Top Best Budget / Cheap Compact Cameras 2018

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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