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Best Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Photos of Children or Pets Under $400
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October 4, 2007 Updated: October 22, 2007
Overview

This small and versatile camera has clean lines and an easy-to-use interface. It also boasts a good zoom, image stabilizer, and face detection, making it ideal for capturing precious moments with children.

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Canon PowerShot SD850 IS

The Canon SD850 IS is a compact but very capable point-and-shoot camera. It has several excellent features that not only complement its small size, but also make it ideal for toting around to capture images of your family wherever you are.

The Canon Digic III image processor that this camera uses is the very latest availible - it allows the camera to take picture after picture without slowing down. This feature also gives the camera face recognition, making sure that you focus on what is important the first time. These two together are a powerful pair for a camera designed to be ready to capture that moment instantly.

The SD850 IS has a 4x optical zoom, allowing you to get closer than most cameras in this category, and of course has the well-regarded Canon lens. To go along with this zoom, which in a small camera can cause blurring problems due to hands shaking, there is optical image stabilization. This allows the lens to correct for hand motion without using digital trickery that can affect image quality.

This excellent camera is a great all-around choice, and has features that complement any situation. The excellent Canon interface really makes a difference in the camera’s usability, and it has various modes to adapt to situations without losing sight of its point-and-shoot simplicity.

Canon PowerShot SD850 IS is the Best Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Photos of Children or Pets Under $400
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Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Specifications
  • Zoom: 4.0x
  • Resolution: 8.0MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.5 - 0.6s
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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  • Dave's Pick at Imaging-Resource.com
  • Rated Excellent by CNET.com
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Canon PowerShot SD870 IS

This Canon is very similar to the SD850, but with a wide angle lens instead of a telephoto - more forest, less trees! It still shares the small size and excellent feature set of its sister camera.

Canon PowerShot SD870 IS is one of the Best Point and Shoot Digital Cameras for Photos of Children or Pets Under $400
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Canon PowerShot SD870 IS
Specifications
  • Zoom: 3.8x
  • Resolution: 8.0MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.4 - 0.7s
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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  • Rated Excellent by CNET.com
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Sony Cybershot DSC-T200

This amazingly small camera has a very impressive zoom lens and a nifty touchscreen interface. It is durable and fast, making it an excellent choice for a camera to have around at all times.

Sony Cybershot DSC-T200 is one of the Best Point and Shoot Digital Cameras for Photos of Children or Pets Under $400
Where to buy
Sony Cybershot DSC-T200
Specifications
  • Zoom: 5.0x
  • Resolution: 8.1MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.4 - 1.2s
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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  • Rated Very Good by CNET.com

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