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The best camera under £200 in 2022: cheap cameras with a bit more power

Best camera under £200
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There used to be a lot more choice when it came to the best cameras under £200 but sadly, everything is going up in price at the moment and a lot of items are out of stock. However, there are some great instant film cameras and hybrid cameras for you to choose from while we wait for budget cameras to come back down in price.

One of the reasons camera prices drop so much is that as new models are released, the older ones get cheaper. Manufacturers often won't discontinue a line straight away, especially if it was really popular which means there's an opportunity to grab yourself a bargain.

If you're looking for an even cheaper camera, we've also got a guide on the best camera under £100 (opens in new tab) and you'll be surprised by how many there are on the list. For now though, we're looking at the slightly more advanced instant film cameras that include different shooting modes and compact cameras that offer great image quality and a few very useful features. 

Most of the cameras below don't feature the most up-to-date technology and have smallish sensors but that doesn't mean they can't still take good photos. On the plus side, they're all pretty compact (except for perhaps the Polaroid OneStep+ but it's such a nice design we can allow it.)

In this list, we reckon we've got the perfect cameras for anyone who's shopping with a budget of less than $200. Due to supply chain issues, many of the cameras we would usually include are currently hard to get hold of or have been discontinued entirely so for now, you'll notice the list mainly includes some of the best instant cameras but we still think they're great fun.

Everything here should be available for less than £200, though prices do fluctuate from time to time. So, let’s take a look at our favorite cameras in this price bracket. 

Best camera under £100: Instax Mini 11

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Choose from a beautiful pastel shade or keep it simple with black with the Instax Mini 11

Specifications

Type: Instant film
Film type: Instax mini
Image Size: 54×86mm
Viewfinder: Yes
Lens: 60mm
Flash: Yes
Exposure modes: No
Self timer: No
User level: Beginner

Reasons to buy

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Inexpensive
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Film costs less than Polaroid
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Fun to use

Reasons to avoid

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A little bulky
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Images can be hit and miss

We've been a little cheeky including the latest Instax camera in our best cameras under £100 list but honestly, the price seems to fluctuate so much depending on where you buy it from we thought we'd leave it in. 

The Instax Mini 11 looks like every version before it only Fujifilm has decided to remove the exposure dial in place of automatic exposure. You can view how many shots you have left on the back of the camera and film cartridges are easy to replace, all you need to do is match up the yellow dots. When you first load a new film cartridge, you'll need to fire off one shot to get rid of the plastic film cover and then you're good to go. The film prints almost instantaneously and develops in just 90 seconds. I love the aesthetic of Fujifilm Instax, it's hard to recreate in an app and for weddings and festivals they're perfect for creating tangible keepsakes. 

Read more: Instax Mini 11 review (opens in new tab)

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2. Fujifilm Instax Square SQ1

This fun instant film camera comes in three colours and prints larger, square photos than other Instax cameras

Specifications

Type: Compact
Sensor: 1/2.3-inch
Megapixels: 18.2MP
Screen: 2.7-inch 461k
Viewfinder: None
Lens type: 10x zoom
Max burst speed: 10fps
Max video resolution: 1080p
User level: Beginner
Type: Instant
Film type: Fujifilm instax square
Image size: 6.2cm x 6.2cm
LCD: No
Viewfinder: Optical
Lens type: 65.75mm f/12.6
Max burst speed: N/a
Max video resolution: None
User level: Beginner

Reasons to buy

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Fun instant prints
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Improved exposure accuracy

Reasons to avoid

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Ongoing film cost
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No self-timer

Instant film cameras are always a hit at parties, and the Fujifilm Instax Square SQ1 is a fine example available at a great price. With a click of the shutter button, it'll create 6.2cm square prints that look fantastic, with punchy colours and less of the tendency towards overexposure that has plagued previous Instax cameras. 

The thing to remember about instant film is that it is of course an ongoing cost, so while you're paying $120 or so for the camera, you'll have to keep buying refills every time you run out. Also, this is a very basic point-and-shoot model, which is arguably all you need in an instant camera, though some users may lament the lack of basic quality-of-life features like a self-timer. Still, for the price this is loads of fun, and a wonderfully inexpensive way to make physical images that last.

Fujifilm instax mini LiPlay

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3. Fujifilm Instax Hybrid Mini LiPlay Instant Camera

This hybrid Instax takes photos, prints them from your phone and is perfectly pocket-sized

Specifications

Type: Instant
Film type: Fujifilm instax mini
Image size: 5.4 cm × 8.6 cm
LCD: Yes
Viewfinder: Optical
Lens type: 28mm
Max burst speed: n/a
Max video resolution: None
User level: Beginner

Reasons to buy

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2-in-1 printer and camera
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Can edit images on a phone
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Rechargeable

Reasons to avoid

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Not good in low light
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Ongoing film costs

Not only can you take photos using the Instax Hybrid Mini LiPlay but it can also print photos from your phone. Small enough to fit in your pocket its compact design makes it perfect for having on you at all times. Featuring an LCD screen and a selfie mirror on the front so you can make sure you're looking your best, Fujifilm really has thought of it all. Connect it to the LiPlay app on your phone so you can edit your photos and add things such as colored frames or apply a filter for a bit of fun. Even though the photos print out onto Instax Mini film, you can also choose to just keep the pictures stored on a micro SD card. Choose from Blush Gold, Elegant Black or Stone White depending on your style and it's time to get snapping. It has a rechargeable battery, a built-in flash and three shortcut buttons so you can save your favorite settings. We haven't had a chance to test one yet, but with all it's nifty features we're sure it will find its way onto our best instant film camera (opens in new tab) guide. 

best camera under £200: Polaroid OneStep+

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4. Polaroid OneStep+

A modern-day polaroid with Bluetooth connectivity

Specifications

Type: Instant camera
Film type: Polaroid 600 & Polaroid i-Type
Image size: 108x88mm
Lens: 103mm/89mm
Minimum shooting distance: 60cm
Focus modes: Macro, Normal and Landscape
Flash: Built-in
Self-timer: Yes
Viewfinder: Optical
User level: Beginner

Reasons to buy

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Large, excellent prints
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Bluetooth-enabled shooting modes

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive per shot
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Built-in battery only

It was a sad day when Polaroid announced its last factory would close (opens in new tab) but luckily The Impossible Project stepped in to save the day. Renaming the brand Polaroid Originals, it launched a series of modern Polaroid cameras, the second of which was the OneStep+ (the first was the OneStep 2 (opens in new tab) - confusing we know). Rather than reinventing the wheel, Polaroid has simply brought the much-loved camera into the 21st. It now features an 89mm portrait lens and has Bluetooth connectivity so you can control the shutter with your phone. There are also several shooting modes you can play around with such as double exposure, light painting and even a noise activate trigger which enables you to control the remote shutter with a clap. This is without a doubt one of the most advanced, instant film cameras you can buy and will make a great addition to any film enthusiast's camera collection. Not to mention, it looks great too. 

best camera under £100: Kodak PIXPRO FZ53

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5. Kodak PIXPRO FZ53

Larger-than-average prints from this chunky Instant

Specifications

Type: Compact
Sensor size: 1/2.3-inch
Resolution : 16.15MP
Viewfinder: None
Lens: 28-140mm
Flash: Built in
Zoom: 5x Optical 6x Digital
User level: Beginner

Reasons to buy

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Pocket-sized
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Easy to use

Reasons to avoid

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No viewfinder
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Can't see the screen in bright sunlight

This no-nonsense, pocket-sized point-and-shoot is perfect for beginners or anyone looking for a phone camera upgrade. It features a 16.15-megapixel 1/2.3-inch sensor so you won't be able to print your images very big but they're still perfect for sharing on social media. It has a zoom range equivalent to 28-140mm on a full-frame camera and a 6x digital zoom if you need to get that little bit closer. One of the downsides is it doesn't come with a viewfinder and the screen is hard to see on a sunny day but otherwise, it's a great buy for the price. 

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