Digital Camera Holiday Gift Guide - $150 - $250 Cameras

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In part 1 of our 2014 digital camera holiday gift guide, we looked at a series of sub $150 cameras that currently offer the best value for bargain camera shoppers seeking high quality and excellent features for their next gift. In part 2, we will dive into the best cameras in the $150 to $250 price range. These cameras feature higher levels of optical zoom, greater megapixels, larger LCD screens, and CMOS image sensors and Full HD video recording. This lineup of digital cameras are still mostly targeted at the point & shoot crowd, but for those seeking a higher level of quality and control in taking excellent photos.  

So take a look at the second part of our 2014 Holiday gift guide, the $150 to $250 digital camera range. Our following recommendations are based on quality, features and the best value available on the digital camera marketplace between $150 to $250 dollars.

 

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS black

Top Pick:
Canon PowerShot SX600 HS
(Full Review)

The Canon PowerShot SX600 HS features an 18x optical zoom lens (25-450mm equivalent), 16-megapixel High Sensitivity (HS) CMOS image sensor, and Canon's DIGIC 4+ image processor. What does that mean for you? Instant access to far away subjects, even in lower lighting conditions. There's also built-in Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication (NFC) technologies to consider. Simply press the Mobile Device Connect Button to pair your SX600 HS with a smartphone or tablet running the iOS or Android Canon Camera Window app. From there, you can connect to a PC, upload your images and videos to the internet, back up files on the Canon Image Sync Cloud, and much, much more. New to most of the 2014 Canon models is Creative Shot Mode. What is it? Well, there are 46 different Filter Effects (divided into four different categories) to stylize your shots. But in Creative Shot Mode, the SX600 HS automatically chooses from five of the filters to render out five alternate versions of your image, while keeping the original. Finally, Hybrid AUTO Mode "allows you to record up to four seconds of video every time you shoot a still image, and then automatically join the clips and pictures into a video that captures the essence of a vacation, and important event, or anytime you are shooting many shots in a day." It's basically a Highlight Reel for your day or event, which is really cool... except for the fact that Hybrid AUTO Mode is limited to 720p HD Video rather than 1080p. Pick this up if you are looking for a compact and capable point-n-shoot camera, loaded with great features, that can get the job done in most shooting situations.

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Nikon Coolpix S6800 red white black

Nikon Coolpix S6800
(Full Review)

Nikon's CoolPix S6800 is an ultra-compact digicam with exceptional versatility. This extremely easy-to-use camera sports a huge 12x optical zoom lens, large 3.0-inch LCD screen, 1080p HD video capture and built-in WiFi capabilities. Its fully automatic shooting modes allow anyone to operate the camera with ease, while access to most of the shooting settings as well as plenty of creative shooting modes allow for plenty of creative freedom. All of this has been crammed into an ultra-compact body that can be carried in a small bag, purse or even your pocket without too much difficulty. Pick this up if you are looking for a point-n-shoot camera that goes anywhere and is always ready to shoot both stills and video.

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS black

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS
(Full Review)

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS is a slim and powerful point-and-shoot that aims to make your life easy, yet deliver creative and attractive shots. The camera offers a powerful 12X optical zoom lens with a wide angle of 25mm (35mm film equivalent). That gives you room to capture broad vistas, yet zoom in on distant subjects. The 16-megapixel camera is compact and pocketable, cramming its 12X zoom lens into a body less less than 1 inch thick (0.88 inch). The brick-like body has no contours or grip pads, so one-handed operation can feel a little dicey at times - especially considering that the chassis feels a little fragile and plasticky. It fits comfortably in the hand, however, and most buttons fall comfortably under the thumb when operating the camera one-handed. Pick this up if you are looking for a compact camera with a powerful zoom and Wi-Fi features that can deliver high image quality, even in low light.

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Nikon Coolpix AW120 camo

Nikon Coolpix AW120
(Full Review)

Nikon's new "Lifeproof" point-n-shoot model, the Coolpix AW120, sports a 16-Megapixel CMOS imaging sensor, tons of automatic shooting features, built-in flash and LED focusing/video light, WiFi, GPS and a fantastic and easy to see 3.0-inch LCD screen. The one major difference that we were able to find is actually not that big. They have adjusted their 5x optical zoom lens to cover a 35mm equivalent of 24-120mm instead of the 28-140mm featured on the AW110. Making this camera "Lifeproof" is its ability to withstand the punishment of everyday life. It can be submerged and operated underwater down to depths of 18M/59ft. This allows it to survive more than just a dip in the backyard pool, but it can be taken on a diving trip in a tropical location without worry. Along with being waterproof, it is also dustproof, so there are no weather conditions that you have to worry about. Its solid construction also allows it to be dropped and survive from up to 2M/6.6ft, which means you do not have to keep a secure grip on the camera at all times. You can even pass it along to the kids to have fun with. Finally, it has been designed to operate in the extreme cold, working in temperatures as low as 14°F, meaning it can go from the surf to the slopes at any time. Pick this up you are looking for an affordable "tough" camera that is great around pools and kids. It is also reliable enough to put into just about any situation, no matter how tough on the camera.

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