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

Equipped with a 12x super-zoom lens and fast image capture times, the Kodak EasyShare Z612 will freeze action at the press of a button, and you won’t miss the winner’s moment of glory at the finish line.

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Kodak EasyShare Z612

All three cameras have an Auto Mode with lots of Scene Modes for novice users. For action photography, the Canon A630 is the better choice over the Panasonic DMC-LZ7 because of its higher resolution, good high ISO performance, fast start-up time (1.3 seconds), optical viewfinder (for real-time subject tracking), manual modes, and good battery life. However, the Kodak Z612 is an unbeatable value at its price (just over $200). It has tremendous reach, allowing you to shoot from safe distances with it 12x zoom, an eye-level viewfinder (desirable for stable posture while panning), and good performance. The Kodak Z612 is my Top Pick.

Kodak EasyShare Z612 is the Best Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Action Photos Under $200
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Kodak EasyShare Z612
Specifications
  • Zoom: 12.0x
  • Resolution: 6.1MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.2 sec
  • Burst Speed: 2.6 fps
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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  • Rated Very Good by CNET.com
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Canon PowerShot A630

The Canon PowerShot A630 has an 8 megapixel resolution sensor with a 4x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 35-140mm on a 35mm camera) and has good high ISO performance. The start-up time is 1.3 seconds, the pre-focus shutter lag (half press to full press of the shutter button) is less than 0.05 seconds, and the full-press shutter lag (without pre-focusing) is around 0.6 seconds. In the Continuous Shooting Mode, the camera can take 1.8 pictures/second until the memory card fills up. It also has an optical viewfinder (useful for tracking subjects in real-time), Swivel LCD (like that on camcorders), Manual Modes (Aperture/Shutter Priority, etc.) and runs on four AA Batteries. The battery life is around 500 shots/charge. It supports wide-angle and tele-photo conversion lenses (available separately as accessories).

The camera received high praises from Steve’s Digicams & Digital Photography Review (popular camera review sites).

Canon PowerShot A630 is one of the Best Point and Shoot Digital Cameras for Action Photos Under $200
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Canon PowerShot A630
Specifications
  • Zoom: 4.0x
  • Resolution: 8.0MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.5 - 0.8s
  • Burst Speed: 1.5 fps
  • 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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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ7

The Lumix DMC-LZ7 is the latest big zoom budget offering (1.3” thick) from Panasonic. This camera has a 7 megapixel resolution sensor and a 6x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 37-222mm on a 35mm camera). The camera has an Image Stabilization feature to help avoid blurry pictures because of camera shake. The camera is powered by 2 AA Batteries. First-Impressions and user opinions of the camera have been good. The shot-to-shot speed is around 1.5 seconds. Its predecessor, the LZ5 that has the same lens but less resolution (6MP), received good editors’ reviews (e.g. at Imaging-Resource).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ7 is one of the Best Point and Shoot Digital Cameras for Action Photos Under $200
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ7
Specifications
  • Zoom: 6.0x
  • Resolution: 7.2MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.5 sec
  • Burst Speed: 4.6 fps
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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