Best and cheapest non SLR (point and shoot) camera

While SLR Cameras are gaining a lot of fan following these days, the same are still out of budget for many.

For those interested in point and shoot cameras , we discovered few good options.

Following were the basic considerations:

  • Lithium battery
  • At least 16 MP resolution
  • Good user reviews

Below are the suggested models:

Nikon Coolpix S2800 @ 5K to 5.7K – Has good battery life and gives fair quality of pictures. However, please bear in mind that Nikon models are generally considered slow in processing. And so is this.

Canon IXUS IXUS 155 @ 5.5K to 5.8K- Good quality picture even at night. No major issues reported.

Nikon Coolpix S3600 @ 6.3K – Value for money, good battery life, picture quality is average at night. Some flash issues reported.

Sony CyberShot DSCW810 @ 6.3K to 7K – Good quality pictures with superb and fast sensor and flash. No major issues reported.

Canon IXUS 155 and Sony CyberShot DSCW810 appear to be finding more favor among buyers in this budget.

Canon IXUS 155
Canon IXUS 155
SONY DSC W810
SONY DSC W810

Samsung has also introduced a couple of models like Samsung ES99 @ 6K and Samsung ST66
@ 6.5K in the market in this range. They have received good reviews to start with but it’s too early for us to comment on the models without trying.

We have not gone into feature details of each model to keep the feedback limited to absolute pros. and cons. Detailed features of the individual models can be seen at the links provided.

Comments/feedback invited as always.

Disclaimer: Comparisons made above are solely based on personal experiences/user reviews with no intention of maligning any organization/product offering. Others are free to raise their counter views for readers benefit.

Last updated: October 14, 2014 at 15:30 pm

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11 thoughts on “Best and cheapest non SLR (point and shoot) camera

  • September 23, 2014 at 7:35 am
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    Any specific reason for not suggesting other models?

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    • September 23, 2014 at 7:38 am
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      The suggestion is based on user reviews. While few of the models have been used by us and tested over a period of time, other user reviews on forums are taken as a basis for coming up with the list of the most customer preferred models.

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  • September 22, 2014 at 6:20 pm
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    Any major differences in features between the 4 drilled down models.

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    • September 23, 2014 at 7:47 am
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      NIKON COOLPIX S2800 has optical resolution of 20.1 MP and 5x optical zoom
      Canon IXUS IXUS 155 has optical resolution of 20 MP and 10x optical zoom
      Nikon Coolpix S3600 has optical resolution of 20.1 MP and 8x optical zoom
      Sony CyberShot DSCW810 has optical resolution of 20.1 MP and 6x optical zoom
      The display is more or less same. Sony DSCW810 has some additional capture features in comparison to other models.
      The picture quality however is a more complex function of lot other features like lens quality itself.

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  • September 22, 2014 at 3:23 pm
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    I can vouch for Sony CyberShot DSCW810, good choice

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  • September 22, 2014 at 9:36 am
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    which is better? Samsung es99 or st66?

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    • September 22, 2014 at 9:43 am
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      Looks wise, ES99 is a tad better. ES99 is 16.2 MP while ST66 is 16.1 MP a difference which is very marginable.
      ST66 is around 300 to 500 rupees costlier. It however has slightly enhanced flash options.
      For this nominal price difference, we suggest ST66 if looks dont bother you.

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  • September 22, 2014 at 8:35 am
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    Please go into details of each model. This does not help me reach a conclusion.

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    • September 22, 2014 at 9:10 am
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      Thanks for the valuable feedback. We would be conscious of your view next time.

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  • September 22, 2014 at 6:41 am
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    Excellent choices

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    • September 22, 2014 at 9:09 am
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      Thanks.

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