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P+S for under $200?
For a college student...any recommendations? They would like it to be compact. She's had a Canon previously...

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There are lots of quality cameras under $200, depending on your needs..

Canon has the A570IS and the A560. For a little more you can get the A720IS, which has excellent picture quality. The SD1000 is also available for under $200..

Fuji has the F40fd..

Panasonic has the LZ7 and FX 12..

Sony has the W-55..

Nikon has the L11, L12, L14 and L15.

Kodak has the Z885.

Casio has several good cameras under $200..

Read the reviews, look at the sample photos and go to a store and handle the cameras...

Comment #1

Greg Nut wrote:.

Canon SD1000. $170 and worth twice that..

Reeeaaaallllly ? Why would that be ? It has nothing special, a tiny sensor, 3x non WA zoom, etc etc...

Comment #2

Image quality. Size. Speed. Movie modes. Battery life. Optical VF..

As for it being worth twice that, I paid about twice that for an SD600 and I'm completely satisfied..

Sure, I'd rather have true WA and IS, but the SD800 and 870 are outside her price range..

As for the sensor size, all entry-level p&s have tiny sensors. If the budget were $500 and size not a factor, I'd be happy to recommend a D40...

Comment #3

If she's interested in in hand-held, interior, available light shots, the Fuji F-series are the best compacts you can get (consistently reported, based on objective testing.).

The F20 is less than $150 and at least equivalent to the others in IQ. Here's a hand-held F20 example:.

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Comment #4

Greg Nut wrote:.

Image quality..

What ? No. It's like every other camera of it's category..

Size. Speed. Movie modes. Battery life..

Same as above..

Optical VF..

Now that's something more interesting. But clearly it's not worth 170$ by itself..

Sure, I'd rather have true WA and IS, but the SD800 and 870 areoutside her price range.As for the sensor size, all entry-level p&s have tiny sensors..

Yeah, when my Fuji F20 bites the dust I'm going to cry..

Ifthe budget were $500 and size not a factor, I'd be happy to recommenda D40..

And the conclusion to me is : all small cams are the same, and the SD1000 is like any other...

Comment #5

And the conclusion to me is : all small cams are the same, and theSD1000 is like any other..

I disagree, the Fujifilm F-series are a class apart as a result of their larger sensor and superior in-camera software. They are in a class apart regarding their ability to take reasonable out-of-the-camera low-light photos. This conclusion is a result of objective testing as well as user opinions..

They lack other features, like long zooms, EVF, etc. But these features are of little use when there's insufficient light to take a reasonable photo...

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