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Best Ultra Compact Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Photos of Children or Pets Under $400
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October 9, 2007 Updated: October 22, 2007
Overview

This update to the venerable T100 has an amazing zoom and excellent optics packed into an incredibly small – but rugged – body.

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Sony Cybershot DSC-T200

The Sony T200 is slim and stylish, able to go anywhere and look fantastic doing it. Having this much convenience and class could mean that Sony cuts back on features, but with this little wonder, you really can have your cake and eat it, too.

One big concern with a camera this small is its ability to survive being taken everywhere all the time. The Sony T200 has a sliding metal cover that shields the lens, flash, and microphone when it is closed, providing substantial protection against dangerous pockets. Opening the cover with one smooth slide turns the camera on, and it is ready to capture that perfect family moment.

All Sony cameras use Carl Zeiss lenses, which are known for their quality, and the innovative lens in the T200 is no exception. Though it fits entirely within the diminutive frame of the camera, it has a powerful 5x zoom. Most ultra-compact cameras have a 3x zoom, so being able to zoom in nearly twice as much is amazing! The combination of a tiny camera and big zoom can equal some pretty serious hand shaking, so the Sony T200 also has optical image stabilization to help the lens cope with movements.

The Sony T200 also has a huge 3.5” screen – most cameras top out at 2.5” – which makes both composing the shot and viewing photos later a breeze. The screen has an anti-glare coating so it is able to be seen in the sun, too. This viewer is also a touchscreen, which is where you set options for the camera. This eliminates small, awkwardly placed buttons and makes changing settings easier.

The T200 has been reviewed well for its image quality and low light performance, and that completes the picture of an excellent all-around camera that is easy to use, ultra-compact, and takes splendid pictures of your loved ones at the drop of a hat!

Sony Cybershot DSC-T200 is the Best Ultra Compact Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Photos of Children or Pets Under $400
Where to buy
Sony Cybershot DSC-T200
Specifications
  • Zoom: 5.0x
  • Resolution: 8.1MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.4 - 1.2s
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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  • Rated Very Good by CNET.com
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Leica C-LUX 2

This luxury camera come from one of the world’s best respected lens and camera companies. It has a wide angle lens for shots of groups or sweeping vacation vistas, and optical image stabilization to make sure pictures come out sharp and clear. It takes excellent quality images, and is very well built.

Leica C-LUX 2 is one of the Best Ultra Compact Point and Shoot Digital Cameras for Photos of Children or Pets Under $400
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Leica C-LUX 2
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Canon PowerShot SD850 IS

This small and versatile camera has clean lines and an easy-to-use interface. It also boasts a good zoom, image stabilizer, and face detection, making it ideal for capturing precious moments with children.

Canon PowerShot SD850 IS is one of the Best Ultra Compact Point and Shoot Digital Cameras for Photos of Children or Pets Under $400
Where to buy
Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Specifications
  • Zoom: 4.0x
  • Resolution: 8.0MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.5 - 0.6s
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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  • Dave's Pick at Imaging-Resource.com
  • Rated Excellent by CNET.com

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