Buying a cheap digital camera for photography on a budget is no easy task. There are so many options to consider and although the cheaper cameras may not have all the bells and whistles that the high-end cameras do, it’s still difficult.

Maybe you are looking to move away from taking photos on your cell phone and start using a digital camera without breaking the bank. Perhaps you are a beginner photographer and in the early stages, it doesn’t make sense to purchase an expensive camera right off the bat.

Whatever your situation, there are many options available for you to purchase a budget digital camera.  In this post, I will show you those options and give my reviews of each camera all priced under $50.


Aberg Best 21 Mega Pixels HD Digital Camera


The Aberg Best is a great little digital camera. Perfect for students, kids or adults, many people like to use this camera outdoors. Whether it’s a sporting event, camping or hiking, you will get some great photos and video in HD that you will love.

Although most smartphones, tablets, and cameras now have the ability to record video and take great HD photos, sometimes there is just no substitute for using an actual camera. The Aberg Best HD Digital Camera allows you to create high-quality HD movies, travel documentaries, and music videos easily.

Features and specs:

  • Includes the newest software updates. 
  • Perfect for digital still images, web cam, playback, and video and voice recording
  • 2.7″ TFT LCD display
  • 550mAh lithium ion rechargeable battery can support camera works more than 60 minutes.
  • 21 MP resolution for capturing HD 720P resolution.
  • External memory maximum 64G SD card. (not included)
  • Anti-shake, face-detect, continue-shot, self-timer, with 8X Digital Zoom
  • PhoTags Express Software for photo editing, printing, and sharing with e-mails
  • Lightweight: only 0.66Lb
  • Dimensions: 3.74 x 2.4 x 0.94 in

Even though this camera has many great features, there are two main cons about this camera. First, I did not like the user manual at all. The information provided was very poor. But that’s not really a huge concern, as it’s a pretty simple camera to operate.

Next, I found the camera to feel a bit uncomfortable to hold. But that might just be me, I guess for the cheap price, I shouldn’t complain.

You can read customer reviews and see the current price on Amazon here. 


Lyyes 2.7″ Mini Digital Camera HD


If you are looking for a great camera for a gift, check out the Lyyes Mini digital camera. It has many features including 720P HD resolution. This also makes a great camera for kids or beginner photographers.

If you are on vacation or traveling outdoors, use this for still images or recording your best shots. It’s simple to set up and use and the compact design makes it easy to take with you everywhere. For a budget camera, I find this one to be very durable. It will stand up to everyday use and can handle being lugged around with you.

Features and specs:

  • LCD display: HD 2.7″ TFT LCD
  • 18MP shows you high definition videos or images.
  • Video resolution: 1280 x 720 HD
  • External memory: SD card (up to 32G)
  • Digital zoom: 8 x digital zoom
  • Battery: Li-ion Battery
  • Face detection and smile capture
  • USB 2.0
  • Weight: 7.7Oz
  • Dimensions: 4.3 x 3.6 x 2.8 inches (including package)

There really isn’t much I don’t like about this camera, but similar to the Aberg Best, I found it uncomfortable to hold. Again, this is not really a game changer for a cheap budget camera that works great.

You can read customer reviews and see the current price on Amazon here. 


Vivitar VXX14 20.1 MP Selfie Cam Digital Camera


The Vivitar digital camera is a perfect example of a budget camera that gets great reviews. It’s a good starter camera that everyone from kids to seniors will love. It’s simple to use design is great for first-time digital camera users. You will be impressed by the image quality.

You can take amazing selfie’s with the 180-degree screen rotation allowing you to see the shot before you snap the picture. Take the perfect selfie every time!

Use this camera indoors or outdoors. The compact design will allow you to store it in a backpack or camera bag. Take to school or on vacation. It is a basic camera with great features that delivers in quality and price. Currently available in black or red.

Features and specs:

  • 1.8-inch tilting LCD display
  • 20.0 MP shows you high definition images.
  • 720p HD movies
  • SDHC storage up to 32GB
  • Uses AAA batteries
  • 180-degree screen rotation.
  • 4x digital zoom
  • Weight: 8oz
  • Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.1 x 1.75 in


I know with my other selections above, I mentioned they were not as comfortable as I would like. However, I found the Vivitar to be very comfortable. I believe you will too.

One thing I did not like was the small display. 1.8″ is too small for me. But if you can look past that aspect, you will be very happy with the other features of this camera.

You can read customer reviews and see the current price on Amazon here. 


Chart Showing the Main Specs of Each Camera


Aberg Best

  • 2.7″ TFT LCD display

21 MP resolution

 HD 720P resolution

8X Digital Zoom

3.74 x 2.4 x 0.94 in


  • 2.7″ TFT LCD display

18 MP resolution

HD 720P resolution

8X Digital Zoom

4.3 x 3.6 x 2.8 in


  • 1.8″ TFT LCD display

20 MP resolution

HD 720P resolution

4X Digital Zoom

8.9 x 7.1 x 1.75 in


In Summary

You really can’t go wrong with either of these three digital cameras. They are all close in features, specs, and price. Of course, if you are looking for more features and overall quality of a better camera, you will have to spend more. I recently wrote an article showing the best compact cameras you can buy under $400. If you have a larger budget, you can check those out.

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