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Best Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Child and Low Light Photos Under $200
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October 31, 2007 Updated: November 28, 2007
Overview

Equipped with a 7 Megapixels resolution sensor and excellent lens, the Canon A570 IS captures enough details to get those large-sized prints of baby’s smiling faces. Armed with a good zoom range (4x), great performance in low light, fast operation, face detection feature and compact size, you are always ready to freeze those short-lived expressions of babies and capture timeless moments during family gatherings. The Canon A570 IS also comes with enough controls and scene modes to satisfy demanding users.

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Canon PowerShot A570 IS

All these cameras are fully automatic and offer numerous scene modes (including an auto high sensitivity mode that helps take blur-free shots in natural light) for novice users.

The Pentax M40 lags behind the other two as it lacks an auto-focus assist lamp and has narrower maximum aperture values (i.e. the lens gathers less light). Nevertheless image quality at higer ISOs is good.

The compact-sized Fuji F40fd has low light performance as its unique selling proposition. It has a sharp lens and larger sensor, which captures clean images at higher ISOs with a fair amount of detail. It’s the top pick for taking photos of social gatherings and baby photos indoors without flash (i.e. when subjects are moving and image stabilization has minimal impact).

However, overall the Canon A570 IS nudges ahead, armed with image stabilization, larger (4x) zoom, manual modes (for use by advanced users), and optical viewfinder, while also having good enough image quality at higher ISOs (images will be grainy but retain enough details to get acceptable prints up to 8”x10” sizes)

The Canon PowerShot A570 IS is my Top Pick.

Canon PowerShot A570 IS is the Best Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Child and Low Light Photos Under $200
Where to buy
Canon PowerShot A570 IS
Specifications
  • Zoom: 4.0x
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Resolution: 7.1MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.5 - 0.7s
  • Max ISO: 1600
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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  • Rated Very Good by CNET.com

Comparing My Best In Class Pick with Other Good Choices

Product
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Canon PowerShot A570 IS
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Fujifilm FinePix F40fd
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Pentax Optio M40
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Price $379.00
Size (W x H x D) 3.5 x 2.5 x 1.7 in. 3.8 x 2.3 x 0.9 in. 3.8 x 2.3 x 0.7 in
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Sensor Size
5.8 x 4.3 mm 8.0 x 6.0 mm 5.8 x 4.3 mm
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Effective Sensor Resolution
7.1 megapixels 8.3 megapixels 8.0 million pixels
Shutter Lag Time (pre-focused) 0.08 sec 0.10 sec 0.10 sec
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Shutter Lag Time (including auto-focus time)
0.5 - 0.7 sec 0.5 sec 0.6 sec
Power to First Shot Time 1.5 sec 2.7 sec 3.2 sec
Continuous Shooting Speed (single shot mode) - - 0.4 frames/sec
Optical Zoom 4.0x 3.0x 3.0x
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Image Stabilization Available
Yes, Optical No (Only Digital I.S.) No (Only Digital I.S.)
Auto Focus Assist Light Available Yes Yes No
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Max Aperture (wide-angle)
f/2.6 f/2.8 f/3.1
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Max Aperture (tele-photo)
f/5.5 f/5.1 f/5.9
Max ISO Setting 1600 2000 3200
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Face Detection Available
Yes Yes Yes
Aperture Priority Mode Available Yes No No
Shutter Priority Mode Available Yes No No
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Viewfinder Available
Yes No No
Battery Type AA-size (x2) Proprietary Lithium Ion Rechargeable Proprietary Lithium Ion Rechargeable
Flash Recycling Time 6 (upto 10.7 sec on weak batteries) 2.7 sec 2.5 sec
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Fujifilm FinePix F40fd

The successor of the great low-light performer Fuji F20, this model offers more resolution (8MP) and comes with a sharp 3x zoom lens (36-108mm equivalent) in a sturdy body. This compact model also has a face detection feature. The ISO rating goes up to 2000. The camera runs on a proprietary battery.

Fujifilm FinePix F40fd is one of the Best Point and Shoot Digital Cameras for Child and Low Light Photos Under $200
Where to buy
Fujifilm FinePix F40fd
Specifications
  • Zoom: 3.0x
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • Resolution: 8.3MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.5 sec
  • Max ISO: 2000
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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  • Rated Very Good by CNET.com
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Pentax Optio M40

This is a great value ultra compact from Pentax. It has an 8MP resolution sensor, 3x zoom lens (36-108mm equivalent), and a sturdy body. It has an ISO rating up to ISO3200 and a face detection feature. The camera runs on a proprietary battery.

Pentax Optio M40 is one of the Best Point and Shoot Digital Cameras for Child and Low Light Photos Under $200
Where to buy
Pentax Optio M40
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