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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Canon PowerShot A3000 IS

Canon's PowerShot A3000 IS is a very light compact camera that's highly automatic yet can take very clear images. Its pictures are good enough that you can view them at their full size without losing any major details. However, we don't like the design of the camera much and it could use a better shutter button and zoom controls.

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  • 18th Aug., 2010
  • Elias Plastiras
  • Canon
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  • Pros:
  • Image clarity, great for macros, no noticeable chromatic aberration, decent low-light performance, very light
  • Cons:
  • Shutter button can be hard to press, zoom buttons can be awkward, focus not always accurate

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