What Camera Should I Buy? Use Our Camera Guide To Find The Answer - What About A Cheap Compact Camera?

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What About An Easy To Use Camera? Like A Cheap & Simple Compact? 

Sony Cyber-shot WX350


Point & Shoot Camera Positives 

Point and shoot cameras are cheap, feature zoom lenses and you can also play around with controls such as exposure and white balance. As the lens is fixed, you don't have to worry about changing lenses or having the knowledge of which lens you should buy. Plus, the zoom range is usually rather good starting at 5x and reaching beyond 40x so you can capture wide landscape shots or focus in on detail. 

Pros: Cheap, easy to use, auto and manual controls, small, decent zoom range.


Point & Shoot Camera Negatives

One thing to note is that image quality won't always be the best as compact cameras tend to have poorer sensors which when combined with cheap lenses (not all compact cameras have these), results in poorer images. Remember: Megapixels aren't everything! 

Cons: Photo quality isn't great on some models, not as much choice as there used to be.


Point & Shoot Camera Prices & Choice 

Budget compacts, we're talking under £100, are a bit few and far between nowadays as smartphones have, kind of, filled that gap but there are still some available should you be on a limited budget. If you have more money to spend, you'll have more options as there are plenty available around the £250 mark

Other easy to use cameras include cameras specifically designed for kids and you can pop waterproof cameras under this category, too (although, we'll cover these in more detail further on). 

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Our Recommendation: Panasonic Lumix TZ80

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80


The Panasonic Lumix TZ80 updates the popular travel zoom series with a number of new features including 4K video. The TZ80 is capable of taking great photos, with excellent colour and good levels of detail. The lens gives you a great zoom range, and the viewing and user experience is excellent thanks to a clear 3inch screen. 

If you think about the innovative 4K photo and video features, as well as the post focus shooting mode built into this camera, and the fact that you'd have to spend quite a bit more to get this in another camera, the Panasonic Lumix TZ80 is an extremely appealing camera, and should be high on your wishlist.

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