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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

The ordering of some settings is slightly odd though, with key options like ISO sensitivity, metering and white balance relegated to the third page of the camera settings tab.

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

With such an impressive performance it's a shame the SX710 HS's image noise levels let the side down somewhat.

Panasonic has been at the forefront of the travel compact camera market for some time, and the latest model to sit at the top of the range, the DMC-TZ70 builds on what is already a fantastic reputation.

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