News's weekend gadget deals – cameras

Despite the rain's attempt to dampen our summery mood, we're still looking forward to the (hopefully) warmer months and all the picture-taking that in

Despite the rain's attempt to dampen our summery mood, we're still looking forward to the (hopefully) warmer months and all the picture-taking that inevitably comes with it. We've scoured the web and picked out five of the best camera deals we could find, whether you're a serious photographer or a serial party snapper.

1. Best compact camera deal – Kodak V1273BLK, £99

For party-papping and holiday snapshots, a easy-to-use, pocketable compact is always a winner.

If you're on the market for a decent snapper that won't break the bank, Kodak's V1273BLK is currently half price at Comet.

Expect a generous 12 megapixels, 3-inch touchscreen, 3x optical zoom and movie mode with sound.

You'll also get features like face detection, high-def output, 21 different shooting modes and 300 shots per charge. Bargain.

Summer is coming, and that should hopefully mean you'll be skipping off for somewhere in the sun, or Butlins at the very least. Wherever you're going, a waterproof camera is a great holiday companion for stupid underwater snaps and any watersports you fancy doing.

Aside from being waterproof to 3 metres, the 10-megapixel Olympus Mju 1050 SW is also shockproof to 1.5m and freezeproof as well, so it'll take pretty much whatever you throw at it (within reason of course).

The Olympus Mju 1050 SW is going cheap at Camerabox, with £155 off the RRP, so get a move on and snap it up while you can.

If you're looking to bump up your photography skills past your party-snapping compact, then Panasonic's DMC-F228 could be a good choice.

You'll get 10.1 megapixels, a 2.7-inch LCD screen, 18x optical zoom, full manual operation and the Venus Engine IV up to ISO1600.

Even better, there's currently £130 off the RRP at, and the option to beef up to a bundle made up of a camera case and 2GB memory card for £20 more.

DSLR cameras can soar up into the thousands of pounds territory, but luckily there are still some options out there that are going to give you top DSLR quality without hurting your wallet too much.

Canon's EOS 1000D is a great choice that has adopted many features from higher end models. For one, it boasts Live View, a great addition to more recent DSLR cameras, so you have the choice to use the viewfinder, or the 2.5-inch LCD screen, similarly to a compact.

It also packs 10.1 megapixels, can take up to 3fps and has a self-cleaning image sensor to keep your shots crystal clear.

This bundle also comes with a EF-18-55mm lens as well, although Canon offers up another 60 more for you to hook up to the 1000D body.

Argos have got this bundle up for grabs at a very pocket friendly £342.59.

A tripod can be a photographers best friend. Whether you want to get serious with your photography or just have an extremely unsteady hand, a tripod is going to help you get your shots up to scratch.

The Jessops tripod is a three-leg affair, and can stretch up to a heigh of 150cm. It also has a 3-way pan and tilt as well.

The tripod is currently selling for half price with Jessops itself.