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
NIKONProtect your valuable digital camera from dust scratches and light impacts with this Nikon Coolpix Digital Camera Case. This case features a velcro closure for quick access and a soft interior lining. Also features 2 inner pockets and a belt loop for easy portability. Interior Dimensions (WxHxD) : 4.3 x 2.6 x 1.7 in. (109 x 66 x 43mm)$21.95
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$157.99
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
PolaroidPolaroid continues to offer the fun of an instant camera plus the advancement of digital photography with this white Snap Touch Instant Digital Camera. It offers the convenience of digital capture with the ability to produce a physical instant print thanks to ZINK Zero Ink Technology. The 13MP 1/3.2 CMOS sensor works with a 3.4mm f/2.8 lens equivalent to 25.8mm in 35mm terms in order to provide users with a pocket-sized option and multiple photographic options. The 3.5 touchscreen LCD display on the rear of the camera makes framing taking pictures and full HD 1080p videos even more convenient. The Snap Touch includes a photobooth and burst mode as well as the ability to edit pictures through filters borders and digital stickers. An automatic timer in conjunction with the built-in selfie mirror allows you to take a confident selfie without the need for a retake. A microSD card slot allows you to use a microSD card up to 128GB for image transfer and a micro USB port and cable makes it easy to charge. Additionally the camera is equipped with Bluetooth connectivity. Printing is possible with ZINK Zero Ink Technology found in a few other Polaroid products. This camera shares many features with the Snap Instant Digital Camera and Zip Mobile Printer including a print size of 2x3 a print speed of under one minute and the ability to hold up to ten sheets of ZINK photo paper. It is powered by a built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery. Snap Touch Camera Features 3.5 LCD touchscreen viewfinder Bluetooth connectivity Photobooth mode Burst mode Filters borders and digital stickers Self timer built-in selfie mirror Micro USB port MicroSD card slot Microphone speaker ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology Utilizes ZINK photo paper with an advanced composite material embedded with cyan yellow and magenta dye crystal and with a protective polymer overcoat The colorless dye crystals are heated to activate and color the image for full-color images Prints are smudge-proof and long lasting Ad.$208.00
Canon8x (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 Silver Refurbished$79.99
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.