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

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In part 1 of our 2015 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 some with 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 2015 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.

 

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860
(Full Review)

The Olympus TG-860 is waterproof to 50 feet (15 m), freezeproof to 14°F (-10°C), shockproof from 7 feet (2.1 m), crushproof to 220 pounds. It also features a 16MP backlit CMOS image sensor and a TruePic VII image processor for high resolution still images even in lower lightning conditions. With a 5x optical zoom lens (a 21-105mm 35mm-equivalent), you'll have plenty of zoom range. The 3.0" LCD display offers 180-degree tilting capability allowing for selfies in all sorts of extreme conditions. Built-in Wi-Fi works with a pair of Olympus smartphone/tablet apps to connect your iOS or Android device, and then transfer images and movies automatically, remotely control the camera itself from your device, or even use to device as an external monitor. The TG-860 also boasts HD video as well as interval, or time-lapse, recording modes. Full 1080 HD video records at 60fps, but you can also capture 720p @ 60p, or 120-240fps Super Slow Motion. Time-Lapse Movie Mode offers 0.5, 1, 3, 6, 12, 30-second intervals, while Sport-Burst Mode allows for 0.05-60-second shutter intervals between still images. Pick this camera up if you are looking for a camera that can take a little punishment and still get the job done. It is also perfect for homes that have kids and/or a pool.

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Nikon Coolpix S7000

Nikon Coolpix S7000
(Preview)

The Nikon Coolpix S7000 launched as the world's lightest ultra-slim zoom camera with a 20x optical zoom lens. The 16MP S7000 also boasts 18 Scene Modes, lens-shift vibration reduction technology, and target-finding AF system, and Full HD video recording. Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC technologies round out the feature-laden camera, allowing you to connect the camera to a smartphone or tablet with Nikon Snapbridge. Pick this camera up if you are looking for a long-zoom point-n-shoot that goes anywhere and is always ready to shoot both stills and HD video.

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Fujifilm FinePix XP80

Fujifilm FinePix XP80
(Full Review)

The Fujifilm FinePix XP80 is a rugged new XP-series camera that is waterproof to 50ft, shockproof from 5.8ft, freezeproof to 14°F, and dustproof. It boasts a 16.4-megapixel CMOS image sensor capable of not only recording Full 1080p HD videos @60fps, but also 480fps slow motion (at a lower resolution). The 5x optical zoom lens offers a 28-140mm 35mm-equivalent, as well as optical image stabilization to reduce camera shake. Wi-Fi is a standard XP80 feature that allows users to remote control this digicam with, or simply backup photos to, any smartphone or tablet running the free Fujifilm Camera Remote app. There's even a dedicated Wi-Fi button to make the process easier. 11 Advanced Filters, including the new "Sketch" function, are great for those who want to express his or her creativity. Built in HDR and Motion Panorama 360° are a must these days too. Lastly, the XP80 offers Action Camera Mode, which turns the XP80 into a GoPro-esque video recorder with a fixed 18mm lens, while turning the 3.0-inch rear LCD off to preserve battery life. In this mode, you can remotely control the camera with aforementioned Wi-Fi app, or simply mount it to your body, surfboard, bike, or whatever you like. Pick this camera up for the beginner photographer seeking waterproof capabilities in a simplistic model..

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