Amateur photographers using ink supplies to print off their best snaps may be interested in a pair of new compact cameras from Sony.

The Cyber-shot WX50 and WX70 are claimed by the manufacturer to offer improved picture quality compared with previous models due to their 16.2 megapixel sensor, which offers clear, high resolution results, even in dim light.

Both devices also include Sony's Optical SteadyShot technology that can reduce camera shake when shooting high-definition movies, even at high zoom settings of up to 10x.

Users will also be able to add a range of effects to their snaps without needed to transfer photos to a PC, thanks to the in-built image editing software.

Available throughout Europe from mid-March, Sony stated the Cyber-shot WX50 and WX70 are "crammed with easy-to-use features for anyone who's serious about capturing great-looking photos and Full HD video with less effort".

Recently, Samsung also unveiled a new range of compact cameras – the WB850F, WB150F and ST200F – that it stated are ideal for people looking for highly-portable equipment to take on holiday.