Shopping for a digital camera under £80 is a tricky business. At that kind of price there aren't many good ones, and to get to them you have to wade through a lot of bad ones. A lot of low-price cameras are no-name generic Chinese export models hastily re-badged with once-famous brand names, but several of the major manufacturers also make sub-£80 compacts. Unfortunately the presence of a famous label is no guarantee of quality.
One company that has always specialised in cut-priced cameras is Kodak, which has been popularising photography for the masses for over a century. One of the cheapest cameras in Kodak's current line-up is this EasyShare M530, a very simple ultra-compact currently selling for around £70. It features a 1/2.3-inch 12.2-megapixel sensor, a 3x zoom lens equivalent to 36 – 108mm and a 2.7-inch LCD monitor.
Despite its ultra-low price the M530 is a well-made and reasonably stylish camera. The body is mostly plastic with an aluminium front panel, and comes in a wide range of colours including red, carbon grey, blue, green and the metallic orange shown here. It is a slim and very lightweight camera, measuring just 93.7 x 56.7 x 22.7mm and weighing 127g including battery and memory card. Oddly the official specifications on the Kodak website has the weight listed at 130g body-only.