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Top 5 Best Cheap Digital Cameras Under $100

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If you’re looking to begin learning digital photography, the step up in price point from a disposable film camera can be a big leap. Though digital cameras are always cheaper in the long run (you’ll end up saving on printing costs, at the very least), the initial price tag leaves many running for the analog hills. Here are the best digital cameras that can fit any budget.

Canon Elph 115 IS


This is on the higher-end of super low budget digital cameras. With Canon’s imaging prowess, this Elph packs a punch you can expect from the most renowned camera manufacturer in the world.

Pros:
• 16-megapixel resolution with 8x optical zoom and ½.3-inch CCD sensor
• DIGIC 4 image processor
• 720p HD video capability
• Wide angle lens
• Good performance in low-light situations

Cons:
• Auto-focus doesn’t always hit the mark
• Not always true to color
• Does not ship with USB connector cable

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Kodak C1530


The first major photography giant, Kodak stays relevant in the digital world with its Easy Share line.

Pros:
• 14-megapixel resolution with 3x optical zoom
• On-camera slideshow feature
• One-button upload (easy sharing) to social networking or email
• Face recognition and image stabilization features

Cons:
• Video capability not up to par
• Short battery life
• Software to download images to computer is difficult to find

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Vivitar VF128–SIL


This gem retails at less than $50, making it a great entry-level digital camera for any commitment-phobe interested in switching from film.

Pros:
• 14.1-megapixel resolution
• 2.7-inch LCD display screen
• Both on-camera storage and slot for SD card
• Facial detection and image stabilization features

Cons:
• Does not have rechargeable batteries (requires three AAA batteries)
• No HD video capability
• Does not include SD card

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Olympus VR–340


This Olympus packs a punch with its many “magic” settings, which allow you to put creative Instagram-like filters on images in-camera. Settings include pop art, soft focus, and fish-eye, among others.

Pros:
• 3-inch LCD display screen
• 16-megapixel resolution with 10x optical zoom
• 720p HD video capability
• Wide angle lens

Cons:
• Doesn’t perform well in low-light
• Colors aren’t true with flash
• Shutter release lag (blurry photos)

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Bell+Howell DC5–R


This camera is another that retails for under $50. An industry leader in analog film video recording, Bell+Howell is just beginning to foray into digital imaging.

Pros:
• Wi-Fi enabled with direct uploading option to YouTube
• Comes with editing software

Cons:
• Only 5-megapixel resolution with 4x digital zoom
• Non rechargeable batteries (but comes with 3 AAA batteries)
• Only 1.8-inch LCD display screen

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