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Top 10 Best Budget / Cheap Compact Cameras 2017

Top 10 Best Budget / Cheap Compact Cameras 2017 - We take a look at 10 top 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 compact digital cameras, which you can purchase for around £100, making them ideal for beginners.


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 makes 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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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 High Definition video. It's a decently affordable zoom that's got plenty of features and captures decent images. 

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Canon IXUS 180 

Canon IXUS 180 Compact Camera

The Canon IXUS 180 is a pocketable compact which features a 24mm, 10x optical zoom lens, a 20Mp sensor and a DIGIC 4+ processor. HD movies can be captured with the help of a Dynamic Image Stabiliser to keep shots steady and with Wi-Fi and NFC, it's easy to connect to your smart device, shoot remotely and share photos. 

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Nikon COOLPIX S5300 

Nikon Coolpix S5300

The Nikon Coolpix S5300 features a 16Mp CMOS sensor, 8x optical zoom and up to 16x Dynamic Fine Zoom. Built in Wi-Fi to enable instant sharing with smart devices and the Hybrid VR (vibration reduction) counters camera shake for enhanced stability. Various creative effects are built in and video can be captured at 1080p. 

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Panasonic Lumix SZ10

Panasonic Lumix SZ10  (5)

The Panasonic Lumix SZ10 is an entry-level pocket zoom camera that has a tilting selfie screen, 12x optical zoom lens and built-in image stabilisation. Built-in Wi-Fi lets you remotely control the camera as well as transfer images to your smartphone and a number of shooting modes. Overall, the Panasonic Lumix SZ10 is a compact and fairly stylish point and shoot camera with a good zoom range and it produces reasonably good images. 

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Canon IXUS 275 HS

Canon IXUS 275 HS (4)

The Canon IXUS 275 HS features a 20 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, an update over the 16-megapixel sensor in the 265, 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 275 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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Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8  

Lumix DMC-SZ8

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 is designed for beginners and boasts a 12x optical zoom lens, built-in Wi-Fi and a range of special effects. There is the Intelligent Auto mode which adjusts the camera settings automatically depending on the detected scene and images look fine when resized for sharing on the web.

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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. 

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Nikon COOLPIX S3700

Coolpix S3700

The Nikon Coolpix S3700 is a compact digital camera with 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. 

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Nikon COOLPIX S3200

Nikon Coolpix S3200 1

The Nikon Coolpix S3200 is a compact camera with a 16-megapixel sensor and 6x optical zoom. As well as Auto mode there are 18 scene modes, and videos can be recorded in 720p HD. The S3200 is likely to appeal to the casual user who likes to take pictures when out with friends and upload them to Facebook. 

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If you're looking for a real bargain, take a look at our 10 Best Compact Cameras Under £100 article. 

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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