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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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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
Average Rating
 3.7 stars
 3.7 stars
 3.5 stars
 4.0 stars
 3.8 stars
Image Quality
75% Positive
25% Negative
42% Positive
58% Negative
100% Positive
Focus
50% Positive
50% Negative
85% Positive
15% Negative
75% Positive
25% Negative
Video
60% Positive
40% Negative
100% Positive
50% Positive
50% Negative
Ease of Use
80% Positive
20% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
100% Positive
Performance
100% Positive
66% Positive
34% Negative
100% Positive