This is a nice sub £100 Canon camera

August 16, 2016 0 Comments twitter, canon, camera

I don't really use a proper camera nowadays for obvious reasons - I always have my phone with me and invariably, regardless of which handset I'm using, it has a decent enough camera in it.

The one time where I find it a bit annoying not having something dedicated to the task is when I need an optical zoom. Sony phones were OK for this when they had 23 Megapixel sensors to allow a 'faux-zoom', but with the best phone cameras now sitting at around 12 Megapixels, that's not really an option.

As a long time Canon camera fan (we have a Canon DSLR which, due to its size, hardly ever goes anywhere) my interest was piqued recently by a deal on the Argos website. A black, white or red (get black!) Canon SX610, for £99.99 on its own or £109.99 with a genuine Canon leather case. That's a camera with a 20 Megapixel sensor, 18x optical zoom, metal body, WiFi connectivity to your phone or tablet for grabbing pics off, thin size and cheap additional batteries. How could I resist? The £10 voucher I got free from Argos at the time was a bonus too.

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Overall, I have to say I'm pretty impressed and for the price, it's awesome. It's not a high end camera, granted, and the lack of touchscreen is a shame when you're used to touch for setting focus / exposure points on your phone, but on the whole it's a thoroughly capable camera. The only weakness really is that it's not great for burst shooting, due to the image processing cheap being a couple of generations old now. For general use though, that's a non issue.

If you've been contemplating a compact camera but don't want to spend a lot of money, it's well worth a look.

Paul O'Brien
Norfolk, UK