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The best compact digital cameras under $250 are best suitable for shooting during vacations and also for beginners. These cameras provide you ease of use and most of these products are from Panasonic and have ultra-zooming capability.

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Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS


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Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
Fujifilm FinePix XP80
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ57
Canon PowerShot SX520 HS
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10
Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
Fujifilm FinePix XP80
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ57
Canon PowerShot SX520 HS
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10
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Release Date
Apr 2015
Mar 2015
Mar 2015
Aug 2014
Apr 2015
Camera Type
Compact
Compact
Compact
Compact
Compact
Optical Zoom
18.0 x
5.0 x
20.0 x
42.0 x
12.0 x
Resolution
20.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
BSI-CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CCD
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
2.7 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.53 mm
2.5 mm
2.53 mm

  • The Canon PowerShot SX610 HS is an attractive compact camera with an 18x zoom lens, but image quality takes a step back from last year's edition.


  • The Canon PowerShot SX610 HS is a well-designed camera that’s easy to use thanks to its chunky, ergonomic build, and an intuitive menu design. You can also be sure it’ll snap accurately focussed and well exposed shots.
    Performance and image quality are also good, though not outstanding. The switch to a 20.2-megaixel sensor sounds great on paper, but in reality the camera can only resolve marginally more detail than the 16MP SX600 HS.

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    The Canon PowerShot SX610 HS is the latest basic point-n-shoot model from Canon, but there just isn't much in this camera that will make you take notice of it. The SX610 offers 20.2-megapixels of resolution, but its image quality simply isn't where it should be for a camera with that much resolution and an MSRP of $249. Even under nearly perfect lighting conditions, the PowerShot SX610's image quality isn't good enough to make mid-to-large-sized prints. This model has no manual control features.


  • 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-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.


  • 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 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.


Top 5 compact digital camera under $250:

  1. Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
  2. Fujifilm FinePix XP80
  3. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ57
  4. Canon PowerShot SX520 HS
  5. Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10