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 SH-21 has a wide angle lens, can shoot Full 1080p High Definition movies and can produce 3D stills photographs. Olympus have equipped the camera with image stabilisation, plus a mode for increasing the detail showing in the darkest and lightest areas of your shots. The LCD screen is 3 inches in size and the battery can be charged via a USB terminal.
The SP-620UZ gives you plenty of scope for zooming in on distant subjects. The wide angle lens means that wider scenes can be squeezed into your photos too. Olympus have equipped the SP-620UZ with image stabilisation and it can shoot High Definition movies. There is a feature to create 3D still shots.
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 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 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 Finepix F660EXR has a wide range of features. As well as the more obvious zoom power the camera has a 24mm, wide angle lens. You get access to manual exposure controls as well as Full High Definition movies with stereo sound. Other features include image stabilisation and slow motion movies. You can also shoot 360 degree motion panoramas.
The Finepix SL240 offers wide angle photography options as well as the more obvious telephoto ones. Features include a set of manual exposure controls as well as image stabilisation, a hot shoe, image stabilisation and High Definition movies. For composing photos you have the choice of using a 3 inch LCD screen or an electronic viewfinder. There is a macro mode that is capable of focusing from 2cm away from your subject.
The Powershot A3300 IS is a sensibly priced compact camera. It offers enough features to be classed as a clear step up from the very basic models. Attractions include image stabilisation, High Definition movies and a macro mode that can focus from 3cm away from the subject.
The Finepix F600EXR offers a great combination of plenty of features in a compact body size. It has a 15x wide angle, zoom lens, manual exposure controls, image stabilisation and a 3 inch LCD screen. It can shoot image stabilisation and has a high speed shooting mode that can capture up to 8 frames per second. GPS tracking is available and you can store your images in RAW format. There is also a motion panorama mode for capturing 360 degree panoramas.
The Coolpix S6400 offers a fair amount of zoom power considering the small size of the camera. Another big attraction is likely to be the touch controlled, 3 inch LCD screen. The Coolpix S6400 can shoot Full High Definition Movies and record stereo sound to accompany them. In addition you can create 180 degree and 360 degree panoramic shots.
The SH-25MR is capable of taking still photos while shooting a video. It can also take both wide scene and close up still shots at the same time. Other features include GPS tracking and Full 1080p High Definition movies. As well as being available for still photos image stabilisation is also available for movies. The battery can be charged via a USB port and you can create 3D still photos.
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 Finepix F770EXR has an impressive range of features. They are all packed into a relatively small body size. Features include a wide angle lens, High Definition movies with stereo sound, image stabilisation and GPS. For more control over picture taking there are manual exposure settings. There is also a RAW mode. If you are looking for something different you can try the 360 degree motion panorama.
Aside from its obvious ability to zoom in on distant subjects the SP-720UZ is able to squeeze in wide scenes and can focus from 1cm away from your subject in macro mode. There is a burst mode that can reel off up to 6 shots at a rate of 5 frames per second. You can shoot High Definition movies and there is a 3D still photo feature. The LCD screen is 3 inches in size.
The Finepix XP50 is waterproof to depths of 5m and can continue to work in temperatures as low as -10 degrees centigrade. The Finepix XP50 can also cope with falls of up to 1.5m. Other features include High Definition movies, motion panoramas and a 2.7 inch LCD screen and image stabilisation.
The Cybershot DSC WX100 packs a lot into its small body. As well as the powerful lens it can take 3D still shots and capture Full High Definition Movies. For capturing action there is a high speed burst mode that can take up to 10 frames per second. Image Stabilisation is available for still shots and movies. If you are new to photography there is an Easy Shooting Mode to help get you started.
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.
The Coolpix S9300 packs a great range of features into its relatively small body. Features include Full High Definition movies with stereo sound, a high resolution, 3 inch LCD screen and GPS tracking. It also has the ability to create 180 and 360 degree panoramas. You can fire off shots at a rate of up to 7 frames per second and image stabilisation has been built in too.
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 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.