The 5 Best Digital Cameras to Buy in 2017 for Under $150

Save money with good, inexpensive digital cameras

If you haven't shopped for a point and shoot digital camera lately, you're in for a surprise. You don't have to spend a lot of money find good digital cameras. The best budget digital cameras offer a nice mix of style, features, and value. They aren't typically going to offer top-of-the-line features, but most beginner photographers don't need them. With that said, here are the best budget digital cameras for under $150.

With a list of specs like those found on the Sony H300, you’d expect it to cost upwards of $250. But this nifty little shooter can be found for around $150—a steal by any measure. It features a 20.1-megapixel Super HAD CCD sensor, which should deliver quality images in most lighting conditions. The 35x optical zoom offers even more possibilities, and the Optical SteadyShot Image stabilization ensures those images won’t be compromised by blur. Fans of DSLRs will find a familiar feel in the body, which is enhanced by the electronic viewfinder and three-inch LCD. It also features a slew of shooting modes, options and filters, including a 360° Sweep Panorama mode, and a Party Mode that automatically adjusts ISO, exposure and saturation to compensate for difficult lighting situations. When it comes to the $150 price range, you really can’t do much better than this.

The Sony W830 seems to pack as much power and versatility as one could in a sub-$150 package. It includes a highly impressive (for the price range) 20.1-megapixel Zeiss lens with 8x zoom lens. It features Optical Steady Shot image stabilization, 720p HD video recording, a 360° panorama shooting mode, face detection and smile shutter technology, as well as a 2.7-inch photo LCD. It’s also extremely compact and lightweight, weighing just over a quarter-pound. Some of these features you could take or leave, but what you’re really aiming for is that 20.1-megapixel sensor, which is sure to beat any smartphone camera you put it up against. And did we mention it costs less than $100? You can also upgrade to one of the accessory kits, which are still only about $130.

Instax cameras have become sort of the industry standard for instant, printable photos…both for their nostalgia-inducing homage to Polaroid originals, and for the simple fact that they just work well. The Mini 90 series steps up the core nine models with a spec rundown including automatic brightness detection, an open-bulb, long exposure mode for awesome light trail pics, a macro mode that lets you photograph subjects as close as 30–60 cm, and even a super-fast shutter mode for capturing pets, children or other slippery, quick-moving subjects. The retro design of the Classic version also pays homage to classic Fujifilm cameras of the past.

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The two-screen waterproof camera by Kingsgear wins our “best waterproof” spot for a lot of reasons. First off, it pulls its weight in general picture quality with a 24mp sensor, 14 different resolution options and a built-in LED flash. But where this thing really shines is in the dual screen options, because when you’re taking action shots underwater, or, you know, during those Jet Ski excursions, you’ll want to see what you're taking before you take it. The back-panel screen is a 2.7-inch LCD beauty while the front panel is a 1.8-inch TFT color screen (plenty crisp for selfies). The thing can withstand underwater use up to 10 feet. The storage system calls for up to a 32GB MicroSD and is compatible with most operating systems.

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It’s hard to find a digital camera for under $150 that also packs in a professional zoom option (we’re betting that’s why you’re on this little article here). This camera employs a 42x optical zoom, so you won’t need to rely on digital or post-production zooming -- though if you do, the 16 MP sensor will give you more headroom for tightening up. The 24mm wide-angle lens makes sure you get everything in the shot for those travel landscape shots. There are some flashier features, including face detection that works for humans and pets, as well as a smile/blink detection feature to make sure you never have to retake the picture a thousand times. There’s even internal touchup capabilities built right into the device, as well as a panoramic mode for those “wow” photos.

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