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Best budget compact camera in 2015

How to find the best compact camera under budget in 2015

July 17, 2015

Going digital is the trend that everyone follows today. People have collection of digital devices, which they use in their daily life. This collection can never be completed without a digital camera. A digital camera is one of the most popular electronic devices that people are looking for, as it plays a very important role in their daily life. People now wanted to have a camera, which they can carry anywhere without thinking about its size and weight. Therefore, it is now in trend to have a compact camera that can be carried in a pocket like a smart phone. Additionally, these devices are pretty stylish and compact in size as well.

Let's discuss about some most popular and trendy range of cameras along with their heightened features, price, etc.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

With class leading performance and plenty of features, this camera offers you excellent photo and video quality. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 has been probably among one of the most popular compact cameras ever. This camera is probably for the experienced users, who have already used multiple digital cameras.


  • 16MP Four Thirds CMOS sensor (Up to 12.7MP used)
  • 24-75mm equiv. F1.7-2.8 lens
  • In-camera Raw conversion
  • Venus Engine from DMC-GH4 and DMC-FZ1000
  • XGA-resolution electronic viewfinder (1024 x768 pixels)
  • Multi-aspect feature maintains diagonal angle-of-view at 4:3, 3:2, and 16:9
  • 11 fps continuous shooting (6.5 with C-AF)
  • 4K video recording at 30p and 24, Full HD at up to 60p
  • Wi-Fi with NFC Aperture and control dials around lens, shutter speed dial on top plate 3" 921k dot LCD

Price: $739.95 - $899.99

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II is probably one of the most reliable compact cameras in recent time. With speedy performance this digital camera delivers excellent photos. Its multiple set of features makes it an attractive and compact package for the users.

  • 1"-type Exmor-R BSI-CMOS sensor (13.2 x 8.8mm, 3:2 aspect ratio)
  • 20.2 million effective pixels
  • 1080p60 video, (AVCHD) with MP4 option (50p in PAL regions)
  • 28-100mm (equiv), f/1.8-4.9 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens
  • ISO 160-12,800 (Down to ISO 100 and to 25,600 expanded)
  • NFC-mediated Wi-Fi allowing file transfer and control from smartphones
  • 10fps continuous shooting in 'Speed Priority' mode
  • Tiltable 3" 1.2M-dot 'WhiteMagic' LCD screen
  • Built-in stereo microphones
  • 330-shot battery life (CIPA)

Price: $599.99 - $649.00

Canon PowerShot G7 X

This is counted as one of the best advanced or enthusiast compact cameras. Its superb focus delivers high-quality pictures that reflect its brand and include it among users' favorite PowerShot cameras to date.


  • 20MP 1"-type BSI CMOS sensor (13.2 x 8.8mm)
  • 3.0" 1.04m dot LCD (720 x 480 pixels) 
  • 24-100mm equiv. F1.8-2.8 lens
  • Clicking control dial around lens
  • Dedicated exposure compensation dial
  • Flip-up rear touchscreen
  • Built-in ND filter
  • Wi-Fi with NFC

Price: $529.00 - $699.00

Sony Cyber-shot RX100

RX100 offers high-resolution 20-mega-pixel sensor with a normal optical performance. Although, Sony's own further version of RX series are better than this, but it is a better device in the price compared to other similar compact camera models.


  • 1"-type Exmor CMOS sensor (13.2 x 8.8mm, 3:2 aspect ratio)
  • 20.2 million effective pixels
  • 28-100mm (equiv), f/1.8-4.9 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens
  • 10fps continuous shooting in 'Speed Priority' mode
  • 3" 1.2M-dot 'WhiteMagic' LCD screen
  • 13 Picture Effects (27 with variations)
  • 1080p60 video, (AVCHD) with MP4 option (50p in PAL regions)
  • Built-in stereo microphones
  • 330-shot battery life (CIPA)

Price: $498.00 - $499.99

Nikon D3300

This compact camera has the ability to capture 24.3-mega-pixel images at 5 frames per second. In terms of videos, this camera can shoot Full HD 1080p video at 60 frames per second. Nikon D3300 beats many of similar cameras, which cost even more. If you are a beginner photographer then D3300 can be the perfect choice for you. It offers plenty of advanced features that can help you to increase your skills.


  • 24.2 MP DX format (APS-C) sensor
  • Expeed 4 processor
  • Fixed 3.0" 921k-dot LCD
  • 1080/60p HD video
  • 5 fps continuous shooting
  • 700 shot battery life

Price: $496 - $497

Olympus Tough TG-3

Olympus' Tough TG-3 is compact for those users who travel a lot without thinking about the weather. It is a waterproof to 50 feet, weatherproof to 14 degrees F, dust proof and shockproof to a fall of 7 feet camera that doesn't need any protection. This fully functioned 16-MP camera provides you complete settings, options and tools as you expect.


  • 20.2 MP
  • 25-100mm f/2-4.9
  • Focal Length Equivalent
  • 100-6400 ISO
  • Video (max) 1080p, 30 fps
  • 5 fps
  • Shooting speed
  • 3-inch
  • screen

Price: $ 339 $349

There are even lots more popular brands available where you may find pocket camera models, but the above mentioned range of cameras are the best ones you can choose in your budget.

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