2009 Best List: Tech & Gadget

Stay ahead of the tech curve with these gadets.

Best Bargain Digicam

Stills, video and 7.1 megapixels for just $100. The CANON POWERSHOT A470 is a marvel for the price. This 7.1-megapixel model has a 3.4X optical zoom—solid for a low-end shooter—and under good conditions it takes clear photos. The 2.5-inch LCD is bright and large enough for impromptu slide shows at a party. Like other bargain cameras, the A470 shoots video, too, although the quality is only so-so. Still, the PowerShot is a handy alternative when you’ve left the camcorder at home.

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