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Best Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Photos of Children or Pets Under $200
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May 17, 2007 Updated: October 22, 2007
Overview

Equipped with class-leading low light performance and fast image capture times, the Fujifilm FinePix F20 is a great camera for photographing babies and kids indoors and outdoors.

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Fujifilm FinePix F20

Both cameras have Auto Modes and lots of Scene Modes for novice users. The Canon A560 has a longer battery life and has an optical viewfinder for real-time tracking of moving subjects. The Fujifilm F20 has almost a 50% larger sensor size (Sensor Type 1/1.7”) than other 6-7 megapixel cameras in its class (e.g. Canon A560 and Panasonic LZ7 with Sensor Type 1/2.5”). With the F20, Fujifilm has also resisted the temptation to cram more and more pixels onto such tiny sensors, which limits the noise (graininess) at high ISO settings. The camera has class-leading high ISO performance and low shutter lag times for freezing those short-lived expressions of the kids. The sharp lens captures minute details. The camera rivals the resolution of a 7 megapixel cameras because of it sharp lens and Super-CCD Sensor.

Overall the Fujifilm F20 scores higher because of its snappy response times and class-leading high ISO performance (essential for blur-free photos of babies without a flash). The Fujifilm F20 is our Top Pick.

However if you mostly photograph your kids outdoors, the Canon PowerShot A560 is preferred because of its Optical Viewfinder, greater zoom capability, and longer battery life.

Fujifilm FinePix F20 is the Best Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Photos of Children or Pets Under $200
Where to buy
Fujifilm FinePix F20
Specifications
  • Zoom: 3.0x
  • Resolution: 6.3MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.3 sec
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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Canon PowerShot A560

The Canon PowerShot A560 has a 7 megapixel resolution sensor with a 4x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 35-140mm on a 35mm camera) and has good high ISO performance. It has a start-up time of 1.6 seconds. The pre-focus shutter lag is less than 0.1 seconds and the full-press shutter lag is around 0.50 seconds. It also has a face detection feature (when the shutter button is pressed halfway, the camera finds the faces in the frame and sets the exposure and most suitable focus point). The camera has an optical viewfinder and runs on two AA batteries. The battery life is around 500 shots/charge.

The camera received high praises from Steve’s Digicams (a popular camera review site).

Canon PowerShot A560 is one of the Best Point and Shoot Digital Cameras for Photos of Children or Pets Under $200
Where to buy
Canon PowerShot A560
Specifications
  • Zoom: 4.0x
  • Resolution: 7.1MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.4 - 0.8s
  • 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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