Best cheap camera in 2021: 8 brilliant budget camera options

Best cheap cameras
(Image credit: Fujifilm)

When looking for the best cheap camera, you’ll find that if anything, there’s too much choice rather than too little. Major manufacturers are constantly updating their lines with newer models to suit all budgets, and if you’re willing to do a little digging around, it’s possible to find some fantastic bargains on great cameras.

When picking up the best cheap camera, consider what you’re looking for. Do you need something beginner-friendly, or more suited to an expert? How many frames per second can it capture in burst mode – and is this important to the type of photography you want to do. Is it a compact camera with a fixed lens, or a mirrorless or DSLR camera where the lens can be changed? It’s also worth considering how heavy the camera is, especially if you’re planning on taking it travelling, and how many shots it can capture on a single battery charge.

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Jon Stapley

Jon is a freelance writer and journalist who covers photography, art, technology, and the intersection of all three. When he's not scouting out news on the latest gadgets, he likes to play around with film cameras that were manufactured before he was born. To that end, he never goes anywhere without his Olympus XA2, loaded with a fresh roll of Kodak (Gold 200 is the best, since you asked). Jon is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq, and has also written for in Digital Camera World, Black + White Photography Magazine, Photomonitor, Outdoor Photography, Shortlist and probably a few others he's forgetting.