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Best Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Action Photos Under $400
By Bascom
Expert (3 Recommendations)
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June 22, 2006 Updated: October 22, 2007
Overview

With it’s large sensor size, high ISO capabilities, and long zoom lens, the Fujifilm S6000fd is a great choice for photographers shooting lots of actions shots.

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Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd

The Fujifilm S6000 is my top pick because it should give the best action shots due to its large sensor and high ISO capabilities. The S3 has a lot to offer, also. The S700 is a good choice if you want a smaller and cheaper ultrazoom with less features.

Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd is the Best Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Action Photos Under $400
Where to buy
Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd
Specifications
  • Zoom: 10.7x
  • Resolution: 6.3MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.5 - 0.6s
  • Burst Speed: 2.3 fps
  • 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 S6000fd

The Fujifilm S6000 (called the S6500 in some countries) has 6 megapixels and 10.7x zoom (28mm-300mm). It is a good choice because it has a large, super CCD sensor that produces good results up to ISO 800 and has 10.7x zoom. The wide angle is nice for taking some shots. However, it’s a large, heavy camera so it may not be easy to carry around. It has a manual zoom ring. Some people like using a manual zoom ring, but others prefer a zoom lever. The S6000 lacks Image Stabilization which most other ultrazooms have.

Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd is one of the Best Point and Shoot Digital Cameras for Action Photos Under $400
Where to buy
Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd
Specifications
  • Zoom: 10.7x
  • Resolution: 6.3MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.5 - 0.6s
  • Burst Speed: 2.3 fps
  • Easy to Use: Yes
More
Want More Opinions? See:
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 S700

The Fujifilm S700 (called the S5700 in some countries) has 7 megapixels and 10x zoom (38mm-380mm). It’s called the little brother of the S6000 because in some ways it looks like it but it’s much smaller and lighter. However, it lacks some features of the S6000. For instance, it doesn’t have the large super CCD sensor and can only produces good results up to ISO 400. It doesn’t have Image Stabilization.

Fujifilm FinePix S700 is one of the Best Point and Shoot Digital Cameras for Action Photos Under $400
Where to buy
Fujifilm FinePix S700
Specifications
  • Zoom: 10.0x
  • Resolution: 7.1MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.6 - 2.2s
  • Burst Speed: 1.4 fps
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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Canon PowerShot S3 IS

If you prefer having IS, there is the Canon S3. It has 6 megapixels, 12x zoom (36mm - 432mm), and a swivel LCD. It can produce good results up to ISO 400.

Canon PowerShot S3 IS is one of the Best Point and Shoot Digital Cameras for Action Photos Under $400
Where to buy
Canon PowerShot S3 IS
Specifications
  • Zoom: 12.0x
  • Resolution: 6.0MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.4 - 0.5s
  • Burst Speed: 2.3 fps
  • Easy to Use: Yes
More
Want More Opinions? See:
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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