Digital Cameras Under £100

If you are looking for digital cameras under £100 there are basically two type of camera available. The first is the small pocket sized digital camera. The second is a little larger in size, but it may offer some extra features or be a bit cheaper than a pocket camera.

In terms of features digital cameras in this price range will not have all the bells and whistles that more expensive digital cameras have, but if you take a look around you may be surprised to see just what is on offer. For example a small number of cameras may offer you the chance to shoot High Definition movies. Some offer robust features such as being waterproof, while others have a fair amount of zoom power. In addition it could also be possible to find the cheapest touch control digital cameras in this price bracket.

It is a similar story with picture quality with some digital cameras under £100 producing good quality shots. This is an area where it pays to take a look around because picture quality can be a bit variable.

Fuji FinePix JZ200

Fuji FinePix JZ200

Type: Simple and Easy

16 Megapixels 8x Zoom

Guide Price: £50.99

The Finepix JZ200 gives you a little extra zoom power over a lot of cameras with a similar specification and price tag. The 8x zoom lens has wide angle capabilities. To help reduce unwanted picture blur Fuji have built in image stabilisation. Other features include High Definition movies, a macro mode that can focus from 5cm away and a 3 inch LCD screen.

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Nikon Coolpix S01

Nikon Coolpix S01

Type: Ultra Compact

10 Megapixels 3x Zoom

Guide Price: £57.99

The Coolpix S01 is one of the smallest digital cameras you can find. The body is made of stainless steel. Features include a 2.5 inch LCD screen and a macro mode that can focus from 5cm away from your subject. The LCD screen gives you touch control. The Coolpix S01 can shoot High Definition Movies.

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Fuji Finepix L55

Fuji Finepix L55

Type: Simple and Easy

12 Megapixels 3x Zoom

Guide Price: £59.98

The Finepix L55 scores very highly when it comes to ease of use. It is one of the simplest digital cameras you are likely to find. Features include a warning if the camera detects someone blinks when a picture is taken and a special setting to automatically take a picture if the camera detects someone is smiling.

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Panasonic DMC S5

Panasonic DMC S5

Type: Simple and Easy

16 Megapixels 4x Zoom

Guide Price: £63.99 Rating: 84/100

The Lumix DMC S6 is a basic pocket sized digital camera. It can record High Definition movies and has image stabilisation built in to help keep your photos sharp. It has a 2.7 inch LCD screen and can focus from 5cm away from your subject in macro mode. It also has Lumix Image Uploader software to make it easier for you to upload images and movie clips to web sites such as Facebook and YouTube.

Sony DSC W620

Sony DSC W620

Type: Simple and Easy

14 Megapixels 4x Zoom

Guide Price: £64.45

The Cybershot DSC W620 is a fairly basic digital camera. Features include a 2.7 inch LCD screen and the ability to shoot High Definition movies. The lens has wide angle capabilities and it is also able produce 360 degree panoramic shots. There is a smile shutter available. This automatically fires off a shot if the camera detects someone is smiling.

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Fuji Finepix AX550

Fuji Finepix AX550

Type: Simple and Easy

16 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £64.99

The Finepix AX550 has a 2.7 inch LCD screen and is capable of shooting High Definition Movies. It has social networking features that make it easy for you to upload your photos and movie clips to Facebook and YouTube. It is powered by AA batteries. Other features include a warning is someone blinks in a photo and a smile shutter that takes a picture for you if the camera detects someone is smiling.

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Sony DSC W630

Sony DSC W630

Type: Simple and Easy

16 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £69.49 Rating: 78/100

The Cybershot DSC W630 is an easy to use digital camera. Its main features include High Definition movies, a wide angle lens, a smile shutter and a macro mode that can focus from 5cm away from your subject. It also has a feature that allows you to create 360 degree panoramic photos. The LCD screen is 2.7 inches in size.

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Fuji FinePix JZ100

Fuji FinePix JZ100

Type: Simple and Easy

14 Megapixels 8x Zoom

Guide Price: £69.99

The Finepix Z100 is a pocket camera with a bit of extra zoom power. It is simple to use and has a relatively low price tag. Features include the ability to shoot High Definition movies, a macro mode capable of focusing from 5cm away from your subject and a 2.7 inch LCD screen. Fuji have also equipped the Finepix Z100 with image stabilisation.

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Olympus VG-170

Olympus VG-170

Type: Simple and Easy

14 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £69.99 Rating: 77/100

The VG-170 is a pocket sized, budget digital camera. It has a wide angle lens, a 3 inch LCD screen and can shoot High Definition movies. In addition it has a 3D still photos mode as well as a function that allows you to charge the battery via a USB connection. This camera is also compatible with Eye-Fi memory cards. These cards can transfer images wirelessly to a computer.

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Fuji FinePix JX500

Fuji FinePix JX500

Type: Simple and Easy

14 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £73.19

The Finepix JX500 is an easy to use digital camera that slips into most pockets. The emphasis is more on keeping the price low and making sure the camera is easy to use than packing the camera with the latest features. It is available in black, blue, purple, red and silver.

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Panasonic DMC S3

Panasonic DMC S3

Type: Simple and Easy

14 Megapixels 4x Zoom

Guide Price: £73.35 Rating: 84/100

The Lumix DMC S3 is aimed at you if you are new to digital cameras or you find it difficult to find your way around one. It can be used in fully automatic mode, has a 2.7 inch LCD screen and is capable of shooting High Definition movies.

Fuji FinePix Z110

Fuji FinePix Z110

Type: Ultra Compact

14 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £74.99

The Finepix Z110 operates as a typical point and shoot digital camera. Features include a 2.7 inch LCD screen, High Definition movies, motion panoramas and a macro mode that can focus from 9cm. It has a face retouch mode for enhancing portrait shots and a night out mode to optimise how your how look in pubs and clubs.

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Nikon Coolpix S6400

Nikon Coolpix S6400

Type: Ultra Compact

16 Megapixels 12x Zoom

Guide Price: £74.99

The Coolpix S6400 offers a fair amount of zoom power considering the small size of the camera. Another big attraction is likely to be the touch controlled, 3 inch LCD screen. The Coolpix S6400 can shoot Full High Definition Movies and record stereo sound to accompany them. In addition you can create 180 degree and 360 degree panoramic shots.

Olympus VR-340

Olympus VR-340

Type: Simple and Easy

16 Megapixels 10x Zoom

Guide Price: £75.00 Rating: 80/100

The VR-340 packs in a lot of zoom for the price and body size. Features include High Definition movies, a 3D still photography mode and a 3 inch LCD screen. There is also image stabilisation and you can charge the battery via a USB port. The VR-340 has a metal body and is compatible with Eye-Fi memory cards. These cards allow wireless downloads of your photos.

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Sony DSC W610

Sony DSC W610

Type: Simple and Easy

14 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £77.99 Rating: 72/100

The Cybershot DSC W610 is a straightforward, pocket sized digital camera. It has a basic set of features. These include a wide angle lens, a 2.7 inch LCD screen and a macro mode that allows you to focus from 4cm away from your subject for close up shots. A sweep panorama mode is available too. This can produce 360 degree panoramic shots.

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Fuji Finepix JX350

Fuji Finepix JX350

Type: Simple and Easy

16 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £78.06

The Finepix JX350 has a wide angle lens. Also on offer are High Definition movies, tracking focus to keeping moving subjects in focus and a 2.7 inch LCD screen. There is an image search function to help you find specific photos on a memory card. Blink detection and smile detection are also available to you.

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Nikon Coolpix S4300

Nikon Coolpix S4300

Type: Ultra Compact

16 Megapixels 6x Zoom

Guide Price: £79.00

The Coolpix S4300 is a touch controlled digital camera. Apart from the touch control aspect this camera handles like a typical point and shoot digital camera. Features include image stabilisation and High Definition movies. For close up photos this camera can focus from 5cm away from your subject.

Nikon Coolpix S6200

Nikon Coolpix S6200

Type: Extra Zoom

16 Megapixels 10x Zoom

Guide Price: £79.95

The Coolpix S6200 offers ease of use, a longer zoom lens and a small size that makes it easy to slip into most pockets. It can shoot High Definition movies as well as movies in iFrame format for faster downloading. It has a 2.7 inch LCD screen and Nikon have also built in image stabilisation to help reduce any picture blur. Models are available in red, silver, black, pink and blue.

Fuji Finepix T400

Fuji Finepix T400

Type: Extra Zoom

16 Megapixels 10x Zoom

Guide Price: £79.99 Rating: 81/100

The Finepix T400 is a point and shoot digital camera with some extra zoom power. It has 10x zoom, a wide angle lens, a macro mode capable of capturing shots from 3cm away from your subject and image stabilisation. The LCD screen is 3 inches in size. It also has a smile shutter and a blink warning. It is available black, blue, pink, purple and silver.

Panasonic DMC LS6

Panasonic DMC LS6

Type: Simple and Easy

14 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £79.99 Rating: 75/100

The Lumix DMC LS6 is a straightforward, starter digital camera. It is one of the few digital cameras to be powered by AA batteries. Features include a 5x wide angle lens, a 2.7 inch LCD screen and image stabilisation. It is capable of recording High Definition movies.

Canon IXUS 155

Canon IXUS 155

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20 Megapixels 10x Zoom

Guide Price: £79.99

The Canon IXUS 155 is a simple point and shoot digital camera. At a shade under 24mm wide it will slip into more or less any pocket. It is priced at the cheaper end of the market and is a good choice for anyone looking for a basic pocket camera with an extra touch of style.

In addition to the lower price, pocket size and stylish looks, the other big attraction of the IXUS 155 is its ease of use. This is a simple point and shoot digital camera that makes all the tricky exposure decisions for you. All you need to do is point the camera at your subject and click the shutter button.

What I like most about cameras in the Canon IXUS range is that they feel well made and give the impression of better build quality that some of their rivals.

Key features include 20 megapixels, a 10x zoom lens and the ability to shoot High Definition Movies. The IXUS 155 has a Zoom Plus feature that can boost zoom up to 20x. This is a very handy feature when you find you cannot get in quite close enough to take the picture you want. The ultra wide lens is a big help when you are trying to squeeze in panoramic landscapes or take a shot of a group of friends.

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Canon IXUS 150

Canon IXUS 150

Type:

16 Megapixels 8x Zoom

Guide Price: £79.99

The Canon IXUS 150 is a very straightforward, pocket sized digital camera. It has 16 megapixels and an 8x zoom lens.

There are a lot of very similar cameras around, so why would you buy the IXUS 150 ahead of other models? A couple of reasons that stand out are the build quality and picture quality. It also has an extra touch of style compared with other similar digital cameras. Although you can find cheaper pocket cameras the IXUS 150 offers fair value for money.

As mentioned above this camera is easy to use. You can use it in fully automatic mode where all you need to do is line up your shot and press the shutter button.

The 8x zoom lens gives you flexibility to zoom in on subjects while also being able to squeeze in wider scenes. If you need to boost the amount of zoom available you can activate Canon’s Zoom Plus feature to take the amount of zoom available up to 16x.

For shooting movie clips there is a High Definition Movie mode (720p). You also get a standard set of features for this type of camera. These include image stabilisation to help you produce sharp shots and white balance options if you want to fine tune the colours in your photos.

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Canon Powershot A2400 IS

Canon Powershot A2400 IS

Type: Simple and Easy

16 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £84.00 Rating: 83/100

The Powershot A2400 IS is a standard point and shoot digital camera. It has a wide angle lens and Canon have built in image stabilisation. You are able to shoot High Definition movies. The LCD screen is 2.7 inches in size and for close up shots the macro mode is able to focus from 3cm away from your subject.

Canon Powershot A2300

Canon Powershot A2300

Type: Simple and Easy

16 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £84.99

The Powershot A2300 has a wide angle lens, a 2.7 inch LCD screen and can record High Definition movies. For when you need a little extra guidance there is a help button. The Powershot A2300 is small enough to fit into most pockets and gives you the chance to buy a Canon digital camera at a relatively low price.

Nikon Coolpix L26

Nikon Coolpix L26

Type: Simple and Easy

16 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £90.00

The Coolpix L26 is a simple, starter digital camera. It is one of the cheapest digital cameras you will find from a leading brand. It is also one of the few cameras that run on AA batteries. This camera is available in black, silver and red. It has a larger than standard 3 inch LCD screen and can shoot High Definition movies.

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Olympus SZ-14

Olympus SZ-14

Type: Super Zoom

12 Megapixels 24x Zoom

Guide Price: £90.99 Rating: 78/100

The SZ-14 has a wide angle lens for capturing wide scenes in addition to its more obviously ability to zoom in on distant subjects. It is capable of shooting High Definition movies and can create 3D still photos. The LCD screen is 3 inches in size and the battery can be charged by attaching the camera to a USB port. Image stabilisation is available for both still photos and video recordings.

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Nikon Coolpix S30

Nikon Coolpix S30

Type: Waterproof

10 Megapixels 3x Zoom

Guide Price: £92.99

The Coolpix S30 is waterproof to 3m and shockproof to falls of up to 76cm. Aside from the waterproof and shockproof features this is a fairly basic digital camera. It is able to shoot High Definition movies and has a 2.7 inch LCD screen. For close ups it can focus from 5cm away from your subject. It is available in blue, pink and white.

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Nikon Coolpix S3300

Nikon Coolpix S3300

Type: Ultra Compact

16 Megapixels 6x Zoom

Guide Price: £94.49 Rating: 81/100

The Coolpix S3300 is a relatively straightforward, pocket sized digital camera. Features include a wide angle lens, the ability to shoot High Definition movies and a 2.7 inch LCD screen. Nikon have equipped this camera with image stabilisation. For your close up shots the Coolpix S3300 is able to focus from 5cm away from your subject.

Sony DSC H90

Sony DSC H90

Type: Extra Zoom

16 Megapixels 16x Zoom

Guide Price: £99.29 Rating: 80/100

The Cybershot DSC H90 is a powerful digital camera. Features include High Definition Movies, Image Stabilisation for both still photos and movies and a 3 inch LCD screen. It can capture 360 degree panoramic shots. In macro mode it is able to focus from 5cm away from your subject.

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Panasonic DMC FX80

Panasonic DMC FX80

Type: Ultra Compact

12 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £99.99

The Lumix DMC FX80 has a 3 inch touch controlled LCD screen. Other features include being able to produce 3D photos and panoramas. Panasonic have built in image stabilisation, plus the ability to shoot Full 1080 pixel High Definition movies. In macro mode the Lumix DMC FX80 can focus from 5cm away from your subject.

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Canon IXUS 265 HS

Canon IXUS 265 HS

Type:

16 Megapixels 12x Zoom

Guide Price: £99.99

The Canon IXUS 265 HS is only 23mm wide and will slip easily into more or less any pocket. Compared with other, similar sized digital cameras it has a few extra features that help to justify a price tag that is higher than more basic point and shoot models.

Despite the extra features, the IXUS 265 HS remains easy to use. All you need to do to take a picture is line up your shot and press the shutter button.

The extra features include extra zoom power (12x), Wi-Fi and NFC for easy connectivity and photo sharing, as well as Full High Definition Movies (1080p). GPS tagging is available too, although you will need a compatible Smart Phone for this.

If from time to time you need some extra zoom power, Canon have equipped the IXUS 265 HS with a feature they call Zoom Plus. This doubles the amount of zoom available to 24x.

Another plus point is the stylish look of the camera. In the hand it also gives the impression of a touch of extra build quality. You have a choice of colours, with silver, black, pink and purple versions available.

For composing your pictures there is a high quality, 3 inch LCD screen.

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