If you’re looking at buying a new camera without going broke then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a list of the ten best cameras you can find on the market without spending thousands of dollars on a professional camera. If you are thinking of buying one of these then shop online to ensure you get the best possible price as you can potentially save yourself a few hundred dollars off the standard retail price.
10. Olympus XZ-1
Olympus makes some of the best cameras in the world and the XZ-1 is no exception with its 10 megapixel resolution and a staggering 610 dots per inch. The best features of the camera are its 54.6 MB of memory, battery life of up to 320 shots and 1.8-2.5 aperture. The flash is effective and the filters easy to use but comprehensive. Only downside is the video recording which isn’t very good.
9. Casio Exilim EX-ZR100
Fantastic resolution is the order of the day with this entry from Casio boasting an impressive 12.1 megapixel and 800 dots per inch resolution. The 3-7.9 aperture is stunning but the additional functions are where this camera really shines with image stabilisation, HDR, HDR ART and a good solid movie capability.
8. Olympus SP-610UZ
The second entry from Olympus gives us a great mixture of features at a whopping 14 megapixel resolution. The ability to take panoramic shots and the whole host of editing options make this the best all in one editing suite available. Our favourite options are the Pop art and watercolour features which are superb fun.
7. Samsung SH100
14.2 megapixel resolution and brilliant movie options make this a good camera for holidays and at home. The Wi-Fi connection is the shining feature though with the ability to remotely control shutter speed, zoom and light levels ensuring you can get a great picture every time.
6. Canon PowerShot A800
Whilst it only has ten megapixel resolution this is our favourite travel camera as it has a 500 shot battery life and great memory. The least technical entry this is great for the amateur with easy interface and a reasonable 2.5 inch display.
5. Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR
The best compact entry in the top ten this still manages to have high resolution and a 3 inch HD display. The aperture is incredible at 3.5 – 10 and the movie manages an impressive 30frames/second. At 300 shot battery life this is the perfect camera for the light traveller.
4. Sony CyberShot DSC WX10
460 dots and 16.2 megapixels make the quality of this camera truly outstanding but the features are where Sony as always really shines. The camera features 3D panoramic shots, multi angle sweeps, light reduction and auto backlight correction. Easy enough to use for beginner and expert alike this is a great creative camera and our favourite for anyone who loves the outdoors.
3. Samsung NX-11
Whilst it only has 14.6 megapixels of resolution this is a great entry for Samsung thanks to the price, quality and ease of use. The interchangeable lenses give you plenty of options and the iFunction lens and automatically controlled focal plane shutter are absolutely superb increasing the picture quality far beyond the relatively small dip in resolution.
2. Olympus E-PL2
This is one of our lowest megapixel entries with “only” 12.3 megapixel resolution which might put you off initially. However megapixels aren’t everything as this entry clearly demonstrates. The price and ease of use are huge factors in choosing this model but in terms of quality the camera still manages to shine with its fantastic range of features and filters. If you are on a budget this is the camera for you.
1. Casio Tryx
This camera is, as its name suggests, full of tricks and basically is fantastic. Only 12.1 megapixel resolution isn’t even a worry as this is easily as high quality as our 16 megapixel entries. The 360 degree rotating frame and panoramic 360 degree features are unbeatable anywhere and the host of filters and adjustable settings for everything you can imagine will ensure you can take the best photos every time. This is probably the best camera for serious photographers who don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on professional equipment.
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