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Needed: cheap, easy-to-use camera for complete novice

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1. Posted by Clare_Ruth (Budding Member 10 posts) 1y

Hi, I'm off to India (followed by SE Asia and Australia) in just under three weeks but I still need to buy myself a camera (or ask Father Christmas for one!).

I feel I should point out that I have NO talent for photography whatsoever, my current camera is 10 years old and I rarely use it, and most of the time when I socialise with friends I leave the picture taking to other people. However, as this is my first proper stint of travelling I would like to have some photos to remind me of it, so I have decided I will set myself a target of one photo a day.

Can anyone recommend a cheap (i.e. under £100), easy-to-use digital camera? As I said I'm not looking to create great art, just to have some decent-ish photos of my adventure!

TIA,

Clare xxx

2. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 1692 posts) 1y

Honestly, it doesn't really matter. At that price point there is very little difference between the major brands of Point & Shoot cameras... they all take perfectly acceptable photos in decent light... just buy whatever is on sale...

Have fun.

Cheers,
Terry

3. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 1692 posts) 1y

Food for thought.

Cheers,
Terry

4. Posted by Andyf (Respected Member 335 posts) 1y

For travel snaps (as opposed to serious photography) I'd say there's no point carrying a separate device these days - smartphone cameras are great. And less extra clutter to carry and charge.

5. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 1692 posts) 1y

For the kind of money Clare wants to spend - and the fact that she's not a photographer - I agree... a new smartphone could easily fit the bill... with some basic instruction off the internet and a little practice it's amazing how good normal holiday snapshots can be...

Cheers,
Terry

6. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1946 posts) 1y

I have a simple Panasonic Lumix digital which is great - the Lumix line has several models with different price levels. The thing I like about Panasonic is the ease of use. I formerly had a Sony digital which had a user's manual as thick as the bible, but the Panasonic manual is compact and easy to understand. Digital does not have to be complicated or expensive.

7. Posted by Clare_Ruth (Budding Member 10 posts) 1y

Thanks for the recommendations guys... annoyingly I did have a Samsung Galaxy which took quote good photos until recently but it broke and has been replaced with a crappy little pay as you go with no camera... As it happens the Canon IXUS (aka Canon 330 HS) is currently half price in Argos so I might go for that (built in touchscreen and wifi sounds a bit flash for me though!).

8. Posted by TravelSmart54 (Inactive 42 posts) 1y

There are many in market you need to have one in your budget. If you buy the same in India it would cost a bit more while there it would be a little less.:)

9. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 401 posts) 1y

Quoting Clare_Ruth

Hi, I'm off to India.........

Can anyone recommend a cheap (i.e. under £100), easy-to-use digital camera? As I said I'm not looking to create great art, just to have some decent-ish photos of my adventure!

TIA,

Clare xxx

Clare

The best TRAVEL camera, not necessarily the cheapest, is without a doubt, any camera with GPS capability. Your photo viewing application needs to have the ability to pick up the the location data. If it is, it's great fun to see it display a map with where your photos were taken. TP does this but unfortunately you cannot click on the map to display the photo. Some applications will do that. too

Happy travels.

Steve