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Popular Digital Point & Shoot Cameras Under $150

With so many digital cameras to choose from, it's hard to figure out the best one to gift during the Holidays. Explore our favorite digital cameras under $150 this Christmas.
Popular Digital Point & Shoot Cameras Under $150

Taking pictures is one of the best ways to capture all of life’s memories. Digital photos have made it much easier to share your pictures with family and friends, so that they can see your experiences and view your favorite life moments. This has led to a rise in high-quality cameras built into most smartphones, essentially replacing the need for digital point-and-shoot camera. However, not everyone has a smartphone with a built-in-camera, so having a high-quality digital camera is of high importance. Even those with smartphones will still use a standalone digital camera to complement their photographic needs.

The technology in today’s digital cameras have far exceeded the film cameras of old, which is why some shoppers are overwhelmed by all of the specifications for each camera. Here are some things to keep in mind when buying a digital camera:

  • A larger zoom range and higher number of megapixels does not always equate to a better camera
  • Buy something best for you or your gift recipient, and don’t necessarily focus on what is the best in a particular camera class
  • Always try out the camera before you buy it or research it online

With these things in mind, we invite you to check out our list of popular point and shoot digital cameras under $150 that would make great gift ideas this Holiday season:

2015 Digital Cameras Holiday Gift Ideas Under $150

  • Canon
    High-resolution imaging and HD video recording in a compact package, the silver Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 Digital Camera is a versatile and convenient point-and-shoot featuring a 20MP 1/2.3" CCD image sensor and DIGIC 4+ image processor, which enables a top sensitivity of ISO 1600 and a 2.2 fps shooting rate. An 8x optical zoom lens provides a 28-224mm equivalent focal length range, which covers wide to tele perspectives for working in a variety of conditions. HD 720/25p video recording is available along with Scene Modes for a creative take on your imagery. Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper camera settings based on detected scene types and a Help Button can be used to better understand all of the controls and settings of your camera. Besides using the 2.7" 230k-dot LCD monitor for viewing your compositions or playing back imagery, the ELPH 160 is also compatible with the optional Connect Station CS100 for wireless transferring and sharing of your photos and movies.
    $99.99  from Curacao
  • Nikon
    Nikon - Coolpix S3700 20.1-Megapixel Digital Camera - Silver
    $139.99  from Best Buy
  • Nikon
    Nikon factory refurbished products have been restored to factory specification of brand new operating condition and carry a 90-day Nikon Warranty. These product have minimal or no signs of prior use and are in mint or near mint condition. Everyday Easy The COOLPIX L32 makes taking great photos and videos a breeze! Want better selfies or photos of friends, family and even pets? Use the Smart Portrait System and let the COOLPIX L32 do all the work. Want better videos? Press the dedicated Movie Record button and capture 720p HD videos with sound. You can even zoom in while you're recording - electronic Vibration Reduction will help keep your videos steady. Easily preview fun Image Effects on the camera's large 3.0-inch LCD, apply your favorites and then show off to your friends. You won't even have to wait for a charge - the COOLPIX L32 runs on regular AA batteries! More great results, less fuss - Easy operation with simple menus The COOLPIX L32 is all about ease - just point, shoot and enjoy your great photos and videos. When you want to record videos, you don't have to turn any dials or flip any switches - just press the dedicated Movie Record button. And when you want to add fun effects, the COOLPIX L32's simple menu system makes it a breeze. Flatter your friends and family - Smart Portrait System makes everyone look their best Smart Portrait System makes it easy to create beautiful photos of the people you care about. Turn it on, and several portrait-optimizing features activate. Face Priority AF finds and focuses on faces. Skin Softening applies an attractive soft focus effect. The camera can even automatically take a photo the instant someone smiles! Your loved ones will always look their best. Frame the perfect shot - 5x wide-angle NIKKOR zoom lens gets you closer to the action Every COOLPIX is designed around a genuine NIKKOR glass lens, the legendary optics that have made Nikon famous. The COOLPIX L32's 5x Zoom NIKKOR lens is great for everything from wide-a
    $89.00  from Walmart US
  • Nikon
    Nikon factory refurbished products have been restored to factory specification of brand new operating condition and carry a 90-day Nikon Warranty. These product have minimal or no signs of prior use and are in mint or near mint condition. Features High-performance NIKKOR lens EXPEED C2 image-processing system 6.7 cm/2.7-in, approx. 230k-dot LCD monitor Leave a message (Records two voice messages) Make photo albums function Restrict Image Deletion (Image lock) Waterproofing-related messages Family life is full of fun, laughter and sometimes a few bumps and bruises. The COOLPIX S33 is the camera designed to withstand what your family throws at it. Waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof, it's ideal for the beach, the pool, skiing, amusement parks and other bumpy adventures. Oversized buttons and easy menus mean everyone can have a turn taking photos and Full HD videos. You can even create fun slideshows with sound right in the camera! The COOLPIX S33 is non-stop family fun. Waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof The COOLPIX S33 can go underwater down to 33 feet deep, withstand drops of up to 5 feet and can play in the snow at temperatures as cold as 14 degrees;F, so even the rough conditions won't stop you from recording precious memories. Safe to take to the beach, pool, playground and any place fit for family fun - you can always get a great shot of the action. Oversized buttons and easy menus Taking great photos and videos with the COOLPIX S33 is so easy, everyone can have a turn using the camera. Its oversized buttons are friendly to hands of all sizes, and you won't have to adjust any settings to get great shots - just point and shoot and let the camera do the rest. This is a camera designed with the whole family in mind. Full HD 1080p videos with stereo sound With the touch of a button, the COOLPIX S33 becomes a versatile HD video camera. Record the sights and sounds as Full HD 1080p video with stereo sound you can enjoy for years to come. Add fun effects like
    $99.00  from Walmart US
  • Samsung
    Samsung WB35F 16.3MP CCD 2.7"" QVGA LCD 12x Optical Zoom HD Smart Digital Camera Bundle - Red
    $129.99  from BJ's Wholesale Club
  • Canon
    12x Optical Zoom (25-300mm) helps facilitate versatility while maintaining outstanding optical performance, along with Intelligent IS to help optimize image stabilization for virtually shake-free images in a wide variety of conditions. 20.0 Megapixel* sensor combined with the DIGIC 4+ Image Processor helps facilitate outstanding performance. Shoot 720p HD video with a dedicated movie button. Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on predefined shooting situations to help you create the best possible image. Scene Modes such as Fisheye Effect, Toy Camera Effect and Monochrome provide creative freedom to capture your photos. Compatibility with the Canon Connect Station CS100 device helps enable you to transfer images. .Cameras-Refurbished PowerShot Digital Cameras-PowerShot ELPH 170 IS Blue Refurbished
    $99.99  from Canon
  • Kodak
    The Kodak PIXPRO FZ41 SL Digital Camera features a 16.1 megapixels, 1 2.3 inch CCD sensor for crisp 720p HD video clips and sharp photos with up to 4608 x 3456 pixels. The 4x optical and 6x digital zoom make it easy to bring distant subjects up close and into focus.
    $61.97  from Tech For Less
  • Canon
    Canon PowerShot N 8230B001 Digital Camera:12.1 megapixel resolution8x f/3.0 optical zoom lens28-224mm focal length equivalency2.8" capacitive tilt-touch LCD display1080p Full HD video captureDIGIC 5 image processorThe Canon Black Digital Camera has built-in WiFi connectivityOne-touch mobile device connect buttonCreative Shot modeNB-9L rechargeable lithium-ion battery packThe Canon 12.1 MP Camera includes AC power adapter ACK-DC70Compatible with microSD/microSDHC/microSDXCBlack Canon 8x Optical Zoom Digital Camera, PowerShot N 8230B001 Dimensions: 2.4" x 1.2" x 3.1
    $299.00  from Walmart US
    16 MP Low-light CMOS Sensor 12x Optical Zoom and 24x Dynamic Fine Zoom allow you to get even closer to what matters Built-in Wi-Fi for instant photo sharing
    $97.99  from Staples
  • Samsung
    ul li Shoot and Share Effortlessly in a Zoom with Samsung WB350 Smart Camera li li Samsung Link Allows Seamless Sharing and Playback Across all Devices li li Remotely Control Your Camera from a Smartphone or Tablet li ul
    $211.49  from Tech For Less
  • Fujifilm
    When you want to buy a fujifilm camera for personal use or for a gift this Bundle should be the perfect idea to fill your needs with enough films to start with and a compact durable case and specail 2 in 1 brush/spray to keep the camera as new all the time, The new, compact INSTAX Mini 8 color models preserve the ease of use and attractive design elements of the existing INSTAX Mini series. At the same time, the Mini 8 cameras offer new features and enhancements. You will instantly notice a slimmer and lighter body. The INSTAX Mini 8 is approximately10% smaller than the Mini 7S in volume ratio. It is now even easier for the consumer to carry around an INSTAX with them everywhere. The new INSTAX Mini 8 features automatic exposure measurement. The camera signals the recommended aperture setting with a flashing LED light and the user can manually adjust the dial to the recommended setting. This helps the user capture the perfect photo every time. A new High-Key mode is available on the INSTAX Mini 8 cameras. This mode enables consumers to take brighter pictures with a soft look -perfect for portraits. The viewfinder has also been improved for enhanced subject viewing. Framing a shot becomes easier for the user with even greater clarity and improved visibility.
    $123.95  from Walmart US
  • Polaroid
    The only tripod your Cubea ever needs! The ingenious splat flexible tripod from PolaroidA is the ultimate do-it-all for your Cubea lifestyle action camera. Its five-legged structure is crafted from flexible stainless steel sheet (80%) and wrapped in premium silicone (20%) . This combination makes for a flexible tripod that is both pliable and very durable. Though it weighs in at a light 2.6 ounces (75 grams) , it can support in excess of 1.5 pounds for hours on end without ever bending or getting out of shape. It truly is the most versatile tripod/mount for any surface. Endless Range of ApplicationsThe splat flexes and folds in countless ways, securing your Cubea in either tripod or mount setup. As a mount it offers a tight, protective grip, and as a flexible tripod it easily rests on or wraps around any surfaces a even a nail in the wall. Freestanding/Handheld StabilityFive flexible legs can be independently contorted and adjusted, while the non-slip dots under each leg eliminate unwanted movement. The legs can even be gathered together to form an ergonomic handgrip that adds stability for video. Stainless Steel & Premium SiliconeTo ensure the splat is up for every shade of fun, the materials and processes used are all PolaroidA-grade. The splat is crafted of pliable stainless steel sheet for structural integrity with a premium silicone wrap for years of happy, flexible use. Lightweight, Go-Anywhere DesignNow you can leave your weighty tripods and bulky mounts at home. The splat is very lightweight and an absolute joy to carry along when youa re on the go. You can throw it into your bag, and even wrap it around a purse strap or belt loop. Anything from Flat to 2.7a TallSplayed out, the splat measures in at 6 inches x 7 inches (17cm x 18cm) , with a maximum diameter of 7.8 inches (20cm)
    $19.99  from Walmart US
  • Ricoh
    Use Ricoh's rugged WG-M1 Camera as a handheld or mount it on your helmet to film full HD videos of all your extreme outdoor adventures. Pair full HD filming with crystal clear, unobstructed stereo sound, and you'll never miss an epic downhill ski, a hard route sent, or a river paddled. Alternatively, you'll also never miss a flail, a scared whimper before the whipper, or those strange combinations of curse words as you ski through bony territory on new skis. Ricoh added a brilliant LCD monitor and large, easy-to-access buttons to watch what you've filmed on scene, and there's WiFi connectivity so you can play, edit, and record from your smartphone.
    $239.96  from Backcountry
  • Panasonic
    Highlights: Instant creativity with built-in creative effects Capture stills or (720p) HD video in and out of water Travel confidently with go-anywhere freeze-proof (14 degrees) , shockproof (4.9 ft.) and waterproof (26 ft.) toughness Features Creative Control / Creative Retouch Creative Control in recording mode and Creative Retouch* in playback mode give you the power to turn ordinary situations into highly expressive images. Creative Effects include Expressive, Retro, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect**, Miniature Effect**, One Point Color. * For photos only. ** Cannot be used in Creative Panorama Creative Panorama With the Creative Panorama function, you can shoot and overlay consecutive horizontal / vertical images, then add filter effects with Creative Controls. Beautiful Underwater Shots The red color reproduction of Advanced Underwater Mode easily compensates for the red tones easily lost in underwater shooting to create more natural underwater images. Additional action modes include Sports, Snow, and Beach and Snorkeling. Quad-Proof Tough for Active Lifestyles This tough, rugged camera is waterproof, shockproof, dust and freezeproof, perfect for photos and video anywhere, indoors or out. Waterproof to 8m/26ft. Shockproof to 1.5m/5ft. Freezeproof to -10C/14F Dustproof MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) MEGA O.I.S. automatically compensates for blurring caused by hand-shake. Even slight hand-shake movement is detected instantly by a sampling frequency of 4,000 times per second to produce sharp, clear images. MP4 HD Video Recording Recording dynamic MP4 HD video in 1280 x 720p* starts with the simple push of an independent motion picture button. And you can switch from video to photo shooting and back again instantly. * Sensor output is 30p (for NTSC area) / 25p (for PAL area) Time Lapse Shooting Position the camera to record stationary observation for flowers coming into bloom, scudding clouds and other subjects. A series of successive images can be combined in-camera to produce time- lapse video. Torch Light Torch light helps record beautiful videos even in dusky underwater environments or in camp at night. And even when camera functions are inactive, you can turn the light on to illuminate subjects. 220MB Built-in Memory When the camera's SD card is full, built-in memory automatically provides 220MB of additional storage. Enough for up to 34 images Specifications Optics Pixels Camera Effective Pixels: 16.1 Megapixels Sensor Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter: 1/2.33-inch CCD Sensor / 16.6 Total Megapixels / Primary Color Filter Lens Aperture: F3.9 - 5.7 / 2-step (F3.9 / 9.0 (W) , F5.7 / 13.0 (T) ) Optical Zoom: 4x Focal Length: f=4.5 - 18.0mm (25 - 100mm in 35mm equiv.) Focal Length: (29-108mm in 35mm equiv. in video recording) Extra Optical Zoom (EZ) : 5.1x (4:3 / 10M) , 7.2x (4:3 / 5M) , 9.0x (under 3M) Intelligent Zoom: 8x Lens: LUMIX
    $149.00  from
  • Nikon
    Nikon COOLPIX L830 16MP 3"" LCD 34x Optical Zoom Digital Camera with f/3-5.9 Nikkor Lens, Bonus 8GB SDHC
    $229.99  from BJ's Wholesale Club
  • Polaroid
    Reliable Tripod with Fun Alter EgoAt its core, the Polaroid Snap and Wrap Flexi Tripod is a fully functional good-old camera tripod. It enables you to shoot photos and video with increased stability and reduced camera shake. But try putting it through its paces and youa ll soon discover that this tripod is so much more than a simple a camera shelfa . In truth, the tripoda s three legs a with their vertebrae-like joints that are arranged to flex perpendicularly to one another a can more accurately be described as spines. These provide an unprecedented level of control when it comes to positioning your camera for the optimal shot in every situation. Gets a Grip and Never Lets GoEach tripod leg also sports 9 rubber rings wrapped around its joints. These are particularly useful in shooting situations that traditional tripods cana t even contemplate. Imagine flexing the legs so they actually wrap around a boom pole, a chair armrest, a vehicle exhaust pipe, or any other creative application you can put your mind to. The rubber rings then serve to secure the tripod in place and stabilize your camera for whatever wild ride you have planned. For more a everydaya shooting, the rubberized feet features a balleddesign to offer enhanced camera and image stability even on uneven surfaces. Easily Connects to Most CamerasThe actual tripod mount offers much the same as any better camera tripod does: a removable a quick shoea with a rubberized pad to protect your camera from scratches, a freely rotating and pivoting ball head, and screw-in locks for both the shoe and the head. Connecting is as easy as 1-2-3:1 Turn mount lock counterclockwise to loosen and remove quick shoe.2 Screw quick shoe into camera until tight and reinsert into tripod.3 Rotate into preferred position, and turn
    $19.99  from Walmart US
    This rugged waterproof Kodak PixPro WP1 Shock & Waterproof Digital Camera is the perfect companion to get wet. Shockproof dustproof and just about life proof the WP1 was built to take on the go and be used in on and under the water. With a host of scene modes to help you capture the best shot as well as 720p HD video you wont miss a beat.
    $137.98  from Cameta Camera
  • Canon
    8x (28-224mm) Optical Zoom helps facilitate versatility while maintaining outstanding optical performance. 20.0 Megapixel* sensor combined with the DIGIC 4+ Image Processor helps facilitate outstanding performance. Shoot 720p HD video with a dedicated movie button. Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on predefined shooting situations to help you create the best possible image. Scene Modes such as Fisheye Effect, Toy Camera Effect and Monochrome provide creative freedom to capture your photos. Compatibility with the Canon Connect Station CS100 device helps enable you to transfer images. .Cameras-Refurbished PowerShot Digital Cameras-PowerShot ELPH 160 Black Refurbished
    $89.99  from Canon

Do you own a smartphone? Does it replace your need for a digital camera or do you still use both when taking photos? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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