The Best Budget Compact Cameras

These days, many of us rely on our smartphone cameras to capture all our best moments. But there are times when those cameras will fail us. 

Smartphones aren’t equipped for long-distance zooms and with their smaller sensors, they simply won’t perform as well in low light scenarios. In these situations, nothing beats having a dedicated camera for your photography. 

If you’re just looking for a simple, easy-to-use camera that offers a range of features beyond your smartphone capabilities, a budget compact camera is the way to go. 

Below, we’ve listed some of the best point-and-shoot cameras we’re confident will still be top of the range:

Sony Cybershot DSC-WX800

sony cybershot camera with lens extended

The Sony Cybershot DSC-WX800 is a beautiful, pocketable camera that has 4K video recording capabilities – an impressive feature in any budget compact camera. The 20.1 megapixel stills record bold colour and detail in bright situations.

Alongside 4K, you’ll have fast, accurate autofocus and an LCD touch screen that can be tilted a full 180° to help you get those selfies.

We particularly love the powerful optical zoom with a focal range spanning 26mm to 130mm. 

Check out the Sony Cybershot DSC-WX800 for $599 today.

Sony Cybershot W830 

sony cybershot w830 camera

Staying with Sony, we have the Cybershot W830, which captures impressive 20.1-megapixel photos, gorgeous HD video, and beautiful panoramas.

Take note of the quality 8x optical zoom, which can be operated easily with one-handed shooting thanks to a zoom control at the top of the camera. 

Our cheapest camera on the lst, the W830 is also notable for its incredible professional-grade Carl Zeiss lens with Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation.

Check out the Sony Cybershot W830 for $179 today.

Panasonic Lumix TZ220

panasonic lumix tz220 camera

A fantastic budget compact camera for travel, the Lumix TZ220 from Panasonic has a host of incredible features, including 4K video recording, a 1-inch MOS sensor, and Bluetooth connectivity.

You’ll also have a high-resolution viewfinder and an amazingly high-quality Live View Finder. But our favourite feature is the incomparable 15x zoom LEICA lens, which will help you capture those faraway objects with ease. 

A Batch Save feature allows you to store an entire burst sequence of photos up to 150 frames with just one press of a button, while you can easily pick the best shot from hundreds with an Auto Marking feature.

Check out the Panasonic Lumix TZ220 for $999 today.

Canon PowerShot G7X Mark III

panasonic g7x mark ii

What’s not to love about the Canon PowerShot G7X Mark III? A fantastic budget compact camera for vlogging, you’re getting advanced 4K shooting, a flip-up LCD screen, a mic port, and the ability to live stream to YouTube. 

Even for those not interested in video, there’s plenty to love about this camera. There’s the built-in ND filter, 30 fps shooting at full resolution, RAW processing, and a high-quality touchscreen. 

Capture incredibly detailed images with the 20.1 megapixels Stacked CMOS sensor and 4.2x optical zoom lens. Meanwhile, the Optical Image Stabiliser and Dual Sensing IS technology will reduce camera shake for sharp handheld shots.

Check out the Canon PowerShot G7X Mark III for $999 today.

Panasonic Lumix TZ95

Panasonic Lumix TZ95 camera

Another truly impressive compact camera in the Panasonic range is the Lumix TZ95, which has a whopping 30x optical zoom with powerful built-in stabilisation to help you capture crisp handheld shots. 

This latest model comes with WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, making it easier to share your shots. The 2.3 million-dot, 0.21-inch Live View Finder always comes in handy if you’re shooting in bright light, while the flexible 180-degree rear monitor can be tilted for those valuable selfie shots. 

Alongside these features, you’re also getting 4K video and the ability to shoot in manual control and RAW format. What’s not to love?

Check out the Panasonic Lumix TZ95 for $649 today.

Canon PowerShot SX740HS

Canon Powershot SX740HS camera

For a tiny camera, the Canon PowerShot SX740HS packs a punch. With a 20.3 megapixel sensor and lens reach that outperforms some DSLRs, you’re getting your money’s worth – and more.

The SX740HS has an amazing lens focal range of 24mm to a stunning 960mm (in 35mm terms). No subject will remain out of reach!

Combine this with an LCD screen you can flip around for selfies, great autofocus, and manual control options and there’s something for everyone. 

Love to shoot a quality video? This camera also offers timelapse and 4K recording capabilities.

Check out the Canon PowerShot SX740HS for $499 today.

Find your ideal budget point and shoot camera today

Camera House has a range of budget compact cameras to serve your needs. Shop our full selection of compact cameras online today or visit us at your nearest store for some expert advice and to test out your favourite options.

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