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The best cameras under 450 dollar accommodates some of the better advanced compact cameras in the market today. Also available sub-$450 are the micro-four thirds cameras and some entry-level interchangeable lens cameras (ILC's) like the Samsung NX100.

The higher end digital compacts which are often the best cameras under 450 run the gamut of features from a high megapixel count, powerful optical zooms, HD video recording capability and sophisticated optical image stabilization features to reduce camera blur. You can typically aim for d-SLR like output quality with all the manual controls and portability for the on-the-go traveler, all at the price of a premium compact camera.

Also available in the sub-$450 range are the latest in bridge cameras, i.e Interchangeable lens cameras (ILC's) which are heating up the market these days. If you have outgrown the limited features on offer in your standard point-and-shoot but don't want to tote around the extra bulk of a d-SLR you can consider these cameras targeted at the serious enthusiasts category.

Priced at a premium of more than $400 , the ILC cameras offer more sophisticated features than the average point-and-shoot with flexibility to change lenses etc, but are significantly less bulky than the d-SLR's and provide good quality images. The entry level mirrorless cameras use the micro Four-thirds sensor (as in the Panasonic models) also used in entry-level d-SLR's. Some of the larger sensors like APS-C sized sensor are used in best quality image cameras.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V
Pentax K-S2
Nikon Coolpix P900
Nikon Coolpix S9900
Canon PowerShot G7 X
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V
Pentax K-S2
Nikon Coolpix P900
Nikon Coolpix S9900
Canon PowerShot G7 X
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Release Date
Aug 2015
Apr 2015
Apr 2015
Mar 2015
Oct 2014
Camera Type
Compact
Compact SLR
SLR-like (bridge)
Compact
Compact
Optical Zoom
30.0 x
83.3 x
30.0 x
4.2 x
Resolution
18.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
BSI-CMOS
CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CMOS
BSI-CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
2.5 mm
28.2 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
13.23 mm

  • The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V has an incredible zoom range and an excellent EVF, but its images suffer when the light gets low.


  • We liked last year's HX60V, but with slightly underwhelming image quality and no EVF or lens barrel control ring like the competition from Panasonic, it couldn't quite compete. Sony has clearly listened though and the Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V addresses most of our concerns.
    The move to an 18.2MP Exmor R sensor has given the HX90V a much-needed image quality boost, and although the results are no better than the class-leading Panasonic TZ70, they're certainly on a par, whether shooting in daylight or indoors.


  • With the HX90V/HX90, Sony presents a serious contender for the title of best 30x compact: it provides all-round performance, a plethora of features and is the only model to offer an electronic viewfinder, adjustable screen and customisable settings ring, all in one compact package. Indeed, despite having all these features, it's still the most compact camera of its kind. Unfortunately, this all makes for a relatively high RRP.


  • The Pentax K-S2 D-SLR packs a lot of features into its weather-sealed body, but its burst shooting capability is very limited and its companion Wi-Fi app needs some work.


  • The Pentax KS-2 has a lot of good things on offer here. While most people are generally swayed towards Canon or Nikon when purchasing their first DSLR, unless you already have some lenses and/or accessories, it’s worth knowing about other options on the market, especially when they are capable of producing some good results.
    For the money, and the level it is aimed at, the Pentax KS-2 offers some excellent features which you wouldn’t always expect.


  • Pentax is pitching the K-S2 as a 'family' camera, but its powerful features, twin control dials and weatherproofing will appeal to enthusiasts too. The specs are like the K-S1's, but the design is much more grown-up.


  • The Nikon Coolpix P900 boasts the longest zoom range of any camera on the market, but a lack of detail at higher ISOs holds it back.


  • Using zoom ratios seems to be the new way to sell cameras where once it was all about the megapixels. Here on the Nikon Coolpix P900 we have an 83x optical zoom, which is currently the market leader. However, to get to that kind of ratio, you need to have a huge camera and that won’t be to everybody’s tastes.


  • The P900 is the longest-zoom bridge camera in the world – for now, at least – but it's also big, heavy and expensive. Image quality at shorter focal lengths is good but falls away at high zooms settings.


  • The addition of the versatile vari-angle screen, a dedicated command dial, enhanced GPS tracking and NFC connectivity make the new Coolpix S9900 Nikon's best travel-zoom camera yet, although it doesn't make any great strides forwards in terms of image quality or general performance.

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    - Not so good are the remote shooting features which remain very basic.
    - The COOLPIX S9900 also adds NFC for easier Wifi connections, allowing you to intitiate wireless transfers and remote control by gently tapping your smartphone against the camera body.


  • The Nikon S9900 offers a very long zoom range in a surprisingly compact body, but there's no overcoming the limitations of the small sensor, and the image quality isn't great – you can't shoot raw files, either.


  • A 1-inch sensor in a pocketable body makes the Canon PowerShot GX 7 a great high-end compact, as long as you don’t mind the lack of EVF.

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    The Canon Powershot G7 X provides nearly every advanced feature that you can find on a digital camera in today's marketplace, including a touch screen LCD that tilts, NFC and Wi-Fi connectivity, and Canon's latest image processor chip that yields good response speeds. With a large image sensor and 20-megapixels of resolution, the G7 X does a great job recording high-quality images too. This model's primary drawbacks are a small optical zoom lens and a high price.


  • The Canon PowerShot G7 X has a bright zoom lens that covers a lot of range and a large 1-inch image sensor, but just misses earning our Editors' Choice nod for top premium compact camera.