5 Best Inexpensive Digital Cameras 2016
1. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV : Buy Now
An upgrade to Sony’s RX100 III, Cyber-shot RX100 IV is an advanced + compact digicam, not everyone can afford. But still, it gives you tons of features in that little-bit high price.
- Apart from 4K and HFR (High-Frame-Rate), it gives you other filming options like ace detection and smooth continuous autofocus, peaking, and flat picture profiles.
- 20-MP 1″ Exmor RS illuminated CMOS sensor and 24-70 mm sharp lens – a perfect combo for quality photography.
- 3 inch multi-angle LCD screen and other pro-video functions.
- Super-Speed Anti-distortion shutter can shoot in 1/32000 sec.
- Control camera, preview and frame your images through IOS/ android devices = thanks to free PlayMemories Mobile App.
- ViewFinder is pretty handy in very bright light.
- Built-in WiFi and NFC connectivity means you can do everything you want, with your images. Be it online sharing, emailing or even cloud storage.
- Image Stabilization system works for both still-images and videos.
- Super-Speed Anti-distortion shutter can shoot fast-moving objects even at defocused backgrounds.
- It is capable of shooting at 4K and its High-Frame Rate (HFR) mode records at 240/250fps, 480/500fps or 960/1000fps. You can shoot from Super-slow motion to Ultra-fast 960fps, without any hassle.
- Auto-Focus isn’t impressive and No focus in Stand-by mode.
- Despite having an decent lens, it has comparatively very less zoom
- No touchscreen and pretty average battery life – even more bad than RX100 III.
- A little overwhelming feature-rich interface for beginners.
2. Olympus Stylus 1s: Buy Now
Olympus Stylus 1s is an upgrade from last year’ Olympus Stylus 1, with some minor changes and a firmware update. As Stylus 1 itself was well-praised, not to much of changing was required, and Olympus did just that. It is a very good option for a compact camera in $600-range.
- Its 3′ touchscreen LCD can move 50° downward and 80° upward.
- Not to forget about its above-average 1/1.7″ BSI-CMOS sensor and a 28-300mm zoom lens which can give you approx. 10.7 times optical zoom.
- An expected 10% more battery life than its predecessor due to new BLS-50 lithium-ion battery. It means you can now shoot 450 times with this camera before charging, compared to 410 images previous model was used to give.
- A ‘hybrid’ Control ring which makes controls very intuitive and easy0-to-master. You give also get two customization function keys, a Movie button and a subdial – are can be customized for quick controls.
- 3.0″ LCD screen has a quiet outdoor visibility.
- For maximum control and options, you have the choice to shoot in RAW file format.
- 11 Art filters, 6 art effects, other features – such as Photo story + Super Macro Mode – and different lens options.
- With its built-in WiFi, you can easily sync your images through Olympus’ free app. Through this app, you can also do some other functions like releasing the shutter, composing images and control camera settings etc.
- Its zoom lever is pretty useful. It lets you trigger zoom through your left hand, while taking your images simultaneously.
- At last, also worth mentioning is its Ultra-compact design, you won’t find easily in feature-stuffed Cameras.
3. Canon PowerShot G7 X : Buy Now
PowerShot G7 X was released as an alternative of SOny’s RX III, and there isn’t much difference both of these either. Both had pretty much same theory behind ’em – compact size, good-quality images in small size etc. Anyways, we’re going to take a quick look on its features.
- A 20.2 MP, 1.0 inch BSI(BackSide Illuminated) CMOS sensor.
- 24-100 mm F1.8-2.8 lens with 9-blade iris diagram and Canon’s own DIGIC 6 Image Processor.
- It has WiFi and NFC, to share your images and do other tasks, wireless.
- Then we have an built-in ND filter. For those among us, who know what it is:
It is a filter that reduces reduces or modifies the intensity of all wavelengths or colors of light equally, giving no changes in hue of color rendition. It can be a colorless (clear) or grey filter – says Wikipedia.
Didn’t got it?
Simply put, it is a filter which reduces the light which goes through your camera lens. It means you can now shoot in bright conditions without caring about shutter speed and exposure levels etc.
- Image quality is perfect for its class and price.
- Its 3.0′ LCD has more resolution (1040K pixels) than Panasonic Lumix LX’ 921K but less than Sony RX100 III’s 1229K dots.
- At approx. 180 degree tilt, this touchscreen is prefect for selfie enthusiasts.
- ND-filter is very good and there is better optical Image Stabilisation.
- High-Speed Shooting and continuous AutoFocus.
- You’ll miss that viewFinder, especially if you’ve ever used it. This can be a deal-breaker for some people, who believe some sort of viewFinder is must for any digital camera.
- Battery life is very ordinary. Take 210 images and that’s it. You’re done with battery juice!
- HotShpe is missing too. That’s why you can’t attach external flash and other accessories with it. So you have to live with your built-in flash.
- While it lets you shoot in RAM format, this can be a little slow process.
4. Samsung NX1 : Buy Now
We all know that digital cameras are light years behind DSLRs – in terms of image quality. But this one, my friend, can give any entry-level/mid-range DSLR, a run for its money. Why I am saying this? because it features highest resolution till now, by any APS-C sensor.
- A 28.2 MP BSI (BackSide Illuminated) CMOS APS-C sensor – highest reolution by any APS-C sensor. It maintains good shadow details and have enhanced low-light performance.
- It also features a new image processing engine, called DRIMe V, which is sasid to be 2.8 times faster than Samsung’ previous engines. This new engine enable NX1 to shoot continuously at 15 fps.
- Other goodies that this new engines brings are 4K recording, an adaptive Noise Reduction technology — which apply reduction selectively rather than on whole image — Raw files are saved in 14-bit for single and 12-bit for continuous shooting mode.
- For Auto-Focus, Samsung’s new NX AF System III has 205 phase detection AF points and 209 contrast detection points – these points almost cover the entire image.
- It is a mirrorless camera. In case you don’t know, It is a type of camera “that has an interchangeable lens that lacks a “mirror” reflex optical viewfinder”. They fall into interchangeable lens camera category which also contains DSLRs. That’s why I’ve been calling it you entry-level DSLR’s replacement.
- Many different options for different scenarios like ‘Baseball’ and ‘Jump’ options. Jump Option lets you shoot while object is at max. height. On the other hand, Basball mode, a marker is shown where a ‘Batter’ should be, after this, your NX1 will wait for the ball to enter and hit by batter. Zebra View also areas that are closed to being burning out.
- It has latest connectivity options like WiFi IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac with Bluetooth 3.0 – now this is not so advanced – as well as NFC.
- 4K (DCI (Digital Cinema) 4K & UHD) video recording using H.265 codec
- LCD moves 90-degree upwards and 45-degree downwards.
- LCD display shows current data, battery life and other things — this feature’s only found in top-tier DSLRs.
- Included softwares are i-Launcher (Web version included), Power Media Player, Samsung Movie Converter, Samsung DNG Converter and of course, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
- Although its also gives manual Focus option, this requires a bit of work to get done.
- As NX1 uses H.265 format for 4K video recording, these video files required for first convert into other video format – through some video software – before using them further.
- A little bit over Noise Reduction.
- H.265 video format may not be everyone’s favorite.
- Pretty average battery life, if keeping its price in mind. It only lets you click 500 times before dying out.
5. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 : Buy Now
The Lumix FZ1000 offers you pretty much everything that Samsung NX1 does. But, on a low price range. So if you’re in a puzzle deciding between an entry-level Digital SLR and a compact camera – this might help you. Yes, a DSLR gives you high-quality images and HD videos, but there is also one more truth. Not everyone can afford a DSLR, even the entry-level ones. And even if you are a rich enthusiast, some things can prevent you from buying a DSLR, such as weight and size etc. Add lens on a DSLR, and it’ll become more bulkier. That’s why compact cameras are preferred.
- A large 1-inch 20.1 MP MOS censor with Lumix’ DFD focusing technology.
- A 25-400 mm Bright Leica DC lens that features 16x Zoom.
- It enables 4K QFHD video recording at 30fps.
- A 5-axis Hybrid O.I.S Image Stabilization.
- WiFi connectivity with NFC and 3.0 inch LCD.
- For additional light, there is an additional Pop-up Flash.
- Quick and accurate AutoFocus.
- 4K shooting at very high bitrate – 100 Mbps.
- High-resolution XGA OLED electronic viewfinder with 2.36M dots
- Venus engine image processor enable high-res images and 4K recording upto ISO 12800.
- Panasonic Image app works for both of your Android and IOS devices. It lets you remote control your camera and do functions like choosing a focus point, control exposure etc.
- Many Style options are there for images, before shooting: Sweet Child’s Face, Distinct Scenery, Bright Blue Sky, Romantic Sunset Glow, Vivid Sunset Glow, Glistening Water, Clear Nightscape and others etc.
- It lacks the built-in ND Filter, present in Samsung NX1.
- Somewhat bulky for a compact camera.