good compact digital camera?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by believo, Sep 3, 2006.

  1. believo macrumors regular


    May 21, 2004
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'm looking for a good compact digital camera under $200. 3 megapixels and up is what i'm looking for.

  2. Xander562 macrumors 68000


    Apr 2, 2006
    My Brother has a Canon Powershot SD400 "digital elph"

    i would HIGHLY reccomend it, he takes some VERY good pictures with it, and it has decent resolution (i think). very small which is good cause you can keep it with you all the time, for around school/college.
    he's never had any problems with it.
    However it uses a rechargeable battery (not sure if you prefer that or one-use duracel or whatever)

    i'm not sure that it's under $200 but deffinately worth it.
  3. apfhex macrumors 68030


    Aug 8, 2006
    Northern California
    I second the Canon Digital ELPH/PowerShot recommendation. Canon's "point-n-shoot" compact digitals produce great image quality with a minimal of fussing. You should be able to find one of the lower end models for a good price. The SD300 or SD30 (which is REALLY SMALL) can be had for around $200-300 I think.
  4. KevKaos macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2006
    Baltimore, Maryland USA
    I have that same camera and it ROCKS. I also have the newer 550 that I think is 7megapixel but that is out of his price range. The Canons are fantastic.

    If you want to see really great reviews on just about every point-and-shoot camera out there, go to steves-digicam (dot) com. I found it to be one of the very best camera review sites out there on the web. Good luck in your search.
  5. galstaph macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2002
    The Great White North Eh
    I have the canon sd450, I too agree that these little elphs are awesome:D
  6. Xander562 macrumors 68000


    Apr 2, 2006
    yeah i know, i only wish it was mine:p instead the rest of the family shares a HUGE ancient olympus thing, it's has like a 128MB memory card in it (which was the biggest they had @ the time :eek: :p
  7. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    The Canon's are ok. I have one, but look into other companies as well. Check Fuji, Casio, and Olympus. Casio makes some great cameras, not just calculators. ;)
  8. Locatel macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2006
    In that price range, check the Canon A530 and A610 (5MP, $170 and $200). There is also the Canon A540 (6MP, $230). Want a great camera $40 over your budget? Go for the Canon A620 (7.1MP, $240), amazing camera!!!. Check out this review: . You can order them from , the best prices you'll find. Remember you'll have to get a set of rechargeable AA batteries + charger for these models (around $20, charger and 4 AAs). You can't go wrong with these.
  9. bep207 macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2006
    you wont be dissapointed with a canon sd400,450,500...
    greaty cameras
  10. extraextra macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2006
    Go with Fuji or Canon for good low-light performance. I'm not sure if Casio actually has anything in the $200 and under market right now (I may be wrong though), but their low-light performance is mediocre. I have one, and it's good at ISO 50, decent and ISO 100, somewhat appalling at ISO 200 and practically unusable at ISO 400. However their cameras have good MPEG-4 video quality and take great pictures if you're not using them in dark situations!

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