Five point-and-shoots for $200
The mom, dad or grad in your life is looking for a new point-and-shoot. Whether he or she is looking to replace an aging camera or to dive into digital photography for the first time, we've got five no-nonsense point-and-shoots on our list that will fit the bill. And at just around $200, you can keep a little green in your wallet too.
1. Canon PowerShot A3300 IS - The A3300 offers everything the beginning photographer is likely to need. It's capable of recording 720p HD video and it produces very good still images with a 4x optical zoom lens and 16 megapixel sensor. Controls are clearly marked and the user interface is intuitive, making it a great choice for a photography beginner.
2. Olympus Stylus Tough 3000 - The Tough 3000 is a very affordable rugged point-and-shoot that's designed to survive harsh conditions. It's waterproof to 10 feet, freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit and shockproof up to a 5 foot drop. Video recording at 720p doesn't hurt either.
3. Kodak EasyShare M590 - The M590 is a slim, stylish camera with an internally contained 5x optical zoom. We were somewhat disappointed in the camera's shot-to-shot speed and flash performance, but overall image quality was good. And it's hard to argue with a street price well under $200.
4. Nikon Coolpix S6000 - The S6000 offers a versatile 7x optical zoom lens in an attractive, compact camera body. The recent announcement of the S6100 makes the S6000 even more affordable while it's available, offering sweet features like 720p HD video at a sweet price.
5. Casio Exilim EX-S200 - The S200 practically screams out for attention. It's an ultra-slim compact camera packing a 4x optical zoom lens and 720p HD video recording. Image quality is good, though video quality wasn't the best in class. It's still a good budget and pocket-friendly pick for a basic point-and-shoot.
Are you shopping for someone who's already the proud owner of a DSLR? Take a look at our list of essential upgrades for the beginning DSLR owner. From flashes to filters, there are plenty of affordable accessories that make great gifts. Nothing says love like a new prime lens.
Shopping for other tech? Take a look at suggestions from all of our Technology Guide editors at our Moms, Dads and Grads headquarters.
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