Cheap Digital Cameras - Affordable Hi-Tech Photography
Generally digital cameras are pricey, but there are decent cheap
digital cameras. It just takes a little persistence finding them.
Most models priced under about $75 are mere novelties and not really
very usable. But from about $80 to $125 there's quite a selection
of reliable cameras with a fair range of features.
The Ultimate Cheap - Disposable
One time use cameras start around $10. Unlike their film counterparts,
these cameras are not throw-away. After taking about 25 photos you
return it to the retailer who prints the pictures and a photo CD.
The camera is then "refurbished" to be used again. Usually if you
take a bad shot you can delete it, ensuring you get a couple dozen
photos you really want.
Super Cheap Brands
Even though digital camera prices start as cheap as $20, image
and camera quality are marginal at best. Companies like DXG, Concord,
Mustek and Oregon Scientific offer several digital camera models
in the $40 to $90 range. But be aware that some of these cameras
have received absolutely terrible ratings. That doesn't mean they're
all bad - and these companies offer better, higher priced cameras
as well. Compare carefully before buying.
Inexpensive Rather Than Cheap
Some good digital camera values appear as prices approach $100.
For best performance a camera should have at least 3.0 megapixels,
optical zoom, basic scene modes and similar features. Entry level
digital cameras like this from Canon, Fujifilm, Kodak, Olympus and
other manufacturers are available from around $90 to less than $150.
One way to save money and get a feature-rich quality camera is to
look for factory refurbished digital cameras. These cameras are
often priced 40% to 50% below regular prices.