Simple and Easy Digital Cameras

Simple and easy digital cameras are the most basic and therefore cheapest models on the market. You may find compromises have been made when it comes to build quality and the quality of the LCD screen too. A lot of cameras in this range offer very good picture quality, especially in camera friendly conditions such as outdoors in daylight.

All of the major brands produce simple and easy cameras. Cameras.co.uk tests suggest that Canon and Panasonic consistently produce a little extra quality in this sector. Fuji also produces some cameras that perform very well and offer good value for money. Fuji digital cameras also tend to be some of the most straightforward.

Canon Powershot A2300

Canon Powershot A2300

Type: Simple and Easy

16 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £64.99

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.

Canon Powershot A2400 IS

Canon Powershot A2400 IS

Type: Simple and Easy

16 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £99.99 Rating: 83/100

The Powershot A2400 IS is a standard point and shoot digital camera. It has a wide angle lens and Canon have built in image stabilisation. You are able to shoot High Definition movies. The LCD screen is 2.7 inches in size and for close up shots the macro mode is able to focus from 3cm away from your subject.

Canon Powershot A3400 IS

Canon Powershot A3400 IS

Type: Simple and Easy

16 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £157.30

The Powershot A3400 IS is a cheaper option when it comes to touch controlled digital cameras. Aside from touch control it operates along the lines of a fairly typical point and shoot digital camera. It has a 3 inch LCD screen, can record High Definition movies and has image stabilisation for both still images and movies.

Canon Powershot A810

Canon Powershot A810

Type: Simple and Easy

16 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £125.00

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.

Fuji Finepix AX550

Fuji Finepix AX550

Type: Simple and Easy

16 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £54.98

The Finepix AX550 has a 2.7 inch LCD screen and is capable of shooting High Definition Movies. It has social networking features that make it easy for you to upload your photos and movie clips to Facebook and YouTube. It is powered by AA batteries. Other features include a warning is someone blinks in a photo and a smile shutter that takes a picture for you if the camera detects someone is smiling.

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Fuji Finepix JX350

Fuji Finepix JX350

Type: Simple and Easy

16 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £77.63

The Finepix JX350 has a wide angle lens. Also on offer are High Definition movies, tracking focus to keeping moving subjects in focus and a 2.7 inch LCD screen. There is an image search function to help you find specific photos on a memory card. Blink detection and smile detection are also available to you.

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Fuji FinePix JX500

Fuji FinePix JX500

Type: Simple and Easy

14 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £58.99

The Finepix JX500 is an easy to use digital camera that slips into most pockets. The emphasis is more on keeping the price low and making sure the camera is easy to use than packing the camera with the latest features. It is available in black, blue, purple, red and silver.

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Fuji FinePix JZ100

Fuji FinePix JZ100

Type: Simple and Easy

14 Megapixels 8x Zoom

Guide Price: £59.99

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.

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Fuji FinePix JZ200

Fuji FinePix JZ200

Type: Simple and Easy

16 Megapixels 8x Zoom

Guide Price: £59.00

The Finepix JZ200 gives you a little extra zoom power over a lot of cameras with a similar specification and price tag. The 8x zoom lens has wide angle capabilities. To help reduce unwanted picture blur Fuji have built in image stabilisation. Other features include High Definition movies, a macro mode that can focus from 5cm away and a 3 inch LCD screen.

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Fuji Finepix L55

Fuji Finepix L55

Type: Simple and Easy

12 Megapixels 3x Zoom

Guide Price: £84.99

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.

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Nikon Coolpix L26

Nikon Coolpix L26

Type: Simple and Easy

16 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £90.00

The Coolpix L26 is a simple, starter digital camera. It is one of the cheapest digital cameras you will find from a leading brand. It is also one of the few cameras that run on AA batteries. This camera is available in black, silver and red. It has a larger than standard 3 inch LCD screen and can shoot High Definition movies.

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Olympus VG-170

Olympus VG-170

Type: Simple and Easy

14 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £49.98 Rating: 77/100

The VG-170 is a pocket sized, budget digital camera. It has a wide angle lens, a 3 inch LCD screen and can shoot High Definition movies. In addition it has a 3D still photos mode as well as a function that allows you to charge the battery via a USB connection. This camera is also compatible with Eye-Fi memory cards. These cards can transfer images wirelessly to a computer.

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Olympus VR-340

Olympus VR-340

Type: Simple and Easy

16 Megapixels 10x Zoom

Guide Price: £75.00 Rating: 80/100

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.

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Panasonic DMC FS40

Panasonic DMC FS40

Type: Simple and Easy

14 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £109.99 Rating: 82/100

The Lumix DMC FS40 has a 2.7 inch LCD screen and is able to focus from 5cm away from your subject in macro mode. Key features include a wide angle lens, High Definition movies and image stabilisation. Panasonic provide software that makes it easy for you to upload your photos and movie clips to sites such as Facebook and YouTube.

Panasonic DMC FS45

Panasonic DMC FS45

Type: Simple and Easy

16 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £249.99 Rating: 82/100

The Lumix DMC FS45 has a couple of features that mark it out as a step up on more basic digital cameras. These include a 3 inch LCD screen, image stabilisation and the ability to shoot High Definition movies. There is also a shooting mode for producing square photos for when you would like your shots to look a little different.

Panasonic DMC LS6

Panasonic DMC LS6

Type: Simple and Easy

14 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £79.99 Rating: 75/100

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.

Panasonic DMC S3

Panasonic DMC S3

Type: Simple and Easy

14 Megapixels 4x Zoom

Guide Price: £73.35 Rating: 84/100

The Lumix DMC S3 is aimed at you if you are new to digital cameras or you find it difficult to find your way around one. It can be used in fully automatic mode, has a 2.7 inch LCD screen and is capable of shooting High Definition movies.

Panasonic DMC S5

Panasonic DMC S5

Type: Simple and Easy

16 Megapixels 4x Zoom

Guide Price: £63.99 Rating: 84/100

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.

Sony DSC W610

Sony DSC W610

Type: Simple and Easy

14 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £79.99 Rating: 72/100

The Cybershot DSC W610 is a straightforward, pocket sized digital camera. It has a basic set of features. These include a wide angle lens, a 2.7 inch LCD screen and a macro mode that allows you to focus from 4cm away from your subject for close up shots. A sweep panorama mode is available too. This can produce 360 degree panoramic shots.

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Sony DSC W620

Sony DSC W620

Type: Simple and Easy

14 Megapixels 4x Zoom

Guide Price: £70.00

The Cybershot DSC W620 is a fairly basic digital camera. Features include a 2.7 inch LCD screen and the ability to shoot High Definition movies. The lens has wide angle capabilities and it is also able produce 360 degree panoramic shots. There is a smile shutter available. This automatically fires off a shot if the camera detects someone is smiling.

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Sony DSC W630

Sony DSC W630

Type: Simple and Easy

16 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £89.99 Rating: 78/100

The Cybershot DSC W630 is an easy to use digital camera. Its main features include High Definition movies, a wide angle lens, a smile shutter and a macro mode that can focus from 5cm away from your subject. It also has a feature that allows you to create 360 degree panoramic photos. The LCD screen is 2.7 inches in size.

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