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The best cameras under $350 combine a great image/video performance with a decently sized optical zoom. You can typically get the better performing, though expensive point-and-shoot cameras at this range. For the best camera option at below 350 dollar do not skimp on the optical zoom as it is easily the most useful feature to be spent upon.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500
Canon PowerShot N2
Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70
Kodak PixPro SP360
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500
Canon PowerShot N2
Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70
Kodak PixPro SP360
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Release Date
Sep 2015
Apr 2015
Dec 2014
Dec 2014
Nov 2014
Camera Type
Compact
Compact
Compact
Optical Zoom
30.0 x
30.0 x
30.0 x
Resolution
18.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
12.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm

  • Compact cameras with 30x optical zoom are becoming fairly commonplace, but the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500 stands out from the crowd by being noticeably smaller than the competition. It’s a pity this comes at the expense of ergonomics though, as the camera could really benefit from better gripping points.
    The only other significant shortcoming with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500 is that you don’t get an electronic viewfinder.


  • The Canon PowerShot N2 improves upon its predecessor, but this pocket camera is still held back by a design that makes it downright awkward to use.


  • Given the original N was clearly a niche product and its style hasn’t been widely replicated, it’s perhaps surprising that Canon has followed it up with the N2. Clearly this is a camera aimed at fashion-conscious smartphone photographers who want better image quality and also the versatility of optical zoom, but the Canon PowerShot N2 doesn’t really hit this mark.
    Where smartphones get progressively slimmer to make them more pocketable and feature ever-expanding screens, the chubby N2 is noticeably harder to pocket than a regular compact camera.


  • The Powershot N2 is just as seductive as its predecessor thanks to an original design and improved yet still unconventional handling. Little by little, and with the help of some new additions, like a 180° touchscreen, 16 Mpx sensor and brand new processor, this little camera is evolving into a well-rounded and fun little compact. Wherever you take it—and you will take it everywhere!—the N2 will draw attention.


  • The Canon PowerShot SX710 HS is a speedy superzoom with a sharp lens, but image quality is an issue at even moderate ISO sensitivities.


  • Virtually identical to last year's SX700 HS model, the new Canon PowerShot SX710 HS takes a few minor steps forward, namely faster burst shooting rates, more Auto Zoom options and 5-axis stabilisation for video, but one major step back, offering worse image quality than its predecessor.
    The move to a 20.3 megapixel sensor has done the SX710 HS no favours, with ISO 400 already suffering from obvious noise, smearing of fine detail and colour artifacts.


  • The PowerShot SX710 HS is a perfectly capable camera for those who just want a point and shoot with a long zoom range, but it can't shoot raw files, which will limit its appeal for enthusiasts.
    A nicely capable camera for those who just want a point and shoot with a long focal length. Manual control is a nice touch for those who need it, but a number of small missing features make the SX710 less than perfect.


  • Comparing the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70 with its predecessor, the TZ60, doesn’t reveal a huge amount of differences, so if you’re thinking about upgrading from that camera, it’s probably not worth it. Similarly, if you’re on the lookout for a bargain, you should now be able to pick up the older model for a good price and still be confident of having a good camera.
    That said, if you’re in the market for your first travel camera, then the TZ70 is a very good option. Images are great directly from the camera, while it should appeal to quite a few different types of photographer.


  • Fashioning this boxy plastic 10 megapixel, Full HD video action camera in a spot-on, brand-aware blend of Kodak yellow and black is a clever, ‘on message’ touch that makes the most of that famous name. Handling wise, and given the 360 degree angle of view here there are inevitably do’s and don’ts when it comes to getting the best from the Kodak Pixpro SP360 however.


  • Overall, the SP360 is easy to use and the quickest way to record 360-degree content without having to set up complicated rigs, but like the V.360 it suffers from image quality issues. The SP360 is all about capturing the experience of the moment, and for activities or travel, it’s a nice secondary camera to bring along. Up your game and the get the most out of your gear with the following extras, hand-picked by our editors:. Kodak Pixpro Self Shooting Pole ($30). Selfie sticks may be frowned upon, but to capture a good 360 panorama, it’s more effective to hold the SP360 above you.


  • We absolutely fell in love with the Kodak Pixpro SP360 and would rank it among the top three innovations of this year. It has everything we look for in a device: innovation (it films in 360 degrees!), it's a cinch to use, it has enormous potential and it's well priced. If you're the adventurous type who likes filming your exploits in natural or urban settings, and you're into cool technology, why you get it?.


Top 5 digital camera under $350:

  1. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500
  2. Canon PowerShot N2
  3. Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
  4. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70
  5. Kodak PixPro SP360