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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Ricoh Australia CX4

Ricoh's CX4 compact digital camera is almost identical to the CX3, but it offers a new subject-tracking focus mode and a dedicated creative mode on its dial. It's a fun camera to use and the end results are almost always pleasing. However, it doesn't have a manual mode, so you can't dial in specific aperture and shutter values. But if you want a high-quality, mega-zoom camera that can do the hard work for you, then it's perfect.

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  • 13th Sept., 2010
  • Elias Plastiras
  • Ricoh Australia
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  • Pros:
  • Excellent LCD screen, excellent focusing performance, speedy, takes clear and vibrant images, big zoom lens, excellent menu system
  • Cons:
  • No manual mode, noisy images, some chromatic aberration
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