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Best Ultra Compact Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Child and Low Light Photos Under $200
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December 1, 2007 Updated: December 4, 2007
Overview

This camera is a steal at this price. Equipped with a high resolution (8megapixel) super CCD sensor and sharp 3x zoom lens, the Fuji F40fd is a great camera for photographing social gatherings and baby photos without flash. The camera has fast performance too for freezing fast moving kids.

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My Best In Class Pick
Fujifilm FinePix F40fd

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.

The Canon SD750 has good performance; however, it lags behind the Fuji F40fd on low-light performance.

The Sony W80 scores over the other two on features (optical viewfinder and image-stabilization). However it lags behind the other two in low-light image quality.At higher ISOs (ISO400 & above), its images are heavily compressed and devoid of fine details (due to excessive noise reduction). Nevertheless it is top choice for shooting fast moving kids in good light.

Overall, high ISO performance becomes the decisive parameter for taking blur-free photo of babies (useful in selecting higher shutter speeds for freezing movements) and low light scenes.Therefore the Fuji F40fd just nudges ahead, armed with its higher resolution super CCD sensor and sharp lens. Its low light performance is best in class (retaining more details,while having low noise at high ISOs).

The Fujifilm FinePix F40fd is my Top Pick.

Fujifilm FinePix F40fd is the Best Ultra Compact Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Child and Low Light Photos Under $200
Where to buy
Fujifilm FinePix F40fd
Specifications
  • Zoom: 3.0x
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • Resolution: 8.3MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.5 sec
  • Max ISO: 2000
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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Comparing My Best In Class Pick with Other Good Choices

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Fujifilm FinePix F40fd
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Canon PowerShot SD750
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Sony Cybershot DSC-W80
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Price $349.99 $399.95
Size (W x H x D) 3.8 x 2.3 x 0.9 in. 3.6 x 2.2 x 0.8 in. 3.6 x 2.3 x 0.9 in.
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Effective Sensor Resolution
8.3 megapixels 7.1 megapixels 7.2 megapixels
Shutter Lag Time (pre-focused) 0.10 sec 0.08 sec 0.01 sec
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Shutter Lag Time (including auto-focus time)
0.5 sec 0.4 - 0.5 sec 0.5 - 0.8 sec
Power to First Shot Time 2.7 sec 0.8 sec 2.2 sec
Continuous Shooting Speed (single shot mode) - - -
Max Shooting Speed (continuous) 0.5 frames/sec 1.6 frames/sec 2.7 (10-19 frames) frames/sec
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Min Focal Length (35 mm equivalent)
36 mm 35 mm 35 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/5.1 f/4.9 f/5.2
Max ISO Setting 2000 1600 3200
Shutter Priority Mode Available No No No
Viewfinder Type - - Optical
High ISO Performance Very Good Good Average
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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 Low Light Photos Under $200
Where to buy
Canon PowerShot SD750
Specifications
  • Zoom: 3.0x
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • Resolution: 7.1MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.4 - 0.5s
  • Max ISO: 1600
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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  • Rated Very Good by CNET.com
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Sony Cybershot DSC-W80

This is one of the latest addition to Sony’s successful W series of cameras. It is one of the few ultra-compacts, which have an optical viewfinder. The camera has 7.2 megapixel resolution and is well built. The performance is good too.

Sony Cybershot DSC-W80 is one of the Best Ultra Compact Point and Shoot Digital Cameras for Child and Low Light Photos Under $200
Where to buy
Sony Cybershot DSC-W80
  • Best Price: $399
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Specifications
  • Zoom: 3.0x
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Resolution: 7.2MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.5 - 0.8s
  • Max ISO: 3200
  • 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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