If you’re looking for a camera that can do more than a smartphone, you have a number of options — including some good ones under $250.
The right camera should cover the basics: it should be compact enough to fit in your pocket or the bag you’re already carrying around. As the old adage goes, the best camera is the one you have with you.
Second, it should have a long zoom lens, since there’s no point in carrying around a camera that doesn’t offer significantly more reach than your smartphone.
Finally, it should be fast and easy to use. If a camera isn’t fast enough or you have to fumble with awkward controls, you’ll often miss the shots you’re trying to get.
“The best” is always subjective when it comes to cameras but this article is a good starting point if you’re looking for a relatively inexpensive point and shoot. Dissapointed they don’t mention the wonderful little Olympus TG-850.