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The best HD cameras under $150 price range will be able to record hD videos of 1080p resolution. These cameras can capture photos of resolution at least 14 megapixel and an optical zoom of over 7x. Some of the best HD camera under $150 price range come from brands like Canon, Nikon and Fujifilm under the Powershot, Coolpix and Finepix product lines.

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Samsung WB250F

Samsung WB250F Digital Camera


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Samsung WB250F
Nikon COOLPIX S9200
Nikon COOLPIX S6300 3D
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7
Canon EOS 600D / Rebel T3i
Samsung WB250F Digital Camera
Nikon COOLPIX S9200 3D Digital Camera
Nikon COOLPIX S6300 3D Light Field Camera
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 Digital Camera
Canon EOS 600D /  Rebel T3i Digital Camera
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Release Date
Jan 2013
Oct 2012
Feb 2012
Jan 2012
Feb 2011
HD Recording Format
1080p (HDTV), 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 320 x 240 (30, 15fps)
1080p (HDTV)
1080p (HDTV), 720p (HDTV)
720p (HDTV), 1080p (HDTV), 480p
1080p (HDTV)
Camera Type
Compact, Standard Point and Shoot
3D Digital Camera
3D Digital Camera, Light Field Camera, Compact
Compact, Standard Point and Shoot
SLR/Professional
Optical Zoom
18.0 x
18.0 x
10.0 x
10.0 x
3.0 x
Resolution
14.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
14.1 Megapixel
18.7 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS, BSI-CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
MOS
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
2.7 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
2.5 mm
7.66 mm
7.7 mm
7.66 mm
26.7 mm

  • For those who want more camera than their smartphone offers without sacrificing the easy sharing, the Samsung WB250F Smart Camera is a good, affordable choice.


  • The Samsung WB250F has a long 18x zoom lens and a top-notch Wi-Fi implementation, but image quality isn't the best we've seen in its class.


  • The Samsung WB250F currently sits just under the £200 mark. That's a little high for a camera of this construction, but the tech makes up for it. From a geek point of view, there's plenty to do with lots of little features and settings to test and play with. From a photographer's point of view, it's a plastic camera with a bad lens and noise at low ISO. If you can look past that, or you don't see what we see, then you'd be perfectly happy with the Samsung WB250F.


  • When shopping around you can find the S9200 for £245, but retailers such as Curry's are charging £270. This makes it more expensive than the S9300 which you can get from Warehouse Express for £260, which has GPS. Thankfully, the S9200 takes pictures with good detail and colour reproduction and can shoot full resolution images at a fast rate, although noise is a problem from ISO 400 upwards. If the S9200 was cheaper, we'd be happy to recommend it, but for the price, you might as well look at the S9300.


  • The Nikon Coolpix S9200 is a versatile compact that's pleasant and easy to use. However, picture quality isn't always on par with certain similarly priced competitors, such as the Canon SX240 and Panasonic TZ25.


  • The Nikon Coolpix S6300 is certainly an improvement over the model it replaces. Just the sensor change to BSI CMOS is enough to make it recommending over CCD-sensor-based competition. It's an easy-to-use camera, too, so if you're just looking for something inexpensive to toss in your bag that's better than your phone, it's a decent choice. However, both the similarly priced Panasonic Lumix SZ7 and slightly more expensive Sony Cyber-shot WX150 are better.


  • The Nikon S6300 is an exercise in just how quickly the industry has embraced the long zoom compact movement, featuring a 10x optical zoom body and 16-megapixel image sensor in a body that, a few years ago, might have only features a 3 or 4x zoom range. The crushing ubiquity of smartphone cameras has made point-and-shoot manufacturers certainly sweat, with reports that the compact camera industry saw nearly quarter of their sales drop off in just 2011.


  • The Nikon Coolpix S6300 is a thoroughly pleasant camera to use. It's geared for the happy snappers who want something easy and cheerful to take pictures with. This is the camera for such a task. It's not going to change the world; there's no new technology built in. The controls are laid out in a logical fashion, the features will appeal to the market it's aimed at and it looks good.


  • The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 is great little pocket camera. Even at its original price of $180 it was a good deal, but now that it can be found for less than $150, it's a steal. That's mostly because of its fast shooting performance and its small size and long lens. Its battery life could be better and it has some limitations when it comes to photo quality, but if most of your photos are ending up online and you don't need to make prints larger than the occasional 8x10, it's a solid choice for the money.


  • A slim camera with an impressive 10x zoom lens, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 still struggles with image sharpness and detail at higher ISO settings.

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    The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 is a high-end compact camera that offers a good range of features, including a 10x zoom lens with a 25mm wide angle and 14.1 megapixel resolution, as well as HD video capture. All of these features fit into a compact package. This compact package fits well into the hand, with the shutter falling under the index finger, and the zoom control that is around it being easy to reach.

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    As it stands, the Canon T3i is the flagship Rebel, with the T3 and T2i beneath it in features. Its still image quality is among the best in its price range, and its video modes are quite complete, offering excellent quality, provided you can handle shooting video more carefully than you would with a digicam or camcorder.


  • For the money, the Canon EOS Rebel T3i is a great choice for dSLR videographers--though the cheaper T2i can still suffice if you don't need the articulated LCD--and it's a solid choice for creative still shooters. But though the image quality and general shooting performance are top-notch, if you're upgrading to capture sports, kids, or pets, the T3i may not be able to keep up.

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    We definitely can recommend the T3i for its video quality, solid handling, access to the EOS EF lens library, and image quality. There are some issues with menu organization, slow live view autofocus, and the quality of the 18-135mm kit lens, but these don't necessarily outweigh the positives of shooting with the T3i.


Top 5 hd camera under $150:

  1. Samsung WB250F Digital Camera
  2. Nikon COOLPIX S9200 3D Digital Camera
  3. Nikon COOLPIX S6300 3D Light Field Camera
  4. Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 Digital Camera
  5. Canon EOS 600D / Rebel T3i Digital Camera