4 Best Digital Cameras in India under 20000 Rupees Camera by Peter Mukaka - January 5, 2017September 16, 20190 Although handheld cameras are slowly getting wiped out by the ever advancing smartphone cameras, we cannot absolutely do away with them. One very reason why we will be seeing handheld cameras for a very long time in the future, is the fact that no smartphone has been able to deliver SLR quality images, even with the high resolution. In addition, the dream of achieving 3D imaging in smartphone cameras has been perceived to be a far-fetched reverie, since no smartphone company has realized the idea yet. All the same camera manufacturers are advancing their products in a noticeable rate, so as to satisfy the rising demand for quality images. The only major hitch that comes with handheld cameras when compared to smartphones, is the issue of pricing. Even with their good characteristics, DSLR cameras are really pricey hence most people prefer buying decent smartphones that have almost equally powerful cameras on them. This high pricing has further shifted the camera market to that of high-end smartphones, no wonder big camera manufacturers are slowly crawling into the smartphone production line. Kodak is a good example of this drift. The company released its own smartphone that is half a camera and half a phone. This move was meant to attract people who want a versatile device (camera) at a reasonable price. Nevertheless, there are still some premium cameras that are in a more manageable price range. With just one of these products, there is absolutely no need to buy a 50,000 rupees smartphone, simply for its powerful camera and resourceful nature. Instead, you can keep your old smartphone with you and buy any of these cameras at just below 20,000 Rupees. Have a look; 20.4MP Digital Camera Sony Cybershot DSC-H400 Sony has remained to be one of the very determined budget camera manufacturers in the world. You might have realized from our previous reviews that Sony’s high-end cameras hardly featured in the best professional cameras section. However, when it comes to low-priced and modest cameras, Sony does a really good job. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 is a fairly powerful device, hosting a 20.1 Megapixel image sensor with up to 63X (times) optical zoom. It uses a Carl Zeiss lenses for optimal and professional zooms plus it comes with an image stabilizer which is IAM enabled (Intelligent Active Mode). About the design, well it emulates a blueprint close to that of a pricey DSLR camera and even has a rubberized grip at its right-hand edge. The LCD display is a 3.0-inch screen that has a 921K dots resolution. With such a high resolution on the screen, the photographer is able to see every detail in the image even in the bright conditions. The LCD display, however, isn’t touch supported and this slows downs any operations with the camera considerably. Also Read : Value for money Digital Camera below 35000 in Indian market Other additional features in the camera include Flash support, smile shutter utility and a functional sweep Panorama provision for up to 360 degrees. In case you don’t understand what this is meant for, the sweep panorama mode allows you to take wonderful pictures of your surrounding in one swoop. All you have to do is hold the shutter button down and oscillate/swing the camera around the area you want to create a panoramic scene from. The camera will take images of the area in high speeds and then sew them up in one frame. Read more about the Sony Cybershot H400 at Hot DSLR Alternatives under 20000 Rupees. Brand Sony Model Cyber-shot DSC-H400 Screen size 3.0 inch Touch screen No Wi-Fi and NFC support No Weight 626 grams Image stabilization Yes Megapixels 20.1MP Color Black Optical zoom 63X Average User Rating 4.5/5stars Buy 21000 Rupees Point and Shoot Digital Camera Nikon Coolpix B500 with 40X Zoom Nikon’s Coolpix series is awash with middle-priced cameras like the L840 plus a bunch of cheaper models. The Coolpix B500 can be categorized to be among the cheaper products in the series. It harnesses quite some potential in professional photography, although it still lacks some functionalities necessary for professional shooting work. The camera comes with a 16 Megapixel CMOS image sensor plus a 40X (times) Optical zoom lens. Although it tries to resemble the Nikon L840 to some extent, especially in design, this camera is a bit smaller. Its NIKKOR glass lens allows it to shoot breathtaking videos in full HD, 1080 pixels to be specific. This camera is among the few cameras in its price range that can shoot videos in full HD (1080p) at 30 frames per second. In terms of design, the camera is generously furnished. Nikon built this product in one harmonious color, Black. It features a 3.0 inches tiltable display that comes in handy when taking overhead shots. This feature is what makes it look like an L840 and to think of it, Nikon wanted to replace the L840 with this camera. The display itself has a resolution of 921K dots which maintains the clarity of objects even at maximum zooms. This product is extremely light as it only weighs 541 grams and is compatible with additional features that make shooting easy. For example, it can fit onto any universal camera stand and in addition, the manufacturer has included remote control support via your smart devices (phones and tablets). This camera is relatively silent with some (VR) noise reduction mechanisms on it. Also Read : Sony Alpha Mirrorless Camera Review in India I like the fact that Nikon included an array of connectivity options on this device including Bluetooth support, Wi-Fi connectivity, and NFC compatibility. The product additionally uses alkaline batteries that give you ample time for shooting. On the darker side, the LCD display is not touch supported meaning that things are a bit slow on this product. The flash also is quite unresponsive meaning you can’t really use it for those highly specialized needs. You at least need a camera that has a fast regenerating flash and this product doesn’t have that. All in all the camera is among the best products you can buy for below 20000 rupees. It is priced at 15400 rupees averagely. Brand Nikon Model Coolpix B500 Continuous shooting 30fps Screen size 3.0 inch Touch screen No Wi-Fi and NFC support Yes Weight 541grams Image stabilization Yes Megapixels 16MP Color Black Full HD shooting Yes 1080p Average User Rating 4.3/5 stars Buy 14000 Rupees Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 Point and Shoot Digital Camera At just a fraction less the price of the Nikon B500, you get a considerable rival to the B500 from Sony, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300. Now here is what you should know, this camera was meant to be a direct competitor to the Nikon L840 and in regard to that aspect it still is a threat to the success of the B500. This camera comes with a better image sensor, a 20.1 MP Super HAD CCD sensor, but the Optical zoom is slightly lower than in the B500. It has 35 X in optical zoom with image stabilization modifications. The product is quite light if compared to the B500 as it weighs 494 grams. It can capture 360-degree panoramic views since it has Sony’s own 360-degree sweep panorama feature. If you are the kind of person who is very particular about your product’s design rather than its potentialities, then this product will impress you. Sony designed the DSC-H300 to appeal to the eye, plus the gripper is ergonomically designed. Even so, this camera can’t really beat the Nikon B500 when it comes to the real job that cameras are meant to do. To start with, it doesn’t support video shooting in Full HD. The maximum video shoot on this product is 720 pixels. Also Read : Top 3 Nikon DSLR Camera Under 50000 Rupees The product lacks a viewfinder which means that the user experience is somewhat unfriendly. Just like most low priced Sony cameras, batteries don’t last on this one. Therefore, make sure you buy a handful of them if you are going to use it for long shooting sessions. Taking photos under low light conditions with this product is the last thing you want to do, as it will only frustrate you. The camera also has a lot of noise. The DSC-H300 is priced at 14200 Rupees on average. Read more about Sony Cybershot H300 at Best Point and Shoot Camera below 20000 Rupees. Brand Sony Model Cyber-shot DSC-H300 Continuous shooting 0.80fps Screen size 3.0 inch Touch screen No Wi-Fi and NFC support No Weight 494g Image stabilization Yes Megapixels 20.1MP Color Black Full HD shooting No 720p Average User Rating 4.0/5 stars Buy 15000 Rupees Nikon Coolpix L340 Point and Shoot Digital Camera I must admit that I have been waiting for ages to review this product. The Nikon Coolpix L340 is arguably the cheapest SLR-like camera in the market today. From a far you would mistake this product for a high-priced SLR camera, yet it’s priced at half the price of some pocket cameras. Nikon built this camera for photographers who want a fairly able camera that gives you that “big camera” feeling. Nevertheless, if you are looking for a cheap camera for professional use, this product isn’t exactly what you are looking for. This product is just one of Nikon’s strategies to satisfy the market needs out there. After using it for a while, I can confidently say that the L340 is a pocket camera slapped inside a big shell to look like an SLR. To begin with, this product doesn’t shoot videos in full HD, it only does that at a maximum of 720 pixels. Secondly, the screen is not tiltable nor touch supported. Remarkably, it has a fairly strong image sensor, a 20.2 MP CCD sensor with up to 28X zoom. The display measures 3 inches and the lens is equipped with vibration reduction mechanisms to ensure that it emits low sounds. The lens also supports image stabilization plus it produces fairly clear images even in low light conditions. This camera is incredibly light as it only weighs 430 grams. I would recommend this product to starters in cinematography; at least it will help create a link between a small camera and a pricey SLR product. Also Read : Best Digital SLR Compact Camera Below 175000 Rupees This product is priced at 7799 Rupees on average and considering that it’s almost as able as the Sony DSC-H300, I would recommend it over the previously discussed Sony Camera. Brand Nikon Model Coolpix L340 Screen size 3.0 inches Touch screen No Wi-Fi and NFC support No Weight 43og Image stabilization Yes Megapixels 20.2MP Color Black Full HD shooting No 720p Average User Rating 4.2/5 stars Buy 20000 Rupees Final Verdict All products in this piece are meant for starters in photography, but again all starters don’t start at the same level. If you are genuinely on a tight budget, I would advise you to take the Nikon L340. However, if you want a professional class camera at a fair price, then the product for you is the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400. Any other middling photographer that isn’t sure of the product they want, can have the Nikon Coolpix B500.