Digital Cameras under Rs. 15,000

If you are on the lookout for a sub-15K camera then this list should help you get started. These babies not only allow you to zoom in onto your subject from a distance but are compact enough to be easily pocketed. So irrespective of whether you are a professional or you are just starting out these selected few should keep you hooked for a while.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3 – Rs. 14,300
The Panasonic Lumix ZR3 comes in as one of the most compact cameras that boast of a massive 8x optical zoom. That apart the camera features a 14.1 MP sensor clubbed with a 25mm wide angle lens. Perhaps the most well thought of feature is the Extra Optical Zoom that the camera has. It basically allows you to zoom at three different levels but at lower resolutions – this would include 11.3x at 7MP, 13.5x at 5MP and 16.9x at 3MP. Other features include a wide range of preset scene modes, face recognition and the ability to record in HD (720p). However it doesn’t only end there as there are a whole lot of other options to explore.

Other features include –

  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 96 97.8 x 54.8 x 26.0 mm
  • Weight: 160 g
  • Display: 2.7-inch, 230,000 pixels
  • Resolution: 14.1 megapixels
  • Aperture range: f/3.3 – f/5.9
  • Optical Zoom: 8x
  • Digital Zoom: 4x
  • Shutter Speed: 8 sec. to 1/2000 sec (Still mode), 15, 30, 60 sec. to 1/2000 sec. (Starry sky mode)
  • ISO sensitivity: 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
  • Flash: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync., Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
  • Self Timer: Yes
  • Movie recording: 1280 x 720 pixels, 848 x 480 pixels, 640 x 480 pixels, 320 x 240 pixels at 30 fps.
  • Storage: SD / SDHC / SDXC
  • Recording Format: JPEG (still image), AVCHD Lite (video)
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0
  • Battery: Li-Ion Battery

Samsung ST70 - Rs. 11,990
Samsung seems to be hitting all the right notes in the digital camera section. The ST70 comes in as an extremely slim camera with a handful of shooting modes to choose from. The camera comes with a decent set of filters such as Miniature filter – gives your subject a miniaturised look, Vignetting filter – enhances the overall contrast of the image and the Fish-eye filter which allows you to distort the overall image to a certain extent. Videos can also be recorded in HD (720p) which delivers an overall crisp and clear image. Dual Image Stabilization, stainless steel body and 27mm wide angle lens makes the ST70 a formidable competitor at this price range.

Other features include –

  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 96.3 x 55.8 x 16.6 mm
  • Weight: 130 g
  • Display: 2.7-inch, 230,000 pixels
  • Resolution: 14.2 megapixels
  • Aperture range: f/3.5 – f/5.9
  • Optical Zoom: 5x
  • Digital Zoom: 3x
  • Shutter Speed: 2 sec. to 1/2000 sec
  • ISO sensitivity: Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
  • Flash: Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash Off, Red-eye fix
  • Self Timer: Yes
  • Movie recording: 1280 x 720 High Quality, 1280 x 720 Standard Quality, 640 x 480, 320 x 240 pixels at 30 fps
  • Storage: SD / SDHC
  • Recording Format: JPEG (still image), H.264 (video)
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0
  • Battery: Li-Ion

Olympus SP-600UZ - Rs. 13,949
The Olympus SP-600UZ might not fall in as a compact camera but it will surely fit in if you are in need of a mega-zoom camera. The SP-600UZ comes with a massive 15x of optical zoom along with an impressive 28mm wide angle lens. Moreover the SP-600UZ features Dual Image Stabilization that takes care of camera shake when shooting at full 15x. Moreover, the Olympus SP-600UZ is the only camera that comes with a decent 1 GB of internal memory. Other features include face detection, AF tracking, panorama and an in-camera manual.

Other features include –

  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 109.9 x 72.2 x 75.1 mm
  • Weight: 433 g
  • Display: 2.7-inch, 230,000 pixels
  • Resolution: 12.2 megapixels
  • Aperture range: f/3.5 – f/5.4
  • Optical Zoom: 15x
  • Digital Zoom: 5x
  • Shutter Speed: 1/2 sec. to 1/2000 sec (Auto), 4 sec. to 1/2000 sec (Night)
  • ISO sensitivity: 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, AUTO, HIGH
  • Flash: Auto, Red-eye reduction, Fill-in
  • Self Timer: Yes
  • Movie recording: 1280 x 720 pixels (720p), 640 x 480 pixels, 320 x 240 pixels at 30/15 fps
  • Storage: 1 GB (Internal), SD / SDHC
  • Recording Format: H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0
  • Battery: AA x 4

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Canon PowerShot SX120 IS - Rs. 12,995
The PowerShot SX120 IS is a 10x megazoom camera that doesn’t quite fit in as a pocketable point and shoot. However the SX120 IS does well on the image capturing front but lacks a wide angle lens. It instead features a normal 35mm lens. Nevertheless the camera makes up for its loss with controls that most serious photographers would look out for. What you get with the PowerShot SX120 IS is the manual, aperture priority, shutter speed priority and the usual Auto mode. So whether you are into photography or if you are just starting at it the SX120 IS is worth considering.

Other features include –

  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 110.6 x 70.4 x 44.7 mm
  • Weight: 285 g
  • Display: 3-inch, 230,000 pixels
  • Resolution: 10 megapixels
  • Aperture range: f/2.8 – f/4.3
  • Optical Zoom: 10x
  • Digital Zoom: 4x
  • Shutter Speed: 15 sec. to 1/2500 sec
  • ISO sensitivity: Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
  • Flash: Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Fill-in
  • Self Timer: Yes
  • Movie recording: 640 x 480 pixels, 320 x 240 pixels at 30/15 fps / 160 x 120 at 15 fps
  • Storage: SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus
  • Recording Format: JPEG (still image), AVI (video)
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0
  • Battery: AA x 2

Sony DSC-H55 – Rs. 14,990
With a 25mm wide focal range and 10x optical zoom the Sony DSC-H55 comes by as an impressive piece of work that’s hard to overlook at this price range. Adding to its rich feature set is the inclusion of manual mode and the ability to record in HD (720p). A feature that would probably get you hooked on is the cameras panorama view which has a max sweep angle of 244-degrees. However if you are on the lookout of a camera that’s probably compact and pocketable then I believe you should consider the DSC-WX1 which is also priced the same.

Other features include –

  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 102.9 x 57.7 x 28.9 mm
  • Weight: 220 g
  • Display: 3-inch, 230,000 pixels
  • Resolution: 14.1 megapixels
  • Aperture range: f/3.5 – f/5.5
  • Optical Zoom: 10x
  • Digital Zoom: 20x
  • Shutter Speed: iAuto (2 sec - 1/1,600 sec) / Program Auto (1 sec - 1/1,600 sec) / Manual (30 sec - 1/1,600 sec)
  • ISO sensitivity: Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
  • Flash: Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Slow Synchro
  • Self Timer: Yes
  • Movie recording: 1280 x 720, 640 x 480 pixels at 30 fps
  • Storage: SD, SDHC, MS PRO Duo
  • Recording Format: JPEG (still image), MPEG4 (video)
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0
  • Battery: Li-Ion

Prices quoted are Maximum Retail Prices (MRP).

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Published Date: Jul 30, 2010 09:38 am | Updated Date: Jul 30, 2010 09:38 am