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Best Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Photos of Children or Pets Under $200
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October 8, 2007 Updated: October 22, 2007
Overview

This pocketable camera has a respectable zoom, good resolution, image stabilization – and is one of the best values available today.

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Canon PowerShot A570 IS

The Canon A570 IS is an affordable camera that doesn’t compromise on quality – it takes excellent pictures and has many of the same features of more pricey cameras. It is also durable and easy to hold. That last feature might not seem important, but having that hand grip to hang on to while chasing after your kids can make all the difference.

This camera’s zoom is a useful 4x, which is more than usual for small cameras, and is especially notable in a budget camera. The A570 IS also has many features usually reserved for higher end models, like face recognition and Canon’s Digic III processor, so you won’t be waiting for the camera and miss that perfect shot. The image stabilizer is being implemented by Canon and other companies across their ranges, and that is just great for us consumers. Small cameras like this one, especially when zoomed, benefit from all the anti-shake/blur help they can get.

As with many similar cameras, the A570 IS uses AA batteries for its power rather than a camera-specific battery. This lowers the cost of the camera and also provides a nice side benefit, which is that in case you run out, batteries are probably available everywhere.

Canon PowerShot A570 IS is the Best Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Photos of Children or Pets Under $200
Where to buy
Canon PowerShot A570 IS
Specifications
  • Zoom: 4.0x
  • Resolution: 7.1MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.5 - 0.7s
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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  • Dave's Pick at Imaging-Resource.com
  • Rated Very Good by CNET.com
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Sony Cybershot DSC-W55

This budget camera doesn’t have a whole boatload of features, but it takes excellent photos and is very responsive. It also has an excellent Carl Zeiss lens, fits easily into a pocket, and is pretty sleek for a budget camera.

Sony Cybershot DSC-W55 is one of the Best Point and Shoot Digital Cameras for Photos of Children or Pets Under $200
Where to buy
Sony Cybershot DSC-W55
  • Best Price: $399
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Specifications
  • Zoom: 3.0x
  • Resolution: 7.2MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.3 - 0.6s
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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Website Reviews (3 reviews)
  • Rated Very Good by CNET.com
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Canon PowerShot SD1000

This ultracompact camera is the very definition of point-and-shoot. It is small and doesn’t have too many features to get in between you and the picture you want. It is solidly designed and has the same eye catching looks that define the Canon ELPH line.

Canon PowerShot SD1000 is one of the Best Point and Shoot Digital Cameras for Photos of Children or Pets Under $200
Where to buy
Canon PowerShot SD1000
Specifications
  • Zoom: 3.0x
  • Resolution: 7.1MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.4 sec
  • 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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