As compared to the yesteryears, today, a cheap digital camera is also fully equipped with powerful and rich features. It is no longer essential to splurge a big lump of money, in order to buy a good digital camera. Before purchasing a camera, one must bear in mind their budget and usage.


The task of finding the right camera is easier said than done. The amount of variety available in the market is simply exorbitant. There is a broad range of devices, from point and shoot to DSLR cameras. There are a few things, one must consider, in order to find the right camera for them. For a casual photographer, who prefers something sleek and light weight, a point and shoot camera would be the ideal one for him. This is the most simple, non fussy camera with easy adjustments. It is most certainly the best bet for impromptu and candid shots.

Unlike the point and shoot cameras, DSLR cameras tend to be on the pricier side. They are complicated to use and bulky to bring. Instead, a point and shoot camera would be more convenient and easier to use. They are increasingly getting popular with consumers because of their reasonable price range.

Top 5 Budget Cameras

Here are the top 5 economical point and shoot cameras available in the market as of date –

1. Canon PowerShot SD 780 IS – It is a 12.1 Mega Pixel camera, that can capture details with excellent clarity that allows to produce poster-size prints without compromising the quality. The 3X optical zoom gives adequate capture that gives best results as well. The optical image stabilizer makes very clear photographs, and works equally fantastic with or without a flash. In addition to that, one can even record HD video (1280 X 780 px) and use a mini-HDMI connector to enjoy your very own movies and stills on your favorite HD TV or computer monitor.

2. Fujifilm FinePix S1800 – The Fujifilm FinePix S1800 is a new super-zoom point and shoot camera that looks and feels like a DSLR. Its features include an 18x zoom lens with a 28-504mm focal range, 12 megapixels and a 3 inch LCD screen. This camera provides full manual photographic control for the professional user and an Automatic Scene Recognition mode for the novice. For the movie maker types, the S1800 has feature of 2010, high-definition 720p video recording at 30fps. The Dual Image Stabilization, electronic viewfinder, ISO 64 up to ISO 1600 at full resolution, high-speed shooting of up to 20 frames at 8 fps (at 3 megapixels), Tracking Auto Focus and Panorama Shooting mode complete the S1800’s amazing specifications.

3. Nikon Coolpix L22 – Nikon Coolpix L22 is a very cheap point and shoot digital camera. There is no need to compromise on features either.The camera is VERY well equipped. It has 12 MP resolution, 3.6 X optical zoom, VR Image stabilization, 3 inch LCD display, Macro Mode and Easy Auto Mode.

4. Pentax Optio RS1000 – The RS1000 is an excellent point and shoot camera. Equipped with a 14-megapixel 1/2.33-inch CCD sensor, a 4x zoom lens equivalent to 27.5-110mm, and a 7.62cm (3.0in) 230k resolution LCD monitor. The features are simple and very easy to use. The body too is simplicity at its best. Its unique feature is that this device can be skinned. One can easily change the body of this camera. It is unique, simple yet has regal features.

5. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20 – Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20 is a good looking 14.1-megapixel digital camera that features an 8X optical zoom (28-224mm in 35mm equivalent). It showcases Mega O.I.S, Light Sensitivity ISO 80-1600, HD Movie recording, Venus Engine IV Processor, and 2.7″ TFT Screen LCD Display (230K dots). If you’re looking companion for basic photography that provides both quality and casuality, Lumix DMC-FH20 is our best pick out of these.

There is no compromise in the picture quality of these cameras. In fact, these cameras generate great quality pictures that contend with DSLR photos. In addition to the quality, the price is as cheap as 100$ (4500 Rs. approx), if not lesser.

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