Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Warwickshire, England
Re: Good Digital Cameras for under £250
If it helps, here's a couple of reviews on the Which website:
Samsung Digimax L85
The Samsung Digimax L85 is a classic-looking digital camera; memories of old film cameras come flooding back! It’s a good all-rounder, one of the few downsides being a slow shutter delay of 1 second. This is quite poor, but of course one solution is that if you half press the shutter button first, then compose the picture, then fully press, shutter delay will be reduced.
Focussing, image quality and flash pictures are all good. Battery life is excellent.
Features on this camera are a step up from its predecessor, the L80. You get aperture and shutter speed priority modes, and manual focus.
There’s a movie mode, and quality, although some way from spectactular, is ok. You can use optical zoom while recording too, a definite bonus if you like to take movies.
The maximum ISO setting is only 400, so you’ll be a bit limited if you want to take dim light shots without flash.
Pros: Proficient at the basics – image quality, focussing and flash all good. Excellent battery life. Cons: Slow shutter delay.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7 ( I got the FZ8, which is 7.2MP)
This Best Buy Lumix is large but you have the benefit of a paparazzi-esque 36-423mm zoom range; holiday in St Tropez and you’ll almost be able to snap movie stars on their yachts.
The quality of the 5.9 megapixel photos is not quite up with the best in the class if you use auto focus, but you can switch over to manual for really important shots.
You’ll find movie clips aren’t bad at all and the flash is strong. It takes nearly four tenths of second to take a photo, which is only average for this type of camera class.
If you trying to shoot fast moving subjects you can use shutter priority or go for aperture to create interesting effects.
The Panasonic is easy to use and - despite the large zoom lens - at 400 grams is pretty luggable. You won’t have any problems with battery life either.
Pros: Massive zoom, plenty of useful settings, highly portable considering the zoom, battery life.
Cons: Picture quality using auto focus, average shutter delay.