The (cheap) alternative to plastic point and shoot cameras — plastic SLR cameras: The Single Reflex Lens camera!
Canon and Nikon (and many others) produced several single lens reflex cameras with all-auto and autofocus features, far more advanced than the simpler point and shoot cameras, and with the ability to mount both cheap and quality lenses!
So we decided to shoot a roll of Kodak Porta 160 and Portra 400 in a Canon EOS 50E and a Nikon F90X on a grey February 2022 Sunday.
We picked a few very affordable lenses; a dirt cheap zoom (Canon 28-80mm f3.5-5.6) and some primes (Canon 50mm f1.8, Nikon 20mm f2.8 and 85mm f1.8), and pointed - and shot - everything on full auto. So nothing fancy here, just regular snapshots on a relatively grey day, but the quality is definitely higher than the average point and shoot camera! No editing—straight scans.
SHOT ON NIKON F90X:
SHOT ON CANON EOS 50E: