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A first lesson in photography is that the quality of pictures you take depend not on your camera, but on you. Now get ready for the second surprise - lately the best budget Canon digital cameras come as bundles of style, features and value. There is a vast choice for you to find a cute little companion for $150 or less. Since this is likely to be your first shooting companion, be sure to look for good resolution - above 12 megapixels, enough zoom - at least 4X, a large enough LCD display, and minimum video capturing ability that is HD video at 720p.

If you are known as an outdoor traveller, you might want to look for some rugged features - waterproof, shockproof, weatherproof, and yes, you can get all this in some of the best Canon digital cameras costing under 150, without exceeding your budget. Also check out our listing of best cheap Canon cameras to buy the Nikon cameras under your budget.

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Canon EOS M3

Canon EOS M3


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Canon EOS M3
Canon IXUS 160
Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS (IXUS 155)
Canon PowerShot SX600 HS
Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS (IXUS 150)
Canon EOS M3
Canon IXUS 160
Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS (IXUS 155)
Canon PowerShot SX600 HS
Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS (IXUS 150)
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Release Date
Jun 2015
Mar 2015
Jul 2014
Mar 2014
Jun 2014
Camera Type
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Ultracompact
Compact
Compact
Ultracompact
Resolution
24.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
14.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
CCD
CCD
BSI-CMOS
CCD
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
2.7 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
2.7 in.
Image Sensor Size
26.81 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm

  • The new Canon EOS M3 is a much more serious compact system camera than the original EOS M that we reviewed back in 2012. It offers a raft of improvements clearly aimed at making it more enthusiast-friendly, along with a big reduction in the launch price. Still, there are some rather big flies in the ointment which mean that the EOS M3 lags behind the mirrorless competition, most notably the lack of a built-in viewfinder and the continued lack of native EF-M lenses.


  • While the M3 is very capable, the 18-55mm kit limits detail resolution significantly and the autofocus system has a habit of focusing on the background rather than the subject.


  • - Handgrip is shallow.
    - Dials hard to move.
    - Useful live view and great screen.
    - You can take complete control of the exposure and with confidence capture what you are seeing on the screen.
    - Many elements come together to make for an enjoyable overall user experience.
    - For the most part, the control layout is good, though.


  • 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 Canon PowerShot Elph 150 IS packs a long zoom lens into a small body, but its images have way too much noise.


  • The Canon IXUS 155 has been designed to be appealing to look at and very easy to use. However, this sexiness with the point and shoot mentality isn't necessarily enough so the camera adds a few other bits and bobs to lure you up from the IXUS 150.
    It's a very easy camera to use and as such will suit most people in a family from young to old, technophobe to tech savvy. The compact design will slip easily into a pocket or bag which makes it great for days out or nights on the town.


  • The Canon Powershot SX150 IS has its share of niggles. But it is nevertheless a good buy. Definitely, not an upgrade over its predecessor but worth a look for first-time buyers. Casual users who wish to have a truckload of manual controls will enjoy the camera.


  • 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.


  • 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.


Top 5 canon digital camera under $150:

  1. Canon EOS M3
  2. Canon IXUS 160
  3. Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS (IXUS 155)
  4. Canon PowerShot SX600 HS
  5. Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS (IXUS 150)