Cameras:

Best budget digital cameras of 2014

Updated

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

You get an unbelievable amount of kit for your money with the Samsung WB250F, and it's all packed into an attractive, easy-to-use and conveniently sized body. There have inevitably been a few compromises, but Samsung has done well to balance features, price and performance to produce a competent all-rounder.

3.5 stars Very good

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Though there's nothing extraordinary about it, the SX600 HS is a solid choice for snapshooters wanting a simple step up from a smartphone without sacrificing on-the-go sharing.

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.

3.5 stars Very good

Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

The very competitively-priced Canon PowerShot SX160 IS has a long zoom and high resolution plus a good range of manual controls but you'll have to accept some compromises in image quality. It's a great knockabout point-and-shoot camera for kids though.

3 stars 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.

3.5 stars Very good
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