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Compact cameras - best value

I am looking for a camera that can fit in my pocket and take reasonably fast pictures and it doesn't have to have manual features.
I have read a number of reviews and all seem to be disappointed with picture quality while the prices are all over the place.
Do you have any suggestions?
I currently have an older Olympus D 550 with severe lag between pic's and a very annoying on/off switch. The front cover slides to the side and is very sensative(poor design).
I was looking at the Olympus Stylus 500 or 600 but I'm not sold just yet!

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Compact Camera

The Olympus Stylus 500/600 will be a good choice.

Since you are familiar with the Olympus memu system, you will have a short learning curve.

The weatherproof Stylus series of cameras can come in handy during adverse weather.

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The new models

Are much faster than your old one. I kinda like the Stylus 800. You can find some great deals on it right now.

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Thanks!

Thanks for your insight! I now need to head to the store and compare the competition.

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Amazon sale, and helpful info on the competition

Amazon.com is currently having a sale on Olympus digital cameras.

Personally, I think Casios offer the best value when it comes to really small cameras: They cost less, have huge screens, a VERY friendly and helpful interface, and are very small. Their scene modes are beautifully self-explanatory. And the small Casios are REALLY small, which is not the case for the Olympus compacts.

Sony also has a very good deal on the S40, which is a TINY camera that is going for $150.

I could go on, but a more complete list and comparison chart can be found at http://airshowfan.com/guide-to-digital-cameras-2.htm#compact-digital-cameras

I hope that helps.

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