Extremely small camera, Metal body, Plenty of built-in memory
The Nikon Coolpix S02 is designed to be used when out with friends etc. It's small enough to carry around in your pocket or bag and you'd barely even know it was there. Smart phone users aren't likely to see much of an appeal though as you can't upload to the web straight away - if there was built-in Wi-Fi then it would be a fantastic camera for those who want to upload their pictures onto Facebook before they get home. The camera is made of metal, looks stylish and comes in a number of colours.
Excellent compact digital camera, in or out of water, with 5x optical zoom
We've never had any problem with all our TX cameras when it comes to using it in the water, whether it's the ocean or local public pool or bathtub. They've always been waterproof 100%. People who had trouble usually left the camera exposed in the sun for too long, which eventually degraded the rubber that offers the waterproofing seal, or did not clean the camera properly per instructions.
Very compact form factor
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."
Decent photo quality for its class, Stylish, ultra-thin metal body
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.
Excellent Magnifying Glass Plus mode
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.
Small and quite stylish
The Pentax Optio LS465 is a no-frills budget compact that offers 16MP of effective resolution. While it's not going to set the world alight in terms of features or build quality, the flexibility offered by its 5x optical zoom coupled with the superior image quality it's capable of producing at lower ISO settings make it a more reliable image capturing tool than a cameraphone or smartphone.
Customisable skins is a fairly unique feature
It does appear that Pentax have very much designed this camera with the ladies in mind, it's picture with a lipstick on their website and is available in pink and purple, possibly not the ideal choice for many men! But for the gents, there is the black version and it certainly won't leave you feeling embarrassed. The LS465 isn't the most feature packed camera, but it is easy to use and takes a decent shot.
A fun design, but better image quality is available at this price
This camera doesn't make for a significant upgrade to a camera-phone. The 5x optical zoom is one feature that phones can't match, but the unreliable focus when zoomed in and the lack of optical stabilisation limit its appeal. Unless the interchangeable designs are too tempting to resist, we'd recommend the Canon PowerShot A3200 IS instead.
Good images and video
The Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS is a fine camera. Its small size makes it very convenient to carry around and its powerful zoom provides the user with tremendous versatility. It's a quick performer, for the most part, though its shot-to-shot speed could be faster, especially when the flash is utilized. It produces sharp, colorful, low distortion images throughout the frame at all focal lengths, including in low light.
Stylish metal body, High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor
The Canon IXUS 500 HS is a good attempt to marry the classic styling of the IXUS range with a big zoom lens, but the tiny controls, poor battery life, so-so image quality at high ISO speeds and the eye-watering price-tag detract somewhat from its overall appeal.
Optical zoom while movie recording
The ELPH 520 HS / IXUS 500 HS is truly a marvel of miniaturisation. If you're looking for a pocket zoom that really is pocketable you be hard pressed to find a model that matches it for size, weight and classy good looks. The quality is more than skin deep, it's beautifully engineered and feels like a quality product.
Stunning design, Well-specified, Impressive LCD screen
The Canon IXUS 500 HS is a compact camera that impresses at first sight. Not only is the model one of the most stylish currently on the market, but it also features a weighty specification to match its eye-catching looks. The combination of 10.1MP CMOS sensor, Canon's HS technology, DIGIC 5 processor and 12x optical zoom results in both excellent image quality and a versatility up there with more advanced compacts.
Outstanding image quality versus similarly priced cameras
Canon has always had specific market segments for its cameras. Its Rebel line of DSLR cameras is aimed at beginning and intermediate photographers. The company also has several high-end DSLR cameras aimed at professionals.
Then there are budget-priced PowerShot models, usually costing less than $200. These cameras typically have very limited features and performance levels.
Good-looking and super portable
The Elph 520 HS is a hard sell. Looking at only the specifications, you might not see enough of an upgrade here to justify the purchase. But once itÃ¢Â? Â? s actually in your hands, you can see where it proves its worth. The button navigation gets rid of the touchscreen interface (overrated, in my opinion) and makes handling more in your control.
Excellent color accuracy
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.
Increased focusing speed and mode flexibility
The Sony DSC-TX20 is a largely iterative update to last year's TX-10 model. Waterproofing hasn't improved, and neither has the sensor's specs, but apparently increased focusing speed and mode flexibility make it the better bet. Treading water? Perhaps, but then that's what this camera is all about.
Good image quality and colour
You can tell that the Sony Cyber-shot TX20 has put an emphasis on design and style, rather than ruggedness, as the camera has a stylish sliding front cover (that also makes it slower to dry after being wet), and a stylish wide-aspect touch screen rather than chunky buttons. As the camera is rated to depths of 5 meters, and shockproof from 1.5 meters we would say that this is a camera for someone who wants an ultra compact, stylish camera, with the occassional water adventure.
16-megapixel backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor
Overall, we think that the TX20's ultracompact build coupled with its unique dual-color design may be appealing to young and trendy shutterbugs. Those in the market for a compact that can handle more than a little the usual knocks and bumps could find the TX20 as a worthy candidate, too.
Good video quality, Decent image quality
The TX20 is a tough camera that doesn't look like one. Casual shooters and anyone wanting to bring a touch of style to the seaside will be pleased with its images. Pixel peepers and those wanting to make serious enlargements from its prints will probably want to look elsewhere.
We like the TX20, but can't help feeling a bit disappointed that this is not the successor we would have expected, given how well its predecessor, the TX10, performed.
Perfect sized pocket digicam, stylish
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. That's a powerful argument for cell phone cameras, but the tiny TX66 will totally blow away any currently available smartphone when it comes to image quality - and it is noticeably less than half the size of the newest Apple and Samsung smartphones, so it is easily small enough to...
Stylish and sleek design
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.
Decent point and shoot camera
I am enjoying the use of this camera. To appreciate the value of this item, you have to acknowledge its limitations which are the same as any budget friendly camera. It will not produce SLR photos; however, it does produce pictures that are as good as any point and shoot compact camera. It rendered excellent outdoor photos, still and sport. The indoor photos were good. I did adjust some settings to get the results that I desired, but it was super easy. The camera is very user friendly.
Photo quality is excellent
The Canon PowerShot Elph 310 HS is certainly a recommendable camera. It takes nice photos, it's relatively simple to operate, and it's well priced for what you're getting. Snapshooters looking to improve on the photo quality of their smartphones and actually have an optical zoom without feeling weighed down should check it out.
Offers HD video capability alongside stills
The Canon IXUS 310 HS' swollen proportions suggest a 16x travel zoom capability might lurk beneath its exterior so it's a slight disappointment to find a 4.4x optical zoom in its place. Whilst this is adequate for everyday snapping, it's therefore left to the rear 3.2-inch, 461k dot LCD to deliver the wow factor.
Super-slim stylish compact design
The Canon ELPH 310 HS / IXUS 230 HS sits more or less in the middle of the ELPH / IXUS range in terms of price and features. The stand-out features it offers are an excellent zoom range and versatile movie shooting options packed into a slim and attractive body. Added to these it has 'Intelligent' optical image stabilsation which makes it easier to get steady shots when shooting hand-held.
Full HD movie capability with HDMI output
Touch-screen aficionados will revel at the size and clarity of the 310 HS' monolithic LCD, although - in spite of putting in a generally good performance - there were occasions when we missed the immediacy of being able to switch modes using physical controls. These intermittent frustrations aside, image quality and low light performance is particularly impressive.
Large high quality touch screen
The Canon IXUS 310 is nicely styled with a strikingly enormous touch screen filling almost its entire back. It's responsive and easy to use in most instances though smaller onscreen controls can be fiddly, and with no physical controls to fall back on it can get frustrating to use. Otherwise it's a capable mid-range compact with a 4.4x zoom lens, good image quality, Full HD video and notably good low light performance.
Sleek, stylish and a little bit sexy too
Canon always come up trumps with the aesthetics of its IXUS range and the IXUS 310 HS is testament to this: sleek, stylish and a little bit sexy too, with it's full metal body giving it an expensive look and feel. At 100.6 x 55.4 x 25.0 mm, the camera is small but not tiny or ultra slim and as a result it is comfortable to hold and at 185g feels reassuringly weighty in the hand.
The JX580 is a very basic Fujifilm camera, with hardly any additions to the JX550 from last year. This camera is designed for supreme simplicity, offering large 16-megapixel photos, 720p HD video capture and a 5x zoom. We like the ease of use on this camera designed for beginners. If you want a one-button kind of camera, and have no preference for how it functions or inserting your own artistic twist, the JX580 could be for you. We cannot emphasize basic enough with this model.
Response times are poor, including start-up and shutter lag
I wish I had more good things to say about the Fujifilm FinePix JX580, but it's tough to find a lot of positives with this beginner-level, point and shoot camera.
The JX580 may grab your attention with its sub-$100 price point and its thin design. However, the positive aspects to this camera stop there.
The FinePix JX580's shot to shot delays and shutter lag are a significant problem, which will cause you to miss some spontaneous photos.
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