Cameras:

Best budget digital cameras of 2014

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Want to go digital and still have some cash left over to pay the rent? All of these cameras are widely available for less than $200, and they're not the subpar bargain models of yesteryear, either.

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Samsung WB250F

For those who want more camera than their smartphone offers without sacrificing the easy sharing, the Samsung WB250F Smart Camera is a good, affordable choice.

Price: $224.96 - $224.96 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Nikon Coolpix L830 (Black)

With easy-to-use controls, a nice tilting LCD, and pleasing photo quality, the affordable 34x zoom Nikon Coolpix L830 is a solid pick.

Price: $196.95 - $249.95 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

A change in sensor brings the 30x zoom Canon PowerShot SX510 HS' photo and movie quality as well as its shooting performance up a notch.

Price: $199.00 - $260.81 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Nikon Coolpix L610

Though nothing extraordinary, the Nikon Coolpix L610 is a decent entry-level compact camera that shoots slightly above its price.

Price: $149.00 - $149.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

The Canon PowerShot SX160 IS is a good, inexpensive travel-zoom option for those wanting more control over results or who are just getting into photography and don't want to empty their wallets.

Price: $169.99 - $258.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

The entry-level Canon PowerShot A2400 IS and its IS-less linemate the A2300 are simple cameras with nice picture quality for casual snapshooters, but the price difference isn't worth sacrificing the image stabilization.

Price: $139.00 - $139.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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