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Best Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Travel and Child Photos Under $400
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June 15, 2007 Updated: October 22, 2007
Overview

The Pentax K110D is a great camera for babies and landscape photography. It has a larger sensor than consumer point-and-shoot cameras, which delivers exceptional low light performance for blur-free photography of babies without requiring a flash (thereby preserving natural skin tones) and delivers great image quality. Its wide-angle kit lens also captures panoramic views of landscapes. With its fast focusing and speed, you are not going to miss those short-lived expressions from the kids. The camera also has an Auto Mode and lots of other Scene Modes for novice users.

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Pentax K110D (with 18-55mm Lens)

Both cameras have an Auto Mode and lots of other Scene Modes for novice users. The Fujifilm S6000fd is better than other point-and-shoot cameras because of its good High ISO performance (good for indoor photography), bright and sharp lens with minimal distortion (great for landscapes as more fine details are captured), and a full range of manual controls (e.g. aperture control is helpful in controlling the depth-of-field in landscape photography).

The Pentax K100D, having a much larger sensor, easily outperforms the Fujifilm S6000fd on image quality. It has much lower noise at high ISO (useful for photographing babies without a flash). Even ISO 1600 is usable! The dynamic range is also large (useful for bright outdoor/landscape photography). It focuses much faster and the shot-to-shot speed is quicker. With its optical viewfinder (no delay), you will be able to open the shutter at the exact desired moment. The kit lens is sharp, and you always have the option to buy other lenses later.

The Pentax K110D is our Top Pick and is a great value.

Pentax K110D (with 18-55mm Lens) is the Best Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Travel and Child Photos Under $400
Where to buy
Pentax K110D (with 18-55mm Lens)
Specifications
  • Zoom: 3.0x
  • Resolution: 6.1MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.2 sec
  • Size: 5.1 x 3.6 x 2.8 in.
  • Battery Life: 300 shots
  • Easy to Use: No
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  • Rated Very Good by CNET.com
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Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd

Fujifilm’s cameras are widely considered to be best low light performers because of their Super-CCD technology. Sensors with this technology have octagonal shaped pixels, which utilize the space better and have better linear/vertical resolution when compared with conventional CCD sensors with the same number of total pixels. Presently, one of the best cameras with this feature is the Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd. It has a 6 megapixel resolution sensor, wide-angle lens with 10.7x optical zoom (equivalent to 28-300mm on a 35mm camera). The zoom is manually operated, which is useful for fast and precise control. The lens is sharp so finer details are captured. It has a start-up time of 1.8 seconds and a pre-focus (half-pressed shutter button) shutter lag (half-press to full-press of shutter button) of 0.03 seconds. Full-press shutter lag (interval between ‘full-pressing the shutter without pre-focus’ to ‘actual moment of capture’) is 0.45 seconds (0.35 seconds in high speed mode). It also has a Natural Light Mode (camera boosts ISO automatically in low light to take picture without flash), Face Detection feature and full manual controls (e.g. aperture priority, shutter priority, raw mode, etc.) for additional versatility. The battery life is approximately 400 shots/charge (using 4 AA-size NiMH batteries).

The camera received a “Highly Recommended” rating at Digital Photography Review, which is one of the most popular, independent digital camera review sites. It also is one of “Dave’s Pick” at Imaging Resource.

Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd is one of the Best Point and Shoot Digital Cameras for Travel and Child Photos Under $400
Where to buy
Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd
Specifications
  • Zoom: 10.7x
  • Resolution: 6.3MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.5 - 0.6s
  • Size: 5.2 x 3.8 x 5.0 in.
  • Battery Life: 400 shots
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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  • Highly Recommended at DPReview.com
  • Dave's Pick at Imaging-Resource.com
  • Rated Very Good by CNET.com

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