  • Internal memory 10.8MB
  • Memory Type SD, SDHC
  • Camera Type Point & Shoot Digital Camera
  • Digital Zoom 4x
  • Optical Zoom 3 X
  • LCD Screen Size 2.40 in
  • Weight 4.32
  • Megapixels 12 Mp
  • Focusing System CCD
  • Image Stabilization Electronic
  • Interface Connection 1 x Proprietary, 1 x DC Power In
  • Flash Built-in Auto Flash
  • Maximum Video Capture Resolution 640 x 480
  • Lens Feature: Aperture Range f3.1(W) - 5.9(T)
  • Colors Available Black, Silver, Blue and Red
  • Warranty Period (Years) 2

Pros

The Olympus T100 offers you value for money. It gives high detail for sharp still images. Fully Automatic focus and Exposure plus Digital Image stabilization contribute to help make the Olympus T100 one of the best Digital Cameras around.
Has a lightweight and cheap feel, but has proved to be more durable than expected.

Cons

Issues faced so far are of grainy photos, moreover people who are looking for high-end features are mostly left unsatisfied.

Price: $74-$89

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7. Fujifilm FinePix AX200

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The Fujifilm FinePix AX200 is a HD compatible compact digital camera designed with 12-megapixel. It has 5x of wide angle optical zooming capability with 6.3x digital zoom. The price as compared to the provided features is quite reasonable. Overall, its a good take for beginners.
Specification

  • Internal memory 9MB
  • Memory Type SD, SDHC
  • Camera Type Point & Shoot Digital Camera
  • Digital Zoom 6.3x
  • Optical Zoom 5X
  • LCD Screen Size 2.70 in
  • Weight 4.1oz
  • Megapixels 12.2 Mp
  • Focusing System CCD
  • Image Stabilization Electronic
  • Power Support 2x AA type Ni-MH rechargeable batteries
  • Flash Built-in Auto Flash
  • Maximum Video Capture Resolution 1,280 x 720
  • Lens Feature: Aperture Range F/3.6-5.9
  • Colors Available Black, Silver, and Pink
  • Warranty Period (Years) 1

Pros

It facilitates features like image stabilizer, ability to capture videos in 720p with sound along with a bright high-resolution 2.7-inch LCD screen, panorama mode, ISO sensitivity option of up to 3200, face detection feature with red-eye removal function and auto scene recognition. It takes great outdoor and scenic shots.

Cons

It misses the dial that most cameras have to switch modes, it’s not user friendly for the co-workers that need to use it. Blurry indoor and portrait shots can be an issue.

Price: $89-$103.94

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8. Polaroid t1031 10.0 MP Digital Still Camera

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The Polaroid t1031 is a digital camera that lets you shoot pictures like a pro. Don’t go by the price, this is for sure one power-packed photographic tool. It facilitates features like anti-shake image and video, dynamic contrast enhancer, panoramic stitching, face tracking, smile and blink detection. Printing can be done instantly with the Polaroid PoGo Instant Mobile Printer.

Specifications

  • Internal Memory 32mb
  • Memory Type SD, SDHC compatible
  • Camera Type Point & Shoot Digital Camera
  • Digital Zoom 4x
  • Optical Zoom 3X
  • LCD Screen Size 3 in
  • Megapixels 10 Mp
  • Image Stabilization Electronic
  • Flash Built-in Auto Flash
  • Maximum Video Capture Resolution 640 x 480
  • Weight 4.6 oz
  • Total Pixels 10000000
  • Warranty Information 1 Year Limited
  • Lens Features: Aperture Range F3.1 - F5.6.
  • Colors Available Orange, Titanium

Pros

The Polaroid t1031 is a colorful and stylish compact digital camera that has basic features, but is ideal for those looking for a standard camera. Takes really clear pictures. Has a nice BIG screen. Plays videos through windows media.

Cons

So far the only thing which is bad is the shutter-lag. Continuous usage may lead to some battery life issues, well that is common.

Price: $69 - $119

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9. Canon PowerShot SD1200IS

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The Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS features a 10-megapixel sensor, 3x zoom. This camera is an extraordinary blend of technology with simplicity. It makes quality photography a joyous sport.
Specifications

  • Camera Type Point & Shoot Digital Camera
  • Optical Zoom 3X
  • Digital Zoom 4x
  • LCD Screen Size 2.50 in
  • Weight 4.23
  • Megapixels 10 Megapixel
  • Memory Type SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus
  • Image Stabilization Optical
  • Flash Built-in Auto Flash
  • Maximum Video Capture Resolution 640 x 480
  • Image Sensor CCD
  • Lens: Max Aperture 2.8 1/f
  • Lens Mount Fixed
  • Color Available BLue, Light Gray, Dark Gray, Green, Pink
  • Warranty Information 1 Year Limited

Price $129.95

Pros

This is a take away digicam that simplifies quality photography. Perfect for point and shoot, also pretty successful if one wants to go farther.

Cons

Only drawback seems to be that it does have a hard time balancing a bright sky with a dark foreground. However, focusing on something in the middle while continuing to hold button halfway, and then snapping picture helps to balance shot a little better.

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10. Casio Exilim EX-S880 Compact Camera

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This one is a low spec. cam but can take excellent pictures. It is easy to use and has a 2.8 inch LCD and an unusual ratio of 14:9. The maximum video resolution is 848 by 480 pixels–short of HDTV quality, but a higher resolution than most cameras can manage. The EX-S880 also offers a tracking mode for its autofocus system.

Specifications

  • Internal Memory 10.8mb
  • Memory Type MMC, SD, SDHC compatible
  • Camera Type Point & Shoot Digital Camera
  • Digital Zoom 4x
  • Optical Zoom 3X
  • LCD Screen Size 2.8 in
  • Megapixels 8.2 Mp
  • Image Stabilization Electronic
  • Flash Built-in Auto Flash
  • Maximum Video Capture Resolution 848 x 480
  • Weight 4.5 oz
  • Total Pixels 8,290,000
  • Warranty Information 1 Year Limited
  • Lens Features: Aperture Range F2.7 - F5.2.
  • Colors Available Red, Black and Gray

Pros

It takes a nice, sharp photo, has decent battery life, and slips into your tiny pocket. The picture quality is outstanding. It’s auto focus and face recognition are favorites.

Cons

The night scene mode requires manual adjustment for a more appropriate exposure. The camera’s only built-in video format is .MOV, which PCs cannot decode without the latest CODECs and which are not always available.

Price: $119

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So, are you ready to bag a new camera this season? Hope you have already developed profound knowledge on how to decide upon what would be your best pick.

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