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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
    Designed for hassle-free capture of family fun and special memories 20.0-megapixel sensor with DIGIC 4 Image Processor. Produces high-resolution image quality that is sharp and detailed. 8x (28-224mm) optical zoom so you can zoom in on your subject swift precision. Features an optical image stabilizer. Helps reduce image blur caused when the camera shakes or vibrates. Shoot impressive 720p HD video by simply pressing the movie button. Shoot in Smart AUTO mode. The camera automatically chooses the proper camera settings by analyzing the scene based on several common and more unique predefined shooting situations, thereby achieving the best possible image quality. Features a 2.7in. LCD screen. Help when you need it. A help button provides you with clear explanations and guidance for camera operations. Lithium-ion battery included. ECO Mode helps reduce power consumption for longer battery life. Canon PowerShot ELPH 160, Silver is one of many Point & Shoot Cameras available through Office Depot. Made by Canon.
    $119.99  from Office Depot
  • 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
    The Nikon Coolpix S33 Shock & Waterproof Digital Camera is designed to withstand whatever you throw at it. Waterproof shockproof and freezeproof its 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 1080p videos. Additional features: 13.2MP low-light CMOS sensor 3x Zoom-NIKKOR Glass Lens 2.7 LCD screen Electronic Vibration Reduction slideshows plus more!
    $149.98  from Cameta Camera
  • Samsung
    This digital smart camera with 12X zoom delivers powerful performance in a portable design. 2.7 glare-free LCD screen displays precisely what the 16.2MP CCD sensor captures in both photographs and videos. Use the long zoom capabilities to capture impressive images and then share them easily through NFC and Wi-Fi connectivity. Once connected to a Wi-Fi connection; post images and videos directly to Facebook; YouTube and Flickr. Tag and Go feature takes sharing to an entirely new level by allowing you to connect this digital camera with your smartphone by touching the two devices together. An array of features can be activated with no required manual setup to transfer; share and back up images. This digital camera comes preloaded with a suite of Smart Mode options that enable photographers to enhance the color and quality of any image for an unparalleled level of customization and functionality. Video mode capability captures HD video recordings in impressive 720p HD-quality.''
    $182.27  from
  • 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
    Introducing the FZ41, Friendly Zoom from the new KODAK PIXPRO collection of digital cameras. Compact, intuitive and oh so easy to use, the FZ41 is the perfect camera to take anywhere you go. One touch video, red eye removal, face detection and AA batteries are just the start. KODAK PIXPRO Digital Cameras. Tell your story.
    $110.97  from Tech For Less
  • Opteka
    This kit was specifically put together by our trained professionals for the Canon PowerShot Elph 530, Elph 520, Powershot N. Our Kits features the most essential accessories at the absolute best value. Let 48 Years of experience work for you. Package Contents:1. Extended Life Replacement Battery Pack for the Canon NB-9L2. AC/DC Rapid Battery Charger For Canon NB-9L3. Opteka X-ARM Camera Extender Self Portrait Handheld Monopod extends up to 37 InchThe X-ARM is an easy-to-use extending handheld monopod. You attach your camera to the end of it (it screws into the tripod socket on the bottom of your camera) , press the self-timer button, extend it, and say cheese. There's no simpler way for you to get in pictures.4. Slim Carrying Case5. Flexible Mini Tripod 6. LCD Screen Protectors 7. 5 Piece Lens Cleaning Kit 8. $50 for Online Digital Prints 9. 47stPhoto Deluxe Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
    $39.89  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
    $320.49  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
    $147.99  from
    If you want to be delighted by your photos and HD videos; if you want to catch detailed close-ups of faraway action say hello to the Nikon Coolpix L830 Digital Camera. With a superb NIKKOR super telephoto glass lens that delivers 34x optical zoom plus an astounding 68x Dynamic Fine Zoom youll be amazed by how far you can reach. You can even tilt the high-resolution 3 LCD for a better view while recording Full HD 1080/60i video with stereo sound. Additional features: Hybrid Vibration Reduction 19 Scene Modes 6.7 fps Burst Rate plus more!
    $179.00  from Cameta Camera
  • 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 Vivitar SF-3000 Digital Slave Flash is the ideal companion to your existing digital camera outfit. It can be used as a standard on-camera flash unit or as a remote slave flash to provide additional fill light (or for use with cameras without a hot shoe) . It helps reduce side shadows and eliminate red eye. Includes a camera bracket with a shoe mount. Requires 2 AA batteries (not included) .
    $44.98  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
    $79.99  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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