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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS30

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS30

From £148
  • Storage media: SD Memory Card
  • Optical zoom: 8x
  • Sensor resolution: 14.1Megapixels
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Kodak AZ 421

Kodak AZ 421

From £164
  • Storage media: SD Card, SDHC
  • Optical zoom: 42x
  • Sensor resolution: 16Megapixels
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Olympus VG-160

Olympus VG-160

From £75
  • Storage media: SDHC, SDXC
  • Optical zoom: 5x
  • Sensor resolution: 14Megapixels
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Rollei DR 5

Rollei DR 5

From £51
  • Storage media: MultiMedia Card, SD Memory Card
  • Optical zoom: 4.8x
  • Sensor resolution: 5Megapixels
1 Offer from 1 shop >
GE J 1470

GE J 1470

From £82
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Samsung WB 35 F

Samsung WB 35 F

From £103
  • Sensor resolution: 16.2Megapixels
2 Offers from 1 shop >
Canon G9 X MARK II

Canon G9 X MARK II

From £329
  • Storage media: SD Card, SDXC, SDHC Card
  • Optical zoom: 3x
  • Sensor resolution: 20.9Megapixels
3 Offers from 3 shops >
Agfa Selecta 16

Agfa Selecta 16

From £129
  • Optical zoom: 15x
  • Sensor resolution: 16Megapixels
  • Weight: 350g
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Pentax Q10

Pentax Q10

From £353
  • Storage media: SD Card
  • Sensor resolution: 12.4Megapixels
  • Weight: 200g
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sony Alpha 7 S

Sony Alpha 7 S

From £999
  • Storage media: Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, SD Card, SDHC, SDXC
  • Sensor resolution: 12.2Megapixels
  • Viewfinder type: Electronic viewfinder
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II

From £4,121
  • Sensor resolution: 20.2Megapixels
  • Viewfinder type: Optical viewfinder
  • Weight: 1340g
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Canon PowerShot E1

Canon PowerShot E1

From £84
  • Storage media: MultiMedia Card, SD Memory Card
  • Optical zoom: 4x
  • Sensor resolution: 10Megapixels
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Samsung DV90

Samsung DV90

From £91
  • Optical zoom: 5x
  • Sensor resolution: 16Megapixels
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Pentax K 3 SLR

Pentax K 3 SLR

From £1,058
  • Storage media: SD Card, SDHC, SDXC
  • Standard supplied memory size: 8000MB
  • Optical zoom: 5x
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Lexibook DJ029

Lexibook DJ029

From £49
  • Storage media: SD Memory Card, SDHC
  • Optical zoom: 4x
  • Sensor resolution: 8Megapixels
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Nikon Coolpix L2

Nikon Coolpix L2

From £711
  • Storage media: SD Memory Card
  • Optical zoom: 3x
  • Sensor resolution: 6Megapixels
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Ricoh CX1

Ricoh CX1

From £138
  • Storage media: SD Memory Card
  • Optical zoom: 7.1x
  • Sensor resolution: 9Megapixels
2 Offers from 1 shop >
Panasonic Lumix DMC-F2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-F2

From £3,024
  • Storage media: SD Memory Card
  • Optical zoom: 4x
  • Sensor resolution: 10Megapixels
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Pentax Optio RZ10

Pentax Optio RZ10

From £208
  • Storage media: SD Memory Card
  • Optical zoom: 10x
  • Sensor resolution: 14Megapixels
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W510

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W510

From £69
  • Storage media: Memory Stick Duo, SDHC
  • Optical zoom: 4x
  • Sensor resolution: 12Megapixels
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS

From £388
  • Storage media: SD Memory Card, SDHC, SDXC
  • Optical zoom: 35x
  • Sensor resolution: 12Megapixels
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Easypix W1024

Easypix W1024

From £44
  • Storage media: microSD
  • Sensor resolution: 10Megapixels
  • Weight: 98g
12 Offers from 2 shops >
Fujifilm FinePix XF1

Fujifilm FinePix XF1

From £209
  • Optical zoom: 4x
  • Sensor resolution: 12Megapixels
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Canon Ixus 255 HS

Canon Ixus 255 HS

From £299
  • Storage media: SD Card, SDHC, SDXC
  • Optical zoom: 10x
  • Sensor resolution: 12.1Megapixels
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sony DSC-HX60

Sony DSC-HX60

From £250
  • Storage media: SD Card
  • Optical zoom: 4x
  • Sensor resolution: 20.4Megapixels
4 Offers from 2 shops >
Kodak AZ526

Kodak AZ526

From £222
  • Storage media: SD Card
  • Optical zoom: 52x
  • Sensor resolution: 16Megapixels
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Ricoh Theta

Ricoh Theta

From £189
4 Offers from 2 shops >
Olympus OM D E-M5 Mark ll

Olympus OM D E-M5 Mark ll

From £1,099
  • Storage media: SD Card, SDHC, SDXC
  • Sensor resolution: 17.2Megapixels
  • Viewfinder type: Electronic viewfinder
19 Offers from 3 shops >
Leica V-Lux V LUX Typ 114

Leica V-Lux V LUX Typ 114

From £949
  • Optical zoom: 16x
  • Sensor resolution: 20.9Megapixels
  • Viewfinder type: Electronic viewfinder
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Minox DTC 600

Minox DTC 600

From £231
  • Storage media: SD Card, SDHC
  • Optical zoom: 1x
  • Sensor resolution: 5.1Megapixels
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Ricoh GR II

Ricoh GR II

From £549
  • Storage media: SD Card, SDHC, SDXC
  • Sensor resolution: 16.9Megapixels
  • Viewfinder type: LCD
3 Offers from 2 shops >
Canon PowerShot SX 420

Canon PowerShot SX 420

From £152
  • Storage media: SD Card, SDHC, SDXC
  • Optical zoom: 42x
  • Sensor resolution: 20Megapixels
2 Offers from 1 shop >
Canon IXUS 285 HS

Canon IXUS 285 HS

From £170
  • Storage media: SD Card, SDHC, SDXC
  • Optical zoom: 12x
  • Sensor resolution: 20.2Megapixels
16 Offers from 3 shops >
Nikon COOLPIX A 100

Nikon COOLPIX A 100

From £124
  • Storage media: SD Card, SDHC, SDXC
  • Standard supplied memory size: 25MB
  • Optical zoom: 5x
11 Offers from 2 shops >
Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ 80

Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ 80

From £229
  • Storage media: SD Card, SDHC, SDXC
  • Optical zoom: 30x
  • Sensor resolution: 18Megapixels
9 Offers from 3 shops >
Rollei Sportsline 65

Rollei Sportsline 65

From £44
  • Storage media: SDHC, microSD
  • Sensor resolution: 5Megapixels
  • Weight: 110g
4 Offers from 2 shops >
Fujifilm X Pro 2

Fujifilm X Pro 2

From £1,749
  • Storage media: SD Card, SDHC, SDXC
  • Standard supplied memory size: 256000MB
  • Sensor resolution: 24.3Megapixels
3 Offers from 2 shops >
Nikon Coolpix A900

Nikon Coolpix A900

From £287
  • Storage media: SD Card, SDHC, SDXC
  • Optical zoom: 35x
  • Sensor resolution: 20.3Megapixels
5 Offers from 2 shops >
Fujifilm DXO one

Fujifilm DXO one

From £264
  • Sensor resolution: 20Megapixels
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Olympus E PL 8

Olympus E PL 8

From £399
  • Sensor resolution: 17.2Megapixels
  • Viewfinder type: Without viewfinder
  • Weight: 326g
5 Offers from 2 shops >
Kodak X 53

Kodak X 53

From £79
  • Storage media: SD Card, SDHC
  • Optical zoom: 5x
  • Sensor resolution: 16.1Megapixels
3 Offers from 1 shop >
Canon Ixus 190

Canon Ixus 190

From £99
  • Storage media: SD Card, SDHC, SDXC
  • Optical zoom: 10x
  • Sensor resolution: 20Megapixels
4 Offers from 2 shops >
Sony Cyber-shot DSC HX 350

Sony Cyber-shot DSC HX 350

From £278
  • Storage media: SD Card, SDHC, microSD, SDXC, microSDHC, microSDXC
  • Optical zoom: 50x
  • Sensor resolution: 20.4Megapixels
4 Offers from 2 shops >
Sony Alpha 99 II

Sony Alpha 99 II

From £3,299
  • Storage media: SD Card, SDHC, SDXC
  • Sensor resolution: 42.4Megapixels
  • Viewfinder type: Digital
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Pentax KP

Pentax KP

From £1,149
  • Storage media: SDHC, microSD, SDXC
  • Sensor resolution: 24Megapixels
  • Viewfinder type: Electronic viewfinder
9 Offers from 2 shops >
Polaroid IX 828 N

Polaroid IX 828 N

From £58
  • Storage media: SD Card
  • Optical zoom: 8x
  • Sensor resolution: 20Megapixels
8 Offers from 2 shops >
Panasonic Lumix FZ 82

Panasonic Lumix FZ 82

From £316
  • Storage media: SD Card, SDHC, SDXC
  • Optical zoom: 60x
  • Sensor resolution: 18.1Megapixels
3 Offers from 2 shops >
Fujifilm XP 120

Fujifilm XP 120

From £162
  • Storage media: SD Card, SDHC, SDXC
  • Optical zoom: 5x
  • Sensor resolution: 16.4Megapixels
5 Offers from 2 shops >
Canon EOS M 6

Canon EOS M 6

From £725
  • Storage media: SD Card
  • Optical zoom: 10x
  • Sensor resolution: 24.2Megapixels
12 Offers from 2 shops >
Nikon D7500

Nikon D7500

From £1,357
  • Storage media: SD Card, SDHC, SDXC
  • Sensor resolution: 20.9Megapixels
  • Viewfinder type: Fixed eye level pentamirror
6 Offers from 2 shops >
Panasonic DC GX 800

Panasonic DC GX 800

From £309
  • Storage media: microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC
  • Sensor resolution: 16Megapixels
  • Viewfinder type: Without viewfinder
3 Offers from 1 shop >
Kodak PixPro FZ 53

Kodak PixPro FZ 53

From £78
  • Storage media: SD Card, SDHC
  • Optical zoom: 5x
  • Sensor resolution: 16.44Megapixels
3 Offers from 1 shop >
Olympus TG 5

Olympus TG 5

From £349
  • Storage media: SD Card, SDHC, SDXC
  • Optical zoom: 4x
  • Sensor resolution: 12Megapixels
12 Offers from 2 shops >
Panasonic DMC TZ90

Panasonic DMC TZ90

From £368
  • Storage media: SD Card, SDHC, SDXC
  • Optical zoom: 30x
  • Sensor resolution: 20.3Megapixels
1 Offer from 1 shop >
PowerLead Gapo G051

PowerLead Gapo G051

From £50
  • Storage media: microSD
  • Standard supplied memory size: 32000MB
  • Sensor resolution: 16Megapixels
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Fujifilm x100F

Fujifilm x100F

From £1,199
  • Storage media: SD Card, SDHC, SDXC
  • Sensor resolution: 24.3Megapixels
  • Viewfinder type: Electronic viewfinder
4 Offers from 2 shops >
Nikon D850

Nikon D850

From £3,460
  • Storage media: SD Card, SDHC, SDXC
  • Sensor resolution: 45.7Megapixels
  • Viewfinder type: With View finder
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Olympus E M1 Mark II

Olympus E M1 Mark II

From £1,389
  • Storage media: SD Card, SDXC, SDHC Card
  • Sensor resolution: 21.8Megapixels
  • Viewfinder type: Electronic viewfinder
2 Offers from 1 shop >
Kodak PIXPRO AZ652

Kodak PIXPRO AZ652

From £250
  • Storage media: SD Card, SDHC, SDXC
  • Standard supplied memory size: 128000MB
  • Optical zoom: 65x
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Kodak PixPro AZ901

Kodak PixPro AZ901

From £335
  • Storage media: SD Card, SDHC
  • Optical zoom: 90x
  • Sensor resolution: 20Megapixels
3 Offers from 3 shops >

Digital Cameras

Making a choice

Digital cameras come in all shapes, sizes and prices. £90 to £150 is enough for something pocket-sized with a decent 5x zoom range and a spacious 2.5 inch screen. Image quality is fine if you mostly view photos on a computer, but look out for optical stabilisation to minimise camera shake. If this is what you want you can choose from a wide range of Canon digital cameras, Nikon digital cameras and Olympus digital cameras.

If your budget is £150 to £300, you can go one of three ways. Some premium digital cameras are feature-packed gadgets with big touchscreens, GPS tagging, front-facing screens for self-portraits and more. Other digital cameras have big zooms that let you frame shots more creatively. A third kind offers superior image quality and advanced controls.

For a huge leap in image quality, budget at least £350 for a digital SLR camera. Their superior photos are mainly down to the size of the sensor, not how many megapixels it has but its physical proportions, which are around 10 times bigger than the ones in compact digital cameras. That means crisper details, a wider range of tones and less graininess

Megapixels

When you're choosing a digital camera, it's easy to spot the ones with big LCD screens and high megapixel ratings. This tells you little about a digital camera's image quality, though.

digital cameraIf you're upgrading from, say, an 8-megapixel digital camera, you'll want something that offers a significant improvement. However, while a 16-megapixel digital camera is tempting, quality is generally worse than with 10-megapixel digital cameras.


To understand why, think about the sensors in these digital cameras. They're about 10mm from corner to corner, but need to measure light at 16 million points. Each pixel is around 1/1,000th of a millimetre wide, and not a lot of light hits something that small. That makes it hard to measure the light accurately. The result is a grainy pattern as the camera tries to hide the noise.

Using fewer megapixels means each pixel on the sensor is a little bigger, capturing more light and measuring it more accurately. That's why enthusiast-oriented compact digital cameras use 10-megapixel sensors. This gives more than enough detail plus less noise than cheaper, higher-megapixel digital cameras. It also helps that these cameras' lenses let in more light. That's indicated by the aperture, such as f/2 or f/2.8, lower figures are brighter

Digital SLR

Digital SLR cameras are different. Because their sensors are so much bigger, they can afford to use higher megapixel ratings without being swamped with noise. SLRs have other advantages, too. They're designed for creative use with lots of hands-on controls, and their optical viewfinders give a detailed view that's better than any LCD screen. There's surprisingly little difference in image quality between a £400 and a £1,200 SLR, but pricier models are faster and have superior ergonomics, bigger viewfinders and extra scope to tweak every aspect of image quality.

Some digital cameras combine the image quality and performance of digital SLR cameras with the smaller dimensions and simpler controls of compact digital cameras. Most also use interchangeable lenses, so you can choose between a slim "pancake" lens, a bulkier zoom lens or buy both and swap between them. These digital cameras are relatively new and there's not a standardised name for them yet, examples include Sony NEX, Panasonic G-series, Olympus PEN and Samsung NX cameras.

Storage

Nearly all modern digital cameras use SDHC cards to bolster the paltry amount of built-in memory. If you buy a new digital camera, it's worth investing in an extra storage card at the same time. A spacious 4GB card only costs around £8 if you shop online, but much more on the high street or at airports.

Those who shoot a lot of video or use SLRs in raw mode should go for an 8GB or 16GB card. A fast SDHC card will avoid a performance bottleneck in fast digital cameras such as digital SLR cameras and look out for SDHC Class ratings, which appear as a number inside the letter C. Class 10 cards are the fastest and don't cost much more than slower cards, so it's definitely worth paying the extra if you've got a good camera.

That just leaves you to get your images off the card and onto your computer. Here, we'd highly recommend buying a card reader. These plug straight into a USB port on your computer and make it easier to transfer pictures, rather than scrabbling around trying to find the camera's USB cable.

Accessories

camera accessoriesTripods
If you're serious about your photography you should invest in a tripod. This will let you avoid shake in low light, as well as helping you compose shots carefully and take self-portraits. If you don't fancy something bulky, consider Joby's Gorillapod range of mini tripods that grip onto virtually any object.


Cases
A case is another worthwhile investment. Digital camera lenses are particularly delicate and a basic clamshell case for a compact digital camera only costs a few pounds.

Lenses
Extra lenses are great if your camera can accommodate them, just make sure the lens fits your camera's lens mount. Those with a Nikon SLR should be especially careful because autofocus doesn't work with some digital camera and lens combinations.

Most kit lenses that come bundled with digital cameras are fine for general use, but others let you specialise: a telephoto lens for shooting distant subjects, macro for very small subjects and wide-aperture for very low light. Wide-aperture lenses (between f/2 and f/1.4) are unable to zoom but their ability to capture lots of light more than makes up for it, and they're ideal for taking flattering portraits too