Canon PowerShot SD800

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Overall seems like the 800 has better reviews than the 850. Pros: - wide angle lens - image stabilization - 3.8 zoom instead of the standard 3x Cons: - Complaints about movies, too much static noise from the microphone - Some complaints about picture quility, washed out colors, some blurriness on the edges Linked from http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/customer-reviews/B000HAOVGM/sr=1-3/qid=1188064473/ref=cm_rev_next/103-6501408-9428643?ie=UTF8&customer-reviews.sort%5Fby=-SubmissionDate&n...Read Full Story

Canon PowerShot SD850

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This is one of Canon's higer-end point and clicks. More expensive than the 1000 or 750. It has a smaller LCD than the 750, but you get image stabilization. Biggest cons that I read about include: - Awkward on/off button - Slow shutter speed - Some barrel effects when taking pictures of long straight objects such as buildings (curves them at the edge of your pics) Personally I didn't like the feel of this camera as much as the 750 or 1000, but image stabilization would be nice... I'm not...Read Full Story

Canon PowerShot SD750

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This one has very positive reviews on Amazon. Relatively few complainers... Canon always charges a bit more than Olympus or Fuji for about the same features. But this one has a slick LCD screen that makes up for the premium Pros: - 3 inch LCD, one of the biggest out there, very bright and crisp - Nice shape and size - Fewer complaints about the LCD breaking than the Elph 1000 Cons: - No image stabilizer - Externally charged battery Linked from http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/customer...Read Full Story

Canon PowerShot SD1000

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I like the feel of this camera in my hands. It is small and compact, definitely would fit into any pocket. Reviews are overall very positive. Big benefits are size, good LCD screen, sd cards Negatives are: - LCD screens break. A number of Amazon reviews complain that the LCD screen broke without even dropping the camera, and then the Canon customer service was painful - Not weatherproof So, I like this camera a lot but am nervous about potentially breaking it. Linked from http://www...Read Full Story

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ7K 6X Zoom

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This one is similar to the Panasonic 10X zoom, but it has generally better reviews. Fewer complaints about the shutter and color quality. This only has 6x, which is a lot less than 10x but also a lot more than other cameras that I'm considering. Most are only 3x. However, again this seems a bit too bulky for what I'm personally looking for. Linked from http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/customer-reviews/B000MW7B0I/sr=1-3/qid=1188063513/ref=cm_cr_dp_all_helpful/103-6501408-9428643?ie=UTF8&n...Read Full Story

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3K

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I checked this camera out because it has 10x optical zoom. There are very few point and clicks with that kind of optical zoom, but of course the camera gets a bit bigger because of it. I like the fact that this camera shows you a very simple grid on the display when taking pics. Reviews are pretty mixed however. Many folks complained about the shutter breaking, some folks complained about picture quality and light/color quality. I'll probably skip this one. But I did dig the 10x zoom...Read Full Story

Olympus Stylus 770SW 7.1MP Digital Camera

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This one is the bullet-proof version from Olympus. Shoots underwater, bounces off rocks, etc I played with it at the store and it does seem pretty durable, etc. I don't see myself taking many underwater shots, so this is probably overkill for my needs. Linked from http://www.amazon.com/Olympus-Stylus-Digital-Camera-Optical/dp/B000LXXJ1I/ref=sr_1_1/103-6501408-9428643?ie=UTF8&s=photo&qid=1188063140&sr=1-1 --- Olympus Stylus 770SW 7.1MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical ZoomRead Full Story

Fuji FinePix F30

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This one gets pretty good reviews on picture quality and flexibility. I have a friend who is a near-professional and uses his SLR for most things, but purchased this camera for simple point and click stuff. He seems to love it. Major advantages of this camera seem to be the picture quality and the high ISO capabilities (which helps in low light) Personally I don't love the size and shape of the camera. It feels a bit bulky to me compared to the new Canon and Olympus cameras. That said...Read Full Story

Olympus Stylus 750 7.1MP Digital Camera

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This one seems very similar to the Olypus Stylus 760 except that you make a trade-ff...the 760 has the dual stabilizer but only 3x zoom, the 750 as single stabilizer but 5x zoom Reviews again seem mixed. Biggest complaint by far is that the LCD screen is too hard to see outdoors in sunlight, which becomes a problem since there is no viewfinder. Some folks complain about grainy or blurry pics. Seems fairly standard to all digital camera reviews. This seems to be one of the only point and...Read Full Story

Olympus Stylus 760 7.1MP Digital Camera

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This seems to be the best of the Olympus point and clicks. It still gets mixed reviews on Amazon. The two main complaints are: - hard to see the LCD screen when outdoors, making it very difficult to line up your pics - some folks complained about photo quality The advantages include: - Some weather proofing for when you take the camera skiing or to the beach - People really like the dual stabilizer - Small size, nice shape in your hand - Comes in multiple colors, if you are into that sort of...Read Full Story