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Best Rated Digital Compact Camera

Updated on May 20, 2013

Digital Compact Camera

Tips where to buy the best & cheapest digital compact camera as well as list of the bestselling under $300 digital compact camera

Precious moments with your family and friends are memorable, capture these moments with digital camera and you will treasure these memories forever.

I remember someone said to me that "photograph captures one second, but pictures / photos will stay for a lifetime", It means that photograph will capture one single moment of your life, but photo will always be a reminder of that very special moment and you can look at it for the rest of your life.

With the current advanced technology, you can point and shoot as many pictures as you like using a digital compact camera.

It is compact, slim and light. You can carry it everywhere you go, and ready to capture your "special moments".

It is affordable. You don't have to break your bank balance to purchase a good, decent digital camera. With less than $300, you can get a great camera which enable you to capture great, clear pictures and the ability to print out your pictures to a larger resolution.

It is easy to use. Just turn on the camera, point the camera to the object you'd like to take picture of, and press the shoot button to capture it.

In this article, you will find all theinformation you'll need about tips of purchasing the best digital compact camera and top 10 digital compact camera for 2011.

Tips of buying the digital camera

#1 Size and Convenience

At the moment, there are four major types of camera:

a) Ultra Compact

b) Compact

c) Full Size / Big Zoomer

d) DSLR

Ultra compact and compact camera are usually light and small enough to carry and fit in your pocket. While the full size & DSLR camera are big, bulky and quite heavy.

#2 What do you like to take photo of?

Your photography style and need will determine what kind of camera feature you'll need. If you only take a family / friend picture, self-portrait and other point and shoot photos, digital compact camera's features are more than sufficient to give you great pictures.

However, if you like to take an action photo (such as sport), landscape & nature photo, low & high lighting; it's better for you to purchase the big zoomer / DSLR camera.

#3 Digital Camera Features

Choose the digital camera which has all the features you need for all your photography needs.

The two main important features that you must understand before purchasing any camera are: the camera's megapixel and its optical zoom / digital zoom range.

Megapixels

Many people believe that the higher the megapixel, the better the picture quality will be. Unfortunately, this is not 100% correct.

I have a 8.0 megapixel camera with has a small camera sensor & lens, and its image quality are worse than my friend's 5.0 megapixel compact camera which has quite good camera sensor & lens. My 8.0 megapixel camera produces photos with lots of noise so I now understand that higher megapixel doesn't necessary means better picture quality.

Optical & Digital Zoom

Normally we hear about optical and digital zoom from the camera salesperson. What are they? And what are the difference between these zooms?

Zoom-in means you bring the object closer to you without the need of you move closer to the object.

I take my camera as an example. It is a 15 optical zoom & 24 digital zoom camera. When I zoom-in the camera lens, the lens moves and it can zoom up to15x and bring the object closer up to 15x. After the 15x mark, I still able to zoom-in up to 24x, but the lens is not moving anymore and it's no longer pulling the object closer. Anything above 15x is no longer called "optical zoom", it is actually a "digital zoom".

Digital zoom is an enlarged image of the image that has been displayed by the optical lens, so basically digital zoom is to enlarge the existing image that has been captured by the camera. The consequences of using digital zoom is the image will have reduced sharpness quality and blurred. It will take away the quality of your images. Stay away from the digital zoom. It's recommended for not using the digital zoom.

On the other hand, the optical zoom is the real zoom, it will bring the object closer to your lens camera It keeps the quality of the object.

Tip from me: Choose the camera which has higher optical zoom range. Ignore the digital zoom range.

And all other basic features such as:

- Image stabilization: to prevent capturing a blurry image

- Face recognition

- Automatic red eye reduction

- Larger LED Screen

- Higher ISO sensitivity

#4 Budget and Brand

Decide on your budget.

How much do you want to spend on your camera? Would you rather spend less for an older camera which offer basic features that you need for all your photography need?

Or are you prepared to spend more for a newer camera which offer more advanced features?

The camera's brand is also another important factor for you to decide.

What's your favorite camera brand? Are you going to stick with it or are you going to choose another brand?

#5 Camera Accessories

Accessories for digital camera are:

- Memory cards

- Battery

- Charger

- Camera bag

- Tripod

Out of all the above, memory cards, battery and charger are the most important factor for me to look at before I purchase a digital camera.

Memory Card

We must use a memory card to store our digital images. The storage capacity of the memory card limits the number of images / videos you can save at one time. Of course you can transfer the image from the memory card to your computer. The most common memory cards are Compact Flash and Secure Digital (SD) Card.

However, different digital cameras use different type of memory card. For example:

- Most of Sony digital cameras use Memory Stick

- Most of Olympus and Fuji cameras use xD Picture Cards

Battery

Different digital cameras use different battery types. At the moment, many digital compact camera use standard AAA or AA battery, so it's very convenience. If you run out of battery, you can replace them easily.

But many digital cameras also use a specific battery, in which you'll need to recharge it directly from your camera or from the provided battery charger. It may be quite expensive to purchase a spare battery / a replacement battery.

#6 Where to purchase the camera from?

Are you prefer to purchase it online or in-store?

Both have their own advantages. In-store, you can touch and play around with many cameras first before deciding which one you like the most. However, price-wise, it will be better to purchase it online.

My tips: Go to the camera store first, play around with the camera, ask as many questions as you can to the storeperson. When you're happy with the camera, check & compare the deals online & in-store, then you can decide which store will give you the best price & deals.

TOP 10 DIGITAL COMPACT CAMERA FOR 2011

(LIST UPDATED MONTHLY)

- Megapixel: 12.1 Megapixels

- Optical zoom: 4x wide angle optical zoom stabilized zoom, to prevent fuzzy / blurred shots

- 28mm wide-angle lens

- 2.7 inch PureColor Sytem LCD

- Smart AUTO mode intelligently selects from 18 predefined settings

- 15 Shooting modes

- Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 80, ISO auto, ISO 1600; Shoot in Low light mode for dimly-lit situations (ISO 400 - 6400)

- Exposure Control: Beach, Kids & pets, Snow, Portrait mode, Slow shutter, Night mode, Fireworks, Low light, Snap shot, Underwater, Indoor, Foliage

- Available in 5 colors: Blue, Brown, Green, Pink & Silver

- Product dimensions: 3.6 x 0.8 x 2.2inches; 5 ounces

- Date first available : February 8, 2010

Comes with the Lithium-ion Battery Pack NB-6L, Battery Charger CB-2LY, Wrist Strap WS-DC7, USB Interface & AV cable.

[As at 1 December 2011]

Price: $179.00

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2. Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD - Black
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD - Black

- Megapixel: 12.1-megapixel effective recording

- Optical Zoom: 12X optical zoom, Optical image stabilization

- Built-in GPS function lets you keep track of your photos by location

- Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 80, ISO auto, ISO auto (1600-6400), ISO 1600

- Exposure Control Type: Candle, Beach, Transform, Snow, High sensitivity, Starry sky, Soft skin, Baby1, Baby2, Photo frame, Portrait mode, Aerial photo, Hi-speed burst, Film grain, Flash-burst, Pin hole, High dynamic, Party/indoor, Night portrait, Self-portrait, Pet, Scenery, Food, Fireworks, Panorama assist, Night scene, Underwater, Sports mode, Sunset

- Memory Cards: Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card

- Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 4.1 x 2.4 inches ; 7.7 ounces

- Date first available at Amazon.com: February 20, 2010

 

3. Nikon Coolpix L22

Nikon Coolpix L22 12.0MP Digital Camera with 3.6x Optical Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD (Red-primary)
Nikon Coolpix L22 12.0MP Digital Camera with 3.6x Optical Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD (Red-primary)

- Megapixel: 12.0 megapixels for stunning prints as large as 16 x 20 inches

- Optical zoom: 3.6x optical zoom

- 3.6x Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens (37mm to 134mm)

- Bright 3.0-inch LCD

- Easy Auto Mode with Scene Auto Selector; capture 640 x 480 movies with sound at 30fps

- Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 1.2 x 2.4 inches ; 1.4 pounds

- Battery: LR6/L40 (AA-size) alkaline batteries x2

- Date first available at Amazon.com February 2, 2010

 

4. Fujifilm FinePix S1800

Fujifilm FinePix S1800 12.2 MP Digital Camera with 18x Wide Angle Optical Dual Image Stabilized Zoom and 3-Inch LCD
Fujifilm FinePix S1800 12.2 MP Digital Camera with 18x Wide Angle Optical Dual Image Stabilized Zoom and 3-Inch LCD

- Megapixel: 12.2-megapixel

- Optical zoom: 18x wide-angle optical zoom lens, Dual Image Stabilization

- Capture movies in HD quality 720p resolution-

- 3.0-inch high-contrast LCD and Electronic View Finder

- Track a moving subject automatically for still picture capture

- Battery: 4-AA Batteries

- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 5.5 x 3.9 inches ; 2 pounds

- Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

 

5. Canon PowerShot SD1400IS

Canon PowerShot SD1400IS 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Pink)
Canon PowerShot SD1400IS 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Pink)

- Megapixel: 14.1-megapixel resolution

- Optical zoom: 4x optical zoom

- Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 80, ISO auto, ISO 1600

- Exposure Control Type: Beach, Kids & pets, Night snapshot, Portrait mode, Slow shutter, Stitch assist, Fireworks, Low light, Underwater, Indoor, Foliage

- Battery: Lithium-ion Battery Pack NB-4L

- Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 0.7 x 2.2 inches ; 4.6 ounces

- Date first available at Amazon.com: February 8, 2010

 

6. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 8x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Red)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 8x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Red)

- Megapixel: 14 Megapixels

- Optical zoom: 8x optical zoom

- Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 80, ISO auto, ISO auto (1600-6400), ISO 1600

- Exposure Control: Candle, Beach, Transform, Snow, High sensitivity, Starry sky, Soft skin, Baby1, Baby2, Portrait mode, Aerial photo, Hi-speed burst, Film grain, Flash-burst, Party/indoor, Night portrait, Self-portrait, Pet, Scenery, Food, Fireworks, Night scene, Sports mode, Sunset

- Product Dimensions: 6 x 7 x 2 inches ; 1 pounds

- Date first available at Amazon.com: September 14, 2004

 

7. Nikon Coolpix S3000

Nikon Coolpix S3000 12.0 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Electronic Vibration Reduction (VR) Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Plum)
Nikon Coolpix S3000 12.0 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Electronic Vibration Reduction (VR) Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Plum)

- Megapixel: 12.0 megapixels

- Optical zoom: 4x optical zoom

- Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 80, ISO auto (80-400), ISO auto (80-800), ISO auto (80-1600), ISO 1600, ISO 3200

- Battery: EN-EL10 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery

- Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 0.7 x 3.7 inches ; 4.2 ounces

- Date first available at Amazon.com: February 2, 2010

 

8. Canon PowerShot SD1300IS

Canon PowerShot SD1300IS 12 MP Digital Camera with 4x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Pink)
Canon PowerShot SD1300IS 12 MP Digital Camera with 4x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Pink)

- Megapixel: 12.1-megapixel

- Optical zoom: 4x optical zoom

- Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 80, ISO auto, ISO 1600

- Exposure Control: Beach, Kids & pets, Snow, Portrait mode, Slow shutter, Night mode, Fireworks, Low light, Snap shot, Underwater, Indoor, Foliage

- Battery: Lithium-ion Battery Pack NB-6L

- Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 0.8 x 2.2 inches ; 5 ounces

- Date first available at Amazon.com: February 8, 2010

 

9. Sony DSC-W350

Sony DSC-W350 14.1MP Digital Camera with 4x Wide Angle Zoom with Optical Steady Shot Image Stabilization and 2.7 inch LCD (Black)
Sony DSC-W350 14.1MP Digital Camera with 4x Wide Angle Zoom with Optical Steady Shot Image Stabilization and 2.7 inch LCD (Black)

- Megapixel: 14.1-megapixel resolution

- Optical zoom: 4x optical zoom

- Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 80, ISO auto, ISO 1600, ISO 3200

- Exposure Control: Beach, Backlight portrait, Snow, High sensitivity, Landscape, Portrait mode, Gourmet, Twilight portrait, Back light, Pet, Fireworks, Soft snap, Twilight mode

- Memory Card: Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo

- Battery: lithium-ion battery

- Product Dimensions: 2 x 5.6 x 6.1 inches ; 1.1 pounds

- Date first available at Amazon.com: January 6, 2010

 

10. Canon PowerShot SX120IS

Canon PowerShot SX120IS 10MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Images Stabilized Zoom and 3-inch LCD
Canon PowerShot SX120IS 10MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Images Stabilized Zoom and 3-inch LCD

- Megapixel: 10.0 megapixel

- Optical zoom: 10x optical zoom

- Battery: AA batteries

- Memory card: SD/SDHC memory cards

- Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 2.8 x 1.8 inches ; 8.8 ounces

- Date first available at Amazon.com: August 19, 2009

 

TOP 10 BESTSELLING DIGITAL COMPACT CAMERA

(LIST UPDATED HOURLY)

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    Very helpful and interesting Lens, I think it would be nice to feature on my "Outstanding Zazzle Phohographers" Lens.

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    Se7enTime LM 6 years ago

    kapan bisa belinya ya ane gan?