If one is in the market for a point and shot compact camera, they don’t need to be deterred by looking at the exorbitant prices that come with most cameras in the market. The high-end cameras feature modes and features that are not really necessary, if one wants to do just basic photography. And one should not forget that the ever trustworthy mobile phone camera may also be on hand. But, what do you choose if you want something better than your mobile phone camera, but sans all the features that come along with high-end compacts? Here is a quick look at some of the options that are available below at a price of Rs.10,000
Canon Powershot A3300IS - Rs. 6,710
With the Powershot A3300IS, Canon have brought 720p HD video recording to their A series of cameras. Point and shoot compacts from this series are well known for good quality casual photography at a lower price point. This camera features a 16 megapixel CCD sensor that is powered by a DIGIC 4 processor. This option also comes with a 5x optical zoom and allows one to click great zoom shots as it comes with an on-board image stabilizer. The camera sports a large 3-inch LCD display that helps in easily reviewing clicked images and if one wants to be a bit artistic in their shots, there are 32 preset shooting modes that help in this feat.
Canon Powershot A3300IS
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W570 - Rs. 8,199
Sony has a really good track record of launching quality cameras at a low price point. The brand has the ability of fitting attractive features in a small form factor. The W570 is no different and in this small frame, Sony have added a 16.1 megapixel CCD sensor that runs on the BIONZ processor. With this, one can capture images with a reduced amount of image noise. The camera also features a 5x optical zoom, along with the Optical SteadyShot feature that helps in reducing the blur in images. Apart from this, one can record HD videos in 720p, shoot images in Panorama mode and capture images using the various scene modes. If that is not reason enough, Sony also bundles a 4GB memory card to store images and videos that are shot from this camera.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W570
Canon Powershot A1200 - Rs. 4,250
Very few cameras under the Rs. 5,000 mark can really impress, as usually they are fitted with rather cheap components and the build quality is just not up to the standard. It’s safe to say that the Powershot A1200 can definitely impress and Canon have done well in pricing this camera extremely competitively. The camera sports a 12.1 megapixel CCD sensor, along with a DIGIC 4 processor and the branded have fitted a 4x optical zoom allowing one to get up close with a subject. The camera is extremely easy to use and no matter the age, one can get familiar with this point and shoot within a matter of minutes. This camera also has 720p video recording capabilities allowing one to capture high definition videos by merely turning the dial.
Canon Powershot A1200
Canon IXUS 220HS - Rs. 9,599
This old horse still appears to be running strong and very few compact cameras in the last year have made such an impact as the IXUS 220HS. This is one stylish camera that oozes style, class and substance. Though it is priced below Rs. 10,000, it certainly does not look like it. The looks of it could certainly be the highlighted feature of this camera. The brand have added a 12.1MP sensor along with a 5x optical zoom on this point and shoot that is certainly more than enough to interest a casual photographer. A neat addition to this camera is that it can record videos in full HD at 1080p and this is a feature that is not generally found on a camera in this budget. This point and shoot is the ideal camera for those who enjoy clubbing, picnics and any other form of outing, as it will certainly catch one’s eye with its stylish appearance.
Canon IXUS 220HS
Nikon Coolpix S6200 - Rs. 9,500
Featuring a 10x zoom in a sub Rs. 10,000 price bracket is no small feat. But Nikon have managed to do just that with the Coolpix S6200. This camera boasts of a 16 megapixel sensor that is powered by the brand’s EXPEED C2 processing engine and with this, one can achieve reduced noise in images even at fairly high ISO sensitivities. The 10x optical zoom is the main feature of the camera and it is backed well by an in built image stabilizer. Like practically all Nikon compact cameras, this one too is extremely user friendly and one would take no more than a few minutes to get familiar with it. Apart from this, the camera is loaded with 19 scene presets allowing one to click images easily, depending on the environment or subject. Not to be left behind, Nikon, too have added 720p video recording capabilities to this handset making it a good option to choose from.
Nikon Coolpix S6200