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Camera Buying Guide - Find The Right Camera For You

If you're struggling to find the right camera for yourself or for a friend, then why not have a look at our buying guide to help you find the right camera for you.

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Digital Cameras

This camera guide is designed to help you find the right camera for you. What is most important to you, and which camera is best for you? What are you looking for in a camera? Something easy to use, or a camera with a lot of zoom? Perhaps you're looking for best image quality or want to be able to change lenses? Do you have a budget in mind, or want something fun that lets you share photos straight away? 

Make your selection:

Simply click the blue button to find what you are looking for, and once you've found what you're looking for click the green button to see the best cameras available:

Easy To Use

Kids / Waterproof / Beginners

Has A Lot Of Zoom

Pocket Zoom / Ultra Zoom

High Image Quality

Serious Compact Cameras

Budget Cameras

From Under £100, £250, £500

Lets Me Change Lenses


Video Recording

Action, Vlogging, 4K Video

Dash Camera

I want a dashcam for my car

AA Batteries

Powered by AA batteries

Easy To Use Cameras

This section is where you'll find a range of compact cameras, ones that are easy to use, and are sometimes considered "Point and Shoot" cameras, but often have far more features and options available.


KisiZoom Duo

Cameras designed for kids are simple and easy to use, with fun features built-in.

Suitable for Children


Olympus Stylus Tough TG 4 (2)

Waterproof cameras are tough and resilient, great for holidays by the sea or action.



Sony Cyber Shot WX220 Black (3)

We round up the best cameras of all types for beginners.

Beginners Cameras


But I want a lot of zoom

I want it to be connected or instant

Has a Lot of Zoom

If you want a camera with a lot of zoom, do you want something small and pocketable, or want something with enough zoom to photograph the moon and other distant objects?

Panasonic Lumix TZ70 Black White Bg

Pocket Zooms or Travel Zooms are pocketable, making them great for all types of photography, but can offer up to 40x optical zoom!

Small and pocketable


Nikon Coolpix P900 Lens Extended White Bg

Ultra zoom or bridge cameras offer SLR like styling, some advanced controls, and zooms up to 83x optical zoom!

As much zoom as possible



But I want to change lenses

Are there cheaper options?

High Image Quality

If you already have a camera, or want to make sure you take high quality photos, then have a look at serious compact cameras, or if you want to get the best possible photo quality, then you should look at a camera that lets you change the lens.

Panasonic Lumix LX100 (10)

Serious compacts offer a larger than normal sensor, which in turn gives better image quality and better low light performance, along with more advanced controls.

Serious Compact



Pentax K S2 With Lens White Bg

If you want the get the best image quality possible, then a camera that has a large sensor, and lets you change lenses is the way to go. Follow the blue button to see what the options are.

I want to change lenses



Are there cheaper options?

What if I want more zoom?

I Want To Change Lenses

If you want to get the best photo quality possible, then you should look at a camera that lets you change the lens. This means you can buy the camera body on it's own without the lens, and then get a lens designed for a specific type of photography. 




Sony Alpha A6000 (4)

If size is important to you, then have a look at a mirrorless (compact system camera), with interchangeable lenses, and sensor sizes up to full-frame. You can choose between a compact and affordable camera (around £500), or go for a premium model with prices up to around £4000+.

Budget Option  Premium Option


Nikon D810 (13)

The "traditional" Digital SLR offers an optical viewfinder, and a very wide range of lenses, with strengths in focusing particularly in low-light. Choose between APS-C and Full-frame sensor sizes, with prices from £300 up to around £5000+.

APS-C  Full-Frame Option


If you go for a camera that lets you change lenses, then you can choose a lens to suit the kind of photography you are most interested in, whether it's a macro lens, a portrait lens, or a wide-angle lens, you can also find a superzoom lens to cover a wide range of photography. 

Sounds complicated, let me start again.

Social, Connected Cameras

If you want to share photos instantly, then you could get an Instant or "Polaroid" camera. Instant cameras are available from a number of people, with Fujifilm Instax cameras being the main brand. You could also look a digital camera with built-in Wi-Fi will let you send your photos straight to your smartphone.

Fujifilm Instax 6

Instant or "Polaroid" cameras spit out small photo prints, almost instantly in most cases, and are great for parties. 



Samsung Galaxy S7 Sony Xperia XZ


A smartphone is always connected, and always with you, so makes an obvious choice for shooting socially. See below for more choices.



Pentax K S2 White Background

Most cameras come with Wi-Fi these days, but if you want the best Wi-Fi camera options then start here.

Wi-Fi Cameras


What if I want more zoom?

Smartphones for Photography

Smartphones have come a long way over the last few years, and the quality of the cameras has increased noticeably. That's why we review them in detail, to see how they perform as a photography tool. Have a look at a smartphone, which will let you instantly share your photos to social media.



Budget smartphones can give you a lot of bang for your buck, but may be missing some of the high-end features. 

Under £200   Under £300



A mid-range smartphone will give you many premium features, including better camera(s), but at a much more wallet friendly price.

Compact   Mid-range



If money is no object, then a premium smartphone will give you the latest camera and phone technology with cutting edge features.

Premium Smartphones


Need more help, have a look at our complete guide to what to look for in a smartphone.

The Price Is Most Important

Budget is often a factor in buying a camera, particularly if you're looking at your first camera, or looking to buy one as a present for someone. 


Cyber-shot W830

Cameras don't need to break the bank, and compact cameras can be bought for well under £100. 

Under £100


Powershot SX610 HS

Around £100 gets you more, more zoom, more features, more megapixels, and you don't need to spend much more.

Around £100


Panasonic Lumix TZ60 Black Large (3)

Around £250 will give you more choice, with even more zoom, as well as a wider range of choices and features. If you have a budget up to £500, have a look here.

Around £250 Around £500



What if I want more zoom?

Video And Action Cameras

You don't always need a camcorder to record video, as these days you can get excellent video quality from an action camera, or another digital camera. In fact, a number of people now use digital cameras for film and movie production, with a number of cameras offering 4K video recording.

Gopro Hero 5 Black

Action cameras like the GOPRO range are tough and compact with a number of features making them great for thrills and action.

Action Camera




If you're looking for a camera to start creating video for YouTube, then have a look at our roundup of "Vlogging" or "Video logging" cameras.

Vlogging Camera


Panasonic Lumix GH5 Leica 12 60mm Lens (3)

4K video offers 4x the resolution of FullHD, and for high quality video you should look at 4K cameras.

4K Video



You might also want to consider a waterproof camera for action video.

But I Want Something Else...

There are more types of digital camera than ever, including the growing dashcam market. There's also demand for digital camera that use AA batteries.

Fujifilm FinePix S9900W Black (1)

Powered by AA batteries, these cameras let you find replacement batteries anywhere you go, making them ideal for remote travel.

AA Batteries






Car dashcams, or dashboard cameras can automatically record your journeys, letting you record any incidents, as well as improve safety.



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