Compact-ish camera buying advice sought

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Compact-ish camera buying advice sought
7 months ago

Hello,

I'll start by saying I know nothing about photography. I am therefore hoping this site can help me choose a camera for my daughters birthday. She is 15 and enjoys taking photos on her phone and editing them, but I want to get her something decent to take on a trip to USA. My requirements are for it to be quite small, a decent zoom, manual controls as well as pre-set modes (so that she can learn a bit about photography). I've heard zoom comes at the expense of the sensor, so I guess some sort of compromise there. Also, I like the idea of the stabilization feature I see advertised with some cameras, as that's something that annoys me about my photographs is when I zoom in, the resultant photo is usually blurred. Sorry the spec is so vague but, as I said, I know nothing about photography. My budget is about £400.

Any help greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Paul

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