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Best Budget Digital Cameras

Ah yes, curiosity has gotten the better of you and here you are, among the dredges of the digital camera market. Below you’ll find the cheapest deals on DigitalCamera-HQ, a hodgepodge of older discounted cameras and new budget models. Many of the offerings on show here aren’t worth a second look, but there tend to be a couple diamonds in the rough that make a passing peruse worthwhile. Camera manufacturers push out new lineups every single year, oftentimes with only minor upgrades, so phased-out models can represent a real steal without much sacrifice. Whatever you decide on, absolutely check our rating for any real problems before checking out. Here's the best budget digital cameras for under $150.

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 130

The Canon ELPH line has long been a top competitor in the point and shoot category for their competitive image quality. The 2013 model is also expected to impress, with the addition of wi-fi and a longer zoom than last year's model. Take note ...

Grade: B+ Price: $109.00

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Canon PowerShot A2300

Canon's A-series has been their budget line, yet the features on these models are more than enough for the casual shooter. They're a little boxier than the ELPHs and certainly not as stylish, yet these latest models feature 16 megapixel se...

Grade: B Price: $92.00

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Canon PowerShot A810

The Canon A810 sits on the bottom rung of Canon’s PowerShot lineup, announced at a very affordable $109. Canon compacts typically have among the best image quality on the market, yet past A-series models have really run the gamut from downri...

Grade: C+ Price: $120.00

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W810

Fewer manufacturers are spending time on developing point-and-shoots, especially sub-$100 budget compacts. Sony has continued to offer a handful of models and the W810 comes in as their most budget freindly for 2014. The saying you get what you pa...

Grade: B Price: $98.00

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Sony DSC-W710

Cameras for under $100 that can still take crisp images are rather hard to come by, but this Sony seems to do the trick. Retailing at $99 MSRP, this camera isn't as fast or crisp as more advanced Sony models, but the images are detailed and clear ...

Grade: B+ Price: $70.00

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 115

As far as budget models go, Canon seems to have found a nice balance between price and quality with the ELPH 115. The ELPH 115 uses a 16 megapixel 1/2.3" CCD that produces some pretty decent images and video considering the price tag. There are so...

Grade: A- Price: $89.00

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Nikon COOLPIX L620

Nikon's popular compact zoom line received a nice speed upgrade with the Coolpix L620. While the older L610 took burst shots at a sluggish 1.9 fps, the L620 takes up to six photos in a row at 10 fps. Nikon has also added their high speed setting t...

Grade: A- Price: $146.00

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Canon PowerShot A1400

The PowerShot A1400 is a compact, easy-to-use camera that retains the familiar feel of a classic point-and-shoot. Its large grip is easy to grasp and comfortable to hold, while the Optical Viewfinder is ideal for capturing photos in bright sunligh...

Grade: A- Price: $127.00

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Olympus VG-160

A budget model, the VG-160 has pretty impressive specifications for $100. You'll find a 14 megapixel CCD sensor, 5x zoom that starts at a bright f2.8, 3-inch LCD, and 720p HD video. It's also highly pocketable.

Grade: B+ Price: $91.00

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Nikon COOLPIX S32

While the Nikon S32 doesn't sit at the top of the category for waterproof cameras by a long shot, it does sit near the top for cameras under $125. Most budget cameras have a slow, 1 fps burst speed, but this little guy at least hits four. The ...

Grade: B+ Price: $107.00

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Sony DSC-W830

Sony is usually a pretty safe bet for budget compacts, and with a 20.5 megapixel 1/2.3” sensor and intelligent automatic settings, the image quality on the W830 should be pretty good considering the $130 budget price tag. Equipped with a bun...

Grade: A- Price: $118.00

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Fujifilm FinePix JX660

The JX660 is a very basic model from Fujifilm, though it offers a rechargeable battery (unlike the AZ660). The resolution isn't bad for the price with the 16 megapixel 1/2.3" sensor, but like the other $100ish cameras out there, it's ...

Grade: B+ Price: $81.00

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Fujifilm FinePix AX660

A no-frills budget camera, the Fujfilm FinePix AX660 is priced under $100 and still offers HD video and a nice 2.7" LCD screen. The cameras uses a 1/2.3" sensor, so the resolution shouldn't be too bad, but, like other budget models, ...

Grade: B- Price: $73.00

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6

The FH6 and also-announced FH8 pair practical 5x zoom ranges with an admirably fast (for a camera in this price bracket) f2.5 at the wide end. The FH8 has a 16 megapixel sensor vs. the FH6's 14 and has a larger 3-inch LCD, but those are the on...

Grade: B Price: $80.00

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Samsung WB35

The Samsung WB35 is a budget camera that still offers wi-fi and a 12x optical zoom, rare at this price point. Designed for those who like to share images online, the WB35 offers wi-fi and NFC with auto share and remote control. These features are ...

Grade: B+ Price: $116.00

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Samsung ST66

The Samsung ST66 and ST76 sit at the bottom rung of Samsung's digital camera lineup. Both include a versatile 25-125mm lens that starts at f2.5 (but slows to f6.3 at the long end) and a 16 megapixel CCD sensor. The ST76, for $10 over its cheaper s...

Grade: B Price: $80.00

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Nikon COOLPIX S3500

The Nikon S3500 adds another four megapixels to the previous model, but doesn't upgrade the CCD sensor size. Regardless, the 20.1 megapixel camera with a 7x zoom is still a decent choice for a a smaller, more affordable point-and-shoot. Nikon has ...

Grade: B+ Price: $65.00

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W620

The W-series has done really well in the past couple years, blending a diminutive size with stylish brushed-metal body and snappy performance. The W620 comes in at $10 more than the W610, yet we aren't sure that's money well-spent. The zoom gets a...

Grade: B Price: $110.00

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Samsung DV150F

The Samsung DV150F is a compact point and shoot camera that offers built-in wi-fi capability, and a front-facing LCD screen that allows you to take self-portraits quickly and easily. The basic form factor and 5x zoom make this camera a good fit pr...

Grade: B Price: $89.00