Digital Camera Holiday Gift Guide - $250 - $400 Cameras

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In part 2 of our 2015 digital camera holiday gift guide, we looked at a series of $150 to $250 cameras that currently offer a step up in features from our first round of sub $150 cameras. In part 3, we will dive into the best cameras in the $250 to $400 price range. These cameras will feature new aspects such as great low light performance, flagship tough cameras, higher quality, longer zooming lenses. This lineup of digital cameras are targeted at the upper end of the point & shoot crowd, ideally for those seeking cameras for outdoor use or cameras that offer more unique features than standard point & shoot models.  

So jump into the third part of our 2015 Holiday gift guide, the $250 to $400 digital camera range. Our following recommendations are based on quality, features and the best value available on the digital camera marketplace between $250 to $400 dollars (MSRP).


Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4
(Full Review)

The Olympus Stylus TG-4 sets the new standard for "tough" digicams. Pushing the depth limits for a compact camera to 50ft; this is the toughest, most versatile camera yet. A 16-Megapixel BSI CMOS imaging sensor, 4x internal optical zoom lens with an f/2.0 maximum aperture (W), GPS, WiFi and optical image stabilization assure that the camera is ready to go in all shooting situations. Pick this up if you are looking for an affordable "tough" camera that is reliable enough to put into just about any situation, and versatile enough to handle any shooting conditions.

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Nikon Coolpix P610

Nikon Coolpix P610
(Full Review)

The Nikon CoolPix P610 is a compact, and quite versatile digicam. Sporting a 16-megapixel CMOS image sensor capable of recording Full HD video, and a 60x optical zoom lens that covers an equivalent zoom range of 24 - 1440mm; extendable to 120x with digital zoom. Nikon includes a 5-stop Dual Detect Optical VR (vibration reduction) Image Stabilization system to compensate for movement when using the extended zoom range. This camera also includes a 3.0" Vari-angle Display, 7 frames-per-second continuous shooting, numerous filter effects and control settings, and Wi-Fi / NFC technologies for transferring files to compatible smartphones via Nikon Snapbridge. The built-in GPS with "Points of Interest" allows for geo-tagging. Pick this up for anyone who likes to travel whoe needs a great camera that is ready for any situation with its monstrous optical zoom.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 135 Purple

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Olympus Stylus SH-2

Olympus Stylus SH-2
(Full Review)

The Olympus Stylus SH-2 is a compact and powerful digicam with classic rangefinder styling. A huge 24x optical zoom lens with 5-axis image stabilization, 16-Megapixel BSI CMOS imaging sensor, TruePic VII processor, and full 1080p HD video capture combine to give you the best possible tools to capture great photos or video in just about any shooting situation. Its creative shooting modes and built-in WiFi make it a blast to shoot and share your images with friends and family. Pick this up if you are looking for a versatile and compact digicam that offers better image quality than most compact digicams.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500
(Preview)

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500 boasts a great deal of versatility, thanks to its impressive Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T 30x optical zoom lenses, 18.2-megapixel Exmor R CMOS image sensors, tilting 3.0-inch LCD screens, SteadyShot image stabilization, BIONZ X processors, et cetera All packed into a sleek black body. Other features include Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, which allows you to easily share photos and video via their free PlayMemories camera apps, as well as control the cameras remotely with your smart device. For you video enthusiasts, Sony has included their "broadcaster's quality" XAVC S video format in both of these new models, which offers full HD video capture at 60fps or 24fps, at a bit rate of 50Mbps. You can also choose to shoot MP4 format video at 60 or 30fps. Pick this camer up if you need a high quality point-and-shoot with a titling screen for selifes and group shots.

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