A round-up of the best online deals this week
Getting The Most For Your Money…
We all love a bargain, and in the current economic climate
it always pays to make your money go as far as you can. With this in mind we’ve
scoured the web, looking for all the best online digital camera deals.
Nothing is off our radar, from cheap compacts to professional-grade DSLRs.
Indeed, our only criteria is that the retailers must be reputable and offering
genuine goods intended for the UK market – you won’t find any grey imports from
Hong Kong here.
We’ll be updating the list once a week so if
there’s anything that takes your fancy be prepared to strike quickly, as this
week’s hot deal may well be out of stock next week…
£89.99 (was £149.99)
This stylish IXUS model is available online for
under £100. Like the IXUS 240 HS included below, the IXUS 500 is a 2012 model
and comes equipped with a 10MP CMOS sensor, a 12x optical zoom, 1080p Full HD
movie recording and built-in Image Stabilisation. Its real selling point,
however, is the highly stylish all-metal outer casing. A great little camera
for the money – especially at this price.
WDC score: 89%
£399.99 (was £779.99)
Launched in 2011, the D5100 has since been succeeded by the
D5200. However, you still get a lot of camera for the money with the D5100
packing a 16.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor and an 11-point AF system. In addition the
D5100 also comes with a useful vari-angle 3-inch display that makes light work
of shooting from extreme angles.
Currys (or their partner company, PC World)
currently offer the best deal for a D5100 lens kit, and being a reputable
company you can be sure that the goods are intended for the UK market and not
grey imports. As an added sweetener, Nikon are currently offering £40 cashback
by redemption (until 31st May).
WDC score: 89%
£249.99 (was £829.99)
Released at the end of 2011 the 10.1-megapixel V1 was
Nikon’s first flagship compact system camera. Unlike the lower-spec J1, the V1
gets a high-resolution built-in electronic viewfinder that allows you to
compose images at eye-level. The V1 is built for speed, with up to 60fps
continuous shooting and a number of high-speed video recording options that
play back in slow-motion.
While it lost points in our review because it deemed
to be expensive, Tesco’s knock-down price makes it something of a bargain.
WDC Score: 83%
£59.99 (was £119)
The Z90 is a stylish little point-and-shoot compact that
comes equipped with a 14MP sensor, a 5x optical zoom and a 3-inch touchscreen
display for ease of use. Wrapped up in a metal casing and with a sliding front
that acts as the on/off switch and protects the lens, it’s perfect for pockets
Tesco is offering it in either blue or pink and also chucks in an
Inov8 case and a Samsung 4GB card so you’re all ready to go.
WDC Score: 86%
£99.99 (was £279)
Finding cheap cameras on Amazon is a bit like shooting fish
in a barrel; you don’t have to look far to find big discounts.
While the IXUS 240
HS is actually a 2012 model that has since been replaced by the IXUS 260 HS
it’s still a lot of camera for the money and comes with a 16.1MP CMOS sensor, a
5x optical zoom, a 3-inch touchscreen and built-in Wi-Fi functionality for
wireless image transfer. All for under a hundred quid.
WDC Score: Not
£449 (was c.£800)
With the E-P5 still not yet in the shops, the two-year-old
E-P3 remains the flagship model in Olympus’ PEN range of retro-rangefinder
inspired compact system cameras. Equipped with a 12.3MP Micro Four Thirds
sensor and a super-fast 35-point autofocus system, the E-P3 is wrapped up in a
durable and stylish metal body.
WEX are offering the E-P3 plus a 40-150mm
portrait zoom and a PEN Street Case for £449 – a saving of over £250. Pair this
with a 12-42mm standard kit zoom (c.£200) and you’ll have a top-notch camera
and lens kit to cover all eventualities.
WDC score: 88%
£299 (was £499)
The X10 is an excellent advanced compact that has since been
superseded by the newer X20. But with the X20 still costing around £460, the
X10 represents excellent value for money. In addition to the 2/3-inch 12MP
EXR-CMOS sensor, the X10 also offers an optical viewfinder that allows you to
shoot with the camera held to your eye. Rounding things off are a manually
adjusted 4x optical zoom and a generous range of shooting modes.
is a long established photographic retailer that regularly tops WDC Good
Services Awards, so you can buy with confidence
WDC score: 91%
£379 (was £500)
The newest model of all the cameras listed here, the A58 is
an entry-level level ‘DSLR’ from Sony’s acclaimed single-lens translucent (SLT)
range. Equipped with a 20.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor the A58’s big selling point is
its class-leading 8fps maximum continuous shooting speed, which is ideal for
those who want to capture sport or fast-moving action.
currently offer the A58 cheaper than any other established retailer, making it
a bit of a steal for anyone looking to get buy their first ‘proper’ camera.
WDC score: 87%
£229.95 (was £499)
First released in 2011, the GF3 was intended as an
easy-to-use entry point to Panasonic’s compact system camera range. With its 3-inch
touchscreen and stripped back interface it certainly achieves this, while its
curved body is easy on the eye and comfortable in the hand. In terms of image
quality the 12.1MP Live MOS sensor delivers good image quality, with a range of
Creative Control digital filter effects further enhancing the possibility for
SLRhut is an online retailer with UK premises, who’ve assured us
that their stock is intended for the UK. If that’s the case then the GF3 looks
to be a bit of a steal.
WDC score: 89%
£99.99 (was £200)
Launched last year the WB150 is an Wi-Fi enabled travel
compact that comes with an 18x optical zoom and built-in Wi-Fi for wireless
uploading to selected cloud storage services and social networks. GPS is also
included, which enables you to geotag your images with location data.
is an established online retailer that is currently discounting the WB150 by
50%, making it great value.
WDC score: Not yet reviewed