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Best Ultra Compact Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Low Light Photos Under $200
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November 13, 2007 Updated: November 28, 2007
Overview

The new L15 is one of Nikon’s new feature-filled budget ultra compact cameras. An ultra compact camera is a bit different than other cameras, as it is of primary importance for the camera to fit into your pocket or purse comfortably but still offer a good shooting experience for the user of the camera. Ultra compacts are social situation cameras, which means they need good low-light performance for snapshots, good zoom range, a good movie mode and are easy to use. The Nikon L15 is just such a camera and at a price you can afford.

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My Best In Class Pick
Nikon Coolpix L15

The Nikon Coolpix L15 offers image stabilization and Matrix metering to help you grab those low-light snapshots. It boasts a 2.8-inch LCD with an impressive 230,000 pixels for a clear view. Face priority AF allows the camera to select the faces in your picture and focus on them, while the Red-Eye Fix and D-Lighting help fix redeye and backlit or underexposed exposure problems. Top it all off with being able to use AA batteries and you are good to go.

Nikon Coolpix L15 is the Best Ultra Compact Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Low Light Photos Under $200
Where to buy
Nikon Coolpix L15
Specifications
  • Zoom: 3.0x
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Resolution: 8.0MP
  • Max ISO: 1000
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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Nikon Coolpix L15
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Sony Cybershot DSC-W80
Customer Rating
Price $168.49 $399.95
Size (W x H x D) 3.6 x 2.4 x 1 in 3.6 x 2.3 x 0.9 in.
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Effective Sensor Resolution
8.0 million pixels 7.2 megapixels
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Image Stabilization Available
Yes Yes
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Face Detection Available
Yes Yes
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LCD Screen Size
2.8 in 2.5 in.
LCD Screen Resolution 230,000 115000 pixels
Battery Type AA batteries Proprietary Lithium Ion Rechargeable
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Sony Cybershot DSC-W80

The Sony W-80 is a very nice looking ultra compact camera with some wonderful features. Boasting both a manual focus option and an optical viewfinder, the Sony has the possibility for being a serious social camera. The flash however isn’t that great, and the Sony’s handling of noise, proprietary battery and proprietary memory, however, do not make it the camera of choice.

Sony Cybershot DSC-W80 is one of the Best Ultra Compact Point and Shoot Digital Cameras for 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
  • Max ISO: 3200
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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Website Reviews (4 reviews)
  • Dave's Pick at Imaging-Resource.com
  • Rated Very Good by CNET.com

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