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Beginning Photography: Finding a Cheap Digital Camera

There are various cheap digital cameras on the market for consumers who want to save a few bucks, and many excellent models can be found for under $100. However, itís best to know exactly what to look for. Canon, Fujifilm, Casio, and GE all provide several inexpensive models made especially for beginners.

Canon PowerShot A495

When searching for a cheap digital camera especially designed for beginners, the Canon PowerShot A495 can be an ideal and affordable option. The camera has 10-megapixel resolution and a 3.3x Optical Zoom. Canon has also included the DIGIC III Image Processor, which is designed to interface quickly with the SD memory card. Additionally, the processor has been designed to extend battery life. The PowerShot A495 also provides face detection technology and can detect up to 9 faces. The PowerShot A495 is usually listed for $100 or less.

Fujifilm FinePix JZ300

Fujifilm created the FinePix JZ300 to provide consumers with an affordable alternative to their higher-end JZ500. This model has a 12-megapixel resolution and a 10x zoom function. Users also have a choice between a black or silver version of the JZ300. Fujifilm has also included face recognition technology for people, as well as dogs and cats. For those consumers who are not too choosy, the 2.7 inch LCD screen should perform satisfactorily. The JZ300 can be found on the market for around $200 or less.

Casio Exilim EX-Z16

Casio released its own version of a beginner's digital camera, which they have named the Exilim EX-Z16, and this model can usually be found for $100 or less. The EX-Z16 is easy to use and comes with a 2.7-inch LCD screen with a 180-degree viewing angle. The camera utilizes 12.1-megapixel resolution and a 3x optical zoom lens. It also includes 4x digital zoom capabilities. One of this modelís most interesting and unique features is an integrated YouTube capture mode for quick transfer to YouTube's web site. Additionally, the capture mode optimizes well for web presentations.

Canon PowerShot A1200

Another cheap digital camera by Canon is the PowerShot A1200. Along with a 2.7-inch LCD screen, users can also utilize an optical viewfinder. The camera has a 12-megapixel resolution with a 4x zoom function. The A1200, designed for beginners, can also capture 720 HD-resolution movie clips. AA-sized batteries power the PowerShot A1200, and the camera is relatively light at about 6.5 ounces. This model can usually be found A1200 for a little bit over $100.

GE A1250

The GE A1250 is known for being easy to use, which makes it another good digital camera for beginners. The camera comes with 12.2-megapixel resolution and a 5x optical zoom. Unfortunately, the camera's LCD screen is on the smaller side at only 2.5 inches. The A1250 uses face detection technology, along with smile detection capabilities. Although some camera shops may have the A1250 priced at around $210, a little comparison shopping may result in snagging one for $100 or less.

Buying any of these models would be a good way for a beginner to start learning photography. There are many others available with a variety of features and in different price ranges. Remember to check both online and offline sources for the best digital camera to suit individual needs and budgets.