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Best Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Low Light Photos Under $400
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October 30, 2007 Updated: November 28, 2007
Overview

The new Canon A650 IS combines a full feature set including optical image stabilization, full manual control (if you want it) and megapixels galore, all for a reasonable price. A great family and vacation camera for those who want a full-featured camera but not a DSLR, the A650 IS can take pictures in everything from low light situations to landscapes, allowing the shooter exactly as much control as they want, from full manual to auto mode for those who want the true ‘point and shoot’ experience.

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Canon PowerShot A650 IS

The Canon A650 IS suggests DSLR features at a point and shoot price. The full range of controls, allowing the shooter the opportunity to experiment and grow in their skill is a wonderful addition to a point and shoot camera. Image stabilization is such a welcome addition to low-light and telephoto shots, making the percentage of ‘keepers’ that much higher. The larger sensor offered by the A650 IS gives cleaner high ISO shots than the other cameras, both of which use smaller sensors. The use of manual focus allows for the quick capture of subjects. The six-power zoom range is always welcome, and the use of AA batteries means if you ever run out, the nearest store is bound to have some available. The one thing this camera doesn’t have is a wide-angle lens, it is a basic 35mm. However, using the panoramic shot mode you can take two overlapping pictures and turn them into one on your computer with the included software! This is a camera that you can use comfortably and concentrate on what you want to do, take pictures!

Canon PowerShot A650 IS is the Best Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Low Light Photos Under $400
Where to buy
Canon PowerShot A650 IS
Specifications
  • Zoom: 6.0x
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Resolution: 12.1MP
  • Max ISO: 3200
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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  • Rated Very Good by CNET.com

Comparing My Best In Class Pick with Other Good Choices

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Canon PowerShot A650 IS
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3
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Canon PowerShot SD870 IS
Customer Rating
Price $445.00
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Sensor Size
7.6 x 5.7 mm 6.0 x 4.4 mm 5.8 x 4.3 mm
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Min Focal Length (35 mm equivalent)
35 mm 28 mm 28 mm
Optical Zoom 6.0x 10.0x 3.8x
Manual Focus Available Yes No No
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LCD Screen Size
2.5 in. 3.0 in. 3.0 in.
Display Mounting Rotating Built-in Built-in
Battery Type AA-size (x4) Proprietary Lithium Ion Rechargeable Proprietary Lithium Ion Rechargeable
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

The Panasonic TZ-3 is a sharp looking compact camera with some wonderful features. Boasting a wide-angle lens and optical image stabilization, the Panasonic also offers a ten-power zoom. This combined with a large, clear LCD on the back makes it a serious competitor for those wanting to shoot in low-light situations. It does, however, use a proprietary battery.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 is one of the Best Point and Shoot Digital Cameras for Low Light Photos Under $400
Where to buy
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3
Specifications
  • Zoom: 10.0x
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Resolution: 7.2MP
  • Max ISO: 3200
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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  • Recommended at DPReview.com
  • Dave's Pick at Imaging-Resource.com
  • Rated Very Good by CNET.com
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Canon PowerShot SD870 IS

The Canon PowerShot SD870 IS is one of the newest offerings by Canon for the point and shoot enthusiast. Offering a wide-angle lens and optical image stabilization, the SD870 IS has a lot in its favor for those who want a smaller point and shoot camera. The four-power zoom range is more than average and the proprietary battery is a necessity due to size limitations.

Canon PowerShot SD870 IS is one of the Best Point and Shoot Digital Cameras for Low Light Photos Under $400
Where to buy
Canon PowerShot SD870 IS
Specifications
  • Zoom: 3.8x
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Resolution: 8.0MP
  • Max ISO: 1600
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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Website Reviews (1 review)
  • Rated Excellent by CNET.com

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