Digital Cameras Under £300
If you have up to £300 to spend on a digital camera then you have a wide range of cameras to choose from. Once you step above the £200 mark you start to get access to top class picture quality as well as a wide range of features.
At this level digital cameras are aimed at people who see photography as a hobby. There are cameras with extreme length lenses as well advanced manual controls. Features such as GPS tagging - so that you know where you were in the world when you took a picture - are available on a small number of models.
You also have access to the best touch screen controlled models. All cameras are likely to offer High Definition movie recording and some will additionally offer the ability to record sound in stereo.
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Canon Powershot SX500 IS
Extra Zoom 16 Megapixels 30x Zoom
The Powershot SX500 IS gives you a lot of zoom in a compact sized body. In macro mode the camera can focus from more or less next to your subject. Other features include a 3 inch LCD screen, manual exposure modes and High Definition Movies. Stereo sound can be recorded with a movie. You can also opt to shoot movies in the popular iFrame format.
Guide Price: £209.99 See latest prices: Canon Powershot SX500 IS Prices
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Olympus TG-820 Rating: 83/100
Waterproof 12 Megapixels 5x Zoom
The Olympus TG-820 is one of the most robust digital cameras you will find. It can withstand depths of 10m, is shockproof to falls of 2m and can work in temperatures as low as -10 degrees centigrade. In addition it is also crushproof to weights of 100kg. There is a 3 inch LCD screen, image stabilisation and a Full 1080p High Definition movie mode. Olympus have also included the ability to produce 3D still photos and battery charging via a USB port.
Guide Price: £223.49 See latest prices: Olympus TG-820 Prices
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Canon Powershot D30
12 Megapixels 5x Zoom
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.
Guide Price: £229.00 See latest prices: Canon Powershot D30 Prices
Panasonic DMC TZ30 Rating: 83/100
Extra Zoom 14 Megapixels 20x Zoom
The Lumix DMC TZ30 has an impressive range of features. These include GPS positioning, High Definition movies with stereo sound, manual exposure controls, a 3 inch LCD screen and image stabilisation. In macro mode the camera can focus from 3cm away from the subject and there is also a high speed shooting mode that can capture up to 10 frames per second.
Guide Price: £248.72 See latest prices: Panasonic DMC TZ30 Prices
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Canon Powershot A2300
Simple and Easy 16 Megapixels 5x Zoom
The Powershot A2300 has a wide angle lens, a 2.7 inch LCD screen and can record High Definition movies. For when you need a little extra guidance there is a help button. The Powershot A2300 is small enough to fit into most pockets and gives you the chance to buy a Canon digital camera at a relatively low price.
Guide Price: £249.85 See latest prices: Canon Powershot A2300 Prices
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Panasonic DMC FT3
Waterproof 12 Megapixels 4.6x Zoom
The Lumix DMC FT3 is a robust digital camera. It is waterproof to depths of 12m, freezeproof down to temperatures of -10 degrees centigrade, shockproof to drops of 2m and dustproof too. Features also include a compass, GPS positioning, a barometer and an altimeter. It can also shoot High Definition movies.
Guide Price: £249.99 See latest prices: Panasonic DMC FT3 Prices
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Panasonic DMC FS45 Rating: 82/100
Simple and Easy 16 Megapixels 5x Zoom
The Lumix DMC FS45 has a couple of features that mark it out as a step up on more basic digital cameras. These include a 3 inch LCD screen, image stabilisation and the ability to shoot High Definition movies. There is also a shooting mode for producing square photos for when you would like your shots to look a little different.
Guide Price: £249.99 See latest prices: Panasonic DMC FS45 Prices
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Panasonic DMC G5
Compact System Camera 16 Megapixels
The Lumix DMC G5 is one of the most advanced Compact System Cameras. It has a range of manual controls including Fully Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority. You can store images in RAW mode. You can select the auto focus point by touch through the 3 inch LCD screen. An electronic viewfinder is available too. You can shoot High Definition Movies with stereo sound.
Guide Price: £255.00 See latest prices: Panasonic DMC G5 Prices
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Panasonic DMC FZ48 Rating: 87/100
Super Zoom 12 Megapixels 24x Zoom
If you are looking for lens power the Lumix DMC FZ48 has a 24x zoom lens. The lens also has wide angle capabilities and image stabilisation. If you need even more zoom you can opt to decrease the number of megapixels you are shooting at in return for extra zoom up to 46.9x. Other features include a set of manual exposure controls and manual focusing. In addition to the 3 inch LCD screen there is also a viewfinder available for composing images. There is a special mode for shooting 3D still images. You can also record Full High Definition movies with stereo sound.
Guide Price: £257.67 See latest prices: Panasonic DMC FZ48 Prices
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Fuji FinePix X-S1
Super Zoom 12 Megapixels 26x Zoom
The Finepix X-S1 is an advanced super zoom digital camera. The 26x zoom lens also has wide angle capabilities. Key features include High Definition movies with stereo sound, image stabilisation, a tilting 3 inch LCD screen and an electronic viewfinder. For close up work the Finepix X-S1 is able to focus from 1cm away from your subject.
Guide Price: £259.98 See latest prices: Fuji FinePix X-S1 Prices
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Panasonic DMC GF3
Compact System Camera 12 Megapixels
The Lumix DMC GF3 is a compact size even for a compact system camera. It has a set of manual exposure controls (Fully Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority) as well as the ability to store images in RAW format. Some settings can be accessed through a touch sensitive LCD screen. The Lumix DMC GF3 is also capable of recording High Definition movies.
Guide Price: £269.99 See latest prices: Panasonic DMC GF3 Prices
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Nikon Coolpix S800c
Ultra Compact 16 Megapixels 10x Zoom
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.
Guide Price: £269.99 See latest prices: Nikon Coolpix S800c Prices
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Sony DSC WX100 Rating: 81/100
Extra Zoom 18 Megapixels 10x Zoom
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.
Guide Price: £274.94 See latest prices: Sony DSC WX100 Prices
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Canon Powershot S200
10 Megapixels 5x Zoom
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.
Guide Price: £275.00 See latest prices: Canon Powershot S200 Prices
Fuji Finepix F770EXR Rating: 84/100
Extra Zoom 16 Megapixels 20x Zoom
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.
Guide Price: £281.92 See latest prices: Fuji Finepix F770EXR Prices
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Panasonic DMC FZ200
Super Zoom 12 Megapixels 24x Zoom
The Lumix DMC FZ200 is one of the most advanced super zoom digital cameras. The 24x zoom lens has a maximum aperture of f/2.8. This aperture is available right across the zoom range. Other features include manual exposure controls, a 3 inch LCD screen that can be pulled out and twisted round to give you a more comfortable shooting position and an electronic viewfinder. It also has Image Stabilisation, Full HD movies with stereo sound, Image Stabilisation and a macro mode that can focus from 1 cm away from your subject.
Guide Price: £287.00 See latest prices: Panasonic DMC FZ200 Prices
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Pentax Optio WG-1
Waterproof 14 Megapixels 5x Zoom
You can use the Optio WG-1 in water to depths of 10m. You will also be able to continue to take pictures in temperatures down to -10 degrees centigrade. This camera is also shockproof to 1.5m and crushproof to 100kg. In addition there is a 2.7 inch LCD screen for composing your photos and a High Definition movie mode. To help light subjects in macro mode Pentax have added five small lights around the lens.
Guide Price: £294.49 See latest prices: Pentax Optio WG-1 Prices
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Canon EOS 600D
Digital SLR 18 Megapixels
The EOS 600D offers full High Definition movies. It has 9 point Auto Focus, an ISO range of 100 – 6400 (expandable to 128,000) and can reel off still images at a top speed of 3.7 frames per second. To help you compose photos from awkward shooting positions there is a 3 inch, vari angle LCD screen. If you are new to this level of camera then you are likely to find the on screen camera guide is very useful.
Guide Price: £299.99 See latest prices: Canon EOS 600D Prices
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Panasonic DMC 3D1
Waterproof 12 Megapixels 4x Zoom
The Lumix DMC 3D1 produces 3D images. It can also shoot 3D video clips as well as being able to shoot 2D High Definition movies. The camera uses two lenses to create the 3D images. When you are not shooting in 3D mode they can be used for dual shooting of 2D wide and zoom photos. Other features include a 3.5 inch LCD screen. The screen gives you touch control. The Lumix DMC 3D1 also has the capability to shoot 2D images at 8 frames per second.
Guide Price: £299.99 See latest prices: Panasonic DMC 3D1 Prices
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Fuji Finepix HS30EXR Rating: 86/100
Super Zoom 16 Megapixels 30x Zoom
The Finepix HS30EXR is a fully featured digital camera with many of the features you would expect to find on a Digital SLR. Features include a 30x zoom lens. The lens also has wide angle capabilities. There are a set of manual exposure modes and you also have access to manual focusing. There are High Definition movies with stereo sound and manual focusing. You can add extra power by adding an external flash unit via the hot shoe.
Guide Price: £299.99 See latest prices: Fuji Finepix HS30EXR Prices
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