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Best Ultra Compact Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Travel and Action Photos Under $400
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April 28, 2007 Updated: October 22, 2007
Overview

The Sony Cybershot DSC-T100 is an excellent camera for landscapes and action photography, and it won’t miss those fleeting moments with its fast performance.

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Sony Cybershot DSC-T100

Both cameras offer auto modes and a lot of Scene Modes for novice users. The Sony DSC-T100 has a wider angle lens (useful for general purpose photography) and better Continuous Shooting Mode. It also has High Shutter Speed Mode (one of the scene modes where high shutter speeds are the priority, which is useful for freezing the action in action shots).

The Casio EX-V7 offers greater zoom and supports Aperture/Shutter Priority manual modes, which are useful for action photography.

Overall the Sony DSC-T100 is our top pick because of its better Continuous Shooting Speed and wider angle zoom lens. Image quality at higher ISO is also better. If outdoor action photography constitutes more than half of your portfolio, then the Casio EX-V7 is recommended because of its longer reach and manual controls.

Sony Cybershot DSC-T100 is the Best Ultra Compact Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Travel and Action Photos Under $400
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Sony Cybershot DSC-T100
Specifications
  • Zoom: 5.0x
  • Resolution: 8.1MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.4 - 0.7s
  • Burst Speed: 2.2 fps
  • Size: 3.6 x 2.3 x 0.9 in.
  • Battery Life: 340 shots
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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  • Rated Excellent by CNET.com
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Casio EXILIM Hi-Zoom EX-V7

The Casio Exilim EX-V7 is presently the ultra-compact camera (0.99” thick) with the highest zoom lens. It has a 7 megapixel resolution sensor, 7x 0ptical zoom lens (equivalent to 38-266mm on a 35mm camera) with an optical Image Stabilization feature, and Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority manual modes. An “Auto Tracking AF” function follows moving objects and keeps them continuously in focus until the shot is taken. It captures approximately 1.4 pictures/second in the Continuous Shooting Mode. Battery life is approximately 240 shots/charge.

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Casio EXILIM Hi-ZOOM EX-V7 is one of the Best Ultra Compact Point and Shoot Digital Cameras for Travel and Action Photos Under $400
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Casio EXILIM Hi-ZOOM EX-V7
Specifications
  • Zoom: 7.0x
  • Resolution: 7.2MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.5 sec
  • Burst Speed: 2.1 fps
  • Size: 3.8 x 2.4 x 1.0 in.
  • Battery Life: 240 shots
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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  • Rated Good by CNET.com

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