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Nowadays it's possible to buy a simple and straightforward digital camera for as little as £20. But ask yourself: "Do I really need a camera?" You may have a smartphone that can take pictures just as well, so there would be little point in buying a digital camera.

If you are after one though, we've done our research and come up with some big brand compact cameras for under £70 and SLRs for under £300. Of course, deals and prices change every day, so do your own research before purchasing.

Let's also dispel the megapixel myth. More megapixels doesn't mean better photos. Even the cheapest digital cameras will have enough megapixels for the vast majority of non-professional users. Most TVs, computer monitors and devices have about 2MP. Even 4K TVs only have 8MP, so if you’re planning on showing your photos off on your TV, an 8MP camera would be more than sufficient.

Compact Digital Cameras

Here's our pick of cheap point-and-shoot cameras (last updated Fri 13 Jan):

  • Vivitar S126* (16MP, 4x zoom, 720p video) - £25 at Argos (collect in store for free or delivery is £3.95) incl a one-year guarantee. Also available in pink*.
  • Nikon Coolpix A10* (16MP, 5x zoom, 720p video) - £60 at Currys incl a one-year guarantee.
  • Sony DSC-W800* (20MP, 5x zoom, 720p video) - £69 in silver at Amazon with a one-year guarantee. John Lewis* has the black for £69.95 incl a two-year guarantee.

Digital SLR Cameras

SLRs are good if you want more control over the photos you're taking as they have more manual options and interchangable lenses (prices last updated Fri 13 Jan):

  • Canon EOS 1300D* (18MP, 3fps, Full HD, 18-55 lens) - £279 at John Lewis incl a two-year guarantee.
  • Nikon D3300* (24.2MP, 5fps, Full HD, 18-55 lens) - £319 at John Lewis or Currys* incl a two-year guarantee.

Before buying a camera, read reviews online to make a more informed choice. We're not technical experts, so we recommend you check out Which?CNET and PC Advisor.

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And although Section 75 doesn't apply to debit cards, there is something else to fall back on if you've paid using a debit card, or used a credit card for a purchase under £100. Known as Chargeback, this is part of banks' and card companies' internal rules and not a legal requirement. Read full details of Section 75 or Chargeback, plus how to claim, in our guides.

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