Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.

Technology

Simple But Sophisticated Point-And-Shoots

These five cameras offer high quality pictures at a reasonable price.

If you crave the simplicity (and lower price) of a point-and-shoot camera but want some digital SLR features, these cameras are solid choices.

For ultra-high-resolution shots, the Casio EX-Z1000 ($280) and the Sony DSC-N2 ($390) squeeze about 10 megapixels into their petite, pocket-size frames. Both have a shorter shutter lag (less than a second) than earlier models and offer higher light sensitivity with less blurriness at fast shutter speeds.

RELATED LINKS

Digital Cameras for Serious Shooters

The Best New Camcorders

What to Do With Your High-Tech Trash

The new FujiFilm FinePix F40fd ($300) is an 8-megapixel model that boasts face-recognition technology. That is, it can detect as many as ten human faces in a shot and automatically set the correct exposure and focus.


Zoom lenses are improving, too. Most consumer-grade cameras have tiny lenses with only a 3X or 5X optical zoom. But the 10.1-megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 ($500), which is a relatively bulky point-and-shoot with the heart of a DSLR, offers an impressive 12X zoom. Although its 2-inch LCD is a tad small (particularly for such a large camera), it also has an optical viewfinder for framing shots.

Advertisement

Canon offers a wide range of powerful point-and-shoots. The PowerShot A710 IS ($280) offers 7.1 megapixels, a 6X optical zoom, a viewfinder and a 2.5-inch LCD.