You don’t need to be a millionaire to be a Photographer
We know being a photographer implies making an investment. One of the reasons some people never take photography seriously is because of the gear price. Cameras and lenses tend to be too expensive for most people, so basically we let our ideas get vanished. Or we settle only for our phone cameras, which pretty much takes a great number of shooting possibilities out.
However, what many of us don’t know is that we can get good cameras and good gear for a really low price. So we don’t have to settle anymore!
In this article we have gathered 5 of the best digital cameras under £100. Keep in mind that the cameras we are about to see are all digital and compact.
P.S: All of these cameras are available in the UK.
1 used from £149.99
- DSC-W830 camera with a 20.1MP sensor, 8x optical zoom, Intelligent Auto, Optical SteadyShot, and Zeiss lens
- 20.1MP Super HAD CCD sensor
- 8x optical zoom lens by ZEISS
- Capture everything with a wide-angle lens
The Sony DSCW830 is a perfect example of quality and adaptability in one camera body. It’s a compact camera offering a great resolution of 20.1MP, which is pretty impressive for such a small and sleek design.
Besides being a beautiful camera at first glance, when you go through its specs, you realize that it also has an 8x optical zoom for wider shooting possibilities. Of course, it’s not exactly the most impressive focal length (25mm-200mm), but it certainly turns the camera into a versatile one.
Why is it versatile? Because it’s great for daily scenarios. You can shoot landscapes, you can also do portraits and it’s a proper camera to use for street photography. With good stability, your chances of getting a great shot increase.
As with many other cameras, the Sony W830 includes a variety of scene modes to shoot. However, there is no manual mode. So you can’t exactly customize your scenes beyond that.
Remember this is an ideal camera for beginners because it allows you to develop in basic settings. If you are not too interested in professional shooting (at least not yet!) then this is a good purchase for you.
Its price makes it even more appealing. The Sony W830 is around £73 and it comes in different colors. But remember price can vary according to the color you choose.back to menu ↑
Nikon Coolpix S3700
1 used from £110.31
- Slender and fine 20.1-megapixels make it simple to take shots on the go
- Extendable to 16x dynamic fine zoom
- Smart portrait mode
Slightly more expensive than the Sony 2830, the Nikon Coolpix S3700 is another great option for photographers on a budget. Just like the previous camera, it has a powerful sensor with 20.1MP resolution.
Its focal length also has a 25-200mm focal range, which makes it great for every day shooting. From portrait to detail photography, you can have a good learning experience with this camera.
Be careful with the maximum zoom, though. You may need some stability to avoid blur effects within your shots.
The thing that probably contributes most to its higher price is S3700 connectivity options. Not only can this camera connect to Wi-Fi but it also has a Near Field Communication (NFC) feature that goes great with a remote shutter.
The camera also has several shooting modes, easy retouch features and panorama assist which will help you create great panoramic photographs. But one of the best things about this sleek model is a price around £90.back to menu ↑
Canon IXUS 150
- 16 Megapixels for large prints and easy cropping
- Shoot wide with 28mm or zoom in 16x closer without losing quality
- No more blurred photos or movies thanks to Image Stabilizer with Intelligent IS
- Just point and shoot and let Smart Auto make the most of every shot for you
- Easy viewing and sharing on 6.8 cm (2.7") LCD
Like the previous cameras, the IXUS 150 is also a light and sleek device. One of the main differences is its sensor which is 16MP – but a lower resolution does not mean less quality image. In fact, its image processor, the Digic 4+ is a proof of that.
Not only it does allows you to take great pictures, you can also try your talents with video. Since the camera features an HD resolution, you may want to try it out. It has different filters for both shooting and recording.
But besides being a fun camera, there’s a serious quality that is not sacrificed upon size or speed. It’s a great option to shoot in dim light environments, since it has an ISO sensitivity of 800.
If you are a novice photographer, this camera is a must. Especially if you like to shoot indoors or you are curious about trying your luck with video.
The Canon IXUS has a price that can vary among its different color presentations, but it’s always under £100.back to menu ↑
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC W800
5 used from £59.99
- Super HAD CCD 20.1 MP sensor
- Sony lens with 5x optical zoom
- HD video capability for enhanced videos and pictures
- Sweep Panorama to capture the whole scene
- Get creative with picture effect
Though this is a great camera to start on your photography path, you can find a great sensor resolution of 20.1MP just like in the first two cameras mentioned above.
It has a shorter focal length, since its optical zoom is 5x. However, just like the IXUS 150, it has the option of recording HD video, so you have a wider amount of features you can take advantage of.
Despite being a camera also aimed at beginners, it includes several creative filters for your photographs. This means you can customize your shots a bit more and more good news is that you can easily set your camera through an intuitive menu shown on the back LCD screen.
Being so easy to manage, gives you the chance to experience street photography in the best way.
Easy to carry, easy to use, easy to shoot! And by the way, the DSC W800 is the cheapest camera of this list, having a price around £60!back to menu ↑
- 16.2 megapixel sensor delivers superb image quality
- 12x zoom lens (24-288mm) gets you closer to the action
- Smart shooting modes ensure brilliant results every time
- 3" LCD delivers bright, crisp image playback
- Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC let you backup and share your images with ease
This list is full with sleek and modern camera bodies. However, the Samsung WB50F has a very retro look. But the inside is what matters, right?
It has a 16MP sensor, so it offers a pretty decent image quality. Which is great for such a wide range of focal length: 12x optical zoom. You may need a stable surface to shoot at its final length, though.
The WB50F also has Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, which makes it a great choice to combine with smart devices like tablets and smartphones.
Though it’s not the cheapest choice in this countdown, it’s one of the greatest investments you can make.
Remember: the price of the gear is not nearly as important as talent and practice. You don’t need expensive cameras. You need practice and motivation!