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We round up the best cameras for users on a budget released so far in 2019
Photography has a reputation for being expensive, and it really isn’t entirely justified. While it’s true that if you’re so inclined you can drop thousands and thousands on your imaging equipment, the truth is that it’s possible to get started in photography on a very small budget indeed.
The good news too is that manufacturers are continuing to make cameras available for knock-down prices, with new models continually coming out at competitive price points. Here we've put together a list of the best budget cameras released in 2019, from compacts to DSLRs. So let's take a look!
The perfect adventure camera for family holidays, this sturdy compact is waterproof, shock-proof, freeze-proof and dust-proof, able to capture great-looking images everywhere from underwater to the top of a snow-covered hill. It has an underwater face-framing mode that allows it to automatically snap up to four images when it sees a face, ensuring you never miss a moment no matter how fleeting.
The images it produces are pristine and high-quality thanks to the 13.2MP CMOS sensor and the 3x optical zoom lens, and there’s also 6x Dynamic Fine Zoom if you need to push your reach further digitally. It also captures Full HD video footage, and its large rear LCD screen is anti-reflective, meaning you can always get a good view of what you’re shooting, even underwater. A camera that's safe and enjoyable for the whole family to use, this is an exceptional tool for your holiday images, able to handle any kind of situation you might end up throwing at it.
Nikon Coolpix W150 Digital Camera - Flowers
A super-zoom doesn’t have to cost the earth. The Nikon Coolpix B600 is a compact camera equipped with a lens boasting a focal range of 24-1440mm, which can be extended to a whopping 2880mm with Dynamic Fine Zoom digital technology. It’s an amazing all-rounder for travel, city exploration and more.
The B600 offers fast autofocus, allowing you lock onto your subjects quickly and efficiently, and it can also shoot Full HD movies – simply tap the dedicated movie button and you’ll instantly switch to capturing high-quality 1080p video with stereo sound. There are also Creative Modes to help you capture dynamic images of different subjects, and even a dedicated Macro Mode for getting up close with tiny subjects. The power of a superzoom and the convenience of a compact camera – all at a great price, too.
Nikon Coolpix B600 Digital Camera - Black
You won’t believe how much imaging tech you get for the money with this heavy-duty outdoor camera from Ricoh. Not only does it shoot 20MP images on its CMOS sensor, it can also capture 4K video, covering a broad range of perspectives with its 28-140mm equivalent optical zoom lens. Thanks to the minimum focusing distance of just 1cm, you can get extremely close to your subjects, and even illuminate them yourself with the built-in ring light that surrounds the lens.
Waterproof down to 20m, shockproof against drops of up to 2.1m and cold-resistant down to -10°C, the Ricoh WG-6 is a true outdoor camera. Use its creative scene modes to capture unforgettable images, log your position with the GPS module, and view your compositions on the 3-inch LCD monitor – it really does it all.
Ricoh WG-60 Digital Camera - Red
Joining Panasonic’s popular TZ line of travel-zoom compacts, the TZ95 is a sophisticated camera designed to capture all manner of subjects, whether up close or at a distance. It’s got a 20.3MP sensor and a Leica 30x optical zoom lens (24-720mm f3.3-6.4), and Panasonic even managed to squeeze in 4K video-recording capabilities, with additional 4K Photo modes that allow the user to extract stills from 4K footage.
This is only the start of an impressive feature-set – there’s also fast autofocus, 5fps burst shooting, a tiltable 3-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, RAW shooting and a whole lot more. That, we think you’ll agree, is pretty impressive for a camera of this price, and the TZ95 has the potential to become your new constant companion for travel-shooting.
Panasonic LUMIX DC-TZ95 Digital Camera - Silver
Another stylish and powerful superzoom compact from Nikon, the A1000 sports a 35x optical zoom lens with a focal range of 24-840mm, and this once again can be digitally lengthened with Dynamic Fine Zoom, reaching a maximum of 1680mm. All this is paired with a seriously impressive feature-set that compliments the large lens nicely – there’s 4K video, a large electronic viewfinder, a tilting 3-inch touchscreen, a 1cm close focusing distance, macro mode, SnapBridge support and more.
The camera has a nicely ergonomic design too, making it easy to hold and use even when the lens is at maximum extension. It has a Snap-back zoom which allows the user to quickly switch the zoom back to its widest setting, and side zoom control allows for smooth zooming while recording movies. Versatile and powerful, the A1000 is a winner in all categories, for a great price too.
Nikon Coolpix A1000 Digital Camera
A lightweight DSLR that gives the user access to the amazing range of EF-mount lenses, the EOS 250D offers a broad feature-set that provides real flexibility for photographers and videographers alike. Its 24.1-megapixel APS-C sensor is paired with a vari-angle screen and Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus, giving the camera a strong balance between power and useability. It shoots 4K video too, and composition is easy and enjoyable thanks to the optical viewfinder.
If you’re new to DSLRs generally, the EOS 250D is a great starting point, with a guided user interface that gives you the lowdown on how to capture the images you want. It’s fantastic for travel, lightweight and with a small form factor that makes it easy to throw into a small bag and take on your adventures. If you want to step up from smartphone photography and start pushing your images further, this is a fantastic place to start.
Canon EOS 250D Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm IS STM Lens - Black
We'll have more budget cameras for you as they're release, so keep checking back! And let us know what your favourite is, and if there are any models we missed.
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