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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Canon IXUS 145 is a simple point and shoot digital camera. In addition to how easy it is to operate it looks impressive, with a touch more style than most entry level digital cameras. If you compare the IXUS 145 to similar models from other brands you may also notice this camera has a very good build quality.
At 22mm wide the IXUS 145 slips easily into more or less any pocket or small bag. You can take it with you anywhere you go and always be ready when a photo opportunity arises.
With 16 megapixels you have more than enough to make extra large sized prints. The 8x zoom lens is about standard for this type of digital camera. This is an area where a small camera outperforms most smart phones, both in terms of the amount of zoom available and the quality of the lens. The quality of the lens helps to produce sharp, colourful photos.
There is a 2.7 inch LCD screen for composing and reviewing images. You can also shoot High Definition Movies (720p). If you need extra zoom from time to time, Canon have equipped the camera with a feature called Zoom Plus. This can double the zoom capabilities of the camera to give you 16x zoom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Powershot A810 is a simple point and shoot camera. Key features include a 5x wide angle lens and a 2.7 inch LCD screen. It can record High Definition movies and has a help button for when you need pointing in the right direction. This is one of the few digital cameras where power is supplied by AA batteries.
The Canon Powershot SX700 HS is described as an ultra compact digital camera. Be aware that despite this description the Powershot SX700 HS is not a small, sleek pocket camera. The description comes from the fact that Canon have packed a 30x zoom lens into this camera, as well as a range of more advanced features.
Therefore this camera is a very good choice if you are looking for plenty of power, but do not want to carry around a much large Digital SLR type camera or one of the larger, fully featured digital cameras.
The 30x zoom gives you the flexibility to capture more or less any photo opportunity. Even more zoom is available if you need it as Canon have equipped the Powershot SX700 HS with a feature called Zoom Plus. This can double the zoom power of the camera to give you 60x zoom. In addition to being able to zoom in on distant subjects you can also zoom all the way out when you want to capture panoramic landscapes or groups of family and friends.
Other features include a 3 inch LCD screen, the ability to capture Full High Definition Movies (1080p) and WiFi for easier image sharing. The Powershot SX700 HS is also capable of GPS tagging when used together with a compatible Smart Phone.
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.
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.
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.
The Finepix SL240 offers wide angle photography options as well as the more obvious telephoto ones. Features include a set of manual exposure controls as well as image stabilisation, a hot shoe, image stabilisation and High Definition movies. For composing photos you have the choice of using a 3 inch LCD screen or an electronic viewfinder. There is a macro mode that is capable of focusing from 2cm away from your subject.
The TG-320 is waterproof to depths of 3m, shockproof to drops of 1.5m and freezeproof down to temperatures of -10 degrees centigrade. It has a 2.7 inch LCD screen, image stabilisation and can shoot High Definition movies. Other features include the ability to recharge the battery via a USB port and compatibility with Wi-Fi memory cards.
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.
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.