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Best Cameras for Designers Under $250 Dollars!

Summer may have ended, but I hope you plan to travel year long! It's said that we don't truly learn about great design until we travel... So travel often!

One of the most important things you can take while traveling is your camera, but if you don't have one, buying a new one can be intimidating. With so many cameras out there, and some ranging as high as $1000's of dollars, we decided it would be best to keep things stress-free for our Design Bloc fam.

Here is our "Best of" guide in each category -- ALL UNDER $250!

Hope you join the photography tribe. Finally get that camera you need for your next vacation or to take epic photos of your work. Enjoy!


1) Best Value:


The Nikon L340 is another steal for the sub-$174 price range, a fixed lens Super Zoom that competes directly with the Canon SX410. It features a 20.2-megapixel CCD sensor ideal for low-light conditions. The 28x optical zoom (56x dynamic fine zoom) lens allows for an impressive telephoto range, and it has one of the smallest bodies in its class. It’s compact as well as versatile. When put together, these specs don’t make for the most impressive point-and-shoot you can find, but when it can be found for at such a great price point, it makes for a great value.


2) Best Compact:

Nikon Coolpix S7000

$150 - $170

Compact cameras are preferable to large digital cameras to many people because they are incredibly portable, and you don’t need a camera bag to carry them around. If this describes you, then it’s time to check out the Nikon Coolpix S7000, a svelte shooter with plenty of good features.

The Coolpix S7000 measures just 3.9 x 1.1 x 2.4 inches and weighs 5.8 ounces, so this thing will fit wherever you put it. On top of that, it also has 1080p HD video recording and WiFi and NFC connectivity to send your photos instantly to your smartphone.


3) Best Zoom:

Canon PowerShot SX420 IS

$225 - $300

Zoom can play an incredibly important role for photographers, depending on what you’re shooting.

For powerful zoom on a budget, the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS is the camera for you. It has 42x optical zoom (24-1008mm) with a 24mm wide-angle lens, enabling great landscapes, portraits or anything else. The camera’s 20-megapixel CCD sensor enables you to get plenty of detail and color, and it all can be viewed on the fly via the camera’s three-inch LCD screen. Oh, and you can send photos straight to your smartphone or tablet via WiFi and NFC, so you can post your new family photo immediately on Facebook and Instagram.


4) Best Waterproof:

GordVE Double Screens Waterproof Digital Camera

Heading to the beach or to an exotic location with great underwater life? If so, this is the camera for you!

  • Waterproof digital camera with video; waterproof up to 10 feet in depth.

  • Dual color screens, 2.7" LCD display in the back and a 1.8" TFT color display in the front.

  • Waterproof,photoshooting,video recording under water .max24mp,14resolutions opional.built-in led flash light.

  • Compatible with MicroSD card ONLY and is required ; supports up to 32GB external memory card,Compatible with Win XP / Vista / Win 7 and Mac OS x 10.6.8 or above.


5)Best Package Deal:

Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 Digital Camera (Red) with Deluxe Bundle


  • The sleek Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 is a slim, beautiful digital camera that takes stunning photographs and records pristine 720p HD video so you’ll be ready to capture every special moment life throws at you.

  • Get a close snapshot of the action with 8x magnification, while the 20.0 Megapixel CCD sensor helps produce vibrant and clear images

  • Smart AUTO intelligently chooses an appropriate setting according to the subject and environment

  • Never run out of power with the NB-11L extra battery and AC/DC Turbo Travel Charger

  • Our exclusive starter kit contains the Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 Digital Camera 32GB SD card, starter cleaning kit, SD card reader/writer, Xpix Table Top tripod, AC/DC Turbo Travel Charger, extra battery, and a protective case.


6) Best Instant Camera:

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS


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The Canon PowerShot SX620 HS has an impressive 25x optical zoom with intelligent image stabilization and can handle low-light photos with its 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor. It measures 2.3 x 5.7 x 6.3 inches and weighs just .38 pounds, so it’s easy to carry around no matter if you’re on your way to work or the beach. For video, it captures 1080p HD footage at 30 frames per second and both video and photos can be viewed instantly on the device’s three-inch LCD screen.


Well that's it for now, stay tuned for more product reviews and advice designers on the go. Hope you enjoyed this and if you did, please give it a share below so we'll know it's something you liked!

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