Digital Camera Holiday Gift Guide - Sub $150 Cameras

sdgg-logo.png
Once again, you are likely faced with deciding what digital camera you should buy for your family and friends for gifts during the 2015 holiday season.  Each year becomes more and more complicated, as camera companies increase their feature sets and change models multiple times a year. In the end, however, consumers win, since increased competition has dramatically lowered prices and improved overall picture quality. As in prior years, this guide will help you sort through the chaos that is the digital photography industry, highlighting some of the best choices for cameras in various price ranges. While it is still generally true that more money will get a nicer camera, even spending under $150 can get you high quality digital camera takes excellent images. Your needs, such as touch screens, HD video, facial recognition or image stabilization, will determine the right amount you need to spend.  

Take a look at the first part of our 2015 Holiday gift guide, the sub $150 digital camera range.  Our following recommendations are based on quality, features and the best value available on the digital camera marketplace for less than 150 dollars.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS
(Full Review)

The new PowerShot ELPH 170 IS offers many great features -- a nice, long 12x zoom (25-300mm), a 20MP CCD image sensor, and optical IS (image stabilization) -- but at this price point, you do not get any wireless capabilities such as NFC or WiFi, the 2.7" LCD is rather small, and video resolution tops out at 720p HD @ 25fps. The 170 also features Smart AUTO mode, which automatically optimizing camera settings for any shooting conditions; ECO mode, which extends battery life; and Creative Effects like Fisheye, Toy Camera, and Monochrome enhance your still image and video with artistic flair. Pick this up if you are looking for an affordable and versatile ultra-compact camera for everyday use.

Buy From Amazon.com

line.gif
Nikon S33

Nikon Coolpix S33
(Preview)

The Nikon Coolpix S33 is a budget and family-friendly digital camera that can dive down to 33ft, survive falls up to 5ft, and survive freezing temperatures (14F / -10C). The 13.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor is capable of recording Full HD videos with our without 16 Creative Styles and Effects. One allows you to shoot video with a Miniature Effect (sometimes called "tilt-shift"), while there's also an underwater Face Detection option to help the camera find the perfect focus while you're swimming with friends and family. Pick this camera up if you're looking to go on adventures with family and friends

Buy From Amazon.com

line.gif
Canon PowerShot N

Canon PowerShot N
(Full Review)

The PowerShot N is the first in a new line of simplistic cameras, and Canon explains that the N stands for "New", as in the way that you hold and shoot with this camera. They've taken some pretty common PowerShot features, mixed in some new additions, and stuffed them all into an extremely compact body that offers a minimalistic design; one that we can't help but think of the Instagram logo when we see it. The first thing you'll notice when you look at the N is that there are pretty much no buttons on the exterior. Only the power button, a mode toggle switch, and mobile device connect button remain (more on that below). All of the other functions of the camera are controlled by the 2.8-inch tilting, touch screen LCD and unique rings mounted around the lens. These rings are used to both zoom the 8x lens, and to capture photos and video. Core features include 12-megapixels of resolution, an 8x optical zoom lens, Full 1080p HD video capture, and enhanced Wi-Fi capabilities to name a few. The Wi-Fi function is also unique on the N. Canon included a handy mobile device button, which allows you to quickly connect the camera to your iOS or Android powered device (with the free Canon Camera Window app), as well as turn the camera into a Wi-Fi access point (with SSID). On top of allowing you to upload files to your favorite social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, the N also lets you post to specific groups and add unique comments (a first for a digicam). You can even upload directly to Canon's Gateway cloud service. Pick this camera up if you're looking for a unique-looking camera that will cause your friends to take notice.

Buy From Amazon.com