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Best Compact Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Travel and Child Photos Under $750
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June 15, 2007 Updated: October 22, 2007
Overview

Equipped with an image-stabilized 6x zoom lens, great image quality, good low-light performance and 10 megapixel resolution in a compact & sturdy body, the Canon G7 IS is a versatile camera for babies and travel photography. Its optical viewfinder and fast response times help in real-time tracking of fast-moving babies, children, and pets, so you can capture those short-lived expressions at the precise moment. The camera also has Auto Mode and lots of other Scene Modes for novice users.

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Canon PowerShot G7

Both cameras have good image quality at high ISO settings and offer an Auto Mode plus a lot of scene modes for novice users. Experienced photographers will find the Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority manual modes useful. They are also both very responsive and have optical viewfinders. All these features are desirable for photographing babies. The 6x zoom and image stabilization features are helpful when traveling as it’s difficult to carry a tripod.

Overall the Canon G7 is preferable over the Canon A710 IS because of its higher resolution (effectively providing a large digital zoom), face-detection feature (helpful for properly setting the exposure to capture a baby’s face), better build (metal body) and dedicated ISO dial (helpful in changing ISO setting quickly). The Canon G7 is our Top Pick.

Canon PowerShot G7 is the Best Compact Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Travel and Child Photos Under $750
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Canon PowerShot G7
Specifications
  • Zoom: 6.0x
  • Resolution: 10.0MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.5 - 0.6s
  • Size: 4.2 x 2.8 x 1.7 in.
  • Battery Life: 500 shots
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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Website Reviews (6 reviews)
  • Highly Recommended at DPReview.com
  • Dave's Pick at Imaging-Resource.com
  • Rated Very Good by CNET.com
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Canon PowerShot A710 IS

The A710 IS (along with the G7) is the compact camera with the largest optical zoom in the Canon lineup. The camera has a 7 megapixel resolution sensor, 6x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 35-210mm on a 35mm camera), and good high ISO performance. It also has an optical viewfinder and runs on two AA Batteries. It has a start-up time of 1.4 seconds and a pre-focus shutter lag (half-press to full-press of shutter button) of 0.05 seconds. The full-press shutter lag is 0.50 seconds. The shot-to-shot speed is 2.2 seconds (without a flash). It has full manual controls (e.g. aperture priority, shutter priority, etc.) for additional versatility. The battery life is approximately 360 shots/charge (900 shots with the LCD off). It supports wide-angle and tele-photo conversion lenses, which are available separately as accessories. It also has an Image Stabilization feature to help avoid blurry pictures because of camera shake.

The camera received a Highly Recommended rating at Digital Photography Review. It is also one of the favorite cameras at Digital Camera Resource Page (another popular camera review site).

Canon PowerShot A710 IS is one of the Best Compact Point and Shoot Digital Cameras for Travel and Child Photos Under $750
Where to buy
Canon PowerShot A710 IS
Specifications
  • Zoom: 6.0x
  • Resolution: 7.1MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.5 - 0.6s
  • Size: 3.8 x 2.6 x 1.6 in.
  • Battery Life: 360 shots
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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Want More Opinions? See:
Website Reviews (6 reviews)
  • Highly Recommended at DPReview.com
  • Dave's Pick at Imaging-Resource.com
  • Rated Very Good by CNET.com

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