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Best Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Travel Photos Under $400
By Bascom
Expert (3 Recommendations)
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June 22, 2006 Updated: October 22, 2007
Overview

The PowerShot A630 is a compact camera, which is convenient while traveling, yet includes many of the features found on larger size cameras. It has a long list of easy-to-use features, including full manual controls, an optical viewfinder, above average 4x optical zoom, and a swivel LCD screen.

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Canon PowerShot A630

It’s a toss up between the Canon A570 and Canon A630. Both offer good quality and easy-to-use features, full manual controls, a viewfinder, and 4x zoom that is above average. I will make the A630 my top choice because of the big sensor and swivel LCD. However, if you want something smaller with red eye fix and Image Stabilization the A570 is a great choice, also. The Sony W55 doesn’t offer quite as much as the Canon’s but it is a slightly smaller option.

Canon PowerShot A630 is the Best Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Travel Photos Under $400
Where to buy
Canon PowerShot A630
Specifications
  • Zoom: 4.0x
  • Resolution: 8.0MP
  • Size: 4.3 x 2.6 x 1.9 in.
  • Battery Life: 500 shots
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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Canon PowerShot A570 IS

Canon A570 (7 megapixels, 4x zoom) is a point and shoot with good photo quality, good features, and nice small size and weight for traveling. It’s features include red eye fix, face detection, and IS (image stabilization). It uses SD cards and rechargeable AA batteries.

Canon PowerShot A570 IS is one of the Best Point and Shoot Digital Cameras for Travel Photos Under $400
Where to buy
Canon PowerShot A570 IS
Specifications
  • Zoom: 4.0x
  • Resolution: 7.1MP
  • Size: 3.5 x 2.5 x 1.7 in.
  • Battery Life: 400 shots
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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Sony Cybershot DSC-W55

Sony W55 (7 megapixels, 3x zoom) is a good quality ultracompact. Photos and performance are good. However, like most ultracompacts, it lacks manual controls and uses a lithium battery which is more expensive than AA’s. It has a viewfinder but it’s small.

Sony Cybershot DSC-W55 is one of the Best Point and Shoot Digital Cameras for Travel Photos Under $400
Where to buy
Sony Cybershot DSC-W55
  • Best Price: $399
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Specifications
  • Zoom: 3.0x
  • Resolution: 7.2MP
  • Size: 3.5 x 2.2 x 0.9 in.
  • Battery Life: 380 shots
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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  • Rated Very Good by CNET.com

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