Holiday gift guide: Best compact digital cameras

10 of the best compact cameras of 2010

Whether you're looking for a sub-$200 compact digital camera for everyday use, or a more expensive compact camera that has manual features, we've got you covered.

Buying a camera for the holidays can be a trying experience as there are so many models to choose from, with many different capabilities and price points. In this round-up, we selected a few inexpensive cameras that we think can get the job done, as well as some more advanced compacts that get the job done and then some.

If all you want is to buy a camera for your kids or grandparents, then something like the Canon PowerShot A490 is perfect; if you want to buy a more advanced camera either for yourself or someone special, then you should spend a little more and check out the fantastic little Canon PowerShot S95, which offers lots manual features in a small and elegant package.

Happy shopping!

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FX75

Panasonic's LUMIX DMC-FX75 has an intuitive touchscreen and can take clear images for the most part. However, its images do look very muddy when viewed at their full size and they also suffer from noise if you use a high ISO. We like the wide 24mm lens, but it does suffer from a lot of distortion. Perhaps the best aspects of this camera are its macro mode and very easy touchscreen focusing function.

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  • 9th Sept., 2010
  • Elias Plastiras
  • Panasonic
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  • Pros:
  • Good macro performance, excellent focusing, intuitive touchscreen
  • Cons:
  • Images look too muddy when viewed at their full size, noticeable lens distortion, doesn't handle highlights well
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