In the digital cameras priced between £100 and £150 bracket you start to see a lot of choice in the cameras available. It includes some pocket cameras that offer that bit better all round quality than the cheaper models both in terms of picture and build quality. You can also buy robust models that are waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof. So you have a lot more choice in this bracket than with cheaper models. There are touch screen models and you should be able to find cameras with some extra zoom too.
The biggest difference when you pay a little extra comes when you use a digital camera in tougher conditions such as lowlight. Not every digital camera in this price range will give you great quality, but if you look around you should find a bit of extra class.
In this price bracket you will also find one or two models that are still available, but have been around for a while. This means they may not have all the latest features, but don't have that much missing and are available at a very reasonable price.
The Finepix S4200 is one of the cheaper digital cameras to offer this much zoom power. As well as the flexibility offered by the lens, attractions include a set of manual exposure controls, a 3 inch LCD screen and an electronic viewfinder. Fuji have built in image stabilisation for sharper shots and there is also a super macro mode capable of focusing from 2cm away from your subject.
The VH-410 is one of the cheaper touch controlled digital cameras. In terms of features it is a fairly basic camera. This helps to keep everything simple. Features include a 3 inch LCD screen, High Definition Movies and Image Stabilisation. The battery can be charged by connecting the camera to a computer USB port.
The Lumix DMC FS40 has a 2.7 inch LCD screen and is able to focus from 5cm away from your subject in macro mode. Key features include a wide angle lens, High Definition movies and image stabilisation. Panasonic provide software that makes it easy for you to upload your photos and movie clips to sites such as Facebook and YouTube.
The Lumix DMC SZ1 offers you plenty of scope for capturing a wide range of photo opportunities. It is a very compact size and is also easy to use. Features include High Definition movies, image stabilisation and a 3 inch LCD screen. For close up shots it is able to focus from 5cm away from your subject.
The Canon Powershot SX700 HS is described as an ultra compact digital camera. Be aware that despite this description the Powershot SX700 HS is not a small, sleek pocket camera. The description comes from the fact that Canon have packed a 30x zoom lens into this camera, as well as a range of more advanced features.
Therefore this camera is a very good choice if you are looking for plenty of power, but do not want to carry around a much large Digital SLR type camera or one of the larger, fully featured digital cameras.
The 30x zoom gives you the flexibility to capture more or less any photo opportunity. Even more zoom is available if you need it as Canon have equipped the Powershot SX700 HS with a feature called Zoom Plus. This can double the zoom power of the camera to give you 60x zoom. In addition to being able to zoom in on distant subjects you can also zoom all the way out when you want to capture panoramic landscapes or groups of family and friends.
Other features include a 3 inch LCD screen, the ability to capture Full High Definition Movies (1080p) and WiFi for easier image sharing. The Powershot SX700 HS is also capable of GPS tagging when used together with a compatible Smart Phone.
The Coolpix L610 is an easy to use digital camera offering a fair amount of zoom power. It can also produce Full High Definition Movies with stereo sound. Another feature worth mentioning is the panoramic mode Nikon have built in. This gives you the ability to create 180 degree and 360 degree panoramas. Power is supplied by AA batteries.
The Finepix S2980 has a set of manual exposure controls including shutter priority and aperture priority. It is capable of shooting High Definition Movies. For close up shots there is a super macro mode that can focus from 2cm away from your subject. It has a 3 inch LCD screen, plus the option of using and electronic viewfinder for framing your photos. Power comes from a set of AA batteries.
The Fuji Finepix XP150 is a robust digital camera. It can operate underwater to depths of 10m. It can survive 2m drops and can also cope with temperatures as low as -10 degrees. It also has special seals to keep out sand and dust and a rubberised coating. Other features include GPS tracking, Full 1080p High Definition movies, a 2.7 inch LCD screen and image stabilisation.
The TG-320 is waterproof to depths of 3m, shockproof to drops of 1.5m and freezeproof down to temperatures of -10 degrees centigrade. It has a 2.7 inch LCD screen, image stabilisation and can shoot High Definition movies. Other features include the ability to recharge the battery via a USB port and compatibility with Wi-Fi memory cards.
The Canon Powershot SX510 HS is packed with plenty of features. As well as having a wide range of manual controls the big attraction of this model is its 30x zoom lens. This type of lens gives you a great deal of flexibility. As well as being able to zoom in on distant subjects it is also equally at home when you are taking panoramic landscape shots or photographing groups of people.
Its feature set makes the Powershot SX510 HS a good choice if you see photography as a hobby. In many ways it is similar to a Digital SLR, but with the convenience of not having to worry about changing lenses for different types of shots.
If from time to time you find 30x zoom is not enough, Canon have equipped the Powershot SX510 HS with a feature called Zoom Plus. This increases the amount of zoom available to 60x, giving you one of the most powerful cameras around.
When you are looking for creative control, manual features include shutter priority, aperture priority and fully manual exposure. There are also extra white balance options for colour control, compared to more basic digital cameras.
Other features include a 3 inch LCD screen, the ability to GPS tag photos, Full High Definition Movies (1080p) and Wi-fi connectivity to make sharing your photos easy.
The Finepix Z1000EXR is a slimline digital camera that offers you Touchscreen control. It also has a Wireless Image Transfer function that is compatible with some smartphones and tablets for wireless upload to the Internet. Other features include High Definition movies, a 3.5 inch LCD screen and functions to enhance the way your portrait photos look.
The Coolpix S8200 is a powerful compact digital camera. It has plenty of zoom power with a 14x zoom lens. It is capable of shooting High Definition movies and has a 1cm macro mode for close up photography. Other features include the ability to photograph action at up to 5 frames per second. It also has a high definition, 3 inch LCD screen and image stabilisation.
The Coolpix S6300 is a relatively small camera considering the amount of zoom on offer. Key features include a 2.7 inch LCD screen, High Definition movies with stereo sound and 3D photography. You can also create 180 degree and 360 degree panoramic images. Nikon have also built image stabilisation into the Coolpix S6300.
The Lumix DMC FX90 has a couple of features that are not readily available on all digital cameras. These are the ability to send images to a computer using Wi-Fi and the ability to shoot 3D still images. In addition you change settings and controls using a 3 inch touch sensitive LCD screen. The 5x zoom lens has wide angle capabilities and includes a feature that gives you access to up to 9.8x zoom if you reduce the number of megapixels you are shooting at. For movies there is a High Definition movie mode.
The Cybershot DSC WX50 has plenty of features to get your teeth into. These include 3D photography, High Definition movies, sweep panoramas and a 2.7 inch LCD screen. There is a high speed burst mode capable of taking shots at a rate of 10 frames per second. In addition there is a feature that throws the background of your shots out of focus to highlight your main subject.
The Lumix DMC SZ5 is one of the first digital cameras to offer compatibility with smartphones. This camera can be controlled using a smartphone to set focus, zoom in and take a picture. It also has Wi-Fi connectivity. This allows the camera to be wirelessly connected to smartphones, computers and televisions. More standard features include a 3 inch LCD screen, High Definition Movies, a 5cm macro mode and Image Stabilisation.