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The best cameras under $150 are mostly limited to the compact and ultra-compact cameras and combine mostly automatic controls with a good resolution and sensor size.

The higher-end models like DSLRs and interchangeable lens cameras are typically much higher priced and are not the best cameras to buy under 150. However, you can still get a good deal at this price provided you do not compromise on the basics.

Below $150 is the best price point to look for something basic, with mostly automatic controls - looks for an average megapixel but a good sensor - and most importantly stick to some of the well known brands like Canon, Sony and Kodak.

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Canon EOS M3

Canon EOS M3


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Canon EOS M3
Lomo Instant
Canon IXUS 160
Nikon Coolpix S3700
Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS (IXUS 155)
Canon EOS M3
Lomo Instant
Canon IXUS 160
Nikon Coolpix S3700
Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS (IXUS 155)
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Release Date
Jun 2015
Dec 2014
Mar 2015
Mar 2015
Jul 2014
Camera Type
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Ultracompact
Ultracompact
Compact
Resolution
24.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
14.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
CCD
CCD
CCD
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
2.7 in.
2.7 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
26.81 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm

Initial impressions of the new Canon EOS M3 are mostly favourable.

Let’s be honest, nobody is buying a Lomo camera for stunning image quality, but rather the fun and nostalgia which it invokes.

Good choice for beginners on a budget

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