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The best camera for travel under $100 price range are highly portable, light weighted and can be very useful for vacations. These cameras come with LCD screens of over 3 inch sizes, support good optical zooming options and are available from brands like Fujifilm and Olympus.

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Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS


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Canon PowerShot SX600 HS
Samsung WB250F
GE E1410SW
Pentax Optio RZ10
Olympus VR-320
Canon PowerShot SX600 HS
Samsung WB250F Digital Camera
GE E1410SW Light Field Camera
Pentax Optio RZ10 Digital Camera
Olympus VR-320 Digital Camera
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Release Date
Mar 2014
Jan 2013
Mar 2012
Sep 2010
Feb 2011
Optical Zoom
18.0 x
18.0 x
10.0 x
10.0 x
12.5 x
Weight
0.41 lb.
0.5 lb.
0.3 lb.
0.34 lb.
0.35 lb.
Camera Type
Compact
Compact, Standard Point and Shoot
Light Field Camera, Compact
Standard Point and Shoot
Standard Point and Shoot
Resolution
16.0 Megapixel
14.0 Megapixel
14.4 Megapixel
14.5 Megapixel
14.5 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
BSI-CMOS
CMOS, BSI-CMOS
CMOS
CCD
CCD
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
2.7 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
7.7 mm
7.66 mm

  • The Canon PowerShot SX600 HS is a slim camera with an 18x zoom lens and Wi-Fi, but its images are on the noisy side.


  • There’s a lot to like about Canon’s latest midrange travel-zoom compact. The Canon PowerShot SX600 HS is a doddle to operate thanks to simple menus and sensible controls, plus autofocusing, exposure metering and auto white balance all perform admirably.
    The camera’s extra features are a bit of a mixed bag though.


  • If you're looking for a reliable camera with a decent zoom range and that is capable of producing good quality images – without too much input from you – the SX600HS is a good option.


  • For those who want more camera than their smartphone offers without sacrificing the easy sharing, the Samsung WB250F Smart Camera is a good, affordable choice.


  • The Samsung WB250F has a long 18x zoom lens and a top-notch Wi-Fi implementation, but image quality isn't the best we've seen in its class.


  • The Samsung WB250F currently sits just under the £200 mark. That's a little high for a camera of this construction, but the tech makes up for it. From a geek point of view, there's plenty to do with lots of little features and settings to test and play with. From a photographer's point of view, it's a plastic camera with a bad lens and noise at low ISO. If you can look past that, or you don't see what we see, then you'd be perfectly happy with the Samsung WB250F.


  • While not without its share of photo and performance issues, the GE E1410SW is a fine ultracompact megazoom snapshooter for those on a budget.


  • The $160 General Electric E1410SW packs an impressive 10x zoom lens and is capable of capturing some nice photos at lower ISO settings. But this unbeatable bargain comes with some compromises.


  • The best way to purchase the E1410SW is therefore with a discount. At $160 this camera is competitive in price, but not in performance. Should you stumble across a deal of some kind, something that involves buying the camera for, say, less than $100, that will be a good value. Otherwise there are just too many other options out there.

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    The Optio RZ10 offers the same value for money as other recent Pentax compacts, combining the main attraction of a 10x zoom lens with a small and easy-to-use design. Sadly the below-par image quality and no-frills approach make the RZ10 hard to recommend.

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    The Pentax Optio RZ10 is an affordable and compact 14-Megapixel digicam. It is versatile and easy to use thanks to its 10x optical zoom and Smart Auto shooting mode. Its a decent option for an introductory digital camera.


  • The Pentax Optio RZ10 is a surprisingly good little camera. Although it looks like a toy and is priced to match, it offers superior build quality, good performance and excellent handling, with more features than you'd expect for the money. Image quality is generally good as long as you stay away from the higher ISO settings. All in all, outstanding value for money.

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    Remember that good-natured kid you went to school with who didnâ??t talk much in class, but always did a decent job on tests and homework? Thatâ??s what the Olympus VR-320 is like. Itâ??s a simple camera that doesnâ??t have many noteworthy features, but includes the essentials. It also has a reasonable price tag of $199.

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    We can't shake the impression that the VR-320 is a modest camera at a modest price, and, apart from the fact that it's cheap and offers a decent focal range to boot (in theory, if not always in practice when it comes to some distinctly shaky imagery at the telephoto end), there is little beyond that to get overly excited about.


  • We weren't expecting a great deal from a camera priced at just over the 100 mark, and we were right to have modest expectations. Yes, Olympus might have been generous in providing a 12.5x wide angle optical zoom and metal-bodied model for this price, but when results are distinctly average and not a great deal better than those to be had from a modern smartphone, the initial good impression is rather undermined.