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Top 10 Cameras to Buy Under 300 (in 2019)

In Gear by Stefano CaioniLeave a Comment

[Updated October 2019.]

Yes, you can buy a camera for less than $300. If you’re a first-timer you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars.

Who said that photography is an expensive hobby? Hey, you don’t need to buy the most advanced gear to start a photography hobby. If you want to get started, as I always say, the best thing to do is to use your smartphone! But if you thinking that it’s just not enough for you and want to buy a camera and you are on a budget here’s a list I made of my favorite 10 budget cameras to buy.

What to Look for When Buying a New Camera

First of all, let me tell you a few simple things to keep in mind when buying a camera on a budget.

Portability. To me, small and lightweight gear is always the best. Aim at buying something you can always bring with you so that you won’t lose motivation when you feel lazy and don’t want to go out to take photos. Heavy gear won’t be an excuse. A small camera will give you the feeling that you’re just carrying your smartphone. Remember, the best camera is the one you always bring with you. On the market, you’ll be able to find 16-megapixels cameras and up for less than $300!

Resolution. Megapixels are not a problem anymore. With today’s advancement in technology, even small point-and-shoot cameras have enough megapixels to print a 200x200cm (6.5×6.5 ft)! Gone are the days when megapixels when the most important aspect to look at when buying a camera. Even smartphones have more than enough resolution to make big prints.

Zoom. It’s one of the features you want to start taking into consideration. Point-and-shoot cameras use optical zoom which is when the lens is able to zoom without degrading the quality of the image.

Image Stabilization. It’s a feature that reduces the blur caused by the movement of the camera. Definitely a thing to look for.

4K Video. Video is becoming more and more important and being able to produce 4K quality footage is obviously a big positive.


Best Cameras Under $300

Sony DSCW800, $84.00

Sony DSCW800/B 20.1 MP Digital Camera (Black)
  • 20 MP sensor
  • 5x Optical Zoom.
  • SteadyShot Image stabilization
  • 720p HD Movie mode

Sony DSCWX350, $268.00

Sony DSCWX350 18 MP Digital Camera (Black)
  • 20x Optical zoom
  • 18 MP
  • Autofocus with Lock-On AF
  • Wi-Fi smartphone connectivity
  • 4K quality video

Nikon Coolpix B500, $256.95

Nikon COOLPIX B500 Digital Camera (Black)
  • 16MP
  • Lens f/3.0-6.5mm
  • 40x Optical Zoom Lens, 80x Dynamic Zoom
  • Tilting LCD
  • Full HD 1080p Video 30 fps
  • Bluetooth + Wi-Fi
  • ISO 6400, 7.4 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Remote Control via Smartphone or Tablet

Probably one of my favorite on this list!

PANASONIC LUMIX FZ80, $297.99

PANASONIC LUMIX FZ80 4K Digital Camera, 18.1 Megapixel Video Camera, 60X Zoom DC VARIO 20-1200mm Lens, F2.8-5.9 Aperture, POWER O.I.S. Stabilization, Touch Enabled 3-Inch LCD, Wi-Fi, DC-FZ80K (Black)
  • 18.1-megapixel
  • 60X zoom
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3-inch LCD display touch screen
  • 4K video 30 fps
  • Wi-Fi connectivity

Another pretty awesome point-and-shoot

Canon PowerShot SX620, $249.00

Canon PowerShot SX620 Digital Camera w/25x Optical Zoom - Wi-Fi & NFC Enabled (Black)
  • 25x Optical Zoom
  • Image stabilization
  • 20.2 Megapixel
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • 1080p Full HD video
  • ISO 80 – 3200

Canon PowerShot SX530, $249.00

Canon PowerShot SX530 Digital Camera w/ 50X Optical Zoom - Wi-Fi & NFC Enabled (Black)
  • 50x Optical Zoom
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • 16.0 Megapixel
  • Full HD video 30fps

Canon PowerShot SX620, $255.00

Canon PowerShot SX620 Digital Camera w/25x Optical Zoom - Wi-Fi & NFC Enabled (Black)
  • 40x Optical Zoom
  • Image stabilization
  • Wi-Fi smartphone connectivity
  • 20.3 Megapixel sensor
  • 1080p Full HD video 60fps (slo-mo)

Sony DSCWX350, $268.00

Sony DSCWX350 18 MP Digital Camera (Black)
  • 20x Optical/40x Clear Image Zoom
  • Autofocus Lock-On AF
  • Wi-Fi smartphone connectivity
  • 4K Video

Panasonic Lumix ZS70K, $347.00

PANASONIC LUMIX DC-ZS70K, 20.3 Megapixel, 4K Digital Camera, Touch Enabled 3-inch 180 Degree Flip-front Display, 30X LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR Lens, WiFi (Black)

Alright, I know this is slightly above $300, but it’s worth including in the list. Let me know what you think.

  • 20.3 Megapixel sensor
  • 30x Optical zoom Leica lens
  • 5-axis Optical Image Stabilizer
  • 4K Video Capture with internal Focus Stacking feature
  • Wi-Fi smartphone connectivity
  • 180-degree front flip-up touch screen simplifies

Kodak PIXPRO Astro Zoom AZ401-BK, $136.46

Kodak PIXPRO Astro Zoom AZ401-BK 16MP Digital Camera with 40X Optical Zoom and 3' LCD (Black)
  • You’ll get well defined, detailed images thanks to the AZ401’s 16 million pixels. That’s ample resolution to crop, zoom, or enlarge your photos however the photographer in you desires.
  • With a 24mm wide-angle lens, there’s no sacrificing what you want in the frame. So go ahead and let your camera see what you see – the sky’s the limit!
  • The Optical Image Stabilization will iron out any small movements as you’re focused on getting your shot, so you never have to be afraid to go for what you want.
  • Whether you’re in the moment, or modifying your work at a later time, the bright, 3” LCD screen ensures that you end up with just what you’re looking for.
  • Capture everything in your peripherals with the 180 Degree Panorama feature
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