Hot Budget Cameras Under Rs.6,000

Laldinfela Pachuau 15 Jun 2010

If you are on a budget,  just want a basic point-and-shoot camera and don't want to mess too much with the settings, , here are the hottest cameras you can get this season at a bargain price.

Fujifilm FinePix AV100

This entry level camera from Fuji has a 12.2 MP, ½.3-inch CCD image sensor. It uses a Fujinon 3x optical lens (32 to 96mm) and a 2.7-inch LCD display.  The AV100 sensor has a high sensitivity that can go all the way up to 3200. There is no optical image stabilization; rather it depends on the digital based shake reduction system. The camera highlights features like Natural Light with Flash mode, auto red-eye removal and panorama mode. Fuji included Face Detection  and 6 scenes SR AUTO that automatically recognizes the scene and face and apply the best setting for them. Totally, there are generous 16 scene modes as well. One of the main attractive feature of the AV100 is, its HD-video shooting capability.  Maximum video resolution it can capture is 1280x720p apart from capturing VGA or QVGA resolution. The Fujifilm AV100 runs on 2XAA batteries which leaves you without much worries as these batteries are easily available everywhere. The Fujifilm AV100 is priced at Rs 4,999 and from what it offers, it is one of the hottest cameras you can get under Rs. 6000.

Canon PowerShot  A480
Even after the newer model Canon A495 has hit the stores, the Canon A480 which is available for Rs.5,130 is still one of the best point and shoots available under Rs. 6000. The camera is a basic compact with ordinary look and design but its imaging ability for its asking price is commendable. It has a 10MP sensor with 3.3x optical zoom lens ( 37-122mm) ,and all framing and viewing of pictures is done on the 2.5-inch LCD screen.  The Powershot A480 uses same Canon’s DIGIC III processor that was seen on earlier IXUS models. There are 12 scene modes including super macro mode and the camera also has  Smart Auto shooting mode and Canon's Face Detect Self-Timer. Video recorded are in VGA resolution at 30fps. The ISO speed varies from, ISO80 to ISO 1600 and there are three metering modes available. The camera is powered by 2xAA batteries. For Rs. 5,130, the Canon PowerShot A480 definitely is a good buy.

Olympus T100
The latest budget compact camera from Olympus, the T100 is a 12MP point and shoot camera that has a 3x optical zoom lens with focal length ranging from 36mm to 108mm ( in 35mm parlance). The camera as in FujiFilm AV100 also does not have optical image stabilization but relies on digital image stabilization. It has a 2.36-inch LCD monitor and features Easy Navigation function that is a built-in help or explanation of camera functions on the screen. To make shooting more friendly, there is an Intelligent Auto shooting mode which automatically optimizes the camera settings for the current shooting scene. Apart from this, the Olympus T100  features 13 scene modes and Magic Filter that includes Pop, Pinhole, Fisheye and Sketch. There is a Face Detection and AF Tracking feature. The built-in Perfect Fix would also help in correcting exposure and fixing the Redeye. The maximum video resolution it can record is VGA (640x480) with the recording time limited by the amount of space available on the memory card only. The camera runs on Li-Ion battery. Currently, the Olympus costs Rs 6,999 but is available for Rs. 5,795 from smartshopper.in

Nikon CoolPix L22
Nikon's CoolPix L22 is a fully automatic digital camera with almost no scope for customisation. Despite this, it shouldn’t be dismissed as another run-of-the-mill point-and-shoot camera — it has actually got a very good sensor inside. The Nikon CoolPix L22 can capture very clear photos with accurate colours. It's a 12-megapixel camera with a 3.6x zoom lens that has a focal range of 37-134mm (35mm format) and an aperture range of f/3.1-6.7. It’s not a super-zoom, so you won’t be able to get too close to distant subjects, and its 37mm wide angle is also not as wide as many other point-and-shoot cameras on the market (such as Nikon’s own CoolPix S640, which has a 28mm lens). But it's an inexpensive camera, so you can't expect too much out of it. Its relatively short focal length means that pictures won’t suffer too much from lens distortion — straight lines at the top and bottom of an image taken at 37mm will look slightly curved. Currently, the cheapest price for the Nikon L22 that we can find online is Rs. 5050 from Indiatimes shopping site which is a steal and should be seriously considered.

Kodak EasyShare C142
While there are many choices for Kodak in this price range, our eyes fell on this basic compact shooter which offers simplicity with just the right amount of features. The camera packed features like Smart Capture, blur reduction, face detection and one-click upload to YouTube, Facebook, Flickr and Kodak Gallery. This budget shooter is a 10.1MP camera that has a 3x optical zoom lens (34mm-102mm). Like the other point and shoot in this price range, it also does not include optical image stabilization. The camera has a 2.5-inch LCD screen and is powered by 2xAA batteries. The camera has ISO speed ranging from ISO80 to ISO1600, and there are three metering modes. There are 20 scene modes in total as well. Maximum video  resolution that can be captured is VGA ( 640x480) at 30 fps.  Priced at Rs 4,949 on ezone.futurebazaar.com, the Kodak C142 is one attractive entry level point and shoot at budget price point.

Sony CyberShot DSC S2000
When it comes to budget point-and-shoot cameras, Sony’s range of Cybershot cameras hardly make it to the budget category. However, the S2000 which is priced at Rs.6,490 on Sony India site is sold by online sites like Indiatimes shopping for much lower, which is one reason why it made it to the hot budget point-and-shoot cameras here.  The DSC-S200 is a standard 10MP camera with 3x optical zoom lens. It sports a 2.5-inch LCD screen in a compact body. The camera has standard Sony’s line of features like Intelligent Auto Mode, Face Detection, Smile Shutter and SteadyShote image stabilization. The camera has eight scene modes, and it has multi-point AF and Center-weighted AF modes. Video as usual for a basic compact point and shoot is recorded in VGA at 29.97 fps and Sony made the camera compatible not only with its proprietary Memory Stick but also with SD/SDHC memory card. Indiatimes shopping is selling the S2000 for Rs. 4,485, and it is among the hottest budget point-and-shoot you can find this season.

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