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Best Compact Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Travel and Action Photos Under $200
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June 3, 2007 Updated: October 22, 2007
Overview

Packing a 4x zoom and a swivel LCD in a compact body, the 8 megapixel Canon PowerShot A630 captures fabulous views of landscapes and is a terrific value for travelers. Its optical viewfinder and fast performance are great for real-time tracking of fast-moving subjects and freezing the action. The camera has an Auto Mode and lot of Scene Modes for easy operation by novice users. For advanced users the camera offers manual modes.

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Canon PowerShot A630

Both cameras are compact and have an Auto Mode along with lots of Scene Modes so it’s easy for novice users to operate. For action photography, the Canon A630 (1.93” thick) and the A560 (1.7” thick) have fast performance, high resolution sensors, optical viewfinders, and offer control over important settings like the white balance and the ISO setting. The image quality is also good at higher ISO settings.

As a travel camera, the Canon A630 is the preferred choice because of its higher resolution, swivel LCD (for overhead shots, flower, and street photography), and manual modes. It also only costs $20 more than the Canon A560. The Canon PowerShot A630 is therefore my Top Pick for action & travel photography.

Canon PowerShot A630 is the Best Compact Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Travel and Action Photos Under $200
Where to buy
Canon PowerShot A630
Specifications
  • Zoom: 4.0x
  • Resolution: 8.0MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.5 - 0.8s
  • Burst Speed: 1.5 fps
  • Size: 4.3 x 2.6 x 1.9 in.
  • Battery Life: 500 shots
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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Website Reviews (4 reviews)
  • Dave's Pick at Imaging-Resource.com
  • Rated Very Good by CNET.com
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Canon PowerShot A560

The Canon PowerShot A560 has a 7 megapixel resolution sensor with a 4x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 35-140mm on a 35mm camera) and has good high ISO performance. It has a start-up time of 1.6 seconds. The pre-focus shutter lag is less than 0.1 seconds and the full-press shutter lag is around 0.50 seconds. The shot-to-shot speed is around 1.6 sec. In the Continuous Shooting Mode it can take around 1.6 pictures/second until the memory card fills up. It also has a face detection feature (when the shutter button is pressed halfway, the camera finds the faces in the frame and sets the exposure and most suitable focus point). The camera has an optical viewfinder and runs on two AA batteries. The battery life is around 500 shots/charge.

The camera received high praises from Steve’s Digicams (a popular camera review site).

Canon PowerShot A560 is one of the Best Compact Point and Shoot Digital Cameras for Travel and Action Photos Under $200
Where to buy
Canon PowerShot A560
Specifications
  • Zoom: 4.0x
  • Resolution: 7.1MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.4 - 0.8s
  • Burst Speed: 1.4 fps
  • Size: 3.6 x 2.5 x 1.7 in.
  • Battery Life: 500 shots
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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Want More Opinions? See:
Website Reviews (3 reviews)
  • Dave's Pick at Imaging-Resource.com
  • Rated Very Good by CNET.com

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