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The best point and shoot cameras under the $400 price range are the compact and ultra-zoom cameras which capture images of best quality. The below listing of top-rated cameras also include rugged cameras with life proof features. Under this price range, you could get cameras which can capture Full HD videos and images of over 14 Megapixel resolution. Check out the below listed standard point and shoots available from brands like Canon, Panasonic and Fujifilm under the Powershot, Lumix and Finepix product lines.

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Pentax MX-1

Pentax MX-1 Digital Camera


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Pentax MX-1
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Nikon Coolpix P7700
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX7
Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR
Pentax MX-1 Digital Camera
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Camera With Kit
Nikon P7700 Digital Camera
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7K Digital Camera
FUJIFILM F800EXR Digital Camera
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Release Date
Jan 2013
Sep 2012
Aug 2012
Jul 2012
Jul 2012
Camera Type
Standard Point and Shoot, Compact
Standard Point and Shoot, SLR-like (bridge)
Compact, Standard Point and Shoot
Compact, Standard Point and Shoot
Compact, Standard Point and Shoot
Optical Zoom
4.0 x
50.0 x
7.1 x
3.8 x
20.0 x
Resolution
12.0 Megapixel
12.1 Megapixel
12.2 Megapixel
10.1 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
EXR CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
2.8 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
1.97 mm
7.66 mm
9.5 mm
9.5 mm
8.0 mm

  • The Pentax MX-1 is a beautifully designed camera, but some issues with image quality and performance prevent it from living up to its potential.


  • Pentax have mostly hit the nail firmly on its head with the MX-1, especially when you factor in its £400 / $500 price-tag, which is quite a bit cheaper than the Olympus XZ-2, Sony Cyber-shot RX100, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 and Samsung EX2F all were on launch, even without any drop in the actual street price. If you're looking for a good-looking, well-built, advanced compact camera, and you can afford to take a slightly more leisurely view of the world, then the new Pentax MX-1 is well worth considering.

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    The Pentax MX-1 is a classically designed, fully featured compact digicam. It's 12-Megapixel CMOS and low-light zoom lens capture excellent quality images. It is a great compact alternative to a larger entry-level dSLR.


  • If you simply must have the longest zoom in the room, the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS satisfies.


  • So ultimately, aside from that new stabilization feature, and of course breaking the nifty-fifty zoom barrier, there's very little about the SX50 we'd consider revolutionary. Like the SX40, this is basically a consistent, high-performance superzoom, and exactly the kind of camera our scoring system rewards. This is an easy recommendation over just about every competitor on the market.


  • It's impossible to review the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS without focusing on its 24-1200mm focal length - after all, it would be very costly and indeed difficult to replicate that range on a DSLR system, not to mention bulky and heavy too. We found that we got a surprising number of keepers at the 1200mm focal length, even when using the camera handheld, although most of the photos taken at the longer reaches of the zoom were inevitably shot at ISO 1600 when ISO Auto was on, not great considering the high levels of noise.


  • It's a solid enthusiast "compact" that will please a lot of shooters, but the Nikon Coolpix P7700 doesn't quite deliver at midrange ISO sensitivities and its image-processing overhead might annoy impatient photographers.


  • The Nikon Coolpix P7700 has the longest zoom lens of any point-and-shoot camera in its class, but the lens should be stopped down to increase sharpness.


  • We wouldn't recommend this camera to everyone. If you're looking for a point and shoot that's a cut above the rest but won't intimidate with too many control options, we'd suggest the G15 or RX100. If you want something smaller that still packs excellent image quality, something like the RX100 or the upcoming Fuji XF1 might fit the bill. But if you want the complete package, look no further: the P7700 is the best we've seen.


  • Priced at around &poundl;449.99 / $499.95, the LX7 is another recent high-end model that further blurs the line between compact and larger-sensor cameras. Consumers have never had so much choice at this price-point - premium compact, mid-range compact system camera and even an entry-level DSLR are all available.

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    Overall, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 is an excellent premium compact camera. Its fast lens, performance, and manual controls will make enthusiasts drool, while those just starting out can get great results using Panasonic's Intelligent Auto mode. There's very little to dislike about the LX7, with my main issues being redeye, slow buffer flush times when shooting RAW images, and vertical lines in panoramas. Aside from that, the LX7 is a first-rate camera that I can highly recommend.


  • Overall, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 is an excellent premium compact camera. Its fast lens, performance, and manual controls will make enthusiasts drool, while those just starting out can get great results using Panasonic's Intelligent Auto mode. There's very little to dislike about the LX7, with my main issues being redeye, slow buffer flush times when shooting RAW images, and vertical lines in panoramas. Aside from that, the LX7 is a first-rate camera that I can highly recommend.


  • The new Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR introduces wireless image transfer, 6 artistic filters and a slightly cheaper price to Fujifilm's travel-zoom range, but image quality and RAW processing speeds are still problematic and we miss the F770EXR's on-board GPS features.


  • Buying a digital camera is not as easy as it was in the early days of the digital imaging revolution and that's a good thing for consumers. Today's digital camera marketplace provides an almost endless parade of new cameras and photographers (at every experience level) have more choices than they've ever had before.


  • Although it sounds good value, the F800EXR lacks some "must have" features and fails to address long-zoom focus issues of its predecessors. Lens-based image stabilisation lacks and lens flare is an ongoing issue, and while picture quality is reasonable and the EXR mode successful, it's no better than its F770EXR in this department. Fujifilm needs to iron out the bugs in the system before the F-series can push forward as, for now, competitors continue to advance ahead of this model.


Top 5 point and shoot camera under $400:

  1. Pentax MX-1 Digital Camera
  2. Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Camera With Kit
  3. Nikon P7700 Digital Camera
  4. Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7K Digital Camera
  5. FUJIFILM F800EXR Digital Camera