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The best cheap compact digital cameras are available under $150 and $100 price range fro the brands like Canon, Nikon, panasonic and Sony having optical zoom range up to 4x. These cameras are perfect for beginners because of their basic features and easy interface.

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Fuji FinePix XP80

Fujifilm FinePix XP80


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Fujifilm FinePix XP80
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10
Canon PowerShot SX520 HS
Ricoh WG-4 GPS
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ57
Fujifilm FinePix XP80
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10
Canon PowerShot SX520 HS
Ricoh WG-4 GPS
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ57
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Release Date
Mar 2015
Apr 2015
Aug 2014
Jun 2014
Mar 2015
Camera Type
Compact
Compact
Compact
Compact
Compact
Optical Zoom
5.0 x
12.0 x
42.0 x
4.0 x
20.0 x
Resolution
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
CCD
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
2.7 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
2.5 mm
2.53 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.53 mm

  • The Fujifilm FinePix XP80 is a good all round compact camera, which is ideal if you’re the type of person who likes to go on adventure holidays - or, alternatively if you’re just looking for something which will be able to withstand average family life.
    Although picture quality may not be quite as high as some cameras without such rugged credentials, for a holiday or family camera, it’s still pretty good and you should be pleased with what it can produce.

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    The FinePix XP80 from Fujifilm is a nice point-n-shoot camera that will work well for the beginning photographer seeking waterproof capabilities in a simplistic model. This camera's images are surprisingly sharp for such a basic camera with a small image sensor. Another pleasing surprise is that the XP80 has very little shutter lag when the lighting conditions are good. However, color representation and exposure are a little off with the XP80.


  • The Fujfilm XP80 offers affordable durability in a compact package.
    ISO 6400 (reduced file size). The Fujifilm XP80 is excellent for shooting right in the middle of the action. The 10 fps burst speed is among the best for the category. The video capabilities and wide range of mounting options makes it a good choice for mounting on a bike, surfboard, or whatever else you can imagine. It's not a good option for shooting indoors, however.


  • The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10 is a very simple camera which is aimed at those who probably intend to use it as their holiday or family camera. If you have a smartphone with a half decent camera, then you might find that you already have something which is just as capable as the SZ10 - but of course you have to rely on battery life lasting you throughout the day.
    Otherwise, image quality is decent in good light.


  • Cramming a big 42x optical zoom into a compact body with a small-ish sensor is never going to make for the best of bedfellows if the ultimate in image quality is your aim, but we’d argue the 16 megapixel Canon PowerShot SX520 HS is more about convenience, flexibility and value for money – each of which it largely delivers on.


  • A good performer and all-round flexible camera for those looking for a holiday, travel or family camera.


  • The Elph 520 HS is a hard sell. Looking at only the specifications, you might not see enough of an upgrade here to justify the purchase. But once it’s actually in your hands, you can see where it proves its worth. The button navigation gets rid of the touchscreen interface (overrated, in my opinion) and makes handling more in your control. The DIGIC 5 processor works some new magic, and Canon outfits it with expanded features – not to mention puts it all in a much better looking package. So should you buy it?


  • The Ricoh WG-4 has a lens that matches that of our favorite rugged camera, but its performance isn't quite as good.


  • There’s no doubt that the Ricoh WG-4 makes a very good rugged camera. Its toughness credentials may not be the best on paper, but in the hand the WG-4 feels like it’ll survive almost anything you could throw at it.
    But exactly the same could be said of its predecessor, the WG-3, which is a virtually identical camera. That means image quality is unimproved and shows more detail loss and colour speckling at higher ISO sensitivities than you may expect from a ‘new’ camera.


  • Great build quality and useful features make the WG-4 GPS a capable action camera that also performs well and usually produces attractive images. However, it's little more than a rebranded Pentax WG-3 GPS.


  • The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ57 offers a good range of specifications for the price, coming in at significantly cheaper than its more advanced sibling, the TZ70. That said, if you do have a little more to spend, it’s worth checking out the top of the range camera as you get a fair bit more for the extra cash.


Top 5 cheap compact digital camera:

  1. Fujifilm FinePix XP80
  2. Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10
  3. Canon PowerShot SX520 HS
  4. Ricoh WG-4 GPS
  5. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ57