With the cameras on smartphones hogging up all the attention of consumers these days, camera manufacturers are scrambling to launch products that have to have that extra wow factor. Having a higher megapixel count does not count for much anymore, as no one really goes out and prints many large sized posters with every picture clicked from a camera. So, to capture the attention of the consumer, brands launch cameras that offer performance, and a variety of features. Of course, budget constraints have to be kept in mind. Here is a quick look at some of the cameras available in the market that are the top models available for Rs.15,000 and below.

Nikon Coolpix S1200pj – Rs. 13,400
The concept of adding projectors in cameras was started by Nikon and two years since their first projector camera, the brand has built up on this concept. Compact cameras look the best when they have a minimal design, Nikon have done just this and launched a simple, yet stylish camera that boasts of a 20 lumens lamp located at the front. The S1200pj features a 14.1 megapixel CCD sensor along with a optical zoom of 5x. This camera can also be paired with an iOS device with a special USB cable to project videos off the camera itself. Videos shot in HD 720p records well and  be viewed well on the 3-inch display, as well as on a PC.

Nikon Coolpix S1200pj

Nikon Coolpix S1200pj

Kodak Easyshare Max Z990 – Rs. 13,999
If bridge cameras are your thing, then this camera could be an ideal choice, given the fact that it is quite cost friendly. Apart from having a DSLR-like styling, this camera boasts of a 12 mega pixel backside illuminated CMOS sensor that is good for capturing images in low-light conditions. The 30x optical zoom is this camera’s main feature and it is ideal for wildlife photography. The image stabilizer used on this camera works well and there is no blur found even when the camera is operated at its maximum zoom of 30x. Another interesting feature of this point and shoot camera is that it features a three-step photo sharing to social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Orkut, etc. by using the Kodak Easyshare software on a PC.

Kodak Easy Share Max Z990

Kodak Easy Share Max Z990

Samsung MV800 – Rs 14,000
This may be by far the most unique camera one may come across. Samsung presently holds the title of having the world’s only compact camera that can be flipped open vertically, so one can easily capture self portraits. Even though, the MV800 has a tilt-out screen, it is a really slim camera. It features a 16.1 megapixel CCD sensor, along with a 5x optical zoom. Being quite compact, it requires a MicroSD card for storage, as opposed to most cameras that use a regular SD card. The interface of the camera is really neat with the background customizable. Apart from this, the camera is loaded with a wide variety of preset modes allowing one to capture artistic pictures easily.

Samsung MV800

Samsung MV800

Nikon Coolpix AW100 – Rs. 15,000
Rugged and tough cameras have been around for sometime, so what makes this one special? The price, of course. The Nikon AW100 is one of the most cost friendly, recent, all-weather cameras found in the market, these days. This camera, besides the price boasts of some interesting features, such as being waterproof up to 10 metres, shockproof from a drop of 5 feet as well as freezeproof up to -10 degree Celsius. The tech specs of this camera are good as well, with it featuring a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor and a 5x optical zoom. This camera can really appeal to those who are into adventure sports, because of its rugged properties.

Nikon Coolpix AW100

Nikon Coolpix AW100

Sony Cyber-shot DSC HX9V – Rs. 15,000
The travel compact camera segment really took off last year and if anyone is looking to purchase a camera within this price range, the DSC-HX9V is the pick of the crop. This camera sports a 16.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor with a Sony BIONZ processor, along with a 16x optical zoom which offers performances that are one of the best in its class. The image stabilizer found here is really good and there is no blur visible in images shot with the camera set to full zoom. Apart from the 16x optical zoom, the camera has a neat 3D feature where one can view 3D content on the camera itself as well as on a 3D capable TV by pairing it with a cable. The camera also has the ability to record videos in full HD 1080p and the video playback is really good as well. Besides this, the camera also features a built-in GPS and compass as well as several scene modes that will let you play around with this camera for long periods of time.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V

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