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The best compact digital cameras under $100 price range are the cheap cameras which support point and shoot photography. The resolution which these cameras offer ranges over 14 megapixel and the optical zoom is of about 7x. Some of the best compact digital cameras under $100 come from brands like Kodak, Fujifilm and Samsung.

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Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS


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Canon PowerShot SX600 HS
Samsung WB350F
Nikon Coolpix S3600
Samsung WB250F
Nikon Coolpix S3500
Canon PowerShot SX600 HS
Samsung WB350F
Nikon Coolpix S3600
Samsung WB250F Digital Camera
Nikon Coolpix S3500 Digital Camera
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Release Date
Mar 2014
Mar 2014
Feb 2014
Jan 2013
Mar 2013
Camera Type
Compact
Compact
Compact
Compact, Standard Point and Shoot
Compact
Optical Zoom
18.0 x
21.0 x
8.0 x
18.0 x
7.0 x
Resolution
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
14.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CCD
CMOS, BSI-CMOS
CCD
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
2.7 in.
3.0 in.
2.7 in.
Image Sensor Size
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
7.66 mm

  • The Canon PowerShot SX600 HS is a slim camera with an 18x zoom lens and Wi-Fi, but its images are on the noisy side.


  • There’s a lot to like about Canon’s latest midrange travel-zoom compact. The Canon PowerShot SX600 HS is a doddle to operate thanks to simple menus and sensible controls, plus autofocusing, exposure metering and auto white balance all perform admirably.
    The camera’s extra features are a bit of a mixed bag though.


  • If you're looking for a reliable camera with a decent zoom range and that is capable of producing good quality images – without too much input from you – the SX600HS is a good option.


  • The Samsung WB350F is essentially the same as last year's WB800F camera, with added NFC connectivity, a repositioned pop-up flash, loss of a handgrip and mini HDMI port, and the adoption of the micro SD memory card format to make it slimmer.
    While the Samsung WB350F matches most of its main rivals in terms of features and handling, image quality is still not so great.


  • All in all, then, this is a versatile, decent performer, with the zoom range, manual options and easy sharing features that will immediately endear it to more ambitious travel photographers – especially those who aren't ready to step up to a DSLR or mirrorless device. It lived up to our expectations, and it's fairly priced, to boot.


  • For the price, the WB350F is a good camera coupled with a terrific long lens, easy-to-use operation, and excellent Wi-Fi. While it may not be as thin as many slim compact cameras, it’s not bad considering that a 21x optical zoom lens is packed inside it. Autofocusing is good and performance speed is fine, even though it isn’t the fastest camera you can find. Image quality is generally good, especially if you are using them in small to medium sizes, but they aren’t as sharp when viewed in larger sizes and suffer from noise in low-light situations.

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    If you're a typical point and shooter, using a camera on days out, nights on the town and holidays, then the Nikon Coolpix S3600 is great for those situations. Bright light or using with flash is good for the camera because you can use a low ISO and obviate the noise issues. For the price of the camera, the noise performance isn't too bad though. The screen on the back of the camera does the photographs no favours, though.


  • For those who want more camera than their smartphone offers without sacrificing the easy sharing, the Samsung WB250F Smart Camera is a good, affordable choice.


  • The Samsung WB250F has a long 18x zoom lens and a top-notch Wi-Fi implementation, but image quality isn't the best we've seen in its class.


  • The Samsung WB250F currently sits just under the £200 mark. That's a little high for a camera of this construction, but the tech makes up for it. From a geek point of view, there's plenty to do with lots of little features and settings to test and play with. From a photographer's point of view, it's a plastic camera with a bad lens and noise at low ISO. If you can look past that, or you don't see what we see, then you'd be perfectly happy with the Samsung WB250F.


  • The price of around £100 is perfect for this camera. It means it's easily accessible to many people who may be looking at their first camera but don't want the complications of a normal compact. It would make a great first camera for a younger person with the funky colours and digital filters to attract the "Instagram" generation. If you're looking for a small, light weight digital compact camera and you have around £109 to spend then you need to take a look at the Nikon Coolpix S3500 because it will fit your needs perfectly.


  • If you're looking for a cheap camera you can't go far wrong with the Nikon Coolpix S3500, particularly as most budget cameras have at most 5x optical zoom, here you'll find a 7x optical zoom lens for less than £90. It has a fairly limited set of features, but image quality isn't too bad, particularly for sharing on Facebook etc.


Top 5 compact digital camera under $100:

  1. Canon PowerShot SX600 HS
  2. Samsung WB350F
  3. Nikon Coolpix S3600
  4. Samsung WB250F Digital Camera
  5. Nikon Coolpix S3500 Digital Camera