Dave's Picks

$200 - $249

Most Popular Cameras Priced Between $200 and $249

Camera Name Res Lens Avg. Price
Editor's Choice Res Lens Avg. Price
image of Casio EXILIM EX-G1 digital camera Casio EXILIM EX-G1 12.1 3.00x $300.00
The Casio EX-G1 is a sporty, well-built, and quite rugged digital camera The Casio EX-G1 challenges typical waterproof digital cameras, offering futuristic lines and a slim profile that practically beg you to charge off on an adventure. Its 12-megapixel sensor, 3x zoom, and 2.5-inch LCD meet all the basic requirements, and the Casio EX-G1's rugged build makes it waterproof, dustproof, shockproof, and freezeproof, able to handle just about all you can throw at it. Image quality is similar to most of the waterproof digital cameras we reviewed last year, with a few compromises here and there, but overall the Casio EX-G1 turns out good quality prints. Click here for more on the Casio EX-G1 digital camera. (minimize)

Other Top Choices Res Lens Avg. Price
image of Pentax X-5 digital camera Pentax X-5 16.0 26.00x $206.95
Entry-level, versatile superzoom makes taking pictures fun and easy
Boasting a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and a 26x optical zoom lens, the Pentax X-5 offers family, travel and beginning photographers a serious-looking, but ultimately easy-to-use camera that can capture good photos at a long distance. The camera features a ton of preset modes and automated functions that make picture taking fun and simple. And the X-5's 22-580mm equivalent range can bring the action up nice and close. Though it may look and feel like a DSLR, the X-5 is clearly not geared for enthusiasts wanting advanced photographic capabilities or DSLR-like image quality. While the X-5 delivers crisp, detailed images in good light -- most likely where casual photographers would use it most -- it doesn't fare as well at higher ISOs and when shooting in dim or overcast conditions. It's also a slow camera to operate, especially for candid work. Still, at its price point and with its point-and-shoot lineage, the Pentax X-5 does a lot of things right, and ranks as one of the best entry-level superzoom models we've tested. Click here for our full Pentax X-5 review or go buy one now. (minimize)

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