Updated on 2 August 2013 by

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
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
Average Rating
 4.0 stars
 4.1 stars
 3.9 stars
 3.8 stars
 3.9 stars