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The best ultra-compact digital cameras under $200 are the thin and light weight cameras suitable for point and shoot photography. These cameras support recording of 720p videos compatible for YouTube uploading.Some of the best ultra-compact digital cameras under $200 price range come from brands like Panasonic, Casio and Sony under the Lumix, Exilim and Cybershot product lines.

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Canon PowerShot IXUS 500 HS / ELPH 520 HS Light Field
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20
Samsung PL120
Samsung DualView ST700
Panasonic lumix DMC-FP3
Canon PowerShot IXUS 500 HS / ELPH 520 HS Light Field Camera
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 Light Field Camera
Samsung PL120 Digital Camera
Samsung DualView ST700 Digital Camera
Panasonic lumix FP3 Digital Camera
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Release Date
Feb 2012
Feb 2012
Jan 2011
Jan 2011
Mar 2010
Camera Type
Ultra-Compact,Standard Point and Shoot
Light Field Camera, Ultra-Compact
Ultra-Compact,Standard Point and Shoot
Ultra-Compact,Standard Point and Shoot
Ultra-Compact,Standard Point and Shoot
Optical Zoom
12.0 x
4.0 x
5.0 x
5.0 x
4.0 x
Resolution
10.1 Megapixel
16.2 Megapixel
14.2 Megapixel
16.1 Megapixel
14.5 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
CMOS
CCD
CCD
CCD
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
2.7 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
6.0 mm
7.7 mm

  • 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.


  • The rugged camera that doesn't look rugged, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 is a nice option for people wanting an ultracompact for days by the pool and nights on the town.


  • The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 is gorgeous on the outside thanks to a slick and slim design and a sharp rear touch-screen LCD. This rugged pocket camera is waterproof to 16 feet, but its image quality is very disappointing.


  • We can't call the Sony TX20 a plainly bad camera. We scored some fairly attractive shots, particularly when taking advantage of the fast burst mode. Plus, the idea of a moderately rugged camera inside a chic body is a lead that other manufacturers should follow. Yet, what else can we really say about a camera that makes no improvement on its predecessor? The only reason to buy a TX20 is because the TX10 is no longer widely available. It's insulting to the consumer base (bigger numbers are better, right?)

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    The front-facing LCD found on the Samsung PL120 indicatesâ?? at least to usâ?? that this is a camera intended for the most casual of casual users, whose most common framing is the cheek-to-cheek B.F.F. self-portrait, bound for Facebook and tagging and commenting and maybe even some scrapbooking at the end of the semester. Yet the performance is nothing to sneeze at. While the PL120 didnâ?? t shock us with amazing score spikes, this Samsung posted solid results consistently.


  • The Samsung PL120 is a camera that can be taken out and about and if it gets damaged then because of the reasonable price it doesn't matter as much. The simple design, while not breaking any new ground, won't make you ashamed to take it out in a crowd. If you're one of these people then you need to take a look at the Samsung PL120.


  • The Samsung PL120 is a camera that can be used by all the family from novice younger users, networking teenagers and proud parents to technophobic grandparents alike. The only problem we can foresee is with people who have larger hands. They probably won't get on with the tiny format or cluttered back. There are a lot of pros to outweigh the cons though.

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    Samsung seems to have the Dual View market cornered. These unique models offer a great deal of appeal with features that fit the needs of a wide variety of users; especially for the younger masses. Overall, we enjoyed using the ST700. This model offers competitive image quality and shooting performance, loads of fun exposure modes and filters, along with a competitive price tag of $279 USD or less.


  • The latest dual-screen camera from Samsung offers plenty of bang for your buck, apart from its lackluster touchscreen.


  • The latest dual-screen camera from Samsung offers plenty of bang for your buck, apart from its lacklustre touchscreen.


  • A basic ultracompact point-and-shoot with a touch screen, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3 can outshoot the average camera phone.


  • And yet, with Panasonic suggesting a sales price of £179 at the time of writing, and given that for the relatively modest outlay you're getting a solidly built camera that marries 14 megapixels to a 4x optical zoom within a body depth of just 18.6mm, this camera feels very fair value indeed.

    The FP3 features a build quality that trumps others in its price bracket, and a feature set that, given this is an unassuming snapshot model in all other respects, is again impressive for the cost.


  • - All the pictures I took with the Lumix DMC FP3 are sharp, colourful and bright.
    - The screens are very clear and the areas you press to change settings are a good size.
    - I am very happy with the quality of my outdoor test shots.
    - All three of my portrait shots look good.
    - This camera is very well priced and is an excellent option if you are looking for touch control and value for money. 14 megapixels. 4x optical zoom lens.


Top 5 ultra-compact digital camera under $200:

  1. Canon PowerShot IXUS 500 HS / ELPH 520 HS Light Field Camera
  2. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 Light Field Camera
  3. Samsung PL120 Digital Camera
  4. Samsung DualView ST700 Digital Camera
  5. Panasonic lumix FP3 Digital Camera