The best cameras under £200/$200 are generally found on the second-hand market. While decent new cameras at this price point do exist, and we’ve seen a couple arrive recently, they are vanishingly few and far between. If you want a decent level of quality that’s going to represent an upgrade from your smartphone, second-hand is the way to go. We’ve put together this guide to help you find the sub-£200/$200 cameras that are right for you.

Look on any second-hand camera seller and you’ll find a fair few cameras under £200 or $200, but not all of them will be worth buying. That’s where we come in – drawing on our experience of testing and reviewing all the major camera releases over the years, we’ve identified the ones that are still worth £200/$200 in 2023.

We’ve picked this amount because we think it’s probably the least you can spend on a camera that’s actually worth buying. For those with higher budgets, we also have guides to the best cameras under £300 / $300 and the best cameras under £500 / $500.

This guide focuses on digital cameras. You may have noticed that there are instant film cameras that be bought for less than £200/$200. We haven’t included them as instant film shooting is quite a different discipline to digital photography, and the fact that you have to factor in the ongoing cost of film means you’ll end up spending a lot more than £200/$200 in the long run. If you are interested in pursuing instant film, we have a dedicated guide to the best instant film cameras and printers you can buy.

Best cameras under £200 / $200

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II (second hand body only)

Olympus OM-D E-M10 mark II front view
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II.

Amateur Photographer verdict

A classic beginner’s mirrorless camera, the OM-D E-M10 Mark II offers a great deal of functionality for minimal outlay, with fast burst shooting and an attractive design.
  • Loads of MFT lenses
  • 5-axis stabilisation
  • Fast burst shooting
  • Upper end of budget
  • No weather sealing

At a glance:

  • 16.1MP Four Thirds sensor
  • ISO 100-25,600 (extended)
  • 2.36-million-dot EVF
  • 3in, 1.04m-dot fully articulated touchscreen
  • 390g (body only)
  • Re-sale price: approx. £199 / $199

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II is a great camera. A second-hand model in good condition will cost around £199. If you want to purchase a second hand one in excellent condition it will cost around £20 more – slightly pipping you over budget, unless you’re good haggling!

This camera combines a 16.1MP Four Thirds sensor with a TruePic VII image processor. It supports an ISO range of 100-25,600 and burst shooting at up to 8.5fps. The camera body has a robust and attractive design. It includes 5-axis in-body image stabilisation and a huge selection of MFT lenses are compatible. On the downside, it isn’t weather sealed and lacks 4K video. For £199 you can’t have everything!

Best for: Being an all-rounder budget camera

Canon EOS 7D (second hand body only)

Canon EOS 7D Mark II front view
Canon EOS 7D Mark II.

Amateur Photographer verdict

One of the best DSLRs you can get at this price, the EOS 7D Mark II benefits from a huge lens range and a weather-sealed body.
  • Classic, rugged DSLR handling
  • 100% coverage viewfinder
  • Fixed rear screen
  • Single card slot

At a glance:

  • 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-12,800 (extended)
  • 3in, 921k-dot fixed LCD screen
  • Durable weather-sealed body
  • Weight 820g
  • Re-sale price: approx. £184 / $200

The Canon EOS 7D is an oldy but a goody, especially when you can get one second hand for £184 (the original RRP back in 2009 was £1,699)! The camera is now a little out-dated. It’s a bit noisy in low light compared with the newer models, but for under £200 you’re not going to get top of the range. You’ll still get plenty of camera for very little money.

The Canon EOS 7D includes an 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor, ISO range up to 12800 and a durable weather-sealed body.

Back in 2020 we wrote a second-hand classic review of the Canon EOS 7D. Two years on, we think this review holds as much relevance as in today’s market.

Best for: Sports and wildlife photography

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II (second hand)

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II.

Amateur Photographer verdict

Looking for an all-in-one compact to take everywhere? The RX100 III is a terrific buy, with a flexible zoom range and premium image quality.
  • Small body
  • High-quality sensor/lens
  • f/1.8 aperture
  • Top end of budget
  • Might be too small for some

At a glance:

  • 20.2MP 1-inch CMOS sensor
  • 28-100mm (equivalent) f/1.8-4.9 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens
  • ISO 100-25,600 extended
  • Full HD 60p video
  • Weight 281g
  • Re-sale price: approx. £180 / $200

Sony’s RX100 range of premium compacts has been hugely successful, with the most recent model released being the RX100 Mark VII. This Mark II version is the most recent you can get for less than £200 or $200, and for that money, it’s definitely worth considering. Costing £629 on release, the RX100 II takes a 20MP 1-inch sensor with a back-illuminated design, and pairs it with a 28-100mm equivalent Zeiss-made lens that boasts a generous f/1.8 aperture at the wide end. All this in a body that’s still smaller and lighter than most compacts on the market. Not bad!

We published our Sony RX100 II review all the way back in 2013, and we gave it the full five stars. While you could probably find the original RX100 even cheaper on the second-hand market, there are a lot of quality-of-life improvements that make this one worth the buy. Built-in Wi-Fi is a big one, as well as NFC (which was quite a novelty at the time), giving you plenty of connectivity options. Then there’s also the fact that the screen tilts, making it easier to shoot from high and low angles.

Best for: street photography and travelling light

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 (second hand body only)

Panasonic Lumix G6
Panasonic Lumix G6

Amateur Photographer verdict

A solid Micro Four Thirds camera, the Lumix G6 has since been eclipsed by successor models, but still offers plenty for the money, as long as you don’t need 4K.
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Autofocus performs well
  • Wi-Fi with remote shooting
  • Basic video spec
  • Smaller sensor than APS-C

At a glance:

  • 16.05-million-pixel Live MOS sensor
  • 1.44-million-dot OLED EVF
  • 3in free-angle LCD touchscreen
  • NFC technology for fast Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Full HD video recording
  • ISO 160-12,800 (expandable to ISO 25,600)
  • Re-sale price: approx. £154 / $199

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is a great camera that can be used to shoot a variety of genres from portraits to wildlife. Its body weighs a mere 340g meaning it’s lightweight and won’t cause any back or neck aches after using it all day.

We found the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 to excel in its autofocus system compared with other Micro Four Thirds cameras launched around the same time in 2013. We were also impressed with its features such as Wi-Fi connectivity and remote shooting – perfect for wildlife enthusiasts.

The Full HD video isn’t that exciting in terms of what is possible by today’s standards. However, for those wanting to create fun online content, Full HD is plenty big enough.

Best for: Wildlife photography

Canon EOS 1200D / Rebel T5

Canon EOS 1200D
Canon EOS 1200D, or Rebel T5 in the US.

Amateur Photographer verdict

An eminently portable DSLR, the Canon EOS 1200D is attractive for the price, if a little basic-looking these days.
  • Price has come down nicely
  • Easy to use
  • Decent APS-C sensor
  • Worse battery life than 1100D
  • No built-in Wi-Fi

At a glance:

  • 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-6400 (exp. ISO 12,800)
  • 3in LCD screen with 230,000 dots
  • Full HD 1080p video
  • 9-point AF system
  • Re-sale price: approx. £144/ $170

The Canon EOS 1200D entered a crowded market of entry-level cameras on release in 2014. However, as time has gone on and its price on the used market has continued to come down, it has started to look more and more enticing as an entry-level DSLR. It may not be flashy, but its Canon EF/EF-S mount on-boards you to an incredibly well-stocked lens ecosystem, and the 18MP APS-C sensor delivers solid, reliable image quality.

For a DSLR, this is a pretty diddy camera, and is plenty portable enough to carry around for day-to-day shooting. Its 9-point AF system is a little basic, and in our review we were disappointed to see that the battery life had gone from 700-650 shots on the EOS 1100D to 500 shots. Though it’s important to remember this in context – it’s still better than a lot of mirrorless cameras, and these estimates do tend to be conservative.

Best for: those who want an ultra-cheap DSLR

Olympus OM-D E-M5 (second hand body only)

Olympus OM-D E-M5
Olympus OM-D E-M5

Amateur Photographer verdict

A great camera then, and a pretty darn good one now – the Olympus OM-D E-M5 gives you enthusiast-level functionality for a beginner’s price tag.
  • MFT lens range
  • Stylish retro design
  • Weather-resistant body
  • Screen tilting, not articulated
  • Fairly modest burst rates

At a glance:

  • 16.1MP Four Thirds sensor
  • 3in, 610,000-dot, tiltable LCD touchscreen
  • 1.44-million-dot EVF
  • Up to 9fps or 4.2fps with continuous AF
  • Weight: 425g (including battery and card)
  • Re-sale price: approx. £139 / $190

Ten years on, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is still a fantastic camera, with 16.1MP Four Thirds image sensor that produces excellent images. It comes in a stylish-looking, weather-resistant, magnesium-alloy body. When the Olympus E-M5 was launched in 2012 the critics (us included) loved its retro compact design – it still has a lot of appeal. It’s also worth noting, it was the first camera to be launched in the popular and well-regarded OM-D line.

Later models like the EM-5 II and EM-5 III do boast higher specs. However, if this aspect isn’t important to you, it’s a great bargain.

Best for: those who want a small interchangeable-lens camera

Nikon D5200 (second hand body only)

Nikon D5200
Nikon D5200

Amateur Photographer verdict

Offering decent amount of resolution and reliable imaging performance, the Nikon D5200 is a solid workhorse DSLR.
  • AF system does well
  • Capable metering system
  • Solid overall performance
  • Upper end of budget
  • Decent lens will cost more

At a glance:

  • 24.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-6400 (extended to ISO 25,600)
  • Articulated 3in, 921,000-dot LCD screen
  • 39-point AF system
  • 2016-pixel RGB metering sensor
  • Re-sale price: approx. £199 / $180

When this camera launched in 2013, it retailed at £720. Nine years later, a second-hand model in good condition can be picked up for just under £200 – that’s a great deal! Spec-wise, this camera can hold its head up high. The 24.1MP image sensor, 39-point AF system, and ISO sensitivity range are all still impressive for a camera of this age.

In our review of the Nikon D5200 (written back in 2013) we gave it a good 4 stars. We found it performed solidly across all of our tests and criteria. If you’re a beginner to photography and want to make a little step up without splashing out on a new model, this one is well worth considering.

Best for: Beginners who want to learn fast

Sony A5000

Sony Alpha 5000
Sony Alpha 5000

Amateur Photographer verdict

The beginning of a new era for Sony, the Alpha 5000 is still a perfectly decent APS-C mirrorless camera.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Decent overall feature-set
  • Fast burst modes
  • Rudimentary video
  • No touchscreen

At a glance:

  • 20.1MP APS-C sensor
  • ISO 100-16,000
  • Articulated 3in LCD with 460,800 dots
  • Burst mode: 12fps
  • Full HD video
  • Re-sale price: approx. £159 / $249

The Sony Alpha 5000 represented a historic step for Sony. It was an NEX camera without the NEX branding, as the firm stepped fully into the Alpha line that would go on to such great success. And while these days pro-spec full-frame Alpha cameras run up prices in the thousands, this humble APS-C shooter can be picked up for around £200 / $200 or less on the used market.

So what do you get for this minimal outlay? While the Sony A5000 isn’t going to measure up to the top-line mirrorless models of today, it has a decent spec that will get the job done in most shooting situations. The 20.1MP APS-C sensor is a good size and resolution for most purposes, and the burst options are quite impressive. Also, Sony’s E-mount lens range has come a long way since the release of the A5000, and these days there are tons of fantastic lenses to choose from, including plenty from third-party manufacturers like Sigma, Tamron and Samyang.

Best for: Enthusiasts

Canon EOS M100 (second hand body only)

Canon EOS M100 in hand, image AP
Canon EOS M100 in hand, image: AP

Amateur Photographer verdict

While being restricted to Canon’s EF-M lens range is undeniably a negative, the EOS M100 is still a decent enough beginner camera.
  • Excellent touchscreen control
  • Snappy connectivity
  • Good image quality
  • Rubbish lens selection
  • No viewfinder

At a glance:

  • 24.2MP 22.3 x 14.9mm CMOS image sensor
  • Lens Mount: EF-M (EF and EF-S lenses compatible via Mount adapter EF-EOS M)
  • Burst mode: 6.1fps
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • ISO 100 – 25600
  • Movie: Full HD – 1920 x 1080, 60p
  • Re-sale price: approx. £179 / $199

Although the M series from Canon never really made the impactful impression that the EOS R series models subsequently did, there’s still a great bargain to be picked up on the second-hand market. The Canon EOS M100 was released back in 2017 and a second-hand one will now set you back around £180.

When we reviewed the Canon EOS M100 back in December 2017 we found it to be aimed at beginners and novices who want a no-fuss operating system. It has good wireless connectivity and a responsive touchscreen control. It’s well built and compact for an entry-level camera. On the downside, it doesn’t support a viewfinder and has very basic controls.

Annoyingly, the Canon M system only takes EF-M lenses or EF-S lenses with a mount adapter, so keep this in mind.

Best for: Beginners

Pentax K-50 – (second hand body only)

Pentax K-50
Pentax K-50

Amateur Photographer verdict

Pentax DSLRs have a lot to recommend them, such as class-leading weather sealing and excellent viewfinders. The K-50 is a solid APS-C option at a brilliant price.
  • Very good weather-sealing
  • Generous ISO range
  • Lovely optical viewfinder
  • Fewer lenses than Canon/Nikon
  • Small drive-mode shot buffer

At a glance:

  • 16.28-million-pixel, APS-C-sized sensor
  • 81 weather seals
  • 100% optical viewfinder
  • 3in, 921,000-dot LCD screen
  • ISO 100-51,200
  • Drive Mode: 6fps for approx 30 large/fine JPEG files or 8 raw images
  • Re-sale price: approx. £169 / $195

We all know Pentax has not made as much impression in the DSLR market as Canon or Nikon. However, that’s not to say it hasn’t make some fantastic cameras and the K-50 deserves to make this list.

When we reviewed it back in 2013 we gave it a massive 5 stars. The image quality was top notch and easily matched its rivals at the time. The body was also well built and fully weather sealed – providing peace of mind to those out in the field.

If you’re after a decent DSLR that will help you expand your photography, a second-hand Pentax K-50 is a great option.

Best for: Hobby photographers

Kodak PixPro FZ45

Kodak PixPro FZ45 in red. Photo JW/AP
Kodak PixPro FZ45 in red. Photo JW/AP

Amateur Photographer verdict

If you’d rather buy new than second-hand, the Kodak PixPro FZ45 is a very new camera indeed, and available for half our max budget. Just be aware it’s pretty basic.
  • Easy to use
  • Compact and cheap
  • Takes common AA batteries
  • Average image quality
  • Small screen

At a glance:

  • 16MP 1/2.3inch CMOS sensor
  • 4x optical zoom, f/3.0-6.6, 27-108mm equivalent
  • 2x AA batteries
  • LCD screen: 2.7inch screen
  • FullHD 30p video recording
  • $99 / £95 available in white, black, red

It was a bit of a surprise when Kodak (or to be more accurate, Kodak licensee JK Imaging) came out with a clutch of new compact and bridge cameras in 2023. Surely nobody was making and releasing these sorts of cheap point-and-shoots anymore? But it was so, and while the PixPro FZ45 is not going to blow anyone away with its image quality, it’s a perfectly decent compact that’s available for a very cheap price indeed.

Running on common AA batteries, the PixPro FZ45 is easy to setup. It benefits from a 4x zoom lens, giving you a reasonable amount of versatility when shooting, and its light weight of 117g means you can carry it everywhere with you. As we found in our review, the image quality it produces is fine, if nothing to write home about, and there is even a Manual mode for taking control of exposure settings.

Read our full Kodak PixPro FZ45 review.

Best for: those who want a new camera, rather than second-hand

Where can I find the best cameras under £200 / $200?

When it comes to buying second hand, you should only do so from a trusted dealer.

Recommended second-hand dealers to buy from include:

How to choose the best camera under £200/$200

When purchasing a second-hand camera, first check the exterior condition. Look for marks and scratches but remember, cosmetic damage is often nothing to worry about. A solid image sensor and working mechanics are more important. Most cameras from a trusted dealer will come with a 6-month warranty, which will give you greater peace of mind – this is probably something you won’t get on eBay.

Check the shutter count if purchasing a second hand DSLR. An entry level DSLR will comfortably shoot around 100,000, mid-range 150,000, and with a professional DSLR 300,000+. Often they’ll last beyond these figures, but it’s a good idea to get a rough idea about their longevity. With mirrorless cameras the shutter count is less important – don’t have the mechanics of a physical shutter to worry about.

Should I buy a camera on the grey market?

If you shop around online, you’ll often notice there are a few far cheaper models sold from a company you’ve probably never heard of. Usually these are grey products –they’re probably legitimate cameras, but they could cause you potential issues. You’re unlikely to purchase under warranty and you may end up paying for import duty or VAT on arrival. That ‘cheap camera’ may end up being more expensive than you initially calculated.

Just remember: if a deal seems too good to be true it probably is!

Text by Claire Gillo, with contributions from Jon Stapley.

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