Best budget digital compact cameras - under $300

7 October 2016 2:27:03 PM AEDT

We don't all have an endless amount of money to spend on cameras, but we do all have a need to capture our treasured memories in the best quality possible. Thankfully, modern advancements have led to an increase in quality and features across the board, even in the under $300 range - these are our picks from that bunch.

Canon IXUS 180  

Go back a few years and with these specifications the Canon IXUS 180 would be well over the budget of this blog. A 10x optical zoom lens can reach out and frame distant objects and due to starting at a wide 24mm, it also allows for shooting in cramped spaces.
Built in Wi-Fi and NFC ensure you don't have to wait long to share your results with friends, while picture and video quality are very pleasing with 20MP resolution and Full high definition respectively. All of this is made even more attractive due to the travel-friendly, pocketable size of this Canon Ixus Camera.

Panasonic Lumix FT30  

The Lumix FT30 is an action-ready Waterproof Camera from Panasonic that is just as competent for a family day trip as it is for a hiking weekend at the snow, or beach and it is sturdy enough to handle the spills each of these scenarios can bring.
It's tough features which include an 8 meter waterproof and 1.5 meter shockproof rating, make the camera safe to be in the hands of your family's extreme sports lover, or inquisitive toddler.

Nikon Coolpix A300  

Redefining the term compact, the Nikon Coolpix A300 is the ultimate handbag accessory at just 120 grams and 20mm thick. You will never need to find extra space for this camera and you will never be tempted to leave it behind, so you will always be able to enjoy its benefits.
Crammed into this tiny camera is a 20MP sensor and an 8x optical zoom lens with 4-axis VR stabilisation, all but putting an end to camera shake. A constant low energy Bluetooth connection allows instant transfer of files to Nikon's Snapbridge - A wireless connection worthy of the modern world.

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