Buying a dedicated camera for casual photography today is not a decision which a lot of people will recommend. No denying, smartphone cameras over time have kind of killed the concept of point and shoot cameras, however, a dedicated camera for any kind of photography will serve you the output which a smartphone camera can hardly match up. YouTube has also played a crucial role is saving up some of the point and shoot cameras which are now often used for Vlogging and regular video recording. If we talk cameras and you are finding one for your next vacation or your next video on YouTube, these are our top 5 picks for cameras under Rs 25,000.
Canon EOS 1300 D – Rs 25,495
While this list will be majorly dominated by point and shoot cameras, Canon’s EOS 1300D is probably the best option if you are looking to buy a DSLR at a price point of Rs 25,000. Rated as the best seller on Amazon India, the Canon EOS 1300D comes with EF-S 18-55 IS II kit lens and if you also want to have the EF-S 55 – 250 mm lens, you will have to dig in your pocket a little more.
The entry level DSLR offering from Canon comes with an 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor coupled with a DIGIC 4+ processor which allows faster image processing and focusing speeds. The camera has an ISO range from 100 to 6,400 and comes with equipped with 3-inch LCD screen which has 920 thousand dots for sharper and clearer picture. Besides, you can also use different modes starting from basic auto mode to advanced manual mode where you can adjust the ISO, shutter speed, aperture and more according to your need. The camera also features 1080p video recording and 9-point autofocus system and allows burst shooting up to 30 frames per second.
For the connectivity, the camera comes equipped with Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, which allows users to transfer images to one’s smartphone or remotely frame a shot with Canon Camera Connect app. The camera supports an SD Card and you get 2 years of Canon India warranty.
Nikon Coolpix B700 – Rs 22,994
If you are not looking for a DSLR camera but still want to boast the same aesthetics, Nikon Coolpix B700 is a really good choice here. Ideal for wildlife photography, the B700 is available for Rs 22,994 on Amazon India where you also get a 16GB memory card free. There is also a red colour variant with which Amazon India is also giving away an HDMI cable and a camera case.
If we talk about technical specifications, Nikon Coolpix B700 boasts a 20.3-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor coupled with massive Nikkor lens with 60x optical zoom. The device comes with a 3-inch LCD screen which is rotatable and has an ISO sensitivity range from ISO100 to 1600 which can be expanded up to ISO3200.The camera has a focal length ranging from 4.3 to 258mm and has aperture from f/3.3 to f/6.5. This aesthetically pleasing camera can also shoot in burst mode up to 5 frames per second and comes with RAW format support, creative shooting modes and probably the best thing about it is you can shoot videos at 4K. Also, one can transfer shots with a SnapBridge feature which automatically downloads images to your smartphone via Bluetooth Low Energy connection.
Sony Cybershot DSC-WX500/BCIN5 Camera – Rs 21,949
If you are new to YouTube and are looking to buy a decent point and shoot camera for vlogging and casual video recording, Sony Cyber-Shot WX500 is probably the best bet under Rs 25,000.The camera comes with a 3-inch 180-degree tiltable LCD screen, which apart from vlogging can also capture some great selfies – up to 400 stills or record up to 75 minutes of the movie with a full charge. This camera scores full marks in casual photography and vlogging because of its 18.2-megapixel 1/2.3-inch Exmor R CMOS sensor coupled with a Boinz X processor and Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T 30x optical zoom which has a range of 24–720 mm.
The camera offers a maximum ISO of 12800 and can record Full HD video at 60fps. On the connectivity front, the device supports Wi-Fi and NFC and is compatible with Sony PlayMemories Camera apps.
Currently, Sony Cybershot WX500 is available for a price of Rs 22,000 via both offline and online channels. You also get 2 years of Sony India domestic warranty.
GoPro Hero 4 Session Action Camera – Rs 23,000
Although the Hero 5 is already available in India, its predecessor the GoPro Hero 4 Session camera is now available for the price point of Rs 23,000 which makes it a good buy if you are looking for an action camera. Ideal for motor vlogs or even adventure trips, the GoPro Hero 4 Session Camera comes with an 8-megapixel shooter that can capture 1080p Ultra Wide video and Time Lapse photos at 0.5-second intervals right out of the box.
The device features a rugged and waterproof design, which can withstand water immersion up to 10 metres. There is an easy one-button control which is used to power on/off the device and allows to capture video or time lapse photos with a single click.There are also manual controls which allow you edit the Exposure, ISO Limit, colour, Sharpness and White Balance of the visuals.
The action camera comes with a maximum shutter speed is 2 nanoseconds and the minimum focal length is 21 mm. The audio encoding of the device is in the Stereo format and it works with 3.8 Volts. The camera also comes equipped with a USB port and is Bluetooth enabled as well. The battery is built directly into the camera and offers up to 2 hours of recording time on a full charge. You can get the Hero 4 Session camera on Amazon India for Rs 23,000.
Sony CybershotDSC-HX60V – Rs 22,490
If Sony is your choice of brand and you want seriously good photos for your next vacation, Sony Cybershot DSC-HXV60 is a real deal here. Priced at around Rs 22,000 and available via both offline and online channels, Sony DSC-HXV60 comes with a 21.1 Megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor with a size o 7.82 mm. Besides, the camera offers 30x Optical Zoom and 324x Digital Zoom along with the maximum shutter speed of 1/30 seconds.
We get an ISO range of 80 – 3200 and the given Sony G Lens focal length ranges from 4.3 mm – 129 mm. The camera can take still images maximum at 15MP and 1080p video recording at 50fps. Thanks to the BIONZ X Image Processor, the images on this one will be far more superior than most of the smartphone cameras today. Further, it can also shoot 10fps burst shot at full resolution.
There is a 3-inch Xtra Fine TFT LCD display at the back for the viewfinder with 921,600 dots for clear and crisp output. For connectivity, there is a provision for mini HDMI, Wi-Fi and USB for quick file transfer between your PC and camera. The camera is also portable and can be your perfect travel companion. Sony is also providing 2 years domestic warranty with this camera.