It is amazing how the prices for digital cameras have been steadily dropping even while the complexities and quality has been increasing with twice the speed! Those who only dreamt of getting a digital camera due to the high prices now are able to afford much better technology. The prices have changed so much that what you paid for a 4 megapixel camera about a year ago was more than what you will pay today for 5 or 6 megapixel digital cameras today.
It is common to find 5 megapixel digital cameras with 3x optical zoom for $200 to $300. It is, however, important to know the basic features that are expected to come with a digital camera in this range though:
The camera should be capable of shooting 1.3 frames each second.
It should offer 10-20 scene modes
There should be a built-in flash mode
Lens opening should vary from f2.8 â f4.8
The availability of an optical viewfinder as well as a LCD screen about 1.5″ to 2″
An optical zoom with a range between 35mm to 115mm
A shutter speed that ranges from 1/2000 to 4 seconds
A metal or solid plastic housing
Video with audio capability at a resolution of 320 x 420
There can be a variation in the prices of digital cameras and it is essential that you are aware of the more useful features. Most people want to get good picture quality without having to pay for a high end digital camera. For this, it is important that you know which features enable you to take good pictures with a digital camera. Though it is not a guarantee of better pictures, it is good to know that the higher the megapixels of a camera, the higher the camera price.
When opting for a digital camera in the price bucket of $200 to $300 point and shoot models, one important aspect is the scene mode. Though the price of the camera does not vary by this scene mode, it definitely does help take pictures of say, fireworks or sunset without having to manually set the camera setting. Most of the good quality digital cameras within this range offer scene modes for better picture options. Another important feature is that digital cameras in this range are now compact and can easily fit in your jacket or shirt pocket.