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Best Budget Point And Shoot Cameras 2019

We take a look at the best budget point and shoot digital cameras available for around £100-150.

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If you are looking to buy an easy-to-use point and shoot digital camera but have a limited budget, here is a round-up of our favourite point and shoot compact digital cameras, which you can purchase for around £100-150. These cameras vary in features, and price, but they all come with an easy to use point and shoot mode, making them ideal for beginners.

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Sony Cyber-shot WX350

Sony Cyber Shot DSC WX350 Black (3)

The Sony Cyber-shot WX350 is a compact camera with an impressive 20x optical zoom lens, built-in optical image stabilisation, an 18-megapixel sensor, Wi-Fi, NFC (NFC helps you connect more quickly to a compatible smartphone), 10fps continuous shooting, and Full HD video recording. There are a number of creative effects available and the camera records Full HD video with stereo sound. For those that simply want a point and shoot camera, with good battery life, for sharing photos to the web, then this would make a good choice. Available for £149.

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Canon Powershot SX610 HS

Canon Powershot SX610 HS (2)

The Canon Powershot SX610 HS features an 18x optical zoom lens, a 20-megapixel sensor and an improved grip. Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC make it easy to transfer images as well as control the camera from your smartphone and connectivity is good. The battery life is a little short but can be extended to a much more impressive 400 shots when the ECO mode is enabled. With a stylish design, good handling and a reasonable price, the camera is very appealing. 

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Canon Powershot SX620 HS

Powershot SX620 HS

The Canon Powershot SX620 HS is the updated version of the SX610 (above), and features a new 25x optical zoom lens, with optical image stabilisation, helping keep photos and video steady. The camera records FullHD video, and has built-in Wi-Fi and NFC. The lens is equivalent to 25mm at the wide-angle end of the lens.  It's also available in red.

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-WX220 

Sony Cyber Shot WX220 Black (3)

The Sony Cyber-shot WX220 has a 10x optical zoom, 18.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor, NFC, and Wi-Fi built-in. Tiny and fairly well made, the WX220 is ideal for travel thanks to its pocketable size and it has fun features including 360 Sweep Panorama and 50p Full HD video recording. It's a decently affordable zoom that's got plenty of features and captures decent images. 

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Canon IXUS 185 

IXUS 185

The Canon IXUS 185 is a pocketable point and shoot camera which features a 28mm equivalent, 8x optical zoom lens, a 20Mp sensor and a DIGIC 4+ processor. HD movies can be captured with digital image stabilisation, and the camera is designed to be easy to use with an "Easy Auto" mode. The camera has a 2.7inch screen, and a 1cm macro mode. It's lightweight, weighing just 126g with battery and memory card. 

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Canon IXUS 285 HS

Canon IXUS 285 HS Silver (4)

The Canon IXUS 285 HS features a 20 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, and features a 12x optical zoom lens, image stabilisation and built-in Wi-Fi and NFC. There are a number of features to make it easy to shoot with the IXUS 285 HS including Auto, Creative Shot, and Hybrid Auto and the camera records full HD video at 30fps with mono sound. It produces pleasing images and offers an excellent macro mode.

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Sony Cyber-Shot W830

Sony Cyber-shot W830

The Sony Cyber-shot W830 doesn't feature Wi-Fi and other connectivity options but is one of the cheapest compact cameras with optical image stabilisation. In good weather, the camera produces images with bright saturated colours, and images will look good when shared on social media websites, like Facebook. If you can avoid using higher ISO speeds, then the camera can produce good results.

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Nikon Coolpix W100 

Nikon Coolpix W100 Blue (1)

The Nikon Coolpix W100 is waterproof to 10m, shockproof to 1.8m, features a 13.2-megapixel sensor, full HD video recording and a 3x optical zoom lens. The camera is designed to be easy to use with large buttons, and a simple user interface, and with built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth it's quick and easy to transfer photos to your smartphone. 

Overall, the Nikon Coolpix W100 is a budget, easy to use, waterproof camera that has the all-important smartphone connectivity, and with Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth you are getting an easy to use solution, making it quick and easy to get photos straight to your mobile phone. Whilst we wish the lens was a little wider or offered a little more zoom, the price and ease of use can't really be argued with. It's available in a number of bright colours.

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If you're looking for a real bargain, take a look at our Best Compact Cameras Under £100 recommendations. 

For more suggestions, read our latest compact digital camera reviews, or if your budget is higher, then have a look at our Top 10 Best Travel Zoom / Pocket Zoom cameras. You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.


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7 Jun 2019 3:13AM
None of these budget cameras have an EVF, which is a must for outdoor photography.

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