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Five decent quality cameras under $150

Sometimes, for whatever reason, you just need a digital camera quick to get the job done. Here are five pocket-sized digital cameras under $150 that produce good photos and won't put you in debt.
Written by Rachel King, Contributor on

Sometimes, for whatever reason, you just need a digital camera quick to get the job done. Here are five pocket-sized digital cameras under $150 that produce good photos and won't put you in debt. (Note: Prices do not include tax, shipping and all those other charges that usually just get tacked on at the register.)

1. Canon PowerShot A480: A very low-end, basic camera, the Canon PowerShot A480 is cheap but it takes good photos. It even still runs on AA batteries. But if you don't have a lot of hindrances like low light or shaky hands, you won't have too many problems with this model. (Lowest price: $109.80)

2. Nikon CoolPix S220: Probably the best part about the Nikon CoolPix S220 is its design. Available in several colors (black, silver, aqua green, plum and cobalt blue), its a cute, compact camera that is good for only standard uses. It's quite compact and only weighs four ounces, but the photo quality seemed to take a backseat to aesthetics and price. While not the greatest, it performs well for the price. (Lowest price: $129)

Three more after the jump...3. Kodak EasyShare M1093 IS: The Kodak EasyShare M1093 IS is a sleek and simple camera. Most of the quality reviews are on the positive side, and with plenty of auto-scene modes, a 3-inch LCD screen and 10-megapixel resolution photos, its quite a deal for the price. (Lowest price: $139.95)

4. Fuji FinePix Z30: The design isn't my favorite, but Fuji FinePix Z30 is cheap, compact and takes good quality, sharp photos. It's as simple as that. (Lowest price: $119.95)

5. Olympus Stylus 1050 SW: Just under the $150 mark, the Olympus Stylus 1050 SW is a sleek, ultra-compact model that is both shock and waterproof. The 10.1-megapixel camera is durable, but the photos are often soft and the shutter speed is slow. While the price has dropped significantly in the last year, only the model in black seems to have dropped under $150. Other possible colors include blue, silver and champagne, but they will cost you more. (Lowest price: $149.95)

Do you buy a digital camera under $100? If so, which model? Do any of these cameras interest you?

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