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The best ultra-compact digital cameras for party photos are basically the point and shoot models which should be easy-to-use and support high portability. Available in variety of colors these cameras offer pretty image and video quality and some of them even support waterproof feature too. It would be of great choice to opt a camera with burst mode feature because there is probability of capturing moving subjects during the parties. Most of the cameras listed below can be affordable under $200 price range they are also the lightweight models.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 Digital Camera


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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66
Canon IXUS 220 HS / PowerShot ELPH 300 HS
Sony CyberShot DSC-WX1
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 Digital Camera
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 Light Field Camera
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66 Light Field Camera
Canon IXUS 220 HS / PowerShot ELPH 300 HS  Digital Camera
Sony CyberShot DSC-WX1 B Black Digital Camera
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Release Date
Feb 2013
Feb 2012
Feb 2012
Feb 2011
Apr 2009
Camera Type
Ultra-Compact, Ultracompact
Light Field Camera, Ultra-Compact
Light Field Camera, Ultra-Compact
Ultra-Compact,Standard Point and Shoot
Ultra-Compact,Standard Point and Shoot
Frames Per Second
10.0 Frames
10.0 Frames
10.0 Frames
8.0 Frames
10.0 Frames
Weight
0.275 lb.
0.29 lb.
0.24 lb.
0.31 lb.
0.33 lb.
Optical Zoom
5.0 x
4.0 x
5.0 x
5.0 x
5.0 x
Resolution
18.0 Megapixel
16.2 Megapixel
18.2 Megapixel
12.1 Megapixel
10.2 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
BSI-CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.3 in.
3.0 in.
3.3 in.
2.7 in.
2.7 in.
Image Sensor Size
7.66 mm
7.7 mm
7.7 mm
7.7 mm

  • Why are people still buying these cameras? Is it the big screen, the colors? We know it's not the user experience. So... what then? We've heard it before: Touchscreens move units. But why? This isn't a phone; it's a camera, and cameras need buttons. Otherwise they'll handle like the TX30.

    Every spring we hear it over again: "I need a camera. It has to be cute and I have to be able to spill a drink on it." We also hear: "...and it has to cost less than $100," but let's not get greedy.


  • The Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 is an ultra-thin rugged camera for those who don't want to worry about the camera getting a little wet. It's certainly not for divers, as the touchscreen display does not work underwater. The otherwise beautiful OLED display is also difficult to see outdoors. The flash is very weak, and battery life is poor. Photo quality is decent for its class, though details are smudged when viewed full size. Since it lacks the GPS of its peers, the TX30 isn't a great value, either.


  • All the main camera manufacturers have produced waterproof cameras, but Sony's tend to stand out from the crowd as they look more like a normal camera, rather than some of the tough models that are also available. This doesn't mean the TX30 isn't tough - it's waterproof to 10m as well as being dust, freeze and shock proof. Adding to its stylish look, the 3.3 inch LCD touch screen fills the rear of the camera, with no buttons except for those on the top.


  • The rugged camera that doesn't look rugged, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 is a nice option for people wanting an ultracompact for days by the pool and nights on the town.


  • The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 is gorgeous on the outside thanks to a slick and slim design and a sharp rear touch-screen LCD. This rugged pocket camera is waterproof to 16 feet, but its image quality is very disappointing.


  • We can't call the Sony TX20 a plainly bad camera. We scored some fairly attractive shots, particularly when taking advantage of the fast burst mode. Plus, the idea of a moderately rugged camera inside a chic body is a lead that other manufacturers should follow. Yet, what else can we really say about a camera that makes no improvement on its predecessor? The only reason to buy a TX20 is because the TX10 is no longer widely available. It's insulting to the consumer base (bigger numbers are better, right?)


  • Sony's slimmest Cyber-shot, the DSC-TX66, is a fun and powerful snapshot camera that might be too small and have too many megapixels for its own good.


  • The major reason that cell phones are competing so effectively with P&S digicams is because people always have their cell phones with them, and a camera that's on hand always beats the camera you left at home.


  • The Cyber-shot TX66 lives up to Sony's reputation creating stylish and highly portable compact cameras. It comes with a good feature set and achieves good images with reliable programmed settings. We think that the new camera would make a worthy purchase for trendy shutterbugs and smartphone camera users looking for a step-up in image quality. Although the shooter has poor ISO performance, we find that its common in competing models such as the Canon Ixus 500 HS which also displays weakness in this area.


  • In summing up, whilst the Canon IXUS 220 HS is not the most innovative model of recent months to land on our test slab, all things considered it's another Recommended award from the Photographyblog team of testers for anyone looking for an undemanding good value pocket camera that will deliver decent image quality with the minimum of fuss. Exciting it may not be, but at times you just want a camera that does the job of an aide memoire and don't want to spend a fortune to get it.


  • The Canon ELPH 300 HS / IXUS 220 HS is a gorgeous little camera that seems to strike the perfect balance between size, features and ease of use. It's 2mm thinner than the ELPH 310 HS / IXUS 230 HS and slightly smaller in the other dimensions, and although that doesn't sound a lot, it makes a world of a difference in your hand, where it nestles snugly and feels rather nice too thanks to an all-over texture coating. This is a camera you really have to feel in your hand to appreciate.


  • - Limited exposure control. 8fps shooting limited to 3MP.
    - The quality of images produced exceeded expectation and go some way to rivalling higher-tech counterparts thanks to its high quality lens, 12.1MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor and Digic4 processer.


  • Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-WX1 is a great choice for intermediate photographers looking for a very compact camera with excellent low-light performance.

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    I really enjoyed using the WX1 and I captured some interesting images with it, but I also found the camera a bit frustrating - it sometimes appears to have been designed by a committee. On the one hand, the WX1 provides a lot of nifty features that were clearly added to appeal to more advanced shooters - it has a very good zoom that starts at a wide angle equivalent of 24mm, a manual White Balance mode, a 720p video mode, and enhanced low light shooting capabilities.


  • - Our panel of judges rated color accuracy and overall image quality excellent in test shots taken with the WX1, but images did show a bit of distortion and lack of sharpness.


Top 5 ultra-compact digital camera for party photos:

  1. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 Digital Camera
  2. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 Light Field Camera
  3. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66 Light Field Camera
  4. Canon IXUS 220 HS / PowerShot ELPH 300 HS Digital Camera
  5. Sony CyberShot DSC-WX1 B Black Digital Camera