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For the best low light cameras under $300 price range, we limited our selection to the top rated digital cameras which have sensor size of at least 10 inch and supporting an ISO value of at least 1000. Some of the best low light cameras under 300 dollars come from brands like Pentax, Panasonic and Polaroid.

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Nikon 1 J4

Nikon 1 J4


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Nikon 1 J4
Pentax K-50
Samsung NX1000
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3
Nikon 1 J4
Pentax K-50 Digital SLR Camera
Samsung NX1000 Digital Camera
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Digital Camera
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Digital Camera
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Release Date
May 2014
Jun 2013
May 2012
Nov 2010
Jun 2011
Image Sensor Size
13.23 mm
28.42 mm
28.2 mm
21.6 mm
21.6 mm
Max. ISO Speed
12800.0
51600.0
12800.0
6400.0
6400.0
Camera Type
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
SLR/Professional, Compact SLR
Digital camera - Mirrorless system
Compact System Camera
Compact System Camera
Resolution
18.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
21.6 Megapixel
12.1 Megapixel
12.1 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
Live MOS
Live MOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.

  • The new Nikon 1 J4 offers a lot of the features from the flagship V3 model at a much more enticing price-point, making it a better-balanced camera that's our pick of the current Nikon 1 line-up.
    The Nikon 1 J4 offers many of the key features of its more expensive and bigger brother, the V3, in a smaller, lighter and simpler package that is clearly targeted at people upgrading from a compact.


  • The J4 performs well and looks good – fans of Nikon will particularly enjoy this camera, while those who aren't can enjoy an easy to use compact system camera.


  • Small, fast and well-made, the Nikon 1 J4 as a lot going for it. However, it’s not great at dealing with more challenging lighting and general image quality can’t touch the best at the price.


  • A reasonable option for an entry-level dSLR, the Pentax K-50 should satisfy if you need the weather-sealed design. But while acceptable, it and its cheaper sibling the K-500 lag behind the competition in image quality and performance.


  • The Pentax K-50 is a fully weather-sealed D-SLR camera with an big optical viewfinder and fast burst shooting capability. It's available to order in any of 120 color combinations, but its video functionality is behind the times.


  • While it won't win any awards for originality, the Pentax K-50 remains an excellent stills camera that offers decent weatherproofing and handling at a price that won't break the bank, making it a great introduction to the world of DSLR cameras.


  • The mirrorless Samsung NX1000 is a little slower than other cameras in its class, but it delivers excellent image quality and aces Wi-Fi implementation.


  • The NX1000 offers a lot for that price but so do many of the cameras in this part of the market. Ultimately, we feel cameras like the Sony NEX-F3 offer more for less money, but the NX1000 offers a solid combination of size, speed, low light performance, and sharpness with a solid menu system. It's worth a look if you're shopping here, but we feel there are slightly better values to be had.


  • In summary the Samsung NX2000 isn't the cheapest entry-level compact system camera on the market, but it is a very capable one, sharing the same core DNA as the other new NX models. It's so similar to the NX210 that we'd recommend saving £150 / $200 and opting for the NX1000 instead, or stepping up to the more DSLR-like NX20 - not a bad recommendation for a supposedly lesser camera.

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    Overall, I had a great time with the little Panasonic GF2. Although it doesn't quite catch up to that of Sony's aggressively styled NEX-5, the Panasonic GF2's new body is noticeably more compact than that of the GF1. It's extremely nimble and compact -- still a little too large to slip into a pair of slacks without looking like you have a camera in your pocket (I did get looks), but the design has never been more sportcoat or jacket-friendly.


  • Though we still really like Panasonic's GF series, there are several trade-offs to take into account before you buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2. Its raw-format images look extremely good, but JPEG shooters looking for best-possible photo quality may get frustrated by image artifacts.


  • The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 might be the best Micro Four Thirds camera on the market, but it's not the best compact interchangeable-lens camera you can buy.

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    Love or hate the stripped down design of this camera, there's no denying the Panasonic GF3 is one of the better CSC models on the market, making it a Dave's Pick.


  • The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 offers the type of performance and photo quality in a relatively small design many point-and-shoot graduates will like.


  • The touch-screen Lumix DMC-GF3 is Panasonic's smalllest Micro Four Thirds camera. Its low-light performance and sharpness aren't on the same level as some competitors, but it is still a very capable camera.