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The best digital cameras under $300 are the compacts and the ultra-compact. Due to falling prices and constant upgradation in technology the best sub-$300 cameras of today offer compelling image and video performance that rival the DSLR's of yesteryears.

Below dollar 300 is also a very good price point if you are looking for a casual use camera as you can often get the best brands with great performance at this price range. The best cameras below 300 for 2016 would ideally have the following:
1. Plenty of Resolution (Sensor size to match)
2. Large LCD
3. Great looks with possibly thin bodies

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Fuji XQ2

Fujifilm XQ2


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Fujifilm XQ2
Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
Canon PowerShot N2
Nikon Coolpix L840
Kodak PixPro SP360
Fujifilm XQ2
Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
Canon PowerShot N2
Nikon Coolpix L840
Kodak PixPro SP360
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Release Date
Mar 2015
Apr 2015
Apr 2015
May 2015
Nov 2014
Camera Type
Ultracompact
Compact
SLR-like (bridge)
Optical Zoom
4.0 x
18.0 x
38.0 x
Resolution
12.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
3.6 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm

The Fujifilm XQ2 is a solid entry in the field of premium compacts.

If you're in the market for a compact superzoom and you're on a budget, the SX600 HS is our recommendation.

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Inside, the Canon PowerShot N2 is clearly a good camera struggling to escape a compromised, flawed external design.

Panorama cameras like the SP360 are preparing us for a new way of viewing videos and photos in the future.