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Basic digital camera reviews

Last updated: 11 July 2016

If you want to quickly capture that 'Kodak moment' and not fuss with lenses and exposure times, a basic digital camera is all you need. We review leading brands to help you find the best camera for you. Our buying guide covers what to look for in a digital camera, and how we test explains how we get our results.

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Our test covers basic, slim, tough and superzoom digital cameras.

Our expert testers give every camera a thorough workout to help find the models that:

  • are best at taking strong quality images
  • are best at taking quality movies
  • are easiest to use.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which digital cameras are dust and water resistant, and which have time lapse and panorama settings. Our Recommended list will help you see quickly which cameras come out on top. And if you want to know more about how to pick the camera that suits your needs, check out our testers' advice to help narrow it down.

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