Great Compact point & shoot for the money, battery is a non- issue
The feel and user friendliness of this camera is outstanding. The controls are simple, the instructions (PDF on-line only) are clear and easy to follow, and the image quality is great. You are not going to shoot that perfect close-up shot of a running back diving across the goal line with this camera, but for every day snapshots it offers a nice, cost effective solution to carry in your pocket every day.
It's not a DLSR.
Excellent image quality for this class of cameras
Canon Powershot SX170 IS clearly qualifies as a "best buy" for budget conscious shutterbugs who want a lot of bang for their camera buck. The SX170 IS would be an almost ideal choice for a first digital camera, an excellent choice as a primary family camera, and a very good choice for travelers who want an inexpensive, feature rich, dependable, and relatively inexpensive P&S digicam that is capable of producing consistently excellent images.
Build and performance is acceptable given its asking price
The Canon PowerShot SX170 IS - build and performance is acceptable given its asking price, so those who have little to spend will find equally little to complain about. Though picture quality is a little so-so for our tastes, at least the camera looks good and feels good in the palm, which at this currently contracting budget end of the market actually counts for quite a lot.
Full manual mode, Lithium ion battery, Easy to use
If you're looking for a point and shoot capable of a little extra then the SX170 will probably tick all of your boxes and more. There's very little counting against this camera - a little bit of extra tech like Wi-Fi capabilities or full HD shooting would be nice but it certainly performs well without enough without them. Easy to use, good value for money and rugged enough to survive life's knocks and bumps - the SX170 consistently and happily comes out on top.
Good battery life, Decent image quality
The Canon PowerShot SX170 IS is an ideal camera for those who want a cheapish camera which is pocketable, yet packs a little more zoom. It's easy to use and there are a range of filters for creative photography, so will appeal to those who like to upload shots to sites such as Facebook.
Extremely small camera, Metal body, Plenty of built-in memory
The Nikon Coolpix S02 is designed to be used when out with friends etc. It's small enough to carry around in your pocket or bag and you'd barely even know it was there. Smart phone users aren't likely to see much of an appeal though as you can't upload to the web straight away - if there was built-in Wi-Fi then it would be a fantastic camera for those who want to upload their pictures onto Facebook before they get home. The camera is made of metal, looks stylish and comes in a number of colours.
Flash is intelligent and does supplement ambient light
So if you're looking for a camera that will be good for a gap year around India, then it would be best to look elsewhere. But, if you want a small, pocketable, good looking camera with a few tricks up its sleeve, then take a look at the Canon PowerShot A3500 IS.
Built-in Wi-fi, and GPS via a smartphone
The PowerShot A3500 IS is one of the more compelling options in the Canon's 2013 compact range. The decision to fit entry level IXUS / ELPH models with the same 16 Megapixel CCD sensor and Digic 4 processor means that there's less of a gap than ever between high end PowerShot A models and lower end IXUS / ELPH ones.
Good value for money, Built-in Wi-Fi
The Canon PowerShot A3500 IS represents excellent value for money if you want a camera with Wi-Fi. Without Wi-Fi, the feature set is that of an entry-level camera, usually priced around or just under the £100 mark. The image quality also reflects the price level but the pictures are ideal for those who prefer to share on the web. Battery life is low, but otherwise the A3500 IS has a stylish, well designed metal body and is available in black, silver and red.
Cheap and cheerful waterproof camera
The Nikon Coolpix S31 is a great little camera for anyone that hasn't got the slightest clue about what photographic terms such as ISO means, or even cares about what it means. This is a camera that will work for you. It will determine the best shot and all you have to do is point it at something. You can zoom as well if you want to. The zoom is restricted to the size of the tube that the lens resides in.
Good value for money, Good macro performance
The Nikon Coolpix S31 is subtle improvement on the S30 and is one of the cheapest waterproof cameras on the market, so it's ideal for the kids. It's easy to use and image quality is fairly decent, with good colour reproduction meaning they'll look great when shared on Facebook.
Image quality is great
We had a great time using the Nikon Coolpix L320 during the test. The screen makes the pictures look great on the back which doesn't necessarily mean that they're going to look good at home, but they do from the L320. If you're a travelling photographer that needs a high zoom all-rounder, but you don't have the money to get a high spec model, then the L320 should suit your needs perfectly.
Decent amount of zoom
The Nikon Coolpix L320 is a decent enough camera if you want a model with plenty of optical zoom but have a limited budget. There is some issues with images being blurry in the corners, our review sample had even more blur in the top left hand corner. If you mainly share your images on the web then the quality shouldn't be an issue, particularly as colour reproduction is good.
Very reasonable $300 price for a generous feature set
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.
Compact lightweight body
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.
Compact design despite large zoom
The Canon PowerShot SX500 IS is undoubtedly an interesting proposition. Part superzoom and part ultracompact, Canon has managed to engineer a small camera that comes with a powerful 30x optical zoom on the front. Of course, in order to do this Canon has had to make a few compromises; there's no viewfinder for starters, and physical controls have been scaled back to the bare minimum too.
Compact size, Good colour, Manual controls
The compact size and ease of use makes the Canon Powershot SX500 IS appealling although the slow shot to shot times and slow continuous shooting may put some people off, particularly if you want to capture high speed action such as sports. The extremely close focusing distance certainly impressed us, although with the subject so close to the lens, lighting does become an issue.
Big lens, small body
On paper the PowerShot SX500 IS sounds very promising. It's well priced and has that significant 24-720mm equivalent lens with excellent image stabilisation technology too.
Design and operation meet the mark for sure, but the lens and image quality fall short, particularly for a camera such as this.
The PowerShot SX500 IS from Canon is a model that should definitely be on your short list if you're looking for an ultra zoom camera for the upcoming holiday season. Few fixed-lens cameras can match the 30X optical zoom lens that Canon has included with the SX500 IS. Canon included 16MP of resolution, a 3.0-inch LCD, and 720p HD video options with the SX500 IS.
Long zoom, Low price
You get a great lens at a fair price with the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS, but colour fringing on sharp contrasts and noise in images shot at fairly conservative sensitivities disappoint. So long as you don't want to enlarge your images hugely or crop them tightly, you might overlook this and enjoy the versatility of its long zoom and ample resolution.
Practical to handle, clear interface
The Canon PowerShot SX500 IS is a sort of mini-bridge camera that packs a 30x zoom into a low-cost body. While the lens is OK quality, cost-saving cuts tarnish the final package - this camera can be frustratingly slow and is incapable of correcting chromatic aberration, for example. It also struggles a bit in low light and the video mode could be better.
Even at lower image sizes the pictures you take are sharp and have good depth
The Canon PowerShot SX500-IS is another in the range from Canon, this one on a cursory glance could be confused with a small DSLR unit, it is however a digital unit with excellent zoom as well as other features making it almost a bridge unit.
Good point-and-shoot entry level camera
Sure this is not the best camera in the world. I definitely knew it when I bought the camera. BUT, I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of pictures I shot.
If you're like me (not a pro) and looking for a budget point-and-shoot camera taking family photos and events, mostly shoot in daylight or good lighting, I'd definitely recommend it, taking into account its price tag of $99 - just about right.
Eco mode extends battery life, Low price
The PowerShot A2600 is the mid-range option Canon's 2013 compact range. The rationalisation of the Powershot A range around the same sensor, processor and, for the most part, the same 5x zoom lens means they all effectively deliver the same image quality and performance and it's features like stabilisation, Wifi and screen size that set them apart.
The only point and shot pocket camera with a viewfinder
Being able to use the view finder and turning off the back screen saves batteries. If you do need to change batteries this camera uses standard AAs that are available everywhere. The 5x zoom is great and more adaptable than a phone or tablet camera. The size of the camera is great. Fits in a pocket with ease.
Extremely thin and lightweight camera
There aren't a lot of above average or advanced features found in the Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS camera, but that may be a good thing. After all, Canon is aiming this model at beginning photographers looking for a good value in a basic camera, and by keeping the advanced features to a minimum, Canon is able to offer this latest ELPH version in the sub-$200 price point.
Compact, lightweight and stylish
The IXUS 140 / ELPH 130 IS is one of three basic IXUS / ELPH models in the bottom half of the range. Until 2013, the entire IXUS / ELPH range carried the HS suffix and all had CMOS sensors paired with the Digic 5 processor. That meant that even the lowliest IXUS / ELPH model shared similar characteristics with the flagship model, but now the picture is very different with Canon deploying an older 16 Megapixel CCD sensor and Digic 4 processor in many of the more affordable 2013 IXUS / ELPHs.
Small and sleek design, Fast autofocus
Although the Canon IXUS 140 is a perfectly adequate camera in most situations, the same can said of many high-end smartphone cameras.
If you're going to allocate precious pocket or bag space for a dedicated camera, then it must take much cleaner shots after dark, even at this price point.
Unfortunately for the Canon IXUS 140, other similarly-specced cameras - including its own sibling the Canon IXUS 125 HS - just work better in a greater range of scenarios.
Very easy to use camera, including on-screen explanations
Still, if you like the idea of owning a Canon camera, you want built-in Wi-Fi, and you like the rectangular look of the ELPH family of cameras, this easy-to-use model will provide adequate performance for beginning photographers. It also will be a better value if you can find it closer to the $150 or $125 price points, rather than the $200 suggested price.
Subpar low-light quality
We know there are still many people who don't own smartphones, or, if they do, they prefer to use two devices. If you fall into either of these two categories and you're looking for something like the 130 IS, there is a stronger option that we haven't mentioned, and that's Canon's ELPH 330 HS. We gave the 330 HS some harsh criticism, but for only $30 more, it's actually a far better camera than the 130 IS. You get a longer zoom, Wi-Fi, and better sensor and image processor.
Inexpensive and easy to use
This camera is really user friendly. It doesn't have the advanced features of some cameras, like manually adjusting the aperture, but it has many features and the exposure can be adjusted manually. I really like this camera and am very happy with my purchase. It is compact in size, but seems sturdy, like it could get accidentally dropped and not break in to a million pieces.
Manual white-balance control
There's been a few cameras come out recently for about half the price of the L28 but with roughly the same features. This could cause problems for Nikon because people will look at price before the features. If the differences are minimal, another camera at half the price will be tempting. Still, the Nikon Coolpix L28 is a decent little camera for everyday happy snapping, so if that's what you're after, give it a go.
Good colour reproduction
If you are on a low budget, or are buying a child their first camera, the L28 is ideal. Despite the 20 megapixel sensor, images produced aren't ideal for large prints, but should look great when shared on Facebook thanks to the camera's good colour reproduction. It uses AA batteries which means you don't have to worry about charging the camera, with replacement batteries easy to find.
Photo quality of the L28 is just about average
The Nikon Coolpix L28 is priced at Rs 5,950 (MRP) and you get batteries, charger, 4GB memory card and a pouch. The price may sound attractive for a 20 megapixel camera, but it isn't. We suggest you stay away from this camera and look somewhere else. You may want to have a look at the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710 or Canon PowerShot A2500, which are priced almost the same.
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