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Camera suggestions - point and shoots < $200 what's best?

by gman_96 / September 28, 2007 3:19 AM PDT

I'm having trouble deciding on a digital camera. This isn't a hobby for me I just need a good camera to take pictures of the family. All I really want to do is point and shoot. I rarely go into the settings on the camera I have now. Can anyone offer any recommendations? I am interested in a smaller camera because I like the idea of keeping it in my pocket when we go on trips. I am considering the
- Canon PowerShot A570 I like the image stability feature and Face detection but it may be larger than what I want
- Canon PowerShot A560 - Maybe a little big without the IS but I like the price better
- Nikon Coolpix L12 face recognition, image stability and size but it seems slow and the reviews aren't as good.
- Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S700 Great size, no IS, price is good.

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Point and Shoot
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / September 28, 2007 7:39 AM PDT
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by gman_96 / September 28, 2007 12:41 PM PDT
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I like the sony's but I was hoping to stick with a one that takes AA batteries. I guess anything will be an improvement from my Olympus D-550.

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canon a570
by basschick / September 30, 2007 9:36 PM PDT

i'm a big fan of the canon A series. they're great cameras, and the optical viewfinder is a big plus. maybe a little extra size will help you hold the camera more easily - and canon pic quality rocks!

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Camera suggestions
by AliceWakefield / October 1, 2007 12:37 AM PDT

I used a friend's A570 and liked it so well I decided to get my own. I'm a terrible photographer and technically challenged, but the movie I took of an outdoor wedding last week was awesome.

The movie mode is super easy, and the image quality is outstanding, so I just get my stills from that and have both. Since you want it mainly for family shots, you'll probably be using it. Outside it was difficult to see the screen clearly, but it has a viewfinder. The deal breaker though was 2 AA batteries (rechargeable) lasted me all day.

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