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$250 - $299

Most Popular Cameras Priced Between $250 and $299

Camera Name Res Lens Avg. Price
Pentax X-5 digital camera image Pentax X-5 16.0 26.00x $262.72
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Editor's Choice Res Lens Avg. Price
image of Canon PowerShot SD980 IS digital camera Canon PowerShot SD980 IS 12.1 5.00x $249.00
Touchscreen LCD in an ultra-compact, ultra-wide, very capable camera As the first Canon Digital ELPH to offer a touchscreen LCD, the PowerShot SD980 IS also offers a 5x zoom range extending from 24-120mm equivalent, a 12.1-megapixel CCD image sensor, super intelligent automatic features and a very small, pocketable body. The Canon SD980's Smart Auto mode does a good job of assessing common-yet-tricky exposure situations and choosing the best preset mode, and the capable Face, Blink and Motion Detection technologies ensure great portraits. And the Canon SD980's widescreen 3.0-inch PureColor LCD monitor is bright and accurate. Click here to read our Express Review of the Canon PowerShot SD980! (minimize)

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image of Pentax X-5 digital camera Pentax X-5 16.0 26.00x $262.72
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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