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Don't Buy compact cameras

by Ryan Shaw

Which? Don't Buy compact digital cameras take poor quality photos, are difficult to use and are particularly light on features. Our reviews reveal the compact digital cameras to avoid.

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Buying a Don't Buy compact camera will provide endless frustration thanks to fuzzy photos, shaky and distorted video, plus irritating controls. Our unique lab testing will helps you save money and time by identifying which cameras to steer clear of, and the Best Buy compact cameras you should purchase instead.

What makes a Don't Buy digital camera?

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Which? has reviewed the latest compact digital cameras, including models by Canon, Nikon, Panasonic and Sony, to help find the best camera for you. Our in-depth testing means we can recommend those digital cameras that offer excellent photo quality and are simple to use, and we can also tell you which ones will produce poor quality images.

  • Our lab experts put every digital camera through the same set of tests, including testing photo quality, ease of use, video/audio quality and how powerful the flash is – so you'll know exactly what to expect.
  • We give every compact digital camera a Which? test score so you can immediately see at a glance which are the best and worst, plus how each model compares in regards to features and specifications.
  • Our tests cover a range of brands, prices and camera types; from professional-grade premium models to budget options.

Our Best Buy digital cameras produce superb quality photos, no matter the lighting conditions. But we also find some cameras that fall short in our tests - from big brand cameras that are a nightmare to hold and operate, to other models that suffer from a reflective LCD screen, poor image stabilisation, and terrible low-light performance.

Unique camera testing by Which?

Which? tests compact cameras from all the biggest brands you may be considering buying. Models of all shapes and sizes from Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic and more are all tested, and we can assure you that even the biggest names are capable of producing some disastrous cameras.

Which? tests dozens of new digital cameras a year and puts each model through a series of meticulous tests. These are designed to be both rigorous and repeatable, so you can trust in the quality of your next camera.

We don't show any bias towards more expensive models, either. Every camera review is objective, and we've uncovered some brilliant bargains.

If we declare a compact camera to be a Don't Buy, you can be sure that it's one you should 100% avoid. No matter how tempting its price tag might be, you'll inevitably end up regretting ever buying it.

Join Which? to find out which compact cameras are Don’t Buys and which are Best Buys.