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The best point and shoot digital camera under $250 are very useful for vacations and while travelling because of their portability. Our list of such compact cameras offer ultra-zooming options up to 16x along with waterproof solutions. Fuji by far leads the pack when it comes to the best compact cameras in the market today, though there are some notable offering from Panasonic, Olympus and Canon also.

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Samsung WB800F

Samsung WB800F Digital Camera


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Samsung WB800F
Nikon P520
Sony DSC-WX80
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
Pentax X-5
Samsung WB800F Digital Camera
Nikon P520 Digital Camera
Sony DSC-WX80/B Digital Camera
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Digital Camera
Pentax X-5 Digital Camera
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Release Date
Feb 2013
Jan 2013
Jan 2013
Aug 2012
Aug 2012
Camera Type
Compact, Standard Point and Shoot
Standard Point and Shoot, Compact, SLR-like (bridge)
Compact, Standard Point and Shoot
Compact, Standard Point and Shoot
Standard Point and Shoot, SLR-like (bridge)
Optical Zoom
21.0 x
41.7 x
8.0 x
30.0 x
26.0 x
Resolution
16.0 Megapixel
18.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
BSI-CMOS
CMOS, BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CCD
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.2 in.
2.7 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
2.5 mm
7.66 mm
2.5 mm
7.66 mm
7.66 mm

  • A 21x zoom and a wealth of shooting options and wireless features make the Samsung WB800F Smart Camera a fine smartphone accessory.


  • The Samsung WB800F packs a sharp 21x zoom lens and Wi-Fi, but some issues with image and video quality prevent it from getting top marks.


  • As usual, though, the price of the Samsung WB800F is very appealing - an official tag of £249.99 / $299.99, before any shopping around, makes this camera, if not an outright bargain, then certainly cheaper than the rest of the travel-zoom crowd, especially considering the features on offer. Only you can decide if that's all worth sacrificing a little image quality for.


  • More point-and-shoot than dSLR in terms of features and performance than some competing high-end megazooms, the Nikon Coolpix P520 is a very good camera for those after a big zoom range, better control over results, and fine picture quality.


  • While it didn't fare very well in low light, we're still impressed with the Nikon P520 on the whole. Just as impressed, in fact, as we were with the earlier P510. For habitual bright-light shootersâ??the sort who spend their weekends shooting t-ball games and soccer practicesâ??the P520 is an extremely capable camera that can capture shots few other cameras in its price range can manage.


  • While the P520 continues to offer a very well rounded package, with SLR-like handling, manual exposure and focus, an eye-level viewfinder, a flexible and high-resolution LCD screen, built-in GPS and optional wi-fi, full HD movies with stereo sound, full-time AF and optical zoom, we can't help but feel a strong sense of deja vu.


  • The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80 is a compact camera that is capable of capturing sharp photos in all types of light, and also includes Wi-Fi.


  • The Sony WX80 is very small, which means that its control buttons and LCD screen are also very small. This will represent a significant drawback with this camera, as anyone with large fingers will struggle to use this camera comfortably. Still, if you don't mind the small size of this model, it's a good option versus others in its sub-$200 price point.


  • Even though it boasts an array of attractive features, a compact body, and a few impressive highlights in our performance testing, the WX80's image quality is ultimately nothing special. While the prospect of having 1080p HD video, an 8x optical zoom, and WiFi connectivity in your pocket for under $200 seems enticing, the reality isn't quite that appealing.

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    The SX500 IS is a fine addition to the PowerShot family. It's relatively cheap yet packed with some premium features, and compact yet sturdy. It's also pretty straightforward in terms of control, but features enough options to significantly manipulate your images in-camera. In general, it's a well-rounded and intuitive superzoom. The lack of a viewfinder is definitely a concern, especially given the highly reflective LCD display, so if you plan on shooting outside a lot you may want to look elsewhere.


  • If you're new to photography, you want something a bit better than the cheapest models and you want to learn the art, then the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS will give you the features, modes and zoom you need. Give this camera a go.


  • The PowerShot SX500 IS provides an unbeatable combination of massive zoom range in a compact lightweight body that, for now at least, is unmatched by anyone else. If you want a smaller camera, you'll need to make a compromise on zoom range and if you want a longer zoom range you'll be carrying a bigger, heavier camera.

    With PASM exposure modes, Creative filters, and Live Control, the SX500 IS caters for the needs of point-and-shoot casual snappers as well as more demanding photographers.


  • Looking at first glance like a fully-fledged DSLR with its pretend lens ring and hotshoe flash cover, the Pentax X-5 soon reveals itself to be something of a wolf in sheep's clothing, leaning much more to the point-and-shoot end of the compact camera spectrum. Those looking for a fully-featured bridge camera will be disappointed, but for everyone else the X-5 is still appealing, especially given its low price tag.


  • While this is a neat little package, you should be aware that there are many other premium compact cameras fulfilling a similar need and producing stronger image quality, offering faster lenses and heavier feature sets, albeit at a slightly higher price point. The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS and Panasonic Lumix FZ200, for example.


  • Pentax have created a decent bridge camera which will appeal to those who want a DSLR style camera but don't want the bulk or perhaps don't have the budget required. There aren't many cameras available with this amount of optical zoom for less than £200, so you'd expect there to be a sacrifice made somewhere. There is with image quality, but it's not much of one.