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9 Best Cheap Budget Compact Cameras Under 100

Looking for a cheap compact camera that won't cost too much money? Take a look at these 9 top bargain budget buys.

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If you're looking for a reasonably priced compact camera that you can slip in your pocket on day trips or even in your backpack for your annual vacation in the sun, one of the cameras on this top budget camera list may just be what you're looking for.

All of these simple point and shoot cameras are available for under £100 making them perfect for the budget-conscious photographer who's in the market for an entry-level camera that's straightforward to use. If you'd prefer to purchase a budget-friendly DSLR, take a look at our best budget DSLR round-up

As always, if you think there's a camera that should be on the list, let us know why in the comments section below. Then, if we've reviewed it, we'll see if it can feature in the top list. 

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Canon IXUS 185 

Canon IXUS 185

The standout features of the Canon IXUS 185 is its 20MP 1/2.3 type CCD sensor, an 8x optical zoom lens, simple design, easy to use controls and the modes which are designed to make the camera really easy to use for a beginner. 'Point & Shoot' is another term used to describe this type of camera and the Canon IXUS 185 certainly does that with an Easy Auto mode, Auto Zoom and 32 scene detection modes. 

There's a 6.8 cm (2.7") LCD that's not a touch screen unfortunately and the battery will capture approximately 210 shots - plenty for a day out at the coast. 

Other features include a 100-1600 ISO range (which you can access when you switch to P mode), Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments, date/time stamp, electronic IS, dynamic IS when capturing video (720p HD) and an f/3.2 - f/6.9 aperture range. 

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Canon IXUS 275 HS

Canon IXUS 275 HS

 

The Canon IXUS 275 HS updates the Canon IXUS 265 HS and features a 20 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 12x optical zoom lens, image stabilisation and built-in Wi-Fi and NFC. The IXUS 275 has a compact metal body that is available in silver or black and it records full HD video at 30fps with mono sound. The Canon IXUS 275 HS offers a lot of optical zoom in a very compact camera and produces pleasing images. 

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Sony Cyber-Shot W810

Sony Cyber-Shot W810 Compact Camera

 

The Sony Cyber-shot W810 features a Sony-branded 6x optical zoom lens, with electronic image stabilisation, and the lens is equivalent to 26-156mm in 35mm terms. The camera has a 20.1 megapixel CCD sensor, 720p (1280x720 pixels) video recording, face-detection autofocus, 360 panoramic shooting and flash is built-in. Intelligent Auto makes it easy for beginners and there are a number of scene modes to assist you should you want to use them. For those wanting more control, you can adjust settings such as ISO speed, white balance, shutter speeds and the focus mode. 

Various shooting modes are available, along with picture effects, 0.52fps continuous shooting for up to 100 shots, EV options, red-eye correction and electronic image stabilisation. 

On the back is a 2.7inch screen with 230K dots and as the camera weighs just 120g (with battery and memory card) it's very lightweight. Plus, its dimensions are small (93.1 x 52.5 x 22.5mm), too, so it will easily fit in a pocket. 

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Nikon Coolpix A10 

Nikon Coolpix A10

The Nikon A10 is very much a budget compact camera but it still captures bright colourful photos and it has a number of creative effects that can be applied when shooting or in playback. The screen on the back is reasonable and the camera is easy to use, and for sharing photos on social media website such as Facebook, the results should be good enough. The camera also takes AA batteries making it convenient when out-and-about. 

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Canon IXUS 160

Canon IXUS 160

The Canon IXUS 160 was announced back in January 2015 and alongside the IXUS 165 and IXUS 170 it's one of Canon’s smallest cameras to date. The IXUS 160 features an 8x optical zoom, 20Mp and can capture HD movies (720 p). It's a good point and shoot camera that offers plenty of features and is small enough to carry everywhere. 

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Nikon Coolpix S3700

Coolpix S3700

The pocket-sized Nikon Coolpix S3700 features an 8x optical zoom lens, optical image stabilisation (Vibration Reduction), a 20.1 megapixel CCD sensor and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. The camera is capable of taking bright colourful images with good colour saturation, in good lighting conditions, which will be ideal for sharing to facebook and other social media sites. 

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W830

W830

The Sony Cyber-shot W830 is a compact digital camera designed to be easy to use, whilst featuring a high megapixel count, with a 20.1-megapixel sensor and a Carl Zeiss 8x optical zoom lens. The camera features optical steady shot which keeps shots steady in low light or when using a lot of zoom.

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Nikon Coolpix S3500

Nikon COOLPIX S3500

 

The Nikon Coolpix S3500 has a 20.1 megapixel CCD sensor and 7x optical zoom lens, which is a 35mm of 26 - 182mm, with lens-shift VR (vibration reduction) to reduce the effects of camera shake. If you're looking for a cheap camera you can't go far wrong with the Nikon Coolpix S3500 as it offers a decent zoom for a budget compact and image quality isn't too bad, particularly for sharing on Facebook etc.

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W800

Sony DSCW800

Features of the DSC-W800 from Sony include a built-in Party Mode, an Advanced Flash for boosting the camera's sensitivity, effectively extending the flash range and a dedicated movie button that allows users to start HD video recording without digging through menus. The W800 Cyber-Shot also features a 20.1MP sensor, 5x optical zoom and a 2.7" screen. 

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More Camera Choices 

You should also check out our best budget / cheap compact cameras that are available for just over £100. To find the right memory card for your camera, have a look at our memory card guide. You can find all the latest camera reviews here.

 

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Comments


22 Jul 2019 4:36PM
I cannot for the life of me think why you would include Equivalence at all - in general it only serves to confuse photographers and will be of no benefit at all to prospective purchasers of this range of camera - and even if you thought it would add value, you've only referenced it in 1 camera, #3 - the W810.

It really is time to abandon this old fashioned measure which was only introduced to help those moving to digital from film.

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