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Best Compact Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Travel and Child Photos Under $400
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April 22, 2007 Updated: October 22, 2007
Overview

With its fast performance and superb battery life, you will find it easy to capture those smiles and cute faces.

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Fujifilm FinePix F31fd

It is tough task choosing between them, and you can’t go wrong with either of them. Ultimately, the Fujifilm F31fd scores slightly higher over the Canon SD800 IS because of its overall superior image quality. It has about a 50% larger sensor size (Type - 1/1.7) than other 6-7 megapixel cameras in its class (e.g. Canon SD800 IS and Sony DSC-W55 with Sensor Type 1/2.5). With this model, Fujifilm has also resisted the temptation to cram more and more pixels onto such tiny sensors. This limits the noise (graininess) at high ISO settings. The sharp lens captures minute details. It has a superb battery life (580 shots per charge), so you spend more time taking photos than charging the batteries, and has excellent high ISO performance for freezing those active moments.

Digital Photography Review notes that at ISO 800 / ISO 1600 it is miles ahead of the competition, offering lower noise and better detail retention.

Fujifilm FinePix F31fd is the Best Compact Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Travel and Child Photos Under $400
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Fujifilm FinePix F31fd
Specifications
  • Zoom: 3.0x
  • Resolution: 6.3MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.5 - 0.6s
  • Size: 3.6 x 2.2 x 1.1 in.
  • Battery Life: 580 shots
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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  • Highly Recommended at DPReview.com
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Canon PowerShot SD800 IS

Canon is one of the leading camera manufacturers with a wide and versatile range. The best compact camera overall in this price range is the Canon PowerShot SD800 IS, which received a Recommended rating at Digital Photography Review. This camera has a 7 megapixel resolution sensor and 3.8x optical zoom lens(equivalent to 28-105mm on a 35mm camera). The camera has an Image Stabilization feature to help avoid blurry pictures because of camera shake. The startup time is 1.1 sec and the shutter lag is 0.08 seconds. The Canon PowerShot SD800 IS also has a Face-Detection feature, wide-angle lens (to cover more of the scene), and an optical viewfinder.

Canon PowerShot SD800 IS is one of the Best Compact Point and Shoot Digital Cameras for Travel and Child Photos Under $400
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Canon PowerShot SD800 IS
Specifications
  • Zoom: 3.8x
  • Resolution: 7.1MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.4 sec
  • Size: 3.5 x 2.3 x 1.0 in.
  • Battery Life: 270 shots
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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  • Recommended at DPReview.com
  • Dave's Pick at Imaging-Resource.com
  • Rated Very Good by CNET.com

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