Our selection of the best affordable camera, from compact to digital reflex.
You want to buy a decent camera, but you do not want to rob your bank? The good news is that there are attractive cameras if you’re on a tight budget, including entry-level DSLRs, sleek looking mirror less cameras, advanced high-end compacts, and more. Bridge cameras with huge zoom lenses, not to mention travel zooms and pocket compacts.
And while some of these inexpensive devices may not be state-of-the-art and the larger models available right now, they still do the trick.
We have compiled a selection of the best affordable camera, so if you want something better than your smartphone, or a device with which you can be a little more creative, you’ll find it here.
If you need a little more help finding the type of camera you need, read this article: Which camera should I buy?
And if you want to spend a little more money, then check out our other camera buying guides:
- Best compact cameras.
- Best mirrorless camera.
- Best SLR camera.
1. Sony Cyber-shot RX100
Sony’s first true high-end compact came out several years ago, but still has the answer.
2. Nikon D3300
The best entry-level digital SLR is excellent value for money.
3. Panasonic Lumix ZS50 / Lumix TZ70
A large, versatile compact camera with wide zoom range.
4. Canon EOS Rebel T6 / EOS 1300D
Perhaps the cheapest SLR available today.
5. Nikon D5300
Replaced by the D5500 and the D5600, but still a good choice.
6. Sony Alpha A7R
More megapixels than you would like at an affordable price.
7. Sony Alpha A5000
Sony’s entry-level CSC is easy to use.
8. Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
Compact 30x optical zoom at a great price.
9. Sony Cyber-shot WX220
In the category Handheld Camera with 10x Optical Zoom
10. Panasonic Lumix FZ70 / FZ72
Bridge camera that embeds a 60x zoom monster lens