If you are shopping for a new digital camera and price is of the utmost concern then this list is for you. The cameras on this list all cost around or less than $100.
Although shoppers should be aware that smart phones have decimated the offerings of low priced cameras since most smart phones take photos of better or equal quality than the digital cameras in this price range. For as little as $50-$100 more you can get a better compact, waterproof, or high-zoom camera.
These cheaper models will not perform as well as more expensive models, but for the most part the image quality is surprisingly good considering the price of each unit. Where the image quality tends to suffer is in low light situations or at longer distances. They also are all very small and compact and can easily fit in a pocket. Also buyers need to be aware that none of these options include a memory card for storage, some may or may not include an USB cable, and some are powered by either AA or AAA batteries.
Below we review the top 5 best cheap digital cameras.
The Nikon COOLPIX L32 has 720/30p HD movie capture that is of average quality at best, and poor in dimly lit areas. It is powered by 2 AA batteries, so you might want rechargeable ones.
Overall we would recommend the Nikon COOLPIX L32 for those of you looking for a cheap camera, but just remember that the quality of pictures at best will be on par with most smart phones.
The DSC-W800 is capable of 720p HD video which is of average quality. Some users have complained that the image stabilization is not as good as more expensive units and thus get more blurry photos.
Overall the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W800 is a good choice for those buyers who want a digital camera that costs under $100; just be aware you are buying a budget model, so don’t expect it to excel at taking photos.
The photo quality is decent, but far from excellent or even very good. It has a 13.2 MP CMOS sensor and 3x NIKKOR zoom lens. It captures 1080 30p HD video which is actually pretty nice compared to other models in this price range.
Since it is a budget waterproof camera, it is lacking some features that other models have like Wi-Fi and GPS. Also its image stabilizer is poor and its start-up time and overall performance is slow.
We would recommend the Nikon Coolpix S33 if you are looking for the cheapest waterproof digital camera or to give to a child to use on vacation or other outdoor adventures.
The advantages of the Kodak FZ53 are that it is small and compact, it is very simple to use, has a 28mm wide angle, and has a battery pack that can be recharged with a mini USB. It can also take 720p HD video.
Overall the Kodak PIXPRO Friendly Zoom FZ53 is a decent budget option, but we feel it is just a slight notch below the other cameras on this list.
The highlight of this model is the 2.4″ swivel preview screen which lets you see yourself while taking a selfie. Buyers should be aware it is powered by 3 AAA batteries which are not included.
Overall we really would not recommend the Vivitar ViviCam S124. The only situation we might make an exception is if you are getting this camera for a young person (under 13) who wants to take some photos and does not have their own smart phone which would be more capable.
Best Cheap Digital Cameras Comparison Chart
|MegaPixels||Max Aperture||Shutter Speed||Weight
|Nikon COOLPIX L32||8.1||$119.95||5||20||f 3.2-6.5||4 – 1/2000||5.8||3.8 x 2.4 x 1.1|
|Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W800||8.0||$89.99||5||20||f 3.2-6.4||2 – 1/1500||4.4||3.81 x 2.19 x 0.82|
|Nikon COOLPIX S33||8.0||$106.95||3||13||f 3.3-5.9||4 – 1/2000||6.3||4.3 x 2.6 x 1.5|
|Kodak PIXPRO Friendly Zoom FZ53||7.9||$89.99||5||16||f 3.9-6.3||4 – 1/2000||3.7||3.60 x 2.23 x 0.90|
|Vivitar ViviCam S124||6.5||$49.99||0||16||?||?||?||?|
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