Where to get cheap digital cameras


Marc Lockley | MyFamilyClubWith holidays around the corner we looked at good, but cheap digital cameras and found a massive difference in the price stores were offering for the same model. In one instance we saved an amazing £90 just by shopping around.

Understanding the lingo

Find out what is important to you in a camera with this jargon-busting guide from John Lewis, helping you with your choice of cheap digital cameras.

Under £100

Olympus VG-170The Olympus VG-170 packs in 14 megapixels and a 5x optical zoom. Children can have fun with their pictures with the nine magic filters ranging from ‘pop art’ to a ‘sparkle effect’. This is one of the cheap digital cameras that’s easy on the pocket at £69 with Amazon, and a penny short of £70 with PC World.

Model: Olympus VG-170

Special features:

  • 5x optical zoom
  • 14 megapixels
  • Nine magic filters

Highest Price: £99.95

Best deal: Amazon for £69

Runner up: PC World £69.99

Under £150

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1 offers 16.1 megapixels and helps cut out blurred images with its Optical Image Stabilisation. It also records HD video allowing you to preserve priceless footage of your holidays. Both Comet and Laskys offer value at £124.99.

Model: Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1

Special features:

  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 10x optical zoom
  • HD video

Highest Price: £169

Best deal: Comet and Laskys for £124.99

Nikon Coolpix S9100The Nikon Coolpix S9100 is top-rated by Which? who say that “if you are looking for a pocket shooter with a big zoom, this is a terrific model to consider”. This camera has an image stabilizer that counters trembling hand movements. Tesco are best-priced at £128, with Amazon second place for £149.99.

Model: Nikon Coolpix S9100

Special features:

  • 12 megapixels
  • 18x optical zoom
  • Three-inch LCD screen
  • Full HD video

Highest Price: £199.99

Best deal: Tesco via ‘click and collect’ for £128

Runner up: Amazon for £149.99

Sony DSC-W690The Sony DSC-W690 boasts 16.1 megapixels and a 10x optical zoom. You can also get all the family in the photo with the wide-angled lens, as well as gloss over the odd imperfection with in-camera re-touching. This model is a staggering £220 with one major retailer, but a value buy at £129.95 on-line with both Amazon and Jessops.

Model: Sony DSC-W690

Special features:

  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 10x optical zoom
  • HD video
  • Picture effects

Highest Price: £220

Joint best deal: Amazon and Jessops online for £129.95

Panasonic Lumix TZ18The Panasonic Lumix TZ18 is a digital camera with a 24mm wide-angle lens. Facebook and You Tube fans will find it easy to upload pictures and video via the memory card. John Lewis and Jessops zoom in on the best price at £139.95.

Model: Panasonic Lumix TZ18

Special features:

  • 14.1 megapixels
  • 16x optical zoom
  • Three-inch LCD screen

Highest Price: £219

Joint best deal: John Lewis and Jessops at £139.95

Prices tend to change rapidly, so if you find different or better prices, or want to sing the praises of other cheap digital cameras, please put your comments below.

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Marc Lockley is a coach and money saving writer. He is the author of How To Pay Less For More, a book showing people how to negotiate in shops, showrooms and even with the boss over working part-time. As a dad of two, Marc values his work/life balance and is a dab hand at using money saving techniques to keep the bills down.