Holiday gift guide: Best compact digital cameras

10 of the best compact cameras of 2010

Whether you're looking for a sub-$200 compact digital camera for everyday use, or a more expensive compact camera that has manual features, we've got you covered.

Buying a camera for the holidays can be a trying experience as there are so many models to choose from, with many different capabilities and price points. In this round-up, we selected a few inexpensive cameras that we think can get the job done, as well as some more advanced compacts that get the job done and then some.

If all you want is to buy a camera for your kids or grandparents, then something like the Canon PowerShot A490 is perfect; if you want to buy a more advanced camera either for yourself or someone special, then you should spend a little more and check out the fantastic little Canon PowerShot S95, which offers lots manual features in a small and elegant package.

Happy shopping!

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Canon PowerShot A490

The Canon PowerShot A490 is a cheap digital camera that can take high quality images. It's a simple point-and-shoot without extensive manual features and it runs on AA batteries. We don't like its shutter button, and it didn't handle highlights too well during our tests, but it can nevertheless take relatively clear and vibrant images considering its price tag.

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  • 23rd Aug., 2010
  • Elias Plastiras
  • Canon
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  • Good clarity and colours for such an inexpensive camera, good battery life using AAs, improved button layout over the PowerShot A480
  • Cons:
  • Shutter button doesn't have a distinct two-step feel, highlights were overexposed
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