The thing about tech gadgets today is that their price can drop drastically in a matter of months, especially when a new model is rolled out. While this can be very irritating for trend chasers, it is amazing for the rest of us who have the patience to wait it out. Many consumer electronics, including digital cameras, that costs $300 to $400 just a couple of years ago now can be bought for less than $100. Electronics are getting cheaper and cheaper by the day and this is very good news for us price sensitive consumers. It has gotten to such an extent that even at just $100, you actually have thousands of digital cameras to choose from. Here is a list of some of our favorite digital cameras that you can buy for under $100
Panasonic Lumix XS1
I must confess that I am a big Panasonic fan when it comes to digital cameras. I love their subtle, utilitarian camera designs and how the usually packed in lots of features under an unassuming casing and design. The Panasonic Lumix XS1 is a very good-looking entry-level digital camera that would make a perfect buy for anyone that is looking for stylish and easy-to-use compact model. It comes with a 16.1MP image sensor, a 24-120mm wide-angle lens and 5x optical zoom. The highlight of this camera would have to be in its design. As much as this is an affordable, entry-level camera, this is definitely not reflected in the design. The XS1 is more compact and slimmer than your average compact point-and-shoot digital camera, measuring in at 3.69 x 2.11 x 0.69 inches in dimensions. It is definitely one of the best-looking cameras under $100. Another notable feature on the Panasonic Lumix XS1 is that it charges using a standard USB port. At the time of writing, you can guy the XS1 for just around $90 each.
Canon PowerShot A2300
Canon is arguably the grand dame amongst all camera brands due to its excellent track record in making practical, feature-filled, reliable cameras. I would put it straight out that there is nothing groundbreaking about the Canon PowerShot A2300, be it in terms of features, specs or design. The A2300 is essentially, a straightforward, no-nonsense compact digital camera that does what it is designed to do: take great photos and record decent HD videos. The camera comes with a 16MP image sensor, 2.7-inch LCD display, DIGIC 4 image processor, a 28mm wide-angle lens and 5x optical zoom. A feature worth mentioning is that this model does come with more than a dozen shooting modes including fisheye, toy camera, snow, firework and discreet modes, amongst many others (there are more than a dozen shooting modes). The A2300 has been received raving reviews from both tech experts and consumers for the past year. You can buy one of these for just around $88 per pop.
Nikon COOLPIX S4300
If you are looking to stretch your dollar to the edge, the Nikon S4300 is just the camera for you. While its price tag is similar to both the Panasonic Lumix XS1 and the Canon PowerShot A2300, Nikon’s set of features and specs on the S4300 is slightly more powerful that those to. The Nikon comes with a 16MP image sensor, 6x optical zoom and a more spacious 3-inch LCD display. Unlike the display on the two other models above, the 3-inch display on the Nikon S4300 is a touchscreen. The use of a touchscreen makes the back of the camera look neater with less physical buttons. Another feature that we really like is its sportier more youthful design. It comes with six vibrant colors and from the looks of it is geared towards the younger demographics (and the young at heart). The Nikon S4300 is priced at around $90 each.
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