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 Canon IXUS 145 is a simple point and shoot digital camera. In addition to how easy it is to operate it looks impressive, with a touch more style than most entry level digital cameras. If you compare the IXUS 145 to similar models from other brands you may also notice this camera has a very good build quality.
At 22mm wide the IXUS 145 slips easily into more or less any pocket or small bag. You can take it with you anywhere you go and always be ready when a photo opportunity arises.
With 16 megapixels you have more than enough to make extra large sized prints. The 8x zoom lens is about standard for this type of digital camera. This is an area where a small camera outperforms most smart phones, both in terms of the amount of zoom available and the quality of the lens. The quality of the lens helps to produce sharp, colourful photos.
There is a 2.7 inch LCD screen for composing and reviewing images. You can also shoot High Definition Movies (720p). If you need extra zoom from time to time, Canon have equipped the camera with a feature called Zoom Plus. This can double the zoom capabilities of the camera to give you 16x zoom.