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Best Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Photos of Children or Pets Under $400
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May 9, 2007 Updated: November 28, 2007
Overview

Equipped with 10.7x super-zoom and class-leading low light performance, the Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd is a great camera for photographing babies and kids indoors and outdoors.

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Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd

Both cameras have about a 50% larger sensor size (Sensor Type 1/1.7”) than other 6-7 megapixel cameras in its class (e.g. Panasonic DMC-FZ8 and SD800IS with Sensor Type 1/2.5”). With these models, Fujifilm has also resisted the temptation to cram more and more pixels onto such tiny sensors. This limits the noise (graininess) at high ISO settings. The cameras have class-leading high ISO performance and have good speed for freezing those short-lived expressions of the kids. The sharp lens captures minute details. Both cameras rival the resolution of 7 megapixel cameras because of their sharp lenses and Super-CCD Sensors. These cameras have Auto Mode and lots of other Scene Modes for novice users.

The Fujifilm S6000fd is our Top Pick because of its larger zoom (good for outdoors photography and portrait photos of the kids as the tele-zoom helps blur the background) and versatile manual controls. The zoom is silent (manually operated) so there are no motor sounds to distract your subjects.

Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd is the Best Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Photos of Children or Pets Under $400
Where to buy
Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd
Specifications
  • Zoom: 10.7x
  • Resolution: 6.3MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.5 - 0.6s
  • 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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Fujifilm FinePix F31fd
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Price
Rating from Digital Photography Review Highly Recommended Highly Recommended
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Sensor Size
7.6 x 5.7 mm 7.6 x 5.7 mm
Shutter Lag Time (pre-focused) 0.02 sec 0.02 sec
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Shutter Lag Time (including auto-focus time)
0.5 - 0.6 sec 0.5 - 0.6 sec
Optical Zoom 10.7x 3.0x
Viewfinder Type EVF & Rear LCD Only Rear LCD
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Fujifilm FinePix F31fd

Currently the best compact camera with Super-CCD technology is the Fujifilm FinePix F31fd. It has a 6 megapixel resolution sensor, 3x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 36-108mm on a 35mm camera). It has a start-up time of 1.6 seconds and a pre-focus shutter lag of 0.02 seconds. Full-press shutter lag is 0.60 seconds (0.3 seconds in high speed mode). The lens is sharp. It also has a Natural Light Mode, Face Detection feature, and manual controls for additional versatility. The battery life is approximately 580 shots/charge.

This camera also received a Highly Recommended rating at Digital Photography Review.

Fujifilm FinePix F31fd is one of the Best Point and Shoot Digital Cameras for Photos of Children or Pets Under $400
Where to buy
Fujifilm FinePix F31fd
Specifications
  • Zoom: 3.0x
  • Resolution: 6.3MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.5 - 0.6s
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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Website Reviews (1 review)
  • Highly Recommended at DPReview.com

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