If you are looking for a digital camera under £50 from a recognised brand then your choices are limited. The cameras that are available in this price bracket are more basic in the features they offer, but the upside of that is that when you buy a digital camera for under £50 you will be buying a digital camera that is very simple and easy to use.
You can still expect to be able to take decent snapshots, but the limitations of a digital camera in the under £50 price bracket means that the camera is likely to struggle more in lowlight conditions. You may find cameras in this price bracket can be a little slow to react. This can cause problems if you are planning to photograph subjects that are fast moving, but should not pose any issues when you photograph posed shots or subjects that never move.
When it comes to features the camera is almost certain to offer at least 3x zoom and also be able to shoot High Definition movies. LCD screens are usually 2.7 inches in size. You are also likely to fond a camera with at least 12 megapixels. That is plenty for making smaller prints.
The Finepix L55 scores very highly when it comes to ease of use. It is one of the simplest digital cameras you are likely to find. Features include a warning if the camera detects someone blinks when a picture is taken and a special setting to automatically take a picture if the camera detects someone is smiling.
The VR-340 packs in a lot of zoom for the price and body size. Features include High Definition movies, a 3D still photography mode and a 3 inch LCD screen. There is also image stabilisation and you can charge the battery via a USB port. The VR-340 has a metal body and is compatible with Eye-Fi memory cards. These cards allow wireless downloads of your photos.
The Powershot A2300 has a wide angle lens, a 2.7 inch LCD screen and can record High Definition movies. For when you need a little extra guidance there is a help button. The Powershot A2300 is small enough to fit into most pockets and gives you the chance to buy a Canon digital camera at a relatively low price.
The Lumix DMC LS6 is a straightforward, starter digital camera. It is one of the few digital cameras to be powered by AA batteries. Features include a 5x wide angle lens, a 2.7 inch LCD screen and image stabilisation. It is capable of recording High Definition movies.
The Finepix Z100 is a pocket camera with a bit of extra zoom power. It is simple to use and has a relatively low price tag. Features include the ability to shoot High Definition movies, a macro mode capable of focusing from 5cm away from your subject and a 2.7 inch LCD screen. Fuji have also equipped the Finepix Z100 with image stabilisation.
The Lumix DMC S6 is a basic pocket sized digital camera. It can record High Definition movies and has image stabilisation built in to help keep your photos sharp. It has a 2.7 inch LCD screen and can focus from 5cm away from your subject in macro mode. It also has Lumix Image Uploader software to make it easier for you to upload images and movie clips to web sites such as Facebook and YouTube.
The Powershot A810 is a simple point and shoot camera. Key features include a 5x wide angle lens and a 2.7 inch LCD screen. It can record High Definition movies and has a help button for when you need pointing in the right direction. This is one of the few digital cameras where power is supplied by AA batteries.