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Top 3 Cheap Digital Cameras Under $250 for 2011

When did you start digital photography? When digital cameras first became a mass-market product, the cameras were expensive, low-resolution, and a bit bulky as well. I remember the first digital camera I’ve used was a company-owned Kodak 1MP DC215 that cost a whopping $400. There was no such thing as a cheap digital camera!

Luckily, this is no longer applies in 2011. In fact, portable, cheap digital cameras are getting better and better yet cheaper than ever. The improvement of mobile phone digital cameras have made it tough for more expensive pocket digital cameras a logical buy so these sub-$200 cheap digital cameras have to do a lot more than what their price tags indicate.

If you are trying to figure out which is the best cheap, sub-$250 digital camera available on the market today, consider the bestselling digital cameras listed below.

Cheap Digital Camera Deals Under $250

Small, cheap, useful, and stylish. Those are pretty much the four main requirements for most people when they’re looking for a day-to-day digital camera, especially if you don’t want to get into the nuances of advanced digital photography.


Sony Cybershot WX9 Digital Camera

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-WX9


The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-WX9 offers as much as 16.2 megapixels and a 5x zoom simplistic, stylish design.

The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-WX9 is perfect for those that like to take panoramic photos, and one of the best features of this 16.2 megapixel digital camera is 3D Sweep Panorama, a feature that allows users to produce one photograph from several photographs. All users need to do is pan the landscape as the shot is taken, and the digital camera automatically stitches the images together, producing one “horizontal” or panoramic photo of what would otherwise be 3 or more different photos.

In addition, 1080p HD videos and 10 frame-per-second full-resolution captures makes this a great cheap digital camera for moms who need a small, high-performance cameras to capture images of their hyper-active kids.


Nikon Coolpix L120 Digital Camera

Nikon COOLPIX L120

Available from world-renowned camera manufacturer Nikon is the COOLPIX L120 14.1 MP Digital Camera with a 21x NIKKOR Wide-Angle Optical Zoom Lens.

If the previous Sony is too small for you, particularly if you’re a guy, the Nikon Coolpix L120 digital camera is a great option. The Nikon Coolpix L120 solves many of the common problems experienced with cheap digital cameras in the past: blurry images, red eyes in the photos, and other common issues.

This Nikon Coolpix L120 digital camera even “knows” when it is not time to snap the photo, as perhaps the subjects’ eyes are closed, or they are not smiling. The Nikon COOLPIX L120 digital camera also offers high definition (720p) for videos.

For $250, it’s a steal.


Canon Powershot ELPH SD1300 Digital Camera

Canon PowerShot ELPH SD1300


The Canon PowerShot ELPH SD1300 12.1 megapixel digital camera from Canon features a 4x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom.

Canon has been dominating the pocket digital camera market for quite some time, the trend continues here with the sub-$150 Canon PowerShot ELPH SD1300.

The Canon PowerShot ELPH SD1300 offers as much as 18 different settings for varying lighting and environmental conditions. The Canon Powershot SD1300 automatically selects the most appropriate setting for photos, making this digital camera perfect for those that do not wish to deal with the technical aspect of taking photographs.

This Canon PowerShot ELPH SD1300 digital camera also allows for better lighting for when lighting is low or when you simply do not wish to use the flash, as the flash is notorious for ruining the natural lighting in photos.

Best thing of all? It’s just under $150!


These cameras are highly functional, properly spec’d, and affordable that it’ll be a great present for anyone as well. The days of run-of-the-mill, high-priced digital cameras are almost over, and manufacturers understands that they need to make the sub $250 market needs to be satisfied well and the three models above are prime examples of great cheap digital cameras.

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