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Best Compact Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Low Light Photos Under $750
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November 10, 2007 Updated: November 28, 2007
Overview

The new Canon SD950 IS packs a lot of features in a very classy chassis. This compact camera offers a titanium housing, which befits the flagship of the line. The SD950 has a great LCD, offering 15 levels of brightness, which is very important if you are shooting in bright light and 18 shooting modes for your choosing. A camera that is perfect for social gatherings, the SD950 IS offers Image Stabilization for low light situations and image quality that will make it stand out among the compact crowd.

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Canon PowerShot SD950 IS

The Canon SD950 IS is as much of a compact you can have and still be a compact. The image stabilization combines with a large sensor to allow you the best in low light shooting situations. The face detection feature and latest image processor makes the SD950 a great choice for social situations, and the finish is just icing on the cake. An LCD with brightness adjustments and an optical viewfinder for backup shows the versatility of the SD950. Toss in a large number of shooting modes (to let the camera excel in different situations without you having to memorize a photography textbook) and you can see why this compact camera is a winner.

Canon PowerShot SD950 IS is the Best Compact Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Low Light Photos Under $750
Where to buy
Canon PowerShot SD950 IS
Specifications
  • Zoom: 3.5x
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Resolution: 12.1MP
  • Max ISO: 3200
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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Website Reviews (2 reviews)
  • Dave's Pick at Imaging-Resource.com
  • Rated Very Good by CNET.com

Comparing My Best In Class Pick with Other Good Choices

Product
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Canon PowerShot SD950 IS
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3
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Canon PowerShot A650 IS
Customer Rating
Price $599.00
Size (W x H x D) 3.8 x 2.4 x 1.1 4.1 x 2.3 x 1.4 in. 4.4 x 2.7 x 2.2 in.
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Sensor Size
7.6 x 5.7 mm 6.0 x 4.4 mm 7.6 x 5.7 mm
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Viewfinder Available
Yes No Yes
Weight (without batteries) 5.8 oz 8.2 oz 10.6 oz
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

The Panasonic TZ-3 is a sharp looking compact camera with some wonderful features. Boasting a wide-angle lens and optical image stabilization, the Panasonic also offers a ten-power zoom. This combined with a large, clear LCD on the back makes it a serious competitor for those wanting to shoot in low-light situations. It does, however, use a proprietary battery.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 is one of the Best Compact Point and Shoot Digital Cameras for Low Light Photos Under $750
Where to buy
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3
Specifications
  • Zoom: 10.0x
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Resolution: 7.2MP
  • Max ISO: 3200
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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Website Reviews (6 reviews)
  • Recommended at DPReview.com
  • Dave's Pick at Imaging-Resource.com
  • Rated Very Good by CNET.com
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Canon PowerShot A650 IS

The Canon Powershot A650 IS offers a lot to the average shooter. Image stabilization and full manual control for those who want it make the Canon a great overall family camera. The Canon also offers a full auto mode for people that just want to ‘capture the moment’ without worrying about settings, and the six-power zoom in this class of camera is a welcome offering. When you add in the swing-out LCD, the overall versatility of this camera is very clear. For those who want a truly compact camera, the A650’s grip and lens will be an issue.

Canon PowerShot A650 IS is one of the Best Compact Point and Shoot Digital Cameras for Low Light Photos Under $750
Where to buy
Canon PowerShot A650 IS
Specifications
  • Zoom: 6.0x
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Resolution: 12.1MP
  • Max ISO: 3200
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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Want More Opinions? See:
Website Reviews (2 reviews)
  • Rated Very Good by CNET.com

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