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For a budget under $200, you will get the right value for money from some of the best Point and Shoot digital cameras. Look for reasonable zoom (even up to 10x or 12x), good resolution (14+ megapixel) and ease of use. Competition is thriving, and cheaper need not mean that you forgo essential features like good low-light performance and quick response time. With the intelligent use of certain optical elements like CMOS sensor, your Point and Shoot can get you excellent image quality in a range of conditions and offer even full 1080p HD video if you need, besides giving you quick shot-to-shot times and rapid autofocus.

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Sony DSC-WX80

Sony DSC-WX80/B Digital Camera


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Canon PowerShot SX160 IS
FUJIFILM FinePix XP55
Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS
Canon PowerShot IXUS 500 HS / ELPH 520 HS Light Field
Sony DSC-WX80/B Digital Camera
Canon SX160 IS Digital Camera
FUJIFILM XP55 Digital Camera
Canon Powershot ELPH 320 HS Digital Camera
Canon PowerShot IXUS 500 HS / ELPH 520 HS Light Field Camera
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Jan 2013
Aug 2012
Jul 2012
Apr 2012
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Camera Type
Compact, Standard Point and Shoot
Compact, Standard Point and Shoot
Standard Point and Shoot
Compact, Standard Point and Shoot
Ultra-Compact,Standard Point and Shoot
Optical Zoom
8.0 x
16.0 x
5.0 x
5.0 x
12.0 x
Resolution
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
14.4 Megapixel
16.8 Megapixel
10.1 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
BSI-CMOS
CCD
CMOS
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
2.7 in.
3.0 in.
2.7 in.
3.2 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
2.5 mm
7.66 mm
7.66 mm
6.0 mm

  • 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.


  • The Canon PowerShot SX160 IS is a good, inexpensive travel-zoom option for those wanting more control over results or who are just getting into photography and don't want to empty their wallets.


  • The Canon PowerShot SX160 is a low cost, big zoom point and shooter that will have an option or mode for pretty much anything that a photographer can throw at it. We say photographer because with the manual controls, that's exactly what you become. If you've ever thought about getting into photography but don't have the money or are unsure if you'll enjoy it, a camera like this is perfect because it offers the possibility to advance your knowledge without a massive outlay.


  • The Canon PowerShot SX160 IS has a decent spec considering its slender price tag, and it performs reasonably well for the money too.

    But don't expect too much: the LCD screen's viewing angle is poor, we're not fans of the AA batteries, and the pictures are soft and underwhelming.

    But if money is the dominant factor and you're seeking a wide-ranging zoom compact camera then the SX160 IS has enough points for it to be a serious consideration.


  • The Canon PowerShot Elph 320 HS is a small shooter with a large touch-screen LCD and Wi-Fi. Its lens is sharp, but only covers a 5x zoom range, and the practicality of the touch screen is questionable.


  • The Canon IXUS 240 HS is an unassuming yet technologically advanced compact camera that hides a lot of features under its typically IXUS-like rectangular exterior. The touchscreen interface isn't the best that we've ever used, but the new wi-fi connectivity options make it easy to share your photos and the IXUS 240 HS certainly delivers much better quality than the average smartphone.

    The IXUS 240 HS ticks the boxes for anyone wanting a good-looking, slim, metal-bodied compact that packs in all the essentials.


  • No, this camera will never replace my DSLR, and I will not get rid of my smart phone. This camera is designed for those casual photographers who don't want to determine the settings for every image. It is designed for those that enjoy having fun with their images and like editing them in-camera. It is designed for those people who want a point and shoot that can handle itself in a multitude of situations with grace and speed. It is designed for those that crave more zoom than their smart phone could ever give them.


  • The Canon PowerShot Elph 520 HS is a good choice for those already happy with their smartphone's photos and movie clips, but looking for a cute little camera with a long zoom and faster performance.


  • The Canon PowerShot Elph 520 HS packs a 12x zoom lens into a very compact body that's sure to turn heads. But this pretty camera is hampered by a tiny sensor that produces noisy images at middle to high ISO settings.


  • The Canon IXUS 500 HS is a good attempt to marry the classic styling of the IXUS range with a big zoom lens, but the tiny controls, poor battery life, so-so image quality at high ISO speeds and the eye-watering price-tag detract somewhat from its overall appeal.