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Best Ultra Compact Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Child and Action Photos Under $200
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December 16, 2007 Updated: December 18, 2007
Overview

Equipped with a high resolution (7.2 megapixel) sensor and fast performance, the Sony W80 is a great camera for shooting action. The camera has an optical viewfinder for keeping track of fast moving kids and pets so that you won’t miss capturing them in the frame.

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My Best In Class Pick
Sony Cybershot DSC-W80

All these cameras offer auto and numerous scene modes (including auto high sensitivity mode which helps to take blur-free shots in natural light) for novice users. All are similar size too.

Fuji F40fd has higher resolution and better low light performance. However it has poor startup time, and continuous shooting performance. However for indoor sports/kids photography, this will be my top choice.

The Canon SD750 has fast startup time and better continuous shooting performance. However it lacks an optical viewfinder (crucial to have for keeping track of fast moving kids & pets).

The Sony W80 scores over the other two on features (optical viewfinder and image-stabilization). Continuous shooting speed is good too. Although low light performance is not as good as the other two, nevertheless it is top choice for shooting action in good light.

The Sony W80 is my Top Pick.

Sony Cybershot DSC-W80 is the Best Ultra Compact Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Child and Action Photos Under $200
Where to buy
Sony Cybershot DSC-W80
  • Best Price: $399
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Specifications
  • Zoom: 3.0x
  • Resolution: 7.2MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.5 - 0.8s
  • Burst Speed: 2.8 fps
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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  • Rated Very Good by CNET.com

Comparing My Best In Class Pick with Other Good Choices

Product
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Sony Cybershot DSC-W80
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Canon PowerShot SD750
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Fujifilm FinePix F40fd
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Price $399.95 $349.99
Size (W x H x D) 3.6 x 2.3 x 0.9 in. 3.6 x 2.2 x 0.8 in. 3.8 x 2.3 x 0.9 in.
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Effective Sensor Resolution
7.2 megapixels 7.1 megapixels 8.3 megapixels
Shutter Lag Time (pre-focused) 0.01 sec 0.08 sec 0.10 sec
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Shutter Lag Time (including auto-focus time)
0.5 sec 0.4 - 0.5 sec 0.5 sec
Power to First Shot Time 2.2 sec 0.8 sec 2.7 sec
Continuous Shooting Speed (single shot mode) - - -
Max Shooting Speed (continuous) 2.7 frames/sec (upto 100 frames) 1.6 frames/sec 0.5 frames/sec
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Min Focal Length (35 mm equivalent)
35 mm 35 mm 36 mm
Optical Zoom 3.0x 3.0x 3.0x
Image Stabilization Type Optical (lens shift) - -
Auto Focus Assist Light Available Yes Yes Yes
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Max Aperture (wide-angle)
f/2.8 f/2.8 f/2.8
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Max Aperture (tele-photo)
f/5.2 f/4.9 f/5.1
Max ISO Setting 3200 1600 2000
Shutter Priority Mode Available No No No
Viewfinder Type Optical - -
High ISO Performance Average Good Very Good
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Canon PowerShot SD750

Canon is the pioneer of digital camera revolution. The sleek ultra-compact Canon SD750 packs a sharp 3x zoom lens in a 0.9” thick metal body. It has 7.1 megapixel resolution. Canon compact cameras are renowned for their good quality images straight out of the camera. The camera has reasonably fast operation.

Canon PowerShot SD750 is one of the Best Ultra Compact Point and Shoot Digital Cameras for Child and Action Photos Under $200
Where to buy
Canon PowerShot SD750
Specifications
  • Zoom: 3.0x
  • Resolution: 7.1MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.4 - 0.5s
  • Burst Speed: 1.6 fps
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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Website Reviews (2 reviews)
  • Rated Very Good by CNET.com
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Fujifilm FinePix F40fd

For the last few years, Fuji F series cameras (equipped with (super CCD sensors) have become synonymous with low light performance. This camera is one of the latest addition to this series. It packs an 8 megapixel resolution super CCD sensor and a 3x zoom lens in a sturdy body. The lens is sharp and low light performance is best in class.

Fujifilm FinePix F40fd is one of the Best Ultra Compact Point and Shoot Digital Cameras for Child and Action Photos Under $200
Where to buy
Fujifilm FinePix F40fd
Specifications
  • Zoom: 3.0x
  • Resolution: 8.3MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.5 sec
  • Burst Speed: 1.7 fps
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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Website Reviews (4 reviews)
  • Rated Very Good by CNET.com

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