Ten Essential... Budget Compact Cameras
Summer snappers for less than 150 quid
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3
You certainly get a lot of bang for your buck with this camera. For a start, there’s a 3in touchscreen, a 4x zoom (35-140mm), optical image stabilisation and HD recording at 1280 x 720. CIPA battery rating is a pretty impressive 300 frames. Sadly, the touchscreen is not the most responsive one I’ve used and it’s very easy to hit the wrong icon – especially the menu exit. With this 14Mp model you get decent picture quality, with sharp detail and good colour reproduction. Now, if only Panasonic had given this camera a wide-angle lens...
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