How glorious to live in a world where a five-megapixel lens in a phone is standard and you can actually pick up said snapper without having to go without your daily coffee for a month. We've picked out the best camera phones that are either available on SIM-free or on prepay tariffs - just shell out for a measly £10 of airtime and ditch the card later.
Note: prices accurate as of Mar 23
Price £150 SIM-free
This budget five-megapixel camera phone sports a high-quality Schneider-Kreuznach lens with flash and its slider build isn't too low-rent either. It lacks 3G connectivity, but let's face it, it does cost less than two hundred quid, and unless you're planning to download a lot of content, its GPRS internet speeds should do you fine.
Nokia 6220 Classic
Price £192.99 on 3 pay-as-you-go
Its most touted selling point is its A-GPS and sat nav capabilities, but the 6220 Classic also boasts a five-megapixel camera with Xenon flash for good pictures in bright and low light. The image quality is comparable to the higher end N82, and its slim weight makes it eminently pocket-friendly.
Price £160 on Virgin or T-Mobile pay-as-you-go
Samsung is full of firsts and the G800 is no exception - it was the first camera phone with optical zoom (3x) and with a five-megapixel lens and Xenon flash, it's able to take some cracking shots in most lighting conditions. It has also got a nice little music player, though it lacks a headphone jack.
Sony Ericsson C510
Price £107 on 3 pay-as-you-go
As with most of Sony Ericsson's Cyber-shot range, the C510 takes excellent pictures, and though its camera is an average 3.2 megapixels, Sony Ericsson pimped it out with handy features like face recognition, smile mode and burst mode which takes four snaps in succession. The social networking aspect is nice, with shortcuts to the main sites (3 only), and easy uploading of photos.
Sony Ericsson C902
Price £192 on Orange pay-as-you-go
The C902 is the first Cyber-shot phone to rock a five-megapixel camera, and that plus a suite of useful features make it well worth its mid-range PAYG price tag. The lens is protected by the sliding mechanism, and though the lack of a Xenon flash means low light shots turn out less sharp, you can't fault the snapper in good light.