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 Powershot A2400 IS is a standard point and shoot digital camera. It has a wide angle lens and Canon have built in image stabilisation. You are able to shoot High Definition movies. The LCD screen is 2.7 inches in size and for close up shots the macro mode is able to focus from 3cm away from your subject.
The SZ-14 has a wide angle lens for capturing wide scenes in addition to its more obviously ability to zoom in on distant subjects. It is capable of shooting High Definition movies and can create 3D still photos. The LCD screen is 3 inches in size and the battery can be charged by attaching the camera to a USB port. Image stabilisation is available for both still photos and video recordings.
The Coolpix S3300 is a relatively straightforward, pocket sized digital camera. Features include a wide angle lens, the ability to shoot High Definition movies and a 2.7 inch LCD screen. Nikon have equipped this camera with image stabilisation. For your close up shots the Coolpix S3300 is able to focus from 5cm away from your subject.
The Canon Powershot S200 is a great choice for anyone looking for a wide range of features in a pocket sized digital camera.
The Powershot S200 has 10 megapixels and a 5x optical zoom lens. The lens has two specific features that can help you to take better photos. The first is the 24mm minimum focal length of the lens. This enables you to squeeze wide scenes into your shots. You will really appreciate this if you plan to take a lot of landscape shots or you plan to photograph groups of people.
The other impressive lens feature is the maximum f/2 aperture. This allows more light into the camera than most lenses do. The advantage of this is that you can produce sharper photos when the light is not so good. For example, at dusk or when you are taking photos indoors.
Canon have built intelligent IS into the Powershot S200. This also helps to keep your photos pin sharp. The addition of Wi-Fi makes it easy for you to share your photos to your smart phone or tablet.
Other features include HD Movies, a 3 inch, high quality LCD screen and a range of manual and semi-automatic exposure features. A lens control ring gives you easy access to setting aperture, shutter speed and focusing.
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 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 Canon IXUS 150 is a very straightforward, pocket sized digital camera. It has 16 megapixels and an 8x zoom lens.
There are a lot of very similar cameras around, so why would you buy the IXUS 150 ahead of other models? A couple of reasons that stand out are the build quality and picture quality. It also has an extra touch of style compared with other similar digital cameras. Although you can find cheaper pocket cameras the IXUS 150 offers fair value for money.
As mentioned above this camera is easy to use. You can use it in fully automatic mode where all you need to do is line up your shot and press the shutter button.
The 8x zoom lens gives you flexibility to zoom in on subjects while also being able to squeeze in wider scenes. If you need to boost the amount of zoom available you can activate Canon’s Zoom Plus feature to take the amount of zoom available up to 16x.
For shooting movie clips there is a High Definition Movie mode (720p). You also get a standard set of features for this type of camera. These include image stabilisation to help you produce sharp shots and white balance options if you want to fine tune the colours in your photos.
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 T400 is a point and shoot digital camera with some extra zoom power. It has 10x zoom, a wide angle lens, a macro mode capable of capturing shots from 3cm away from your subject and image stabilisation. The LCD screen is 3 inches in size. It also has a smile shutter and a blink warning. It is available black, blue, pink, purple and silver.
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 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 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 Canon Powershot D30 is a tough, rugged digital camera for use in challenging conditions. It can operate underwater in depths as low as 25m. It can cope with freezing ski slopes with temperatures down to -10 degrees centigrade. In addition, it is dustproof. This makes it a good choice for use on a beach or in a desert.
As well as being waterproof this camera has a special underwater mode. An underwater macro mode is available too. All in all, this camera is ideal if you are looking for a simple, point and shoot camera for scuba diving or use in and around the pool.
The Powershot D30 can survive the rough and tumble of the outdoor life as it can survive drops of up to 2m.
If you are the adventurous type and like to travel, Canon have equipped the Powershot D30 with GPS technology. This logs exactly where you were in the world when a picture was taken.
More standard features include 12 megapixels and a 5x zoom lens. The lens has a wide angle of view, for squeezing in wider scenes. Intelligent IS helps you to get pin sharp photos in difficult shooting conditions. It has a 3 inch LCD screen and can shoot Full High Definition 1080p Movies.
The Coolpix S01 is one of the smallest digital cameras you can find. The body is made of stainless steel. Features include a 2.5 inch LCD screen and a macro mode that can focus from 5cm away from your subject. The LCD screen gives you touch control. The Coolpix S01 can shoot High Definition Movies.
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 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 Cybershot DSC W610 is a straightforward, pocket sized digital camera. It has a basic set of features. These include a wide angle lens, a 2.7 inch LCD screen and a macro mode that allows you to focus from 4cm away from your subject for close up shots. A sweep panorama mode is available too. This can produce 360 degree panoramic shots.
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 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 Canon IXUS 155 is a simple point and shoot digital camera. At a shade under 24mm wide it will slip into more or less any pocket. It is priced at the cheaper end of the market and is a good choice for anyone looking for a basic pocket camera with an extra touch of style.
In addition to the lower price, pocket size and stylish looks, the other big attraction of the IXUS 155 is its ease of use. This is a simple point and shoot digital camera that makes all the tricky exposure decisions for you. All you need to do is point the camera at your subject and click the shutter button.
What I like most about cameras in the Canon IXUS range is that they feel well made and give the impression of better build quality that some of their rivals.
Key features include 20 megapixels, a 10x zoom lens and the ability to shoot High Definition Movies. The IXUS 155 has a Zoom Plus feature that can boost zoom up to 20x. This is a very handy feature when you find you cannot get in quite close enough to take the picture you want. The ultra wide lens is a big help when you are trying to squeeze in panoramic landscapes or take a shot of a group of friends.
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 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 Canon IXUS 265 HS is only 23mm wide and will slip easily into more or less any pocket. Compared with other, similar sized digital cameras it has a few extra features that help to justify a price tag that is higher than more basic point and shoot models.
Despite the extra features, the IXUS 265 HS remains easy to use. All you need to do to take a picture is line up your shot and press the shutter button.
The extra features include extra zoom power (12x), Wi-Fi and NFC for easy connectivity and photo sharing, as well as Full High Definition Movies (1080p). GPS tagging is available too, although you will need a compatible Smart Phone for this.
If from time to time you need some extra zoom power, Canon have equipped the IXUS 265 HS with a feature they call Zoom Plus. This doubles the amount of zoom available to 24x.
Another plus point is the stylish look of the camera. In the hand it also gives the impression of a touch of extra build quality. You have a choice of colours, with silver, black, pink and purple versions available.
For composing your pictures there is a high quality, 3 inch LCD screen.