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Ahhhhh! What a nightmare! I'm only 30 but even now I'm saying things like 'I remember the days when' and reminiscing about the £35 film camera's I used to buy whose final picture quality still exceeds the £400 digital cameras on sale now. It's all about convenience really. With a digital camera you can see the picture you've taken to know if you got a good one. You can delete photos rather than have to pay to print them out. You can go home and print the photos out directly, many even plug into the cigarette lighter socket in your car! Does the number of advantages exceed the downsides? For example, having them on film pushed us to have to print out the photos to see them and then we had a permanent copy to look back on. Everyone I spoke to whilst creating this section admitting to having not just one, but several flash memory cards stuffed in a drawer somewhere with dozens of photos just waiting to be printed. Don't listen to the salesman who says that you can save money by just plugging your camera into your computer and printing them off on a standard printer - you will never take the time to do it and the longer you leave it, the more of a task it becomes. Get a custom one-touch printer that your camera plugs straight into or at the very least a high quality printer with flash drive sockets, a digital display and it's own 6x4 photo paper drawer. Otherwise, like the rest of us, you'll never look at the pictures you've taken ever again except for the one of your dog chasing it's tail that you have as a screensaver.

Argos Digital Cameras Argos: "Don't shop for it, Argos it!" Whilst we doubt that people will ever start saying the latter over the former - according to Argos themselves two thirds of the population have an Argos shopping catalogue in their home... Argos Reviews >>

Asda Digital Cameras Asda: Asda is a UK supermarket chain that sells food, clothing and general merchandise. It became a subsidiary of the American chain Wal-Mart in 1999 and is now the second largest chain in the UK after Tesco. As Wal-Mart's... Asda Reviews >>

Co-op Digital Cameras Co-Op Electrical: A company that is part of the Co-operative Group, which was founded back in 1844, may not seem the obvious choice for geeky and techy products. But in amongst the washing machines and cookers are computers, games con... Co-Op Electrical Reviews >>

Currys Digital Cameras Currys Digital: The Currys name has been on Britain's high streets since 1888 when the first shop opened in Leicester. It is now well-established in the UK and Ireland, with 295 superstores and 73 high street stores. In 1984, it bec... Currys Digital Reviews >>

Jessops Digital Cameras Jessops: Having started as a family business in 1935, Jessops has for a long time been known as Britain's largest specialist photographic retailer. It expanded to a peak of 315 stores in the UK, was the subject of a managemen... Jessops Reviews >>

Kelkoo Digital Cameras Kelkoo: With a name that apparently derives from the French "Quel cout?" ("At what price?") or "Quel coup" ("What a bargain"), Kelkoo is the biggest e-commerce advertising platform in the UK and Europe. As an e-commerce webs... Kelkoo Reviews >>

PicStop Digital Cameras PicStop: The growth of the digital camera has changed the whole photography marketplace, not only for the cameras themselves but also for everything that goes with them. Now it's memory cards instead of film, paper and ink to... PicStop Reviews >>

Pixmania Digital Cameras Pixmania: If you access the website, you then get to choose your country from the 26 where the brand is established. It is reckoned to be the largest European consumer electronic products internet store with o... Pixmania Reviews >>

Purely Gadgets Digital Cameras Purely Gadgets: Any site that's got gadgets right in the name is one that any self-respecting geek has to visit. If you absolutely must have a LED shower head or a wiki MP3 alarm clock, this is the place to get it. The stated goal i... Purely Gadgets Reviews >>

Tesco Digital Cameras Tesco Direct: Although known mainly as a supermarket chain, Tesco is heading for world domination as it moves into insurance, finance, travel and a host of other diverse activities. Its website ( has groceries, wines... Tesco Direct Reviews >>

The main downside to this ever increasing quality is that when you look over the pictures you took only a couple of years ago on your, then top-of-the-range, 2 megapixel camera, they look as though they were taken in the seventies! Today I'm sporting an 8 megapixel camera (my mobile phone even has 5) but I can't help this nagging feeling that in a couple of years I'm going to be disappointed with the quality of the pictures I'm taking now. Why did we move away from film before the new technology (the stuff available to the public anyway) could match the old technology's quality at a matching price? Of course, many will say that it is not the camera's fault, it is taking the pictures at a very high quality, it is just that the printers for printing those high quality photos out is still technologically in it's infancy. How does that help the argument? This is mid-2008 and I just visited a PC World store where I was told 'this new printer is almost as good as chemical development!' like it was some sort of achievement? How can it be a move forward if it hasn't even caught up with the old technology yet? I wouldn't buy a car from a salesman that said 'this new car has satnav, mp3 player, dvd screens and the brakes are almost as good as they were fifty years ago' ... †

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