We are looking to get our son a camera for his 7th birthday.£50-£60 budget.

Tesco’s had Olympus D-700/Nikon Coolpix S2500. Argos have a cannon, but that need batteries and 10mp. For my son’s needs I’m sure 10mp would more than sufice. Does the gang have any advice for me?

OlympusD-700 (VG-110)Tesco UK areselling the Olympus D-700 in red, silver or black for £69 – it appears to be arenamed Olympus VG-110 budget camera, and features a wideangle 27mm 4x optical zoom, 2.7″ screen, 12 megapixel sensor, USB charging, 5cmmacro, and VGA video. It will be available in silver, red or black.

“Equipped with a 4x wide optical zoom lens (27-108mm*)panorama and distance shots are a cinch. A 2.7” colour LCD (230,400 dots) foreasily framing, reviewing and sharing shots with your family and friendscompletes an excellent all-round package at minimum expense. Plus, anadditional SD card slot – next to internal memory – means worries about spaceare a thing of the past.”

Nikon COOLPIX S2500 review - FeaturesThe times when one had tocompromise in getting a compact under £100 are long gone, and this can be seenin the specification of the COOLPIX S2500. The model features a 1/2.3in CCDsensor with a 12MP resolution, while a 4x optical zoom also features covering a27-108mm focal range in 35mm equivalent terms, even complete with electronicvibration reduction. The model also features an LCD screen with a resolutionbefitting it’s price tag - a 2.7in, 230k-dot is hardly going to set the worldalight, but it’s more than adequate for review and composing images.

A lot of the camera’sfunctionality is aimed at those who are either new to photography or want thecamera to do the work, with this once again being a common feature of compacts aroundthe £100 price tag. The S2500 features a ‘Smart Portrait’ capture system - themode features Smile Timer, Blink Proof and Skin Softening features which allcombine to help take better portraits. The camera also features Scene AutoSelection technology, whereby the camera will address the scene and choose theright scene mode for the best image from one of 17 different modes.

The COOLPIX S2500 alsofeatures Subject Tracking Auto-Focus mode, which is perfect for a movingsubject and a relatively high-end feature, while the model also benefits frombuilt-in anti-blur technology, assisting in sharp subjects using four differentmethods.

Canon PowerShotA800 10MP Digital Compact Camera - Black.

You can rely on Canon know-how totake great 10 Megapixel photos with Smart Auto mode, Smart Auto mode can detect19 different scenes so you can simply point and shoot Genuine Canon 3.3xoptical zoom lens Blur Reduction mode and Motion Detection technology help tokeep images sharp and
clear Simple button layout and easy to use menu with 16 Shooting modesincluding Super Vivid Poster Effect and FaceSelf-Timer DIGIC III imageprocessing for natural results and quick performance

Model number A800

· 10 megapixels.

· Black.

· 3.3 x optical zoom.

· 4 x digital zoom.

· 2.5in LCD screen.


· PictBridge compatible.

· Digital anti-blur.

· Face detection up to 35 faces.

· Continuous shooting up to 0.8 frames per second.

· Red eye reduction.

· Memory card compatibility: SD, SDHC, SDXC and MMC.

· Movie capture with sound.

· Maximum ISO 1600.

· 15 scene modes.

· Intelligent scene mode.

· Self timer.

· Built-in flash.

General information:

· Accessories included: carry strap.

· Batteries required 2 x AA battery (included).

· Weight 186g.

· Size H6.16, W9.43cm.

· Depth of camera when switched off 3.12cm.

Additional Information

Please note that this product is excluded from our 30 DayMoney Back Guarantee. This does not affect your statutory rights.

Current selling price valid until17/08/2011

The difference between 10 and 12MP simply shouldn’t be a factor. Check online reviews regarding picture quality. Moving from 12MP from 10 can actually mean worst picture quality is don’t be taken in my the numbers. More MP is not necessarily better.