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Best Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Action Photos Under $200
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November 13, 2007 Updated: November 28, 2007
Overview

Cameras with the long telephoto lenses required for shooting fast action are few and far between in the budget realm - in fact the S700, with a 38-380mm 10x zoom and priced at just below $185, is one out of only two cameras that fit into this criteria. While it doesn’t particularly excel in any particular feature, the S700 is a capable camera that can get the job done.

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Fujifilm FinePix S700

When it comes to fast-action, there are many, many features that are useful, but there is one feature that is a must-have: decent high ISO performance that will be able to freeze the motion of fast action. While the Kodak Z712 actually has a better continuous shooting mode and telephoto lens, its below-average high ISO ability is simply not good enough - it can barely even freeze motion in daylight situations without producing overly noisy images. The S700, while not great, is the only other ultrazoom with a long enough telephoto to shoot fast action in this price range, and while not an excellent fast action camera, is capable if you use it in daylight situations and don’t need to shoot in bursts.

Fujifilm FinePix S700 is the Best Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Action Photos Under $200
Where to buy
Fujifilm FinePix S700
Specifications
  • Zoom: 10.0x
  • Resolution: 7.1MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.6 - 2.2s
  • Burst Speed: 1.4 fps
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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Fujifilm FinePix S700
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Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS
Customer Rating
Price $449.00
Size (W x H x D) 4.2 x 3.0 x 3.2 in 4.1 x 2.9 x 2.7 in
Weight (without batteries) 306 g 300 g
Max Shooting Speed (continuous) 1.2 fps for three, 0.4fps unlimited 2.1 fps for six
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Min Focal Length (35 mm equivalent)
38-380mm (10x) 36-432mm (12x)
Storage Media xD-Picture Card, SD Memory Card SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card
Battery Type AA-size (x4) AA-size (x2)
Battery Life 500 shots 275 shots
Max Usable ISO (subjective) ISO400 ISO200
Autofocus Rating Average Average
Fast Action Rating Average Poor
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Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS

The Z712 is Kodak’s budget ultrazoom model, featuring a large 36-432mm (12x) zoom lens that allows you to zoom in for close-up shots of fast action.

Like many Kodak cameras, the Z712 has below-average high ISO performance. This means trying to freeze action in even daylight situations will result in noisy images, and you can just about forget shooting fast-action in low-light.

The Z712 can shoot 6 photos at 2.1 frames per second - a good feature that will allow you to take a series of shots and choose the best photo or moment of peak action later, greatly increasing your keeper rate. The Z712 uses the same contrast-detection autofocus as the S700, allowing it to just barely keep up with fast action subjects in daylight, and making it nearly useless for low-light situations.

Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS is one of the Best Point and Shoot Digital Cameras for Action Photos Under $200
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Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS
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