Best Camera Under Rs.20,000 (April 2019)

by | Apr 4, 2019

Digital cameras that fall between the point and shoot and DSLR cameras are known as bridge cameras and they often comes with an affordable price tag under Rs.20,000.

What does bridge camera offer additional when compared to a point and shoot camera? The ability to have exceptional optical zoom capability at the price of a bulky chassis.

When compared with the DSLRs, bridge cameras feature smaller sensors and doesn’t have interchangeable lenses.

In this article, we list the best cameras available in India under Rs.20,000 which consists of a mix of bridge cameras and point and shoot devices.

Enough with the introduction, let’s get to the action!

Best Camera Under Rs.20,000

1. Canon PowerShot SX540HS Overall Best Pick
2.Sony Cybershot DSC-WX350Runner-Up Pick
3. Nikon Coolpix B500Best Feature-Rich Point and Shoot Camera
4. Sony Cybershot DSC-H300Best Value for Money Camera
5. Canon IXUS 285 Camera with Connectivity

1. Canon SX540 HS

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 Overall Best Pick
  • Best for amateur photography
  • 50x optical zoom
  • Image stabilization

The Canon SX540 HS is a perfect camera for amateur photographers to showcase their talent to the world without blowing a hole in their pocket.

Sold for an affordable price, this bridge camera offers basic manual controls for precise capture of your favourite moment.

Design and build quality

The Canon Powershot SX540 HS features an ABS plastic chassis covered with a layer of textured rubber to improve the grip and the overall crude look of the camera.

This digital bridge camera resembles a DSLR with its muscular frame in the front, but with minimal buttons and a fixed LCD screen at the back.

The circular dial at the top is very intuitive to switch various modes such as intelligent auto, programmable, lightweight manual mode etc.

The flash is embedded into the chassis and pops up when needed. This improves the robustness of the design and secures fragile components like flash from damage.

The buttons are positioned comfortably within the reach of your fingers and give positive feedback when pressed.

The 3-inch LCD display at the back has a decent enough resolution and display the photos and videos with detailed clarity.

Sensor features

The Canon Powershot SX540 HS has a 6.15 x 4.55mm sensor, which when compared to Sony’s offering in the same price range is inferior, but performs exceptionally well, thanks to the Digic 6 image processing chip inside.

The 20.3MP CMOS sensor has a maximum ISO value of 1600 which is the standard for many digital cameras priced within the same price bracket.

This camera has a Canon zoom lens and comes with a staggering 50x optical zoom that will let you take close up shots from a distance without quality degradation.

The ‘lens shift type’ image stabilizer inside the camera shifts the lens element for stabilizing the images with minimal shakes and blurs.

Image and video quality

The CMOS sensor on this camera can take still photos with a maximum resolution of 5184 x 3888 pixels and full HD videos with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

The images that come out of this camera looks vibrant and rich. The optical zoom works well and captures far away objects without any colour shift or noise.

The image stabilizer helps the camera to deliver a blur-free image when zoomed in to the subject. If you are serious with long-distance photography, we advise you to purchase a tripod.

Miscellaneous

The Canon Powershot SX540 HS comes with both Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity on board.

There is also an image sync feature that when configured, automatically uploads the captured images and videos directly into your cloud account when the Wi-Fi connection is available.

Battery life

This digital camera is powered by a rechargeable Li-ion battery pack that will last for around 2-2.5 hours of usage.

However, battery life depends on multiple factors such as temperature, screen brightness and even the use of zoom functions that take a toll on the battery.

Verdict

The Canon Powershot SX540 is the best bridge camera available under Rs.20,000 that has the perfect blend of build and image quality.

The 50x zoom feature along with image stabilization makes it a great pick for long distance photography at an affordable budget.

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Solid build quality

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Full HD video recording

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Manual controls

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Bulky and heavy

Specifications

Sensor Size6.17 x 4.55 mm
LensCanon Zoom lens
Megapixel Count20.3MP
Optical Zoom50x
Display Screen3-inch LCD 720p
Warranty2 years

2. Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-WX350

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Image stabilization
  • 20x optical zoom
  • 2 year Sony India warranty

Sony Cyber-Shot was first introduced in the Indian market with its mobile phones that featured exceptional quality cameras compared to its compatriots at that time.

The Sony DSC-WX350 is a compact point and shoot camera that follows the footsteps of Cyber-Shot lineups former glory at a very compelling price bracket.

Design and Build Quality

The Sony DSC-WX350 is one of the best looking point and shoot cameras in the Indian market as of now.

The brushed metal build stands second to none and gives the camera, a polished and premium feel.

The camera is very lightweight and comes with a wrist strap which can be used to ensure that the camera doesn’t slip from your hands while clicking pictures in a hurry.

The flash is placed right next to the lens and has a decent light throw, giving enough light to capture stills in the dark.

At the back, the buttons are well laid out and are very responsive to the clicks. The controls are marked with suitable icons and are very intuitive to use, even for a first timer.

In the bottom, the Sony DSC-WX350 features a tripod plug into which you can connect any third party stand for keeping the camera steady during long exposure shots.

The display LCD at the rear is a relatively large 3-inch panel which looks crisp and has decent brightness in outdoor conditions.

Sensor Features

The Sony DSC WX350 features a backlight illuminated Exmor R CMOS 18.2 MP sensor with a size of 7.76 x 5.7mm.

The backlight illuminated sensor handles light very effectively, thanks to its increased sensitivity compared to the traditional sensors. This results in much cleaner looking images with less noise in them.

The size of the sensor inside a camera is the most important aspect that determines the image quality. The larger the sensor, more the light will be captured by it, hence producing better-detailed images.

The sensor size on this camera is larger than all the other cameras on this list and the segment, giving it a distinct upper hand in terms of image quality.

The Sony G lens is an 11-element lens which minimizes lens blurs and other distortions providing pictures with excellent colour accuracy and clarity.

Image and Video quality

The 18.2MP sensor delivers excellent quality images with a resolution of 4896 x 2752 pixels.

The images are detailed with deep blacks and white brights and come with minimal post-processing, resulting in final images with the least noise.

The Sony DSC WX350 can shoot videos up to 1080p resolution up to 50fps. The videos come out decent with minimal colour shifting and shake and are apt for sharing in social networks.

Miscellaneous

The Sony DSC WX350 has optical image stabilization built into the sensor that will eliminate shakes and blurs while taking still photos.

It also works with videos but not as effective as with photos.

The built-in Playmemories software will let you edit the photos right from the camera itself.

The 20x optical zoom feature works well and provides lossless crops of distant objects without any degradation in image quality.

Battery life

The Sony DSC WX350 is powered by a rechargeable large capacity X-type 850mAh battery.

This battery lasts for about 2 hours and can click about 400 images in a single charge.

Verdict

The Sony DSC WX350 is one of the best compact point and shoot camera available under the price bracket of Rs.20,000 in India.

The comparatively large sensor along with optical steady shot feature makes it one of the most desirable budget cameras.

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Elegant design

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11 element Sony G lens

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Auto focus illuminator

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SD card needs an adapter to be plugged in

Specifications

Sensor Size7.76 x 5.7mm
Lens11 element Sony G lens
Megapixel Count18.2MP
Optical Zoom20x
Display Screen3-inch TFT LCD
Warranty2 year

 

3. Nikon Coolpix B500

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Best Feature-Rich Point and Shoot Camera
  • Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth
  • 40x optical zoom
  • Snapbridge feature for easy media sharing

The Coolpix B500 is a point and shoot camera from Nikon which caters best for amateur videographers and priced very competently under Rs.20,000.

This camera will help you unleash the true potential, offering a semi-manual mode that is quite easy to master. It does help you click pictures and videos with ease and delivers excellent results.

Design and Build Quality

The Nikon Coolpix B500 features premium design and is built with high-quality ABS plastic.

The gentle curves and lines give this camera a bold character of its own. This camera has a rubber grip for handling the camera without slipping it from the hand.

The buttons and other controls are of very high quality and are easily positioned for quick access.

The dials are easy to operate with a single finger and can be used to change the settings on the fly while capturing shots.

The main USP of this device is the retractable 3-inch tiltable LCD panel. This helps you to angle the camera in different positions with a direct view of the digital viewfinder.

Sensor Features

The 16MP CMOS sensor inside this digital camera has a size of 6.17 x 4.55mm. This sensor has a maximum ISO range of 6400 which is considerably higher when compared with its competitors in a similar price range.

The focus system of this camera is excellent and works well to switch focus instantly when you change the position of the camera.

The 12-element Nikkor lens is touted as one of the best in the business and provides a focal length equivalent to 160mm.

The lens shift vibration reduction works reasonably well to eliminate shakes during capture but is not up to the mark of Sony’s Optical SteadyShot.

Image and video quality

The 16MP sensor on this camera can shoot still images with a maximum resolution of 4608 x 2592 pixels. The pictures come out very detailed and colour accurate.

The video recording feature also works as advertised and return clips with a high level of detail and colour accuracy.

The 40x optical zoom works as advertised and is probably the best in terms of clarity of distant shots in its segment.

Miscellaneous

The Nikon Coolpix B500 features PictBridge technology which allows this camera to be connected with devices such as printers to take printouts.

Also, with the HDMI port on the camera, the images and videos can be viewed on large monitors with a supported HDMI cable.

This camera comes with Wi-Fi connectivity and Bluetooth v4.1 to communicate with other compatible devices such as your smartphone or laptop wirelessly.

Battery Life

The Nikon Coolpix B500 is powered by rechargeable Li-ion AA sized cells. Rechargeable batteries are easy to find in the market rather than proprietary battery packs.

One single full charge will help you take about 270 pictures on an average and 50 minutes of continuous video recording at 1080p, 30fps.

Verdict

Nikon Coolpix B500 is a very thoughtfully designed digital camera made using high-quality plastic and rubber inserts.

The sleek and elegant design is justified with the performance and the full HD video recording capability makes it a perfect travel camera.

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Excellent build quality

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High-quality Nikkor lens

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Long lasting battery

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Feels a bit bulky in hand

 Specifications

Sensor Size6.17 x 4.55mm
Lens12 element Nikkor lens
Megapixel Count16 MP
Optical Zoom40x
Display Screen3-inch LCD
Warranty2 Years

 

4. Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

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Best Value for Money Camera
  • Best for low light photos
  • Excellent battery life
  • Optical steady shot

The Sony CyberShot DSC-H300 is an affordable and feature-rich bridge camera that packs in some impressive specs under the hood.

This point and shoot camera will help you elevate your photography skills into a whole new level and helps you capture beautiful subjects such as landscapes, people and everything else that might pique an interest in you.

Design and build quality

This point and shoot camera has a graceful design which resembles a full-fledged DSLR from a distance.

The build quality, as expected from Sony is top notch. The fit and finish of this camera for its price is exemplary.

The dials and buttons are of high quality and offers great tactile feedback and assurance, which is important to have when you are indulged in immersive photography sessions.

This camera has a clip at the side in which you can tag a wrist strap to improve safety while shooting.

The display at the back is a 3-inch TFT LCD which is quite honestly of average quality, to say the least.

Sensor features

This budget digital camera from Sony features a 20.1MP CCD sensor with a size of 7.76 x 5.7mm for better low light and detailed image capture.

Having a maximum ISO value of 3200 as opposed to 1600 of many other cameras in its segment, this camera can perform better at low light and night conditions, allowing more light to strike the sensor.

This camera comes with a Sony lens with pre-applied ND filter that reduces the chance of clicking an overexposed image accidentally.

The 35x optical zoom works flawlessly with this device to capture some stunning close up images.

This camera has the signature optical steady shot feature which is a decorative name for image stabilization. This kicks in significantly while using the zooming capability of the lens and works well to reduce jitters and blurs.

Image and video quality

The 20MP still photos from this digital camera has 4896 x 2752 pixels and looks vivid and vibrant. The details in the photos are distinct when taken in well lit environments.

Low light photography is significantly better with this camera than many other competitor products, largely due to the larger sensor and a higher ISO range.

But when it comes to video, this Sony camera fails to impress us with the quality of the footage.

The Sony DSC-H300 can only capture 480p videos with abysmal frame rates which are good for nothing except to be viewed on a small display.

Battery life

This camera is powered by AA sized rechargeable battery that offers an excellent battery life.

The battery on this device lasts around 3 hours of usage and in terms of photos, it can capture 300 photos per full charge.

Verdict

If you are a newbie into amateur photography and want a decent performing budget camera to begin with and get familiarised with, this is a great choice under Rs.20,000.

The brand value and reliability of Sony products are well known and with this device, you get a solid point and shoot camera that is right on target for the money you spend.

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Reliability

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Wider ISO range

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35x optical zoom

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Average video quality

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No Wi-Fi connectivity

Specifications

Sensor Size7.76 x 5.7mm
LensSony Lens + ND filter
Megapixel Count20 MP
Optical Zoom35x
Display Screen3-inch TFT LCD
Warranty2 years

5. Canon IXUS 285

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Camera With Rich Connectivity
  • 12x optical zoom
  • 1 cm minimum focus distance
  • Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity

Canon is a leading camera manufacturer in the Indian subcontinent with a lot of popular cameras under their belt across different segments.

The IXUS 285 from Canon is a low cost, high-performance, point and shoot digital camera featuring a compact and trendy design with quality internals that deliver great images for its price.

Design and build quality

The Canon IXUS 285 has a metallic chassis that is really well built and delivers excellent fit and finish for a digital camera priced under Rs.20,000.

The curved sides make it easy to hold the camera in the palm without any uneasiness or discomfort.

The camera shutter button is placed on the top and offers great tactile feedback when pressed to click a picture.

The LCD screen at the back is a 2.7-inch display with an intuitive and easy to understand UI to operate with.

The flash on this camera is located towards the left end and this might pose a problem when holding the camera vertically.

The light might interfere with your fingers and may create smudges in the picture easily.

Sensor features

The CCD sensor inside the Canon IXUS 285 has a size of 6.17 x 4.55mm which is the standard among point and shoot cameras.

While being inferior to the Sony DSC WX220, this sensor is very capable of delivering excellent quality images for its size.

The 20.2MP sensor comes with the 12x optical zoom which is one of its kind in the segment in delivering high quality close up images from a distance.

The Canon zoom lens performs well under different lighting conditions to minimize edge distortions and light blurs.

Image and video quality

The Canon IXUS 285 clicks images with a maximum resolution of 5152 x 3864 pixels.

The images come well exposed under suitable lighting conditions but suffer from washed out colours in the low light environment.

This camera can shoot images as close as 1 cm with perfect focus on the subject, which makes it best for macro photography.

Canon has implemented a lens-shift type image stabilization which solves the shake problem up to an extent but it is always a hit or miss.

This point and shoot camera can record 1080p videos, perfect for social media uploads and youtube sharing.

Connectivity features

The Canon IXUS 285 comes with advanced connectivity features that many of the competitor models lack.

This digital camera comes equipped with both Wi-Fi and NFC that can be used to transfer files wirelessly to your smartphone or laptop easily.

Battery life

This camera has a 630mAh rechargeable battery that will last for about one and a half hours on a single charge.

The battery charges pretty quickly compared to the competitor models in under 3 hours.

Verdict

If you are into macro photography, the Canon IXUS 285 is the best compact point and shoot camera for a budget under Rs.20,000.

This well-built camera featuring a 12x optical zoom and rich connectivity features will satisfy you with its performance.

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Elegant and stylish design

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Compact and lightweight

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Intuitive UI

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Flash placement might cause occasional blurs

Specifications

Sensor Size6.17 x 4.55 mm
LensCanon Zoom lens
Megapixel Count20.2MP
Optical Zoom12x
Display screen3-inch lCD
Warranty2 years

That concludes our recommendations for the best cameras under Rs.20,000. If you didn’t see one of your favourite choices in here, do let us know in the comment section below.

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