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Best Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Low Light Photos Under $200
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October 21, 2007 Updated: November 28, 2007
Overview

The Fuji F40fd is a small, pocketable point and shoot camera that excels at low-light photography. Thanks to Fujifilm’s unique SuperCCD sensor design, the F40fd can produce far cleaner high ISO images than other cameras, allowing the camera to freeze the motion of moving subjects in ways no other camera in this price range can. Because of this unique ability, the F40fd is the best sub-$200 camera for low-light photography.

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Fujifilm FinePix F40fd

There aren’t too many options for low-light performance in this price range - most cameras are purely budget models that either lack decent high ISO capability, an image stabilization system, or both.

With average high ISO and an image-stabilized lens, the A570IS is a competent low-light performer, especially at this price point, as long as you don’t expect miracles out of it.

The top pick for this category, however, is the Fujifilm F40fd. Though it lacks any image stabilization system, its high ISO abilities make it a superior low-light camera to the A570IS, especially for moving subjects that need to be frozen in place.

Fujifilm FinePix F40fd is the Best Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Low Light Photos Under $200
Where to buy
Fujifilm FinePix F40fd
Specifications
  • Zoom: 3.0x
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • Resolution: 8.3MP
  • Max ISO: 2000
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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Canon PowerShot A570 IS
Customer Rating
Price $379.00
Size (W x H x D) 3.8 x 2.3 x 0.9 in 3.5 x 2.5 x 1.7 in.
Weight (without batteries) 5.4 oz 6.1 oz
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Min Focal Length (35 mm equivalent)
36-108mm (3x) 35 mm
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Image Stabilization Available
No Yes
Storage Media xD Picture Card, SD Card SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card
Battery Type Fuji Li-ion rechargable AA-size (x2)
Battery Life 300 shots 400 shots
Max Usable ISO (subjective) ISO800 ISO400
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Canon PowerShot A570 IS

The Canon A570IS is one of the budget models in Canon’s A series, but despite its budget label and cheap price, the A570 packs a lot of features. Using a conventional CCD sensor, the A570IS’s high-ISO ability is fairly typical, but thanks to a lens-shift image stabilization (IS) system, the A570IS is a better than average low-light performer. While IS won’t be able to freeze subject motion blur, it works great to reduce camera shake blur on pictures of static scenes in low-light.

Canon PowerShot A570 IS is one of the Best Point and Shoot Digital Cameras for Low Light Photos Under $200
Where to buy
Canon PowerShot A570 IS
Specifications
  • Zoom: 4.0x
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Resolution: 7.1MP
  • Max ISO: 1600
  • 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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