Trying to find the best point and shoot a cheap camera for yourself? Whether you’re looking for your first camera, something affordable for a holiday, or even a gift for a budding photographer, you don’t need to spend huge amounts to get a powerful digital camera these days.

While the latest high-end cameras will always come with a premium, their predecessors can offer fantastic value. If you’re prepared to miss out on features like 4K video, then previous-gen models like the ones we’ve included below can make great cheap cameras.

That said, there are also some great value current models out there too. Whether you want a compact camera, a mirrorless model or a point and shoot, the list below includes our pick of the latest budget and entry-level versions, along with those older options that offer similarly great value.

If you’re already toting a smartphone, you might be wondering why you need a standalone camera. The vast majority of smartphones are still behind when it comes to zooming, while battery life can also take a battering if you’re spending a lot of time taking pictures.

With all of that in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the best that are still available, all of which are pretty inexpensive so you don’t have to worry too much about busting the budget.

Best Cheapest Point and Shoot Camera in 2021

1. Sony RX100

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Sony RX100 20.2 MP Premium Compact Digital Camera...
  • Approximately 20.1 megapixels , Exmor CMOS Sensor, 28-100mm equivalent F/18-49 lens, ISO 125-6400 Expandable ISO 80,...
  • Operating temperature:Approx. 0°C to 40°C (32F° to 104F°).1080p video, Steady-Shot image stabilization,Rear control...
  • Burst Mode (shots)-Approx10 fps,(VGA) Moving Image Size -640x480 30fps Approx3Mbps. Flash range:ISO Auto: approximately...
  • Bright F18 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens with 36x zoom, Full HD 1080/60p video with manual control and dual record,...

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is an enthusiast compact camera based around a 20MP 1″ CMOS sensor. It features a Zeiss-branded 28-100mm equivalent F1.8-4.9 stabilized lens featuring Zeiss T* coatings to minimize internal reflection. The rest of its specification is pretty impressive too – a 1.2 million dot 3.0″ LCD (VGA resolution but using Sony’s WhiteMagic technology to offer greater brightness or improved battery life), and 1080p60 video capture or 1080i with the ability to shoot a 17MP stills without interrupting movie recording. The camera can even boast a respectable 330 shots from a charge, according to CIPA tests.

2.  Canon PowerShot Elph 180 / IXUS 185

Sony (DSCW800) 20.1 MP Digital Camera (Silver)
  • MP Super HAD CCD sensor for beautifully detailed images.
  • Sony Lens w/ 5x Optical Zoom.
  • Reduced blur with SteadyShot Image stabilization
  • Capture your videos in 720p HD Movie mode

The PowerShot ELPH 180 digital camera delivers high-quality imaging capabilities with an 8x optical zoom lens and 20-Megapixel CCD sensor. The PowerShot ELPH 180 camera features smooth 720p HD video capabilities with Smart Auto mode, Scene modes and Eco mode to preserve battery life. It also includes the Auto Zoom feature that automatically zooms in to frame subjects and keep them in focus.

3. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W800

Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 Digital Camera (Red) +...
  • The sleek Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 is a slim, beautiful digital camera that takes stunning photographs and records...
  • The PowerShot ELPH 180 camera's DIGIC 4+ Image Processor features accelerated processing speed to create fast,...
  • Get a close snapshot of the action with 8x magnification, while the 20.0 Megapixel CCD sensor helps produce vibrant and...
  • Smart AUTO intelligently chooses an appropriate setting according to the subject and environment

The Sony Cyber-shot W800 features a 20.1 MP Super HAD CCD sensor with an F3.2-6.4 26-130mm lens, 5x optical Sony zoom lens for straightforward, hassle-free shooting. It has a 2.7″ LCD screen and can shoot 720p HD video.

4. Fujifilm XP140

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Fujifilm FinePix XP140 Waterproof Digital Camera...
  • Is 100-12800, allowing for lots of light and extremely fast shutter speed
  • Waterproof to 82 ft. , shockproof up to 5. 9 ft., freeze proof to 14º f and dustproof
  • Smile shutter - The new feature automatically takes the photo. When you select “smile shutter” you will no longer...
  • 4K/15P video – capture the world around you in ultra-high definition with the 4K movie capability at 15 frames per...

The Fujifilm FinePix XP140 is a rugged camera that can go up to 25 meters (82 ft) underwater, fall from 1.8 meters (5.9 feet) and function in temperatures as low as -10C (+14F). It has a 16MP BSI-CMOS sensor, 28-140mm F3.9-4.9 lens and 3″ LCD. Photos can be shared via Wi-Fi, with Bluetooth for easy pairing and image transfer. The XP140 can capture 1080/60p video (we don’t consider its 4K/15p feature to be usable,) take 360-degree panoramas and produce still and movie time-lapses.

5. Olympus Tough TG-6

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Olympus Tough TG-6 Waterproof Camera, Red
  • Waterproof (50 feet /15 meter), dust proof, shockproof (7 feet / 2.1 meter), crush proof (100 kgf), freeze proof (14...
  • High resolution F2.0 lens, maximum 8x zoom, true pic VIII, back illuminated CMOS image sensor
  • Variable macro system comprised of 4 macro shooting modes, magnified shooting up to 1 centimeter from the end of the...
  • 5 underwater shooting modes including underwater microscope, 3 underwater white balance modes

The Olympus Tough TG-6 is a compact, rugged waterproof camera. It features a 12MP (1/2.3″) sensor, image stabilization, 25-100mm equivalent F2.0-4.9 lens and a GPS with tracking functionality. The TG-6 is waterproof to 15m (50ft), shockproof from 2.4m (7ft), crushproof to 100kgf (220lbs) and dustproof. It has a fixed 3″ LCD with 1.04 million dots and no touch functionality. It can focus as closely as 1cm, and optional light guide and flash diffusers allow for ultra-closeups. Video can be captured at 4K/30p. The TG-6 has a wide variety of accessories, from fisheye and telephoto conversion lenses to an elaborate underwater housing.

6. Panasonic Lumix ZS70 / TZ90

Panasonic LUMIX DC-ZS70K, 20.3 Megapixel, 4K...
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Panasonic LUMIX DC-ZS70K, 20.3 Megapixel, 4K...
  • 20. 3 Megapixel MOS sensor plus 30x Leica DC VARIO ELMAR lens (24 720mm), Plus 5 axis Hybrid O. I. S. (Optical image...
  • 0. 2 Inch 1, 166k dot EVF (electronic view finder) with eye sensor for easier viewing under sunny outdoor conditions
  • 4K QFHD video recording (3840x2160), Plus exclusive Lumix 4K PHOTO and 4K post focus with internal focus Stacking...
  • Lens barrel mounted control ring enables quick, intuitive operation of important functions

The Lumix DC-ZS70 (TZ90 outside of North America) is a compact travel zoom with a 30X, 24-720mm equivalent lens. It sports a 20.3MP BSI CMOS sensor, the company’s latest Venus Engine processor, improved Depth-from-Defocus autofocus technology and 4K/UHD video recording. Photos can be composed on a new tilting 3″ touchscreen display or a 0.2″, 1.16M-dot equivalent electronic viewfinder. Support for Wi-Fi is also included.

7. Canon PowerShot SX740 HS

Canon PowerShot SX740 Digital Camera w/40x Optical...
  • 40x optical zoom with optical image stabilizer and zoom framing assist
  • 4K video and 4K time-lapse movie
  • 20.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor
  • High-speed continuous shooting

The PowerShot SX740 HS is an ultra-compact camera with a long 40x zoom lens. The optically stabilized lens has an equivalent focal length of 24-960mm and is paired with a 20.3MP BSI CMOS sensor and Canon’s DIGIC 8 processor. It has a 3″ LCD that can flip upward 180 degrees for self-portraits, a useful Zoom Framing Assist feature for recomposing at long focal lengths, 4K/30p video and time-lapses, plus Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

8. Panasonic Lumix LX15 / LX10

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Panasonic LUMIX LX10 4K Digital Camera, 20.1...
  • POINT-AND-SHOOT CAMERA: Large, 1-inch 20.1-megapixel MOS sensor plus 3X zoom LEICA DC VARIO-SU millimeter ILUX lens...
  • TILTING SELFIE DISPLAY: Rear touch-enabled 3-inch LCD display (1040K dots) tilts upward 180 degree for easy selfie...
  • 4K VIDEO CAPTURE: 4K QFHD video recording (3840 x 2160), plus exclusive LUMIX 4K PHOTO and 4K Post Focus with...
  • LENS-MOUNTED CONTROL RING: Manual lens-mounted control ring brings DSLR-like exposure control to a compact...

The DMC-Lx10 is n updated version of Panasonic’s LX line of enthusiast compacts. It maintains the small body, bright lens ethos that has made the range so popular but now includes a 20MP 1″-type sensor. A decent number of control points and touchscreen mean plenty of direct control, despite the small size. A 24-72mm equivalent F1.4-2.8 lens makes it a very capable pocket camera.

9. Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II Compact Digital...
  • 1.0 Inch, 20.1 Megapixel High sensitivity CMOS sensor
  • Digic 7 image processor. Compatible with iOS versions 8.4,9.3 and 10.2 and Android smartphone and tablet versions...
  • Ultra slim, lightweight and pocket size camera
  • Features: Touch screen panel (capacitive type)

The PowerShot G9 X Mark II is the ‘entry-level’ model in Canon’s 1″ sensor lineup. It features a 20MP BSI-CMOS sensor, DIGIC 7 processor (an improvement over its predecessor), 28-84mm equivalent F2-4.9 lens, 3″ touchscreen display, 8.2 fps burst shooting and Full HD video capture. In addition, it has Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth for quick pairing with your smartphone.

10. Fujifilm XF10

Fujifilm XF10 Digital Camera - Black
  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 3.0-Inch” (Approx. 1, 040k-dot) Color LCD Touchscreen, aspect Ratio 3: 2
  • Standard output Sensitivity of Iso200 - Iso12800. Extended output Sensitivity of Iso100 - Iso51200
  • Bluetooth version 4.1 low energy technology

The Fujifilm XF10 is an enthusiast compact with a 24MP APS-C-size CMOS sensor and 28mm equiv. F2.8 lens. It has a 91-point hybrid autofocus system, 6 fps burst shooting and 4K/15p video capture. The body has twin control dials, a fixed 3″ touchscreen LCD, a built-in flash and a socket for an external microphone.

11. Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI

Sony RX100 VI 20.1 MP Premium Compact Digital...
  • 24-200mm F2.8-F4.5 ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T lens
  • World's fastest (0.03 sec) hybrid AF system (contrast + phase)
  • Battery life:Up to 330 shots / 165 minutes
  • In-the-box: Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1, AC Adaptor, Micro USB cable, Wrist Strap, Strap Adapter

The Cyber-shot RX100 VI is a 1″-type compact camera with a 20.1mp,24-200mm F2.8-4.5 zoom lens, 315 phase-detection points and the ability to shoot at 24 fps with autofocus. It’s the first in the Cyber-shot RX100-series to offer a touchscreen, allowing both touch shutter and contact focus. The screen can tilt up to 180 degrees upwards and 90 level downwards, extending shooting flexibility.

The Mark VI includes the latest Bionz X processor with front-end LSI, helping give what the company says is the world’s fastest AF (measured at 0.03 seconds) and with twice the EyeAF tracking performance of the Mark V. The new 24-200mm contact lens offers a claimed 4EV of image stabilization.

12. Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III

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Canon PowerShot Vlogging Camera [G7X Mark III] 4K...
  • 20. 1 Megapixel 1. 0” Stacked CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 8 Image Processor.
  • 4. 2x Optical Zoom Lens (24-100mm f/1. 8-2. 8) with Optical Image Stabilizer.
  • 4K 30p / FHD 120p Video.
  • 3. 0-inch Touch Panel LCD Screen with Tilt Option of 180° for Selfies.

The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III is a premium compact camera with a new 1″-type, 20MP Stacked CMOS sensor. The stabilized lens is the same as on its predecessor: 24-100mm equiv. F1.8-2.8. The G7 X III retains the same 3″ touchscreen display, which can flip upward by 180° for selfies and vlogging. The most notable feature on the G7 X III is the ability to live stream video on YouTube straight from the camera. It can also capture cropped 4K/30p and uncropped 1080 movie at up to 120p. Impressively, the G7 X III can shoot Raw images at around 30 fps with its electronic shutter with locked focus, or 8.3 fps with continuous AF, both with a healthy buffer. The digital camera can be powered over its USB-C port and has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

13. Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200

PANASONIC LUMIX ZS200 15X Leica DC Lens with...
  • [Larger 1 Inch Sensor] 20.1 Megapixels large sensor for brighter and more colorful photos (12800 Max ISO).
  • [LEICA DC 15x Lens] Leading class optical zoom performance with a bright F3.3 ? 6.4 aperture for soft defocus background...
  • [Creative Control] Scene modes, filter modes, adds creativity while traditional aperture and shutter priority modes...
  • [4K Features] 4K Video 30p, 4K PHOTO, and 4K Live Crop turn 4K frame capture into photography. Focusing Area - Normal:...

Panasonic’s ZS200/TZ200 is a 20MP 1″-sensor compact that updates the existing ZS100 and its 25-250mm equiv. zoom with a 24-360mm Equiv. F3.3-6.4 lens that’s both slightly wider and much longer (though a bit slower). Like its predecessor the ZS200 offers a 3″ touchscreen, accompanied by an upgraded 2.3 million-dot EVF with 0.53x magnification.

Contrast detect autofocus is aided by Panasonic’s very good Depth from Defocus technology, and up to 10 fps burst shooting is available with AF-S (6 fps in AF-C). Rounding out a travel-friendly feature set are 4K video, Wi-Fi with Bluetooth, 5-axis image stabilization and a new L.Monochrome Photo Style for a black-and-white film look.

14. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V

Sony RX100VA (NEWEST VERSION) 20.1MP Digital...
  • FASTER AUTOFOCUS: Shoot up to 24fps with 0.05s auto focus and wide 315 phase-detection AF points
  • 20.1 MEGAPIXEL PHOTOS: The RX100V uses a stacked back illuminated CMOS sensor with BIONZ X processor
  • RETRACTABLE VIEWFINDER: View & play back your photos with the RX1005 electronic OLED Tru-Finder
  • WIFI CONNECTIVITY: Connect DSCRX100M5 cameras by NFC or QR codes over wifi to transfer photo & video

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V is an updated version of the fifth camera in Sony’s popular lineup of 1″ enthusiast compacts. The ‘ VA’ model gains a deeper buffer, new white balance, metering and autofocus options, and the ability to save 720p proxy footage along with 4K video. Support for Sony’s PlayMemories Apps has been removed.

Features that carryover include on-sensor phase-detection AF and a burst rate of 24 fps with full-time focusing. The AF system has the same 25-pt contrast-detect program with 315 PDAF points that cover 65% of the frame. 4K video is oversampled without pixel binning and saved using the XAVC S codec. The RX100 V(A) continues to offer a 20.1MP 1″-type stacked CMOS sensor, 24-70mm F1.8-2.8 lens, pop-up EVF and built-in Wi-Fi w/NFC.

15. Panasonic Lumix ZS100

Panasonic LUMIX ZS100 4K Digital Camera, 20.1...
  • POINT-AND-SHOOT CAMERA: Large, 1-inch 20.1-megapixel MOS sensor plus 10X zoom LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens (25-250mm)...
  • EYE-LEVEL ELECTRONIC VIEWFINDER AND LCD DISPLAY: High-resolution 1,166k-dot viewfinder and rear touch-enabled 3-inch LCD...
  • 4K VIDEO CAPTURE: 4K QFHD video recording (3840 x 2160), plus exclusive LUMIX 4K PHOTO and 4K Post Focus with...
  • LENS-MOUNTED CONTROL RING: Manual lens-mounted control ring brings DSLR-like exposure control to a compact...

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 (known as the TZ100 in most regions outside of North America) is a compact travel zoom featuring a 20 megapixel, 1″-type sensor. It’s paired with a 25-250mm equivalent F2.8-5.9 Leica DC lens which incorporates the company’s snappy Depth from Defocus autofocus technology. It offers a 3″ touchscreen LCD as well as a 1.04M-dot electronic viewfinder, Raw support, 10 fps continuous shooting (5 fps with AF), and Wi-Fi. On the video side, it can record 4K/UHD video at 30p and 24p as well as 1080/60p clips. The camera’s unique 4K photo mode lets you grab high-quality 8MP stills from 4K videos with ease.

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