Digital cameras are convenient gadgets that have exploded in popularity since the ’90s, and consumers now have numerous choices in brands, sizes and price range. There are also several types of digital cameras that fit the specific needs and wants of any would-be digital photographer. However, due to the number of models available, browsing through the camera aisle at your local electronics store can be overwhelming for any shopper who simply wants the best bang for their buck.
Economy-priced digital cameras are typically simple point-and-shoot models, though they have additional features such as video recording and a macro mode to capture high-detail close-up shots. There are many budget cameras on the market today. According to CNET Reviews, the Sony Cyber-shot DS-CW350 is a great compact camera. The DS-CW350 comes in blue, pink, and silver models. Those willing to do a little more searching can find the older cousin of the DS-CW350, which is the DS-W290, a model that came out in 2009 but garnered positive reviews at release, and can be found online for cheap.
The Nikon Coolpix series has a few well-reviewed models. The S8000 was given four stars by Digital Camera Review and was lauded for its simplicity and ease of use. The S6000 was also reviewed and given positive remarks. These Nikon models are small and highly portable, fitting easily in a shirt or pants pocket, which is good news for those who dislike carrying cameras in bulky cases.
The Canon PowerShot S95 is a little more expensive than most other point-and-shoot camera models, but has a full array of manual-mode features for experienced photographers. PCWorld picked the S95 as a great model for amateur photographers to learn advanced techniques, such as adjusting the aperture size and ISO modes.
Canon EOS Rebel
Those looking for a more powerful digital camera should look into buying a DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) model. Though most DSLR cameras are priced in the four-digit or more range, the Canon EOS Rebel T3i can be had for less than a thousand dollars and was given a “Very Good” rating by CNET Reviews. The older T2i model was also given a “Very Good” rating and can be found for less.
Portable, economy-priced digital video cameras are also available for those who would rather record movies than take snapshots. The Flip UltraHD is an ultra-portable version of a camcorder, small enough to fit in a pocket and simple enough to record video with the push of one button. UltraHD cameras come two different versions with varying recording limits of 1-hour and 2-hours. CNET Reviews gave both the 2009 and 2010 Flip UltraHD models “Excellent” ratings.
CNET Reviews: Sony Cyber-shot DS-CW350 Review
Digital Camera Review: Nikon Coolpix S8000
PCWorld: Canon Powershot S95
CNET Reviews: Canon EOS Rebel T3i Review
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