Digital Cameras Under £200

Once you are prepared to between £150 and £200 for a digital camera you have almost full choice when it comes to buying compact models. You can choose between some of the best pocket cameras and some cameras with a tremendous amount of zoom if you need that sort of power to get in close to distant subjects.

At this price point build quality is usually very good. You should also be able to find cameras offering eye catching picture quality. Unless you are in the market for an older model all cameras are likely to be able to record High Definition movies.

At this level cameras with manual exposure control start to be more widely available. This type of digital camera is more likely to appeal to the more serious photographer who sees photography as a hobby.

Nikon Coolpix S9300

Nikon Coolpix S9300

Type: Extra Zoom

16 Megapixels 18x Zoom

Guide Price: £150.20 Rating: 86/100

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.

Fuji FinePix SL300

Fuji FinePix SL300

Type: Super Zoom

14 Megapixels 30x Zoom

Guide Price: £151.99

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.

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Olympus SP-720UZ

Olympus SP-720UZ

Type: Super Zoom

14 Megapixels 26x Zoom

Guide Price: £153.49

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.

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Panasonic DMC SZ7

Panasonic DMC SZ7

Type: Extra Zoom

14 Megapixels 10x Zoom

Guide Price: £156.79 Rating: 84/100

The Lumix DMC SZ7 is a versatile digital camera. Its zoom range caters for distant subjects, wide scenes and every type of photo opportunity in between. There is a 3 inch LCD screen, a High Definition movie mode and image stabilisation. The High Dynamic Range mode helps to bring out more detail in high contrast scenes. You can also fire off shots at up to 10 frames per second.

Canon Powershot A3400 IS

Canon Powershot A3400 IS

Type: Simple and Easy

16 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £157.30

The Powershot A3400 IS is a cheaper option when it comes to touch controlled digital cameras. Aside from touch control it operates along the lines of a fairly typical point and shoot digital camera. It has a 3 inch LCD screen, can record High Definition movies and has image stabilisation for both still images and movies.

Fuji FinePix XP150

Fuji FinePix XP150

Type: Waterproof

14 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £160.99

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.

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Olympus TG-620

Olympus TG-620

Type: Waterproof

12 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £165.00

The TG-620 is waterproof to depths of 5m, shockproof to falls of 1.5m and can continue to operate in temperatures down to -10 degrees centigrade. It has plenty of other features too. These include a 3 inch LCD screen, image stabilisation and battery charging via a USB port. There is also a 3D stills photography mode as well as being able to shoot full 1080p High Definition movies.

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Fuji FinePix SL240

Fuji FinePix SL240

Type: Super Zoom

14 Megapixels 24x Zoom

Guide Price: £166.62

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.

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Panasonic DMC LZ20

Panasonic DMC LZ20

Type: Super Zoom

16 Megapixels 21x Zoom

Guide Price: £169.99

The Lumix DMC LZ20 is designed in a similar style to a Digital SLR. It has a manual exposure mode, a 3 inch LCD screen and Image Stabilisation. It can also shoot High Definition Movies. Power is supplied by four AA batteries. For close up work this camera can focus from 2cm away from your subject.

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Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1

Type: Advanced Compact

10 Megapixels 4x Zoom

Guide Price: £174.99

The XZ-1 has plenty of advanced features. These include manual exposure controls, image stabilisation and High Definition movies. There are a number of optional extras available too. For example you can add an external flash unit, viewfinder and stereo microphone.

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Panasonic DMC FT20

Panasonic DMC FT20

Type: Waterproof

16 Megapixels 4x Zoom

Guide Price: £174.99 Rating: 81/100

Taking a look at the robust features on offer the Lumix DMC FT20 is waterproof to 5m, shockproof to falls of 1.5m and freezeproof down to -10 degrees centigrade. Aside from those features it operates as a straightforward point and shoot digital camera. It can shoot High Definition movies, has image stabilisation, a 2.7 inch LCD screen and can focus from 5cm away from your subject.

Olympus SP-820UZ

Olympus SP-820UZ

Type: Super Zoom

14 Megapixels 40x Zoom

Guide Price: £174.99

The big attraction of the Olympus SP-820UZ is the 40x zoom lens. This gives you the flexibility to photograph more or less any typical photo opportunity. Other features include a 3 inch LCD screen, a macro mode that can focus from 1cm away from your subject and the ability to shoot High Definition Movies. Power is supplied by AA batteries.

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Nikon Coolpix S1200pj

Nikon Coolpix S1200pj

Type: Ultra Compact

14 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £178.70

The stand out feature on the Coolpix S1200pj is the built in projector. As well as being able to display photos you have taken with the camera you can connect your iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch® , iPod nano® or iPod® to the Coolpix S1200pj and display images from those sources too. Aside from the projector you get standard point and shoot ease of use, image stabilisation and a 3 inch LCD screen. You can also shoot High Definition movies.

Panasonic DMC FX70

Panasonic DMC FX70

Type: Ultra Compact

14 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £179.99 Rating: 79/100

The Panasonic Lumix DMC FX70 is a 14 megapixel digital camera. It has a 3 inch touch controlled LCD screen. For zooming in there is a wide angle 5x zoom lens. You can shoot High Definition movies and image stabilisation is available too.

Canon Powershot SX600 HS

Canon Powershot SX600 HS

Type:

16 Megapixels 18x Zoom

Guide Price: £188.27

The Canon Powershot SX600 HS gives you a lot of zoom power in a relatively small body. With a wide angle lens (minimum focal length 25mm) the Powershot SX600 HS has the flexibility to help you squeeze in wide landscape shots as well as being capable of zooming in on more distant subjects.

Owing to its smaller body size this type of camera has proved to be very popular with people travelling or taking a holiday. You get the scope to capture more or less any photo opportunity without the need to carry around a big and bulky camera. It is not just holiday makers who like this type of camera though. It is a good all rounder and suits most people looking for a smaller camera with a bit more oomph than more basic models.

In addition to the flexible lens you can shoot Full High Definition (1080p) movie clips. Although the Powershot SX600HS is not necessarily a replacement for a more advanced video camera it does the job if all you are after is capturing the moment.

It has a good sized and good quality, 3 inch LCD screen gives you WiFi connectivity options too. Canon have built in image stabilisation to help you get sharp shots when you are using full zoom power or when the light starts to fade.

Panasonic DMC G3

Panasonic DMC G3

Type: Compact System Camera

16 Megapixels

Guide Price: £188.99

The Lumix DMC G3 has a 3 inch LCD screen that pulls out away from the body and also twists around. The screen is touch sensitive allowing some settings to be changed via touching the screen. It has manual exposure controls, a viewfinder and images can be stored in RAW mode. There is a High Definition movie mode. Stereo sound can be recorded to accompany your movie clips.

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Panasonic DMC TZ25

Panasonic DMC TZ25

Type: Extra Zoom

12 Megapixels 16x Zoom

Guide Price: £189.00 Rating: 82/100

The Lumix DMC TZ25 has a wide range of features. These include manual exposure controls (Fully Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority), a burst mode capable of firing off still photos at a rate of 10 frames per second and image stabilisation. It can record High Definition movies and produce 3D photos too. There is a 3 inch LCD screen and in macro mode the minimum focusing distance is 3cm.

Sony DSC WX100

Sony DSC WX100

Type: Extra Zoom

18 Megapixels 10x Zoom

Guide Price: £194.99 Rating: 81/100

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.

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Nikon Coolpix L810

Nikon Coolpix L810

Type: Super Zoom

16 Megapixels 26x Zoom

Guide Price: £196.95 Rating: 79/100

The Coolpix L810 scores highly for ease of use. Features include a 3D photography mode, plus the ability to shoot High Definition movies. There is also image stabilisation and a 3 inch LCD screen. Power is supplied by AA batteries. The 26x zoom lens also has wide angle capabilities. The Coolpix L810 is available in black, red and blue.

Nikon Coolpix S800c

Nikon Coolpix S800c

Type: Ultra Compact

16 Megapixels 10x Zoom

Guide Price: £198.89

With an Android operating system and having Wi-Fi connectivity to other smart devices the Coolpix S800c is a little different to your typical digital camera. It also has a range of more traditional digital camera features such as a 3.5 inch touch controlled screen and Full High Definition Movies with stereo sound. GPS positioning and tagging are available too.

Sony DSC TX55

Sony DSC TX55

Type: Ultra Compact

16 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £199.00 Rating: 85/100

The Cybershot DSC TX55 is one of the slimmest digital cameras around at just over 13mm wide. It is touch controlled, with a large 3.3 inch LCD screen. It can produce 3D still images as well as 3D panoramas. The Cybershot DSC TX55 is able to shoot High Definition movies and is available in red, black, silver and violet.

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Panasonic DMC FS35

Panasonic DMC FS35

Type: Extra Zoom

16 Megapixels 8x Zoom

Guide Price: £199.90 Rating: 81/100

The Lumix DMC FS35 offers some extra zoom compared to a lot of compact digital cameras. The amount of zoom available can be increased to a maximum of 18x when shooting at lower resolutions. The camera is able to capture High Definition movies and has software built in that makes it easier for you to upload photos and video clips to web sites such as Facebook and YouTube.

Fuji Finepix F770EXR

Fuji Finepix F770EXR

Type: Extra Zoom

16 Megapixels 20x Zoom

Guide Price: £199.99 Rating: 84/100

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.

Panasonic DMC FT4

Panasonic DMC FT4

Type: Waterproof

12 Megapixels 4.6x Zoom

Guide Price: £199.99

The Lumix DMC FT4 is waterproof to depths of 12m, shockproof to drops of up to 2m, dustproof and freezeproof to temperatures down to – 10 degrees centigrade. It can capture both full High Definition movies and time lapse movies. Other features include a 2.7 inch LCD screen and image stabilisation. It has GPS tracking and a built in compass.

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Canon Powershot D20

Canon Powershot D20

Type: Waterproof

12 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £199.99

The Powershot D20 is waterproof to depths of 10m, shockproof to drops of 1.5m, freezeproof to temperatures as low as – 10 degrees centigrade and dustproof. It has a 3 inch LCD screen and can record both High Definition and slow motion movies. It has GPS tracking and in macro mode can focus from 1cm away from your subject.

Canon Powershot SX510 HS

Canon Powershot SX510 HS

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12 Megapixels 30x Zoom

Guide Price: £199.99

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.