Choosing the best digital camera for your holiday

There is one thing we all pack for our holidays, and that is a camera. Whether it is a basic model, or a more advanced all singing all dancing type, we all want to capture the memories of our trip away.

But choosing the right camera, especially if you are not technologically minded, can be a minefield of bewildering geek speak, with terms and information that you are not familiar with, and functions you have no idea how to use.

With some help however, a quick rundown of the basics of digital cameras can greatly improve your decision on which one to pick for your holidays. So whether you want an all-rounder that just takes great pictures with little effort, a good sporty number that will take a few knocks, or a more advanced camera, for the serious photographer in you, here is one for each category.

NIKON Coolpix S3400 Compact Digital Camera – Red – £79

NIKON Coolpix S3400 Compact Digital Camera - Red

Good inexpensive all-rounder

At a glance:

  • 20.1 megapixels
  • Sensor type: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 7x
  • HD video: HD 720p

First up, 20 megapixels is amazing for a camera of this price, most are around 12 to 16, so already you have a huge advantage with the fantastic image quality. You also have the impressive 7x zoom, which allows you get close to your subject.

There is a CCD sensor so your pictures will have amazing detail, and the digital image stabilisation and autofocus means that the images will be clear and vivid, even when you’re zooming in.

There is the NIKKOR wide-angle lens available, ideal for wide landscape shots, and there are 18 scene modes, so you can choose the best scene settings to suit the photo you’re taking. Another feature is the Glamour retouch function, use this to improve faces in pictures.

You can also record videos with a 720p HD resolution, and there is a special effects whilst recording, so you can add your own style to your videos. Available from Argos

FUJIFILM FinePix XP60 Waterproof Advanced Compact Digital Camera – £129.99

FUJIFILM FinePix XP60 Waterproof Advanced Compact Digital Camera - £129.99

Good sturdy camera, will take some knocks

At a glance:

  • 16.4 megapixels
  • Sensor type: CMOS
  • Optical zoom: 5x
  • HD video: Full HD 1080p

If you are the adventurous type, off rock climbing, skiing or backpacking, you’ll need a camera that can keep up, and the Fujifilm Finepix is a robust and reliable camera designed to withstand shock, water, freezing temperatures and dust.

The 16.4 megapixel resolution has a highly sensitive CMOS image sensor which allows superb image quality. Capture anything from underwater exploration and everything else with natural colour tones and great focus. There is an optical (sensor-shift) image stabilisation system so camera shake is counteracted to eliminate image blurring. Any shots taken in high wind, swimming or jumping will be clear.

The 28 mm wide-angle lens with a 5x optical zoom range means you can get close to distant subjects, and the Intelligent Digital Zoom technology with the 5x optical zoom with the digital zoom, doubles to 10x. You can also shoot moving targets without spoiling image quality, thanks to the Autofocus tracking.

You can shoot videos with the FinePix XP60 camera and then freeze the moment and playback in amazing slow-motion, viewing every bit of detail. Available from Pixmania.

OLYMPUS SZ-16 Advanced Compact Digital Camera – Silver was £229.99 now £179.99

OLYMPUS SZ-16 Advanced Compact Digital Camera – Silver was £229.99 now £179.99

Good for the advanced photographer

At a glance:

  • 16 megapixels
  • Sensor type: CMOS
  • Optical zoom: 24x
  • HD video: Full HD 1080p

The Olympus SZ-16 Advanced Compact Digital Camera allows you to take amazing photographs from close-up or far away. The 24x wide optical zoom with 48x super resolution gives superb spectacular close-ups and detailed shots from distance. And the super resolution zoom then doubles the zoom power to 48x so you can capture distant subjects without loss of image quality.

There is the Smart Panorama mode, which works by sweeping across the scene, automatically snapping individual stills into one stunning image.

The iAuto function automatically scans the scene, then selects the best settings for you. And the camera is capable of shooting superb Full HD videos at 30 fps. A great camera that is easy to use for the advanced photographer. Available from Amazon.

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