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.
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.
Ultra-compact and stylish body
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.
Affordable price tag
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.
Large ISO range
Priced at Â£99.99 the Optio S1 enters a very competitive market and performance wise can certainly hold its own. It's not exactly feature packed and one or two of the modes give strange results (HDR), but if you enjoy shooting landscapes and portraits then the camera doesn't disappoint. The addition of Shake Reduction, and a 5x optical zoom lens in an ultra compact body makes it more appealing and the support for infra-red remote control is an unexpected extra.
A super compact addition to the Nikon range.
Overall, a nicely designed, nicely engineered and nicely priced camera. It's clear to see Nikon have been studying the compact market carefully before launching the S1 and the features developed have been well thought out. The balance of aesthetics and the practical photographical functions will attract audiences from both ends of the market and at Â£230 it may not be 'stocking-filler' cheap but this would be an ideal 'starter camera' thanks to the ease of operations, the 'plug n' play'...
Lightweight and portable
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.
Nice build quality
The Samsung ST30 is most suited to families looking for a budget digital compact camera that is easily pocketed for security and convenience without compromising too much on quality. It's got a decent build so if one of the kids gets hold of it and drops it, there's more chance of the camera withstanding the impact. If you're looking for a budget digital compact camera that produces good pictures then this a camera worth looking at.
Good value for money
The Samsung ST30 may not be as feature packed as other cameras, or may not offer as good handling as more expensive cameras, however, the Samsung ST30 (like the Kodak Easyshare Mini) has a number of key qualities that make it appealing for these reasons: It's REALLY small, it's got a really low price, and it looks really cute.
The ST30 provides great value by bringing together an attractive design with a set of market-leading features, providing great images on the move. The ultra compact model really packs a punch, with Smart Auto focus, an internal battery charging system, a 28mm lens and 3x power optical zoom, all contained within the cameraâ?? s fun-sized body.
"cute" little digital camera
The Exilim EX-Z800 is a fashion savvy digicam that is small enough to fit into the smallest of pockets and purses. With six color choices, this is sure to be a hit among the younger crowds. It offers good image quality and performance, however it will have some trouble focusing in low-light conditions due to not having a focus assist lamp.
Good quality at low ISOs.
The Exilim EX-Z800 is a well featured compact that is certainly capable of producing excellent results in the right conditions. The quality at higher sensitivities could be better, but the camera will suit those who tend to take most of their pictures outdoors in good light, or indoors with the flash at close distances.
With the camera priced at under Â£150 I feel it represents good value for money as the image quality, especially at lower ISOs exceeds many other cameras at this price point.
Zoom feature on LCD is great for making sure photo is in perfect focus.
During my Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T90 review, I showed the camera to a few people, receiving plenty of "oohs" and "aahs" from each person. The bright body colors and slide panel on the front of the DSC-T90 make it a very impressive looking digital camera. Then, when they saw the large touch screen LCD, the "oohs" turned into, "How can I buy this camera?" There's no question: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T90 is a great looking camera.
For the most part, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T90 handles the image well
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T90's pretty colors and sleek, sliding faceplate alone will sell this camera. Oh, there's also the 3-inch all touch-screen LCD and babbling brook of Auto features like Smile Shutter and Blink Warning. However, we discovered that the Cyber-shot DSC-T90's image quality did not have enough stamina to endure a majority of our tests. We found some echelon of failure in every image, which was a major letdown.
Solidly built camera
And yet, with Panasonic suggesting a sales price of Â£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.
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