Quality Point-and-Shoots, Affordable Prices
Looking for a first camera for your kids? Going to the beach for the day? In these situations, you don’t want to risk your expensive camera or cellphone. Instead, you need a camera that’s cheap enough that you won’t need a third mortgage to replace it, but which still takes decent pictures. We’ve reviewed and rated 10 cameras that cost under $100 to see which best fits that bill.
One area where these budget cameras outpace smartphones is zoom. While some phones have a 2x or 3x zoom lens, the better models in this roundup range from 4x all the way up to 28x. After testing and evaluating 10 of the most affordable cameras based on image-quality features and ease of use, we rated each model to help you find the best bargain.
The Sony DSC-W800 is our top budget camera because it delivers good image quality in a compact package. It measures just 2.1 x 2 x 0.9 inches when turned off, and weighs 3.5 ounces, so it is very portable and pocketable.
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