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Best camera under £100

best camera under £100
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The best cameras under £100 are probably much better than you're expecting. The major manufacturers have done a solid job of filling out the low ends of their offerings, and many models here can do a surprising amount for the money.

Also worth noting is that the low cost of these cameras make them an ideal choice for kids who want to learn the basics of photography, without the danger of them accidentally breaking an expensive camera. We've even included a waterproof tough camera on the list, which is available for a great price.

Of course you aren't going to find cameras on this list with all the latest and greatest functionality, but they're all solid buys that do everything you'll need them to. You'll find Nikon, Canon and Sony models in our top ten picks, along with ever-popular instant film cameras which are great fun to play with and use to make memories. Bear in mind with these models that you'll also have the ongoing cost of film to consider, so this will add to the initial asking price.

Prices change all the time, but all of our choices should be available for under £100  – as prices can vary from week to week, some models may be just over the £100 mark on occasion. If you're feeling a little more flush, check out our guide to best cameras under £200.

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1. Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6

Instant fun from Fujifilm

Specifications
Type: Instant
Film type: Fujifilm instax square
Image size: 6.2cm x 6.2cm
Lens: 65.75mm f/12.6
LCD screen: No
Flash: Built in, three flash color filters
Self-timer: Yes, 10 secs
User level: Beginner
Reasons to buy
+Great build quality+Perfect for party pics
Reasons to avoid
-Prints a little bleached vs digital-No LCD screen

Now's a great time to pick up one of the incredibly-popular instant cameras from Fujifilm. 

The latest analogue SQ6 model has a retractable lens (a focal length of 65.75mm which is 32mm in 35mm terms, and prints 62x62mm images at a 1:1 ratio. 

You'll find a front-mounted selfie mirror to ensure you perfect your pout before printing, and with dedicated modes for macro, landscape and double exposure, as well as three color filters, it gives you a certain amount of creative control.

For more ambitious youngsters, there's a tripod socket, and an LED display lets you see shooting information and take control of flash suppression, brightness and a handy self-timer.

Of course, film will regularly need buying too, and most of the buying options we found didn't come with packs, so bear that in mind when budgeting. 

The Blush Gold, Graphite Grey and Pearl White models are all available at the same price, but you'll have to shell out extra if you're after the black and gold Taylor Swift edition.

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2: AKASO EK7000 Pro

A great action camera at a bargain price

Specifications
Weight: 61g
Waterproof: Yes, to 40 metres
4K video: At 25fps
1080p video: At 60fps
Stills resolution: 16 megapixels
Battery life: Up to 90 minute per charge
Reasons to buy
+Fully waterproof+4K video capture, +Remote operation 
Reasons to avoid
-No zoom

If you are looking for a good value camera, that offers you plenty of fun and features for your money, then an action camera could be a great choice. There are quite a few budget action cameras – but this one is one of our favorites. It is a 4K model – allowing you to shoot decent quality video footage from its fixed wide-angle lens. But you also get 16MP photos and two-inch touch screen. There’s electronic image stabilization too, while the waterproof housing enables it to withstand depths of 40 metres/ 131f. Included in the box is a remote control that straps to your wrist, Wi-Fi is included here, as is the ability to achieve time-lapse special effects, so in all this is an option worth further investigation. 

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3. Nikon Coolpix A10

Very cheap, and fairly cheerful

Specifications
Type: Compact
Sensor: 1/2.3-inch
Megapixels: 16.1MP
Screen: 2.7-inch 230k
Viewfinder: None
Lens type: 5x zoom
Max burst speed: 1.2fps
Max video resolution: 720p
User level: Beginner
Reasons to buy
+Bargain price+Pretty good build-quality
Reasons to avoid
-Maximum 720p video capture-Only 5x zoom

Nikon's supremely affordable Coolpix A10 is routinely the cheapest model from any big name manufacturer. It might only have a 5x zoom lens, but with both image and video stabilisation, it's a good entry-level option. 

Like many other models in this price bracket, it features a 2.7 inch LCD screen, and with the emphasis on user-friendly button layout and controls, it's a really simply camera to use. Best of all, you'll get up and running with just two standard AA batteries, making it simple to keep powered up.  

You can forget any extra sophisticated features from the Coolpix A10 - and it's not an option for those who want to shoot full HD video. But at this price, who's complaining? This model is no longer being manufactured, so you may now need to shop around to find it.

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4. Canon Powershot IXUS 185

Ultra-slim, and a generous feature set

Specifications
Type: Compact
Sensor: 1/2.3-inch
Megapixels: 20.5MP
Screen: 2.7-inch 230k
Viewfinder: None
Lens type: 10x zoom
Max burst speed: 0.8fps
Max video resolution: 720p
User level: Beginner
Reasons to buy
+8x zoom
Reasons to avoid
-Only 720p video capture

Canon's Powershot IXUS models (known as the Elph in the United States), remain a very popular budget choice - and rightly so. Combining a low price with a fairly generous feature set, the 190 is ultra-slim and light, and incredibly easy to carry as a spare or travel camera. 

You should be able to find the most recent IXUS 185 model at just over the £100 mark. 

With a 20.5MP sensor, sharp picture quality, and easy controls, this PowerShot is a small and slim compact with broad appeal that's available in a range of colors. 

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5. Lomo'instant Automat

Retro-styled alternative to Instax

Specifications
Type: Instant
Film type: Fujifilm instax mini
Image size: 6.2cm x 4.6cm
Minimum shooting distance: 35cm
Viewfinder: Optical
Lens: 60mm f/8
Flash: Built in
Exposure modes: Auto, Bulb
Self-timer: No
User level: Beginner
Reasons to buy
+Smart retro styling+Takes instax mini film
Reasons to avoid
-Small optical viewfinder-Uses CR2 batteries

For those who hanker after the styling and size of the Leica Sofort, Lomography’s Lomo’instant Automat is the closest instant camera you'll get under £100.

For your money, you'll get a camera equipped with a 60mm lens with an aperture of f/8. There's a lens ring to dial in the focus distance from 60cm to infinity, and the front-mounted shutter release doubles up as a mirror for those essential selfies.

The viewfinder is a little on the small side, but build quality is otherwise good, and it takes instax mini film which means convenience in buying new packs. 

Overall, there's not much to quibble over between the Automat and its Fujifilm Instax peers, apart from the aesthetics and personal choice.

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6. Sony Cybershot DSC-W810

Good value, albeit a limited feature set

Specifications
Type: Compact
Sensor: 1/2.3-inch
Megapixels: 20.1MP
Screen: 2.7-inch
Viewfinder: None
Lens type: 6x zoom
Max video resolution: 720p
User level: Beginner
Reasons to buy
+Very light and compact+Often available at a bargain price
Reasons to avoid
-Only 720p video capture-No Wi-Fi

Sony's Cybershot range offer a number of models under £100/$150, with a variety of zoom options being the main difference between them. 

Our first pick, the DSC-W810, is a 6x zoom model with 20.1MP sensor, and a few other features to get younger snappers happy, such as Sweep Panorama, Night Scene, Beach and Pet modes.

One of the lightest models we could find, it's perfect to slip into your pocket. And while it's not going to set the world on fire, (with only 720p video capture, and no WiFi), it's routinely available for a great price. Also keep a look out for the similar  Sony DSC-W830 (below), which offers a longer 8x zoom.

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7. Sony Cybershot DSC-W830

More zoom for a few more notes

Specifications
Type: Compact
Sensor: 1/2.3-inch
Megapixels: 20.1MP
Screen: 2.7-inch
Viewfinder: None
Lens type: 8x zoom
Max video resolution: 720p
User level: Beginner
Reasons to buy
+Middling feature set+8x zoom
Reasons to avoid
-No Wi-Fi-Only 720p video capture

This Cybershot also hovers above and below the magic £100/$100 mark - with the standard black model often seen slightly cheaper than the silver, pink and (bonkers) purple models that are also available. 

It's got the same 20.1MP sensor as its little brother the W810, but you get an improved 8x zoom.

Elsewhere, with in-camera retouching, image stabilization and 720p video capture, it's a similar story to its peers. And with face detection for up to eight faces, red eye reduction and blink detection, it should ensure good results for group shots.

It's a lighter camera than many, and remains a good choice for those wanting a big name brand and quality lens for their budget.

(Image credit: Fujifilm)

9. Fujifilm Instax Mini 70

Specifications
Type: Instant
Film type: Fujifilm instax mini
Image size: 6.2cm x 4.6cm
Lens: 60mm f/12.7
LCD screen: No
Flash: Built in, auto, fill
Self-timer: Yes, 2-10 secs
User level: Beginner
Reasons to buy
+Very simple to use+Smart design
Reasons to avoid
-Uses CR2 batteries-Small, slightly bleached images

If you're after an instant, and don't mind smaller shots, the mid-range Mini 70 fits the bill. Printing credit card-size images (62mm x 46mm), it's a lifestyle camera aimed predominantly at younger photographers. As such, it comes in a rainbow of fruity colors to choose from.

Featuring a more retro design than the SQ6, it's just about small and light enough to carry around (despite needing two CR2 batteries). Like Fujfilm's other instants, it's equipped with the all-important selfie mirror, as well as modes for landscape and macro images. Most offers we found bundle 10 shots of mini film to get you started too. 

For an even greater saving, the Instax Mini 9 is also available. This even smaller option is a great entry-level instant, but its cutesy design might put off all but the youngest shooters.

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10. Fujifilm Instax WIDE 300

Larger-than-average prints from this chunky Instant

Specifications
Type: Instant
Film type: Fujifilm Instax Wide film
Image size: 6.2cm x 9.9cm
Minimum shooting distance: 40cm
Viewfinder: Optical
Lens: 95mm f/14
Flash: Built in
Exposure modes: Dark, Normal, Light
Self-timer: No
User level: Beginner
Reasons to buy
+Big prints+User-friendly
Reasons to avoid
-It'll be too chunky for some-Small viewfinder

The biggest of Fujifilm's Instax range, as the name suggest, the Wide 300 delivers larger prints (via instax WIDE film packs).

Depending on your taste, its size is either a blessing - it feels substantial and well-built - or a curse (it's not a great choice for selfies, small hands may struggle, and it isn't as friendly to carry around).

Control is limited to adjusting brightness, and that huge built-in flash, while the 95mm lens is extended via a level next to the shutter release. 

It's all a bit on the chunky side, apart from - strangely - the slightly ungenerous viewfinder. Still, if you're after larger prints from an instant camera, and still want change from £100, then the Wide 300 may be for you. Just make sure you handle it and check you're comfortable with the size before buying. 

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11. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30

Entry-level waterproof camera that's ideal for stills

Specifications
Type: Compact
Sensor: 1/2.3in
Megapixels: 16.1
Minimum shooting distance: 40cm
LCD screen: 2.7in 230k
Lens: 25-100mm (equiv) f/3.9-5.7
Waterproof: 8m/26ft
Shockproof: 1.5m/5ft
Freezeproof: -10ºC/14ºF
Video: 720p
Reasons to buy
+Smart, cool design+Great price
Reasons to avoid
-Specs are ageing now-Video only 720p

The only waterproof zoom compact on this list, Panasonic's Lumix FT30 usually hovers just a step above the £100 mark. As such it is a great entry-level option for anyone needing a robust camera for travel adventures, despite now showing its age a little when it comes to its specs. The robustness will not only suit adrenaline junkies - but may also be a wise choice for accident prone children!

Small and light enough to carry with ease, we'd nevertheless recommend buying a strap to ensure the FT30 remains on hand if you're using it in aquatic conditions. 

Video functionality isn't going to win any awards, with only 720p max being captured, but at this price, the 16 megapixel Lumix FT30 is still a great choice for stills photography in challenging environments.

(Image credit: Lomography)

12. Lomography Konstruktor F

A retro film camera that comes in kit form

Specifications
Type: 35mm film camera
Film format: 35mm
Lens: 50mm f/10
Viewfinder: Waist level screen
User modes: Manual
User level: Enthusiast
Reasons to buy
+A camera that you build yourself+Relive the analog dream by shooting film
Reasons to avoid
-Film and processing costs extra-You have to build it yourself!

A left-field choice for those wanting a camera for under £100 is to go 35mm - as there are a number of film cameras available at budget prices - and in fact many of the best Lomography cameras can be bought for well under £100. But they don't get much more left-field than the Konstructor... which you build yourself out of the plastic bits contained in this kit. It is a great project for those who want to live the analog life - and a great present for a patient teenager. Remember though, the film costs extra. 

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 


His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.