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The best 5x digital cameras can be affordable under $150, and are suitable for beginners; and some of these cameras have atleast 14 Megapixel camera resolution.

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Canon IXUS 160

Canon IXUS 160


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Canon IXUS 160
Nikon Coolpix S3700
Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS (IXUS 150)
Canon PowerShot Elph 135 / IXUS 145
Nikon Coolpix S3600
Canon IXUS 160
Nikon Coolpix S3700
Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS (IXUS 150)
Canon Powershot Elph 135/IXUS 145
Nikon Coolpix S3600
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Release Date
Mar 2015
Mar 2015
Jun 2014
Jun 2014
Feb 2014
Optical Zoom
8.0 x
8.0 x
8.0 x
8.0 x
8.0 x
Camera Type
Ultracompact
Ultracompact
Ultracompact
Ultracompact
Compact
Resolution
20.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CCD
CCD
CCD
CCD
CCD
LCD Screen Size
2.7 in.
2.7 in.
2.7 in.
2.7 in.
2.7 in.
Image Sensor Size
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm

  • The Canon PowerShot Elph 160 is one of the least expensive compact cameras you can buy, but you're better off spending just a little bit more on a point-and-shoot.


  • Budget compact cameras rarely set the world alight with exceptional performance or innovative features, but the IXUS 160 is even more lacklustre than the norm. Aside from including a respectable amount of manual shooting options and a few nifty features, it’s an unremarkable camera.
    Image quality is average at best, with reasonable performance in good light, but disappointing indoor and low light results.

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    The Canon ELPH 160 is an ultra-compact, affordable digicam. A 20-Megapixel imaging sensor and lack of OIS leave the camera capturing noisy images all the time. A perfect example of "you get what you pay for".


  • The Nikon Coolpix S3700 is a capable camera that performs well in most situations. Well exposed, vibrant images impress right from the off, and noise levels are fairly low up to ISO800. Vibration Reduction is an essential feature when shooting indoors or in low light, so it’s great the S3700 includes it.
    Still welcome, but arguably less important, is the in-built Wi-Fi. This works well, especially if you have an NFC-equipped smart device, and makes image sharing a breeze.


  • The Canon PowerShot Elph 140 IS doesn't have the features of more expensive cameras, but is a decent option for budget-minded photographers.


  • If you want a camera that will do everything for you with the scope for taking some control over pictures if you decide you want to, then the Canon IXUS 150 has those options once you place it into Program mode.
    It's still a very easy to use camera although if you have no previous experience with Canon compacts it's likely that you may struggle to initially discover the other modes as they're snuggled away in the Function menu once in Live mode.


  • The Canon PowerShot Elph 135 has an appealing price tag, but for just $10 more you can get an identical model with image stabilization.


  • The Canon IXUS 145 is an easy to use point and shooter, typically ideal for the happy snapper crowd. It does everything for you, even selecting the scene mode that will appropriate the best photographs.
    Thankfully, should you be a little bit more savvy in the old tech department, the 145 will allow you to select the Program mode in order to take a little control over the picture settings. It's just not in the easiest place to find if you're new to the system.

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    If you're a typical point and shooter, using a camera on days out, nights on the town and holidays, then the Nikon Coolpix S3600 is great for those situations. Bright light or using with flash is good for the camera because you can use a low ISO and obviate the noise issues. For the price of the camera, the noise performance isn't too bad though. The screen on the back of the camera does the photographs no favours, though.