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.
Kodak EasyShare DX3900
If you don't mind just average photos, the DX7590 will appeal to snapshooters looking for more control.