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.

|  Compact Cameras
 Add Comment

If you're looking for a reasonably priced compact camera, or the cheapest point-and-shoot 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. 

What Are The Green Buttons For?

If you want to, you can purchase/find more information about each camera listed by clicking the green Amazon buttons featured below each product. It doesn't cost you anything extra when you press our Amazon buttons but by using our Amazon Affiliate links when ordering anything online, you are supporting the site - thank you.

* Clicking 'Buy on Amazon USA' will redirect you to the Amazon store for your country. If you are in the UK please use the 'Buy On Amazon UK' button.


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. 

Buy On Amazon UK  Buy On Amazon USA


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. 

Buy On Amazon UK


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. 

Buy On Amazon UK  Buy On Amazon USA


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. 

Buy On Amazon UK  Buy On Amazon USA


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. 

Buy On Amazon UK Buy On Amazon USA


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. 

Buy On Amazon UK Buy On Amazon USA


Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-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.

Buy On Amazon UK Buy On Amazon USA


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.

Buy On Amazon UK Buy On Amazon USA


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. 

Buy On Amazon UK Buy On Amazon USA


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.


What The Green Buttons Are For...

* Clicking this link takes you to Amazon UK, which helps keep ePHOTOzine free to use.

Support this site by making a Donation, purchasing Plus Membership, or shopping with one of our affiliates: Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon CA, ebay UK

It doesn't cost you anything extra when you use these links, but it does support the site, helping keep ePHOTOzine free to use, thank you.

Other articles you might find interesting...

Top 18 Best Cameras For Kids 2020
Full-Frame 47mp Leica Q2 Monochrom Announced
Top Kids Camera: VTech Introduce Kidizoom Studio Camera
Canon Powershot ZOOM Announced With 100-400mm Zoom
Top 16 Best Serious Compact Digital Cameras 2020
Sony ZV-1 Review
Top 8 Best Cameras Around £300 - Cheap Camera Recommen...
Ricoh Announce GR III Street Edition With New Touchscreen Tr...


Sign In

You must be a member to leave a comment.

ePHOTOzine, the web's friendliest photography community.

Join For Free

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more.