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You can get the very best beginner point-and-shoots cameras under 200 dollars - though the cheaper ultra-zooms are also great value for money and top contenders for the best cameras under 200.

Ultra-zooms come with an optical zoom of around 10x and more and have recently only become cheap enough to come below $200. The best ultra-zooms below $200 combine the the huge optical zooms with some great image stabilization.

Some of the best cameras under $200 are also the point-and-shoots. Some of the top brands at the sub-200 price range are Sony and Canon. The Sony Cybershot are one of the most compelling buys at this price range.

Some of the best digital cameras under $200 price range are some of the best budget cameras of 2016 top rated by the best camera reviewers.

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Nikon Coolpix S7000

Nikon Coolpix S7000


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Nikon Coolpix S7000
Fujifilm FinePix XP80
Lomo Instant
Canon IXUS 160
Nikon Coolpix S3700
Nikon Coolpix S7000
Fujifilm FinePix XP80
Lomo Instant
Canon IXUS 160
Nikon Coolpix S3700
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Release Date
Apr 2015
Mar 2015
Dec 2014
Mar 2015
Mar 2015
Camera Type
Ultracompact
Compact
Ultracompact
Ultracompact
Optical Zoom
20.0 x
5.0 x
8.0 x
8.0 x
Resolution
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
CMOS
CCD
CCD
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
2.7 in.
2.7 in.
2.7 in.
Image Sensor Size
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm

  • The Nikon Coolpix S7000 is a simple camera but it offers quite a few useful features which make it appealing, and with a 20x optical zoom, perhaps particularly to those who want a camera to take with them on holiday.
    Although it doesn’t offer full manual control, at least you can change a few key settings (such as sensitivity), and handily, the autofocus point.
    It’s also quite a fun camera to use, with a nice range of digital effects, the ability to create panoramas and other nifty features such as the ability to create a video comprised of short clips with an added soundtrack.


  • A basic but well-specced camera that's worth considering if you're looking for a long zoom compact that will let you capture pleasing images on your next trip with the minimum of fuss.
    Offering a neat little package for your money, the S7000 performs well and boasts some useful features that will appeal to those looking for a simple family or holiday camera.
    The Nikon S7000 offers versatility and value for money.


  • 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 Lomography Lomo'Instant is a fun instant camera with a wide-angle lens and support for multiple exposures.


  • If you’re a fan of analogue photography, in particular the Lomo brand, you should be fairly pleased with this camera.
    The Lomo Instant is a lot of fun, but on the flip side it’s quite an expensive purchase for something so frivolous. It’s reasonably easy to get the hang of using the camera, but experimentation is definitely required, at least at first.


  • Nobody is buying a camera like this because they want super sharp shots every time. Rather, it's designed as a bit of fun – and in good light you can get some nice results.


  • 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 Nikon Coolpix S3700 is a capable camera that performs well in most situations. Well exposed, vibrant images impress right from the off, and noise levels are fairly low up to ISO800. Vibration Reduction is an essential feature when shooting indoors or in low light, so it’s great the S3700 includes it.
    Still welcome, but arguably less important, is the in-built Wi-Fi. This works well, especially if you have an NFC-equipped smart device, and makes image sharing a breeze.