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Budget compact cameras
Despite the fact that many smartphones can take a decent photo now, it’s still worth considering a low-budget compact camera to keep close at hand. With a host of new models coming to market, these little pocket-snappers are getting smaller, but much more powerful into the bargain.
The compact camera market is a very competitive one too, so if you take the time to look, most new models can be found at heavily discounted prices.
What’s more, many now come with Wi-Fi connectivity and a host of social networking options built-in, making them the ideal back-up for your prized, and probably more valuable smartphone…
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Do what I did and get a used Olympus E-420 on eBay complete with lens etc. for under £100, then get a used Olympus 40-150mm f3.5 - 4.5 lens for about £50 from eBay too. Spend a bit more on a couple of Compact Flash memory cards and a spare battery, plus £2 for a UV filter to protect the lens (eBay of course), and you've spent less than £200 and have a superb system.
Mind you, you've got to be patient with the bidding - I spent a month bidding on various E-420s until I got it and the lens later at the price I wanted to pay.