Budget-Friendly Options Abound
These days, no one can deny that budgets are tight. If you're looking for lower-cost items that can be easily incorporated into your program, don't cross digital cameras off your list. Even these relatively inexpensive cameras offers plenty of features that will excite your participants:
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Canon PowerShot A480 ($129.99)
Designed for the budget-conscious but offering a great balance of features, the A480 features a 10-megapixcel sensor and 3x optical zoom, as well as a 2.5-inch LCD screen. Color comes to the lower-cost items with red, blue, silver and black saturating this model.
Pentax Optio E60 ($199.95)
Also featuring 10 megapixels, the Optio E60 offers great features for a budget price. Equipped with an optical 3x zoom lens featuring a wide angle of view, the Optio E60 also features a variety of modes, including Auto Picture, face recognition, high-sensitivity digital shake reduction, and a popular Green Mode that sets exposure, sensitivity and other parameters with just a touch of a button. It also makes a great travel companion with AA battery power, World Time and Date Imprint functions, and an Image Recovery function to retrieve accidentally erased photos.