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Hello all experts,.

I'm buying a digital camera for my mom, and I can't make my decision after looking at so many models out there... I think she'd like something small that can fit in a purse, light, 8-10 megapixels, 3-4x optical zoom, attractive design (pink or silver if possible), take great pictures in all light settings, anti-shaking (or whatever it is that allows taking moving objects or taking objects while moving), has to be fast to turn on and save pictures (we have an old Olympus and it takes a little while to "recover" after taking every picture). I have narrowed down to these models and I would appreciate any input on what the best choice might be:.

Canon PowerShot SD 870 IS 8-Megapixel Digital CameraCanon PowerShot SD1100 IS 8-Megapixel Digital CameraKodak EasyShare M863 8.2-Megapixel Digital CameraCasio Exilim Zoom EX-Z80VP 8.1-Megapixel Digital CameraNikon Coolpix S210 8.1-Megapixel Digital CameraSony CyberShot DSC-S780 8.1-Megapixel Digital CameraNikon Coolpix S51 8.0-Megapixel Digital Camera.

My budget is maxed at $250..

Thanks much!..

Comments (11)

Consider Fuji F100fd (5x wide angle zoom, good IQ), Canon SD870IS (4x wide angle, good IQ), SD1100IS (3x zoom, good value), Panasonic FX35 (4x zoom) in that order..

HappyMichelle wrote:.

Hello all experts,I'm buying a digital camera for my mom, and I can't make my decisionafter looking at so many models out there... I think she'd likesomething small that can fit in a purse, light, 8-10 megapixels, 3-4xoptical zoom, attractive design (pink or silver if possible), takegreat pictures in all light settings, anti-shaking (or whatever it isthat allows taking moving objects or taking objects while moving),has to be fast to turn on and save pictures (we have an old Olympusand it takes a little while to "recover" after taking every picture).I have narrowed down to these models and I would appreciate any inputon what the best choice might be:.

Canon PowerShot SD 870 IS 8-Megapixel Digital CameraCanon PowerShot SD1100 IS 8-Megapixel Digital CameraKodak EasyShare M863 8.2-Megapixel Digital CameraCasio Exilim Zoom EX-Z80VP 8.1-Megapixel Digital CameraNikon Coolpix S210 8.1-Megapixel Digital CameraSony CyberShot DSC-S780 8.1-Megapixel Digital CameraNikon Coolpix S51 8.0-Megapixel Digital Camera.

My budget is maxed at $250..

Thanks much!.

Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612Thanks for visiting and leaving comments ..

Comment #1

Ajay0612 wrote:.

Consider Fuji F100fd (5x wide angle zoom, good IQ), Canon SD870IS (4xwide angle, good IQ), SD1100IS (3x zoom, good value), Panasonic FX35(4x zoom) in that order..

My budget is maxed at $250..

The Fuji is not in the budget. The 870 would be really great...

Comment #2

Anti-shaking (or whatever it is that allows taking moving objects or taking objects while moving),.

Only the latter. Does nothing to help the former...

Comment #3

Thank you for clarifying  What feature would I look at if I'd like to take pictures of moving objects?..

Comment #4

If you want to freeze the action then you need a high shutter speed. This means large aperture / and or high ISO abilities with good noise control..

I'm not sure the spec with these cameras, but some may have a slight delay between pressing the shutter and the image being recorded. This would be a pain if you are taking pictures of something like showjumping as it would be very difficult to get the timing right..

Many people use a technique called "panning" where you follow the moving subject and by using a slower shutter speed have a blurred background and - if you get it right - a sharp subject. This is always a much higher risk shot, though impressive when it works!.

You can also use flash to help freeze moving objects..

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Comment #5

HappyMichelle wrote:.

Hello all experts,I'm buying a digital camera for my mom, and I can't make my decisionafter looking at so many models out there... I think she'd likesomething small that can fit in a purse, light, 8-10 megapixels, 3-4xoptical zoom, attractive design (pink or silver if possible), takegreat pictures in all light settings, anti-shaking (or whatever it isthat allows taking moving objects or taking objects while moving),has to be fast to turn on and save pictures (we have an old Olympusand it takes a little while to "recover" after taking every picture).I have narrowed down to these models and I would appreciate any inputon what the best choice might be:.

Canon PowerShot SD 870 IS 8-Megapixel Digital CameraCanon PowerShot SD1100 IS 8-Megapixel Digital CameraKodak EasyShare M863 8.2-Megapixel Digital CameraCasio Exilim Zoom EX-Z80VP 8.1-Megapixel Digital CameraNikon Coolpix S210 8.1-Megapixel Digital CameraSony CyberShot DSC-S780 8.1-Megapixel Digital CameraNikon Coolpix S51 8.0-Megapixel Digital Camera.

My budget is maxed at $250..

Thanks much!.

I have the SD870 IS and I love it. But, the SD1100 IS is smaller and fits your budget better, especially when you add an SD card, extra battery, and a case. The 870 has a wider lens which is great for landscapes, but not so necessary otherwise..

I would get a Canon. They produce consistently pleasing images without having to fix them on the computer...

Comment #6

At this price level scrub the Casio, Nikon, and Sony from the list. Add Olympus Stylus 840. Agree the Canons are the ones to set the standard here..

Kelly Cook..

Comment #7

Look for optical viewfinder. That will help you keep the subject in frame while camera goes through focusing and exposing. SD1100IS has that. So does SD850IS..

HappyMichelle wrote:.

Thank you for clarifying  What feature would I look at if I'dlike to take pictures of moving objects?.

Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612Thanks for visiting and leaving comments ..

Comment #8

I would get the A590 IS over the 870. Bottom line is... mom expects an optical viewfinder AND it allows her to compose in bright light. Canon is the benchmark in this price range. Try to stay under 6-8mp if possible as well so you don't end up with tiny noisy photosites creating grainy low light images (not that any compact is terribly good at this) If the primary shooting is going to be done indoors in low light the Fuji excels in this particular area and should be considered as well...

Comment #9

I just got a Fuji F45fd (Ritz branded F40fd). Very capable camera, but not the simplist. Great for a student of photography, but not what I would recommend for casual use. So long as flash is used, the need for low light performance is moot..

Kelly..

Comment #10

Thank you everyone for your suggestions, they are very helpful ..

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