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Best Point and Shoot Digital Camera Overall Under $200
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May 17, 2007 Updated: October 22, 2007
Overview

A great camera for indoors and landscape photography, the Panasonic DMC-FX01 captures panoramic views of landscapes and large groups with its wide-angle lens.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01

In the Panasonic line-up, the DMC-FX01 is their budget camera (0.95” thick) with a wide-angle lens. It has a 6 megapixel resolution sensor and 3.6x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 28-102mm on a 35mm camera). The start-up time is 1.2 seconds and the shot-to-shot speed is 2.1 seconds. The full press shutter lag is approximately 0.5 seconds. The camera has an Image Stabilization feature to help avoid blurry pictures because of camera shake. The feature produces results similar to shooting with a cheap tripod. In low light, it helps to shoot using a relatively low ISO setting. At higher ISO settings, there will more noise in the images. The camera is powered by a proprietary battery whose life is approximately 320 shots/charge.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01 is the Best Point and Shoot Digital Camera Overall Under $200
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01
Specifications
  • Zoom: 3.6x
  • Wide-Angle Lens: 28mm (25% wider)
  • Resolution: 6.0MP
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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  • Recommended at DPReview.com
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Kodak EasyShare V705

The Kodak V705 is an ultra-compact camera (0.8” thick) with an ultra-wide angle lens of 23mm. The body also houses another lens with 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 39-117mm on a 35mm camera). It has a 7 megapixel resolution sensor and the battery life is approximately 150 shots/charge.

Kodak EasyShare V705 is one of the Best Point and Shoot Digital Cameras Overall Under $200
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Kodak EasyShare V705
Specifications
  • Zoom: 5.1x
  • Wide-Angle Lens: 23mm (52% wider)
  • Resolution: 7.1MP
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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  • Rated Very Good by CNET.com
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Olympus FE-200

The FE-200 is the only wide-angle budget offering from Olympus. It is 1.1” thick and packs a 6 megapixel resolution sensor with a 5x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 28-140mm on a 35mm camera). The camera has a Digital Image Stabilization (DIS) mode, which boosts the ISO setting to shoot at higher shutter speeds thereby reducing blur (however this increases the noise in the images). The full-press shutter lag is around 1 sec, and the shot-to-shot speed is 4.4-7 seconds. It uses a proprietary battery.

Olympus FE-200 is one of the Best Point and Shoot Digital Cameras Overall Under $200
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Olympus FE-200
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Specifications
  • Zoom: 5.0x
  • Wide-Angle Lens: 28mm (25% wider)
  • Resolution: 6.0MP
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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