If we were to look in the past just a few years back, not everyone used to own a camera and this is because of the pricing. Digital cameras used to be expensive but not anymore. 2016 has arrived and decent cameras can be found for less than 100 dollars.
The tricky part is to pick a decent one and when it comes to such affordable prices expectations are sub-par but that should not be the case. Manufacturers became smarter and invested a bit in developing cameras that are inexpensive and decent. Here are the top 10 best digital cameras under 100 dollars in 2016.
10. Canon PowerShot ELPH 115 16MP Digital Camera
Canon has been around for a while. They had more than enough time to understand what consumers want and the ELPH 115 digital camera is a perfect example. It combines low price with functionality, ease of use and reasonable quality. The back side holds a 2.7 inch LDC display with minimal controls on the side while the front hosts the lens capable of a generous 8x optical zoom. The optical sensor is capable of taking 16 megapixel shots and record in 720p. Last but not least the ELPH 115 comes in 4 different colors and has a quite appealing design.
9. Kodak C1530 Digital Camera
Kodak took a long time to move from film to digital. However, their expertise helped them to catch on really quick. The C1530 has proven to be a popular pick amongst consumers that want something simple and affordable. It has a 14 megapixel CCD sensor and a modest 3X optical zoom. In addition, Kodak added sharing features, wi-fi connection support and even an email feature that can send the pictures to an address in an instant. The only downside to the camera is its design. It is a bit more bulky than what most consumers would expect but that does not make it a less competitive camera.
8. Olympus VG-160 14MP Digital Camera
At first glance, the Olympus VG-160 does not look like much. It is a compact camera of the size of a bar of soap but appearances can be deceiving. It is true that it is a simple 14 megapixel camera with just 5X optical zoom and these days 16 megapixels seem like the standard. The truly impressive part is the quality of the pictures. Olympus made a camera that is excellent for travelers and can shoot great pictures even when the lighting is poor.
7. Samsung EC-SH100 Wi-Fi Digital Camera with 14 MP
The Samsung EC-SH100 is one of the fewest cameras that is sold for less than 100 dollars and comes with a touchscreen. The 3 inch display takes most of the space in the back while the front features a rather large lens with a 5x optical zoom and a 14 megapixel sensor. As usual, like other Samsung cameras, the EC-SH100 comes with Wi-Fi support, easy photo sharing apps, email functionality and a wide range of settings.
6. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55 14.1MP Digital Camera
If there is one thing that can be said about Sony it would be the fact that their lenses are probably some of the best in the industry. This 14 megapixel camera takes excellent shots even during the night when there is very little light to work with. It features a 10x optical zoom, a simple 3 inch LCD display and comes with a wide selection of settings and photo editing straight out of the box. Also, it is one of the more compact cameras that can fit into any pocket including in a tight pair of jeans. It is compact, well-built and comes with excellent photo quality.
5. Panasonic Lumix FH6 14.1 MP Digital Camera
Panasonic is yet another manufacturer that understood the importance of high quality lens. For this reason their products came back into the spotlight and this sub 100 dollar camera can surely impress. We are talking about a very compact form factor that hides a 14 megapixel sensor with a 5X optical zoom and HD recording functionality. Operation is quite intuitive and the shutter lag is almost inexistent.
4. Samsung DV150F 16.2MP Smart WiFi Digital Camera
The DV150F is the second Samsung camera that makes it in this top 10 for several reasons. First of all, the build quality of the camera is impressive. At the same time the form factor makes it appealing for travelers and for the ones that want something more than just the camera in their phone. The DV150F offers a decent 5X optical zoom, HD recording, a 16 megapixel camera and the standard features that are present in most Samsung cameras. The model supports Wi-Fi connectivity, social media sharing, email, cloud services and even one-button backups of photos.
3. Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W560 14.1 MP
Even if the W560 comes with a modest 14 megapixel sensor, the lens makes it worth spending money on. Sony actually used Carl Zeiss lends in a sub 100 dollar camera which is unheard of. The picture quality is way above what one would expect. Everything else about this camera is standard. It offers 4x optical zoom, a reasonable 3 inch LCD display, image stabilization and a slim, compact and stylish form factor.
2. Canon PowerShot A2500 16MP Digital Camera
Even if the A2500 barely missed the first spot in the top 10 it is still the most popular compact camera. Its form factor, intuitive menu and photo quality got it selling extremely well. It offers a 5x optical zoom, a compact 2.3 inch display, smart features and HD video recording. All these features come in a small form factor and an attractive price tag.
1. Sony DSCW830 20.1 MP Digital Camera
The number one spot goes to one of the newest cameras released by Sony and the only one in this top 10 with a 20 megapixel sensor. The DSCW830 is capable of taking amazing shots with the aid of its sensor and Carl Zeiss lens. It also offers a generous 8X optical zoom and can record 720p videos. It comes with more than enough features and a compact form factor that recommends it to everyone including travelers or people that have a small passion for photography. As a final note, the model is also one of the few available that has its outer casing made of metal and not from plastic.