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Digital cameras with resolution of 3 Megapixel would seem a bit outdated these days, though just a few years ago they were the de facto standard for compact cameras. However there are a still a few of the best cameras with resolution of 3 MP which are still available in the market.

The megapixel count affects the image size and not the overall picture quality, so a 3 MP count should suffice for most point and shoot cameras if you were not planning on enlarging them to poster size prints. This is more than sufficient for most consumers dabbling in photography.

Since the sensor size and the lens as well as the camera's processor engine most affect the overall picture quality some of the best digital cameras with 3 MP or more resolution can still get you good quality pictures.

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Casio Exilim Pro EX-F1

Casio Exilim Pro EX-F1 Black Digital Camera  6MP  12x Opt  SD  SDHC  MMC Card Slot


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Casio Exilim Pro EX-F1
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-S85
Canon PowerShot A70
Sony CyberShot DSC-W110
Nikon D40
Casio Exilim Pro EX-F1 Black Digital Camera  6MP  12x Opt  SD  SDHC  MMC Card Slot
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-S85 Digital Camera
Canon PowerShot A70 Digital Camera
Sony CyberShot DSC-W110 Digital Camera
Nikon D40 Body Only Digital Camera
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Release Date
Mar 2009
Oct 2001
Jan 2009
May 2008
Dec 2006
Resolution
6.0 Megapixel
4.1 Megapixel
3.2 Megapixel
7.0 Megapixel
6.24 Megapixel
Camera Type
Compact, Standard Point and Shoot
Standard Point and Shoot
Standard Point and Shoot, Compact
Ultra-Compact,Standard Point and Shoot
SLR/Professional
Optical Zoom
12.0 x
3.0 x
3.0 x
4.0 x
3.0 x
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
CCD
CCD
CCD
CCD
LCD Screen Size
2.8 in.
1.8 in.
1.5 in.
2.5 in.
Image Sensor Size
8.93 mm
6.72 mm

  • This innovative camera shoots full-resolution bursts at up to 60 frames per second.


  • There's simply nothing else like the Casio Exilim Pro EX-F1. No other prosumer camera has faster shutter-speeds, and no other prosumer camcorder has anything close to its ultra-high frame-rates. The camera's Achilles heel, though, is that its still-image quality is competitive only with point-and-shoots, and its slo-mo videos are so tiny and compressed they're barely YouTube quality. The Casio EX-F1 is an incredible, endlessly fun device, and it feels like an important first in digital-imaging.


  • - The zoom is disabled during continuous shutter operations.
    - It was clearly noticeable on many ISO 400 shots.
    - The lightning-fast shutter made sure each video frame was sharp, with minimal blurring.

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    - While its outward appearance may be similar to the 2000 Cyber-shot models, the S85 has a new user interface and LCD menu that make it much easier (in our opinion) to navigate through the camera's many options.
    - Resolution was high, with good detail visible throughout the image.


  • While its performance isn't always stellar, the feature-rich DSC-S85 represents a good value among 4-megapixel digicams.


  • - Image quality was very good, with razor-sharp details.


  • Even though the A70 is targeted at the snapshot crowd, enthusiasts will love the Canon's advanced features--and price.

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    I really liked the PowerShot A70. In fact, I've been interested in it since the time I was first told about it, a few weeks before its introduction. The A70 isn't just a low-cost camera, it's a full-featured camera too. It has full manual controls, including shutter speed and aperture, focus, and white balance. Performance and image quality are both very good, as are the playback and movie modes. It also supports add-on lenses and an underwater case. It's not perfect though.


  • - Without a flash you'll be able to get a shot every 0.8s when in burst mode.


  • - Easy to use, very small, smile shutter works... sometimes.
    - At night you'll be able to take decent shots using the flash, as long as your subject is not too far away.


  • - RAW editing software costs extra.
    - RAW-plus-JPEG mode limited to basic instead of fine JPEG compression.
    - In a sacrifice to size (and possibly cost), you won't find a second status display, as you do on the tops of most mid- and pro-level dSLRs.
    - In our lab tests, the D40x yielded impressive results.
    - Nikon's D40x is a very impressive camera.

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    Nikon's D40 is not only an awesome little dSLR that captures great photos with robust performance, it also has a very pleasing price tag of $600 or less (and remember this is for the body and the lens.)

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    - Only does noise become obvious at the H1.0 (ISO 3200) setting, and even then, you could get a small print out of the photo, especially if you use noise reduction software or shoot in RAW mode.
    - Battery life was above average, and the camera supports the USB 2.0 High Speed standard.
    - It's bright, sharp, and has vivid colors.
    - Sharpness was just right: not too sharp, not too soft.
    - Noise levels are very low, even at ISO 800.


Top 5 3 megapixel digital camera:

  1. Casio Exilim Pro EX-F1 Black Digital Camera 6MP 12x Opt SD SDHC MMC Card Slot
  2. Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-S85 Digital Camera
  3. Canon PowerShot A70 Digital Camera
  4. Sony CyberShot DSC-W110 Digital Camera
  5. Nikon D40 Body Only Digital Camera