Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV
A nice choice if you're looking for an advanced compact with class-leading video capabilities, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV is a little expensive if you just want a good camera for shooting stills.
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III
The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III is an overall great camera that delivers significant improvements over the RX100 II, but not everyone will think it's worth the extra cost.
Olympus E-PL2 ( with 14-42mm lens, White)
A great interchangeable-lens model if you're looking for better photo quality and/or a more advanced feature set than your current point-and-shoot offers, the Olympus PEN E-PL2 still doesn't satisfy for photographing active kids and pets.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 ( Silver)
Although the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 has its share of passionate fans, we think the JPEG quality should be more consistent for the price.
Canon PowerShot ELPH SD40 ( Twilight Sepia)
Its small size makes it an attractive pocket camera, but its speed and image quality issues are too great to ignore.
The Olympus IR-500 is a competent 4-megapixel camera with a limited zoom range, but its 2.5-inch high-resolution LCD and playback capabilities will make you want to tote it everywhere as a portable shoot-and-show display.
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The Olympus FE-110 is budget priced for a 5-megapixel compact model, but its average picture quality and lack of features make it an entry-level choice only.
Nikon D50 with 28-80mm lens
Performance and features that rival those of more expensive digital SLR cameras make the 6-megapixel Nikon D50 one of the best entry-level options.
Sony Cyber Shot DSC P51 ( Silver)
This snapshot camera delivers a bit more than the basics but offers merely adequate photo quality.
Konica Minolta Dimage X50
A slim, stylish ultracompact that's as easy on the eyes as it is to use.