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Canon Ixus 185 camera on sale at Aldi: should you buy it?

Could this cheap camera be perfect for you or are you better off spending more?

The Canon Ixus 185 compact camera will be on offer in Aldi from 1 July and is available to pre-order online now. It’s being sold for £79.99 – £10 less than you can find it elsewhere – but is it really a bargain? We take a look.

If you regularly shop at Aldi, you may have come across its ‘Specialbuys’, where it sells products cheaply for a limited time. This means that if you miss the product in-store it’s gone for good.

But just because it’s cheap it doesn’t mean it’s a good buy. We’ve taken a magnifying glass to this Canon camera, which launched 18 months ago with some impressive specifications, to see if it’s worth taking on your next holiday instead of just your smartphone.

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Canon Ixus 185, £79.99

Based on the specifications, there are some definite highlights for those in need of a decent travel camera. It’s small in size and weighs just 128g, which means you can easily sling this camera into your bag or jacket pocket and you’ll barely notice it’s there.

The Ixus 185 also has a 20Mp sensor, which is a decent resolution for this camera type, and built-in image stabilisation to help steady shaky hands and avoid blur in your shots.

However, this camera doesn’t support Full HD (1080p) video recording and only supports HD (720p) as the maximum resolution. This means it doesn’t offer the best quality available but will do in a pinch if you want to record quick clips of family or friends.

To find out whether this camera can handle the basics and more, see our in-depth verdict and full test results in our Canon Ixus 185 review.

Budget cameras: pros and cons

There are plenty of budget compact cameras on the market but there’s no guarantee that they’re going to last your next summer holiday rather than break within the first five uses.

One advantage of budget compacts is that they’re typically lighter than more expensive models, as pricier cameras feature metal alloy or magnesium parts to increase the strength and build quality. The downside is that the lightweight plastics cheaper models tend to use are more brittle materials.

Another advantage is that these cameras are designed for beginners, so they’re usually simple to use and can genuinely be described as ‘point-and-shoot’ models. The controls are very easy to master, so you’ll never get bogged down in technical settings. But the flipside is that once your photography skills have outgrown the camera, you’ll need to upgrade to produce more artistic shots and make the most of your creative flair.

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