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The best ultra compact digital cameras under $150 are available from the brands like Panasonic and Samsung. These cameras offer up to 3 inch display screen and also capture photos having up to 14 megapixel resolution.

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Pentax Optio S1

Pentax Optio S1 Digital Camera


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Pentax Optio S1
Samsung PL120
Samsung DualView ST700
Panasonic lumix DMC-FP3
Casio EXILIM EX-ZS5
Pentax Optio S1 Digital Camera
Samsung PL120 Digital Camera
Samsung DualView ST700 Digital Camera
Panasonic lumix FP3 Digital Camera
Casio EXILIM EX-ZS5 Digital Camera
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Release Date
Mar 2011
Jan 2011
Jan 2011
Mar 2010
Jan 2011
Camera Type
Ultra-Compact,Standard Point and Shoot
Ultra-Compact,Standard Point and Shoot
Ultra-Compact,Standard Point and Shoot
Ultra-Compact,Standard Point and Shoot
Ultra-Compact,Standard Point and Shoot
Optical Zoom
5.0 x
5.0 x
5.0 x
4.0 x
5.0 x
Resolution
14.0 Megapixel
14.2 Megapixel
16.1 Megapixel
14.5 Megapixel
14.1 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CCD
CCD
CCD
CCD
CCD
LCD Screen Size
2.7 in.
2.7 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
2.7 in.
Image Sensor Size
7.7 mm
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    The Pentax Optio S1 has a brilliant exterior that caught the eye of our entire imaging team. Yet in the same way that a middle-aged, underemployed man might go out and buy a sports car to overcompensate for his insecurities, Pentaxâ??it seems, is also overcompensating for their just-average camera, by coating it in a metallic sheen. The comparison is doubly true considering its pictures are literally overcompensated, thanks to artificial sharpness, saturation, and contrast enhancements.

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    We liked Pentax's low cost snappers of last year in the RS1000 (superceded by the RS1500) and i-10, which like the S1 majored heavily on funky design but for us delivered a more consistent imaging performance than the S1, which is slightly more variable in terms of quality and reliability than we would have hoped for.

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    The Pentax Optio S1 is a stylish ultra-compact camera that is made to slip into the smallest of pockets or handbags; while at the same time offer simple operation. If you're looking for a Sub $200 US camera that takes nice photos for mid to large sized prints, the S1 will more than likely please you. However, it's slower shooting performance when compared to its siblings (even less expensive models) might deter some.

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    The front-facing LCD found on the Samsung PL120 indicatesâ?? at least to usâ?? that this is a camera intended for the most casual of casual users, whose most common framing is the cheek-to-cheek B.F.F. self-portrait, bound for Facebook and tagging and commenting and maybe even some scrapbooking at the end of the semester. Yet the performance is nothing to sneeze at. While the PL120 didnâ?? t shock us with amazing score spikes, this Samsung posted solid results consistently.


  • The Samsung PL120 is a camera that can be taken out and about and if it gets damaged then because of the reasonable price it doesn't matter as much. The simple design, while not breaking any new ground, won't make you ashamed to take it out in a crowd. If you're one of these people then you need to take a look at the Samsung PL120.


  • The Samsung PL120 is a camera that can be used by all the family from novice younger users, networking teenagers and proud parents to technophobic grandparents alike. The only problem we can foresee is with people who have larger hands. They probably won't get on with the tiny format or cluttered back. There are a lot of pros to outweigh the cons though.

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    Samsung seems to have the Dual View market cornered. These unique models offer a great deal of appeal with features that fit the needs of a wide variety of users; especially for the younger masses. Overall, we enjoyed using the ST700. This model offers competitive image quality and shooting performance, loads of fun exposure modes and filters, along with a competitive price tag of $279 USD or less.


  • The latest dual-screen camera from Samsung offers plenty of bang for your buck, apart from its lackluster touchscreen.


  • The latest dual-screen camera from Samsung offers plenty of bang for your buck, apart from its lacklustre touchscreen.


  • A basic ultracompact point-and-shoot with a touch screen, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3 can outshoot the average camera phone.


  • And yet, with Panasonic suggesting a sales price of £179 at the time of writing, and given that for the relatively modest outlay you're getting a solidly built camera that marries 14 megapixels to a 4x optical zoom within a body depth of just 18.6mm, this camera feels very fair value indeed.

    The FP3 features a build quality that trumps others in its price bracket, and a feature set that, given this is an unassuming snapshot model in all other respects, is again impressive for the cost.


  • - All the pictures I took with the Lumix DMC FP3 are sharp, colourful and bright.
    - The screens are very clear and the areas you press to change settings are a good size.
    - I am very happy with the quality of my outdoor test shots.
    - All three of my portrait shots look good.
    - This camera is very well priced and is an excellent option if you are looking for touch control and value for money. 14 megapixels. 4x optical zoom lens.


  • If you are in the market for an entry level camera that offers a big resolution, a wide angle lens, a respectable zoom and macro function and a set of easy to use controls then the ZS5 or ZS10 is the camera for you. Providing you can get it at the right price. The ZS10 with more compact body, improved video quality, and more attractive colours and styling appears to be the better choice, however, if you just want a compact budget camera, then the ZS5 would do the job.