With casual snappers relying more on smartphones, demand for point-and-shoot cameras has dropped in a flash. Models now average $158 (vs. $281 in 2006), and prices on some have been cut to $75 recently.
"You can't get much lower," says Chris Chute, an analyst with IDC. While photo fidelity on phone cams has improved, you'll still get better zoom and image stabilization with a real camera.
Pay a bit more for a Wi-Fi-enabled model, which can send pics wirelessly to a PC. Samsung's DV150F ($130) also has a front-facing LCD for easy self-portraits.
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