PC Advisor's guide to the best point-and-shoot cameras on the market.

Digital cameras are no longer the extravagance they once were.

Models costing less than £100 can now be expected to capture 8Mp or more, and the sensors themselves have become a lot more sophisticated too.

Many digital cameras are now able to distinguish faces from a background, compensate for movement and auto-adjust for lighting conditions.

The models we've reviewed here are more than up to the job of capturing those precious moments you'll want to cherish forever. However, keep in mind that a quality lens is more important than the number of megapixels. Also look for a large optical zoom, rather than a digital one. For Best Buy products in six great categories, visit PC Advisor's Christmas 2008 Buyers' Guide.

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