Buying Guide: Best Digital Camera Under $300

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With features of cameras in the lower price ranges continually improving and prices dropping lower, it’s now possible to buy the perfect camera for vacations or everyday use for under $300.

Within this price point, you can buy bridge camerasentry-level SLR, or a point and shoot to take on the next vacation with you.

Read below for our reviews of the leading cameras under $300, with selections from brands like Sony, Canon and Nikon. We continually update our list as new models hit the market and price drops bring other great cameras below $300.

Top Rated Digital Cameras under $300

 PowerShot SX710Lumix FZ200COOLPIX L840COOLPIX S33
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Our Rating4.6 Stars (4.6 / 5)4.6 Stars (4.6 / 5)4.2 Stars (4.2 / 5)4.1 Stars (4.1 / 5)
ChassisCompactDSLRCompactCompact
Suitable ForAnyone who wants a great zoom but smaller-than-SLR size chassis.Sports and nature photographers who need zoom power.Video bloggers or owners who need superb HD quality videos.Affordable Waterproof camera. Great picture quality, zoom & long battery life.

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS ReviewCanon PowerShot SX710 HS review

I love this camera! I can’t say enough good things about it. Handy size.

Megapixels: 20.2
Sensor size: 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Weight: 9.49 oz.
What we like: 

  • Brilliant point and shoot camera, the best across the sub $300 price range
  • Zoom performance is unbelievable – out-performs most changeable lens cameras
  • Focal system design is outstanding – you’ll almost never disable Automatic setting.

What we don’t like:

  • Struggles in low light environments – max (ISO 3200)
  • Low frames per second
  • Slow shutter speed

Perfect for capturing vacation videos to birthday party snaps, the high-zoom, compact-body PowerShot SX710 HS camera has been one of 2016’s best sellers. Powerfully advanced yet simple to use, the SX710 camera handles a wide variety of situations.

Canon’s brilliant 30x Optical Zoom provides the flexibility to take your still images and vibrant 1080p Full HD video to the next level, with Intelligent IS and Zoom Framing Assist to keep even high zoom shots clear and stable.

Canon’s SX710 takes out pick for the Best Digital Camera Under $300 in 2016.

Best Bridge Camera under $300

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ200 Review

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Super lightweight. This camera gets the job done

Megapixels: 16.1
Sensor size: 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Weight: 21.38 oz.
What we like: 

  • Outstanding battery life
  • Lens design leads cameras in its class

What we don’t like:

  • Eye level viewfinder lacks clarity
  • Lens cap

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ200 is a great entry level bridge camera that takes great images in a wide range of situations. Includes a class leading 60X optical zoom (20mm-1200mm), so you can bring the action in super close.

A fantastic superzoom – one of the best cameras under 300.


Best Compact Underwater Camera under $300

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Megapixels: 13
Sensor size: 4.7 x 3.5 mm
Weight:  7.8 oz.
What we like: 

  • Long lasting battery life

What we don’t like:

  • Nothing! The Nikon S33 takes great images and is famous for its reliability.

If you are looking for a durable camera capable of taking good quality images, the Nikon Coolpix S33 Shock & Waterproof Digital Camera is designed to withstand harsh environments. Not only is the Nikon Waterproof, it’s also shockproof and freeze proof.

Oversized buttons and easy to use menus mean the camera is perfect for any buyer taking photos or recording Full HD 1080p videos.

Best HD Video Camera under $300

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Inexpensive digital camera with decent-sized zoom that takes good photos & easy to use

Megapixels: 16.1
Sensor size: 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Weight: 18.98 oz.
What we like:

  • Excellent HD video quality

What we don’t like:

  • Focal system could be better

Long zoom, plus built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, all come together in the Nikon Coolpix L840 Wi-Fi Digital Camera to help you take your still photos and HD videos to the next level. Zoom in with the power of a 38x optical zoom telephoto NIKKOR glass lens.

Flip out the high-resolution 3.0″ tilting LCD screen, take a low-angle macro shot of beautiful spring outdoors and post to Facebook in seconds.

Cameras under $300 also worth considering

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Megapixels: 16.1
Sensor size: 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Weight:  15.5 oz.
What we like: 

  • High quality build construction
  • 1080p full HD video
  • Very good optical zoom considering the camera isn’t a DSLR
  • Long battery life

What we don’t like:

  • No Wifi
  • Old style lens cap

Canon’s Power Shot SX520 HS digital camera allows you to capture beautiful panoramic views, wildlife, action on the field, or a child’s precious moments. Making this kind of versatility easy is the SX520 HS’s incredible 42x optical zoom and 24mm wide-angle lens.

The 42x zoom features designed to make high-magnification shooting with advanced Canon optics easy to use and spectacular. Optical Image Stabilizer and Intelligent IS keep images clear and steady while Zoom Framing Assist and a new Advanced Zoom Framing Assist function help track and capture subjects, follow their movement while you keep them in focus. It doesn’t matter whether you’re shooting stills or lifelike full HD video.

Use this highly rated point-and-shoot wherever you like to capture memories with the quality and versatility your images deserve.

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Megapixels: 18.2
Sensor size: 6.2mm x 4.6mm
Weight: 5 oz.
What we like:

  • Stylish, ultra-thin, rugged body

What we don’t like:

  • Average battery life & no GPS

Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 is an ultra-thin camera for owners who don’t want to worry about the camera getting damaged in wet or harsh conditions. Underwater enthusiasts should note the touchscreen display doesn’t function underwater, and the beautiful OLED display can be difficult to see in outdoor low light conditions.

Photo quality from this stylish compact is good for its class, but compared to its competitors the main reason to buy a TX30 is the sleek case which doesn’t look like most rugged cameras.

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Cool camera with amazing performance!

Megapixels: 16.1
Sensor size: 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Weight: 7.8 oz.
What we like: 

  • Fast autofocus and auto face detection functionality works well
  • Excellent low light performance
  • Full-auto works well underwater

What we don’t like:

  • Wifi capability only allows image transfer to mobile devices (not social media sites)

If you’re looking for an underwater camera that you can rely on in almost any situation, Nikon’s Coolpix AW130 is one of the best digital cameras under 300.

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Megapixels: 16.1
Sensor size: 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Weight: 9.49 oz.
What we like: 

  • Powerful 30x optical zoom lens in just a pocket-size body
  • Nice design and build quality with the attractive finish

What we don’t like:

  • No GPS

If your budget can’t quite reach our number one pick, the Powershot SX710 – perhaps consider the SX700.

Canon’s Power Shot SX700 HS digital camera features a powerful 30x optical zoom that lets you get close to the action. With a portable design that’s perfect for capturing big plays on the field, spectacular wildlife close-ups, or beautiful architecture just the way it looks in person.

The Canon HS System – a 16.1 megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 6 image processor – provides excellent detail and color even in low light situations. Smart AUTO ensures high-quality imaging is easy in any environment, and Intelligent IS keeps shots steady and clear.

Built-in Wi-Fi lets you upload your images and video directly friends and family via the social media sites, other mobile devices and your computer, so you can share from almost anywhere in the globe. Simply touch the camera to a compatible Android device using the built-in NFC for easy wireless connectivity.