Top Budget Digital Cameras under $200

Best Camera under $200There are many top rated point-and-shoot cameras available around the $200 price range, with many including waterproof cases that are nearly indestructible. Here are some of the best digital cameras under $200 on the market today.

With the release of 16MP smartphone cameras it’s becoming difficult to find point and shoot cameras capable of taking better images than your phone. We review the best cameras on the market sub-$200, so you know that you’re purchasing a high performing model for a bargain price!

The majority of point and shoot cameras under $200 have small sensors which can’t handle low light situations very well. In saying this I still believe the best cheap cameras have a place in any photographer’s collection – because although smartphone cameras produce great image quality, their battery life is awful! Plus there’s nothing worse than travelling on vacation only to miss the perfect shot because your phones battery has gone flat.

The models listed below are the best cameras under the $200 price range that not only take great photos, but will provide a longer image range via their improved zoom compared to your smartphone camera.

Find below the Best Camera under $200.

 Nikon L340
Canon 150
Canon SX410Sony W830
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Suggested ForGreat all-round camera. Modest price, versatile lens and simple to useA buyer specifically looking for a portable camera
Take pictures with a minimum of effort - just point and shootBuyers who just want a basic snap camera

Best Digital Camera under $200

Nikon Coolpix L340

“Essentially a hybrid between DSLR and Compact camera – small and light, yet has a powerful lens”

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Nikon Coolpix L340

Features and specs:

  • 28x optical zoom, 56x Dynamic Fine Zooms
  • 20.2-MP CCD sensor for bright, sharp photos and HD videos
  • HD 720p videos
  • Uses LR6/L40 (AA-size) alkaline batteries

What we like: High performance lens, LCD viewfinder, easy to use menu system
What we don’t like: Lacks Full HD video – 720p maximum.

One of the most popular cameras under $200 across the major retailers is the Nikon L340. What makes the L340 so popular? Packed with features like 20.2 megapixels resolution, a compact case that makes it easy to travel with, and a magnificent zoom (28x) that isn’t common in a camera with such a small case. You are really getting DSLR level performance with an easy to carry camera.

Beginners will like the programmed environment settings which allow you to click a button and have the camera automatically adjust ISO and white balance.


Canon SX520

Even beginners can take amazing shots with Canon’s SX520

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Canon SX520

Features and specs:

  • 16.0 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor combined with the Canon DIGIC 4+ Image Processor
  • Capture 1080p Full HD video
  • Zoom Framing Assist makes it easy to track and capture subjects while using the extreme telephoto
  • High-Speed AF makes focus speed fast

What we like: Long battery life, Quick focus speed, outstanding photo quality
What we don’t like: USB 2.0 only, physical cap lens, battery life

Although usually priced above $200, Canon’s flagship affordable camera can often be available around $200 during sales.

What makes the SX520 model so impressive is it’s 42x Optical Zoom and 24mm Wide-Angle lens. These specs equal those found in the low end SLR models – but weighs less and is much easier to carry.

With Zoom Framing Assist technology, taking still images in harsh environments is easy. Just track your subject while using the extreme telephoto and the still images are blur-free. This means you can forget about using a tripod and still stop the shaking.

Buyers who also need their camera for video recording will find the 1080p full HD video on this camera handy.

The SX520 is one of the best budget digital cameras. For this amount of money, you can’t get a better deal.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150

The perfect portable camera – smaller than most wallets

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 150

Features and specs:

  • 20 megapixel 1/2.3-inch CCD sensor with DIGIC 4+ image processor
  • 10x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom and 40x combined zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer
  • 2.7-inch TFT color LCD with wide viewing angle
  • Shoot 720p HD video

What we like: Extremely small (fits in your shirt pocket); Canon’s menu system is easy to use
What we don’t like: Lacks Full HD video – 720p maximum.

Practical and affordable, the ELPH 150 takes nice still photos and produces excellent video.

Aperture settings and filters can be set manually or auto. Auto-focus works nicely and quickly. Small and lightweight, this camera is great for quick and easy access. Buttons on the side of the LCD are for navigation. The LCD is a 2.7-inch color display with wide angle viewing.

The low-light shooting mode is handy. The zoom when in use is a bit noisy. Battery life is decent but for day trips it’s best to carry an extra battery.

The image stabilizer works well for a cheaper camera but I’d recommend a more expensive camera if you plan to shoot in rough environments.

Best Low Light Point and Shoot Camera under $200

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

‘Takes great pictures with a minimum of effort – just point and shoot’

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Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

Features and specs:

  • 20.0 Megapixel sensor and Canon DIGIC 4+ Image Processor
  • Powerful 40x Optical Zoom (24-960mm) and 24mm Wide-Angle lens
  • 720p HD video at up to 25 frames per second
  • 3.0-inch LCD screen with a great resolution of approximately 230,000 dots

What we like: Stacked with features and 40x optical zoom
What we don’t like: Lacks Full HD video – 720p maximum, physical lens cap

Once again, this is a point and shoot in the acclaimed Canon Powershot range. Some of the features offered in this inexpensive camera are:

Weighing a modest 12.48 ounces, the SX410 is a portable, easy to use camera that produces high-quality images, and performs well in low light low-light conditions indoor and outdoor.

The SX410 package includes optical image stabilization, a terrific 40x lens, and lithium-ion batteries which make carrying a spare easy. Display controls for playback are handled via a 3inch LCD screen. As a start-up, entry-level camera, there is a nice help button, which provides useful, on-screen guides.

Compared to similarly priced cameras, the SX410 out-performs with its image sharpness. In QuickTime format, the video is limited to 720p.

Canon’s ECO Mode helps provide more shots per single charge, usually 185 photos per charge. Standard memory cards can be used in SD, SDXC and SDHC formats.

Here’s a YouTube review to get a better feel of the features:

Best Cameras Under $100

Sony DSCW830

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Sony DSCW830-B

If you’re looking for a basic snap camera, look no further!

Features and specs:

  • 20.1 Megapixel Plus 8x Zoom
  • Optical Steady Shot image Stabilization with 2-way Active Mode
  • 720p MP4 HD Movie Mode

What we like: Sony’s well-designed features in an ultra-affordable camera
What we don’t like: Case ‘feels’ a bit cheap

If you need an all-around camera for taking pictures and videos at social events, the DSCW830 fits the bill perfectly.  Sony’s reputation among photographers is second to none, especially in the compact size range. Their W830 model is small, with a long zoom and great image quality which tops the market for affordable cameras.

We’re so impressed with the video shooting results that we’ve also included the W830 in our blogging camera roundup.

If you need any encouragement just check the buyer reviews which speak for themselves.

Nikon L32

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Nikon Coolpix L32

Features and specs:

  • 5x wide-angle NIKKOR zoom lens
  • Large 3.0-inch LCD
  • 720p HD video with sound
  • Uses regular AA batteries

Our second selection as the best camera under $100 is Nikon’s L32 series. Below is an example of the photo quality. For its price, the L32 makes the perfect shirt pocket camera with its ability taking high-quality images.

Image taken with Nikon L32