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
8x optical zoom; 16x dynamic fine zoom, an enhanced zoom function that effectively doubles your reach 720p HD video capabilities 16 Scene Modes and Scene Auto Selector$78.99
Canon12x 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
NikonLimited NikonNikon 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. Zoom in and grab a great shot, then instantly share it with your friends and family. Pull out the stylish, ultra-slim COOLPIX S6800, zoom in and capture a beautiful photo or Full HD 1080p video, then watch it instantly appear on your compatible smartphone or tablet! Your friends won't believe the photos and videos you share - dramatic low-light shots, extreme close-ups, flattering portraits, artistic creations and so much more. And when you need maximum zoom power, zoom in to a whopping 12x optical zoom and 24x Dynamic Fine Zoom. Zoom, capture and share - it's that simple! Get even closer to what matters - Zoom in even farther with Dynamic Fine Zoom Every COOLPIX is designed around a genuine NIKKOR glass lens, the legendary optics that have helped make Nikon famous. The COOLPIX S6800s 12x optical zoom lens goes from wide-angle - great for portraits and landscapes - all the way up to telephoto - great for closeups of sports, concerts, nature and more. When you need even more reach, zoom up to 12x with optical zoom and 24x with Dynamic Fine Zoom, an enhanced digital zoom function that effectively doubles your reach. Your smartphone's new best friend - Built-in Wi-Fi for instant photo sharing and remote camera control with a compatible smartphone or tablet Your smartphone or tablet will be your favorite accessory! Take beautiful photos with the COOLPIX S6800 and watch them instantly appear on your compatible smartphone or tablet. Then share them without missing a beat - text them, email them, upload to your favorite social networking site - it's your choice! You can even use your smartphone or tablet as a remote control for the COOLPIX S6800, perfect for self portraits and group shots that actually include you. Focus wher$129.00
PanasonicHighlights: 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
NIKONIf 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
Comes in white color, this 10MP instant digital camera creates smudge-proof, water-resistant and tear-resistant photos 2.5 LCD 230000 pixels rear screen display allows you to preview the image or movie Dimensions: 3H x 4.6W x 1.4D$179.99
CanonCanon PowerShot ELPH160 Digital Camera:20 megapixel resolution with high-quality still images and video recordingsFeaturing Scene Modes, 720p HD Movie RecordingCanon 5.0-40.0mm zoom lens with 8x optical zoomEquivalent to a 28-224mm lens on an analog camera with TTL Autofocus, Glass Lens2.7" TFT LCD screenFeaturing easy-to-read menu system, color TFT LCD screenBuilt-in flash with Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash OffAdditional Features:1 SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot (memory card not included) Rechargeable lithium-ion battery for up to 230 shotsISO Modes: Auto, 1600, 800, 400, 200, 100, 80File Formats Supported: JPEG, DPOF, MOV3.75" x 2.14" x 0.87"; 4.48 ozCompatibility and Warranty: Compatible with PC or Mac1-year limited manufacturer warrantyWhat's in the Box: Canon PowerShot ELPH160 Digital CameraBattery, charger and power cableWrist strapTo see a list of our Camera Accessories, click here. Trade in your used computer and electronics for more cash to spend at Walmart. Good for your wallet and the environment - click here.$119.99
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.