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Cheap digital camera logoCheap digital compact & SLR cameras*Rundown of cheap cameras, eg, £60 Canon, £279 Nikon SLR

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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:

  • Vivitar S126* (16MP, 4x zoom, 720p video) - £18 at Argos (collect in store for free or delivery is £3.95) incl a one-year guarantee. Also available in black* for £20, and blue* or pink* for £25.
  • Canon Ixus 160* (20MP, 8x zoom, 720p video) - £60 in silver at Argos when you collect in store (£64 if you want it delivered) incl a two-year guarantee.
  • Sony DSC-W800* (20MP, 5x zoom, 720p video) - £65 at John Lewis incl a two-year guarantee and free delivery.

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:

  • Canon EOS 1200D* (18MP, 3fps, Full HD, 18-55 lens) - £259 at Argos when you collect in store (£263 if you want it delivered) incl a two-year guarantee.
  • Nikon D3300* (24.2MP, 5fps, Full HD, 18-55 lens) - £279 at 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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