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Awesome Sub-$200 Point-and-Shoot Digital Cameras

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At a Glance

The FE-5010 takes good pictures and is easy to use. If that's all you're looking for in a camera, you'll likely be satisfied.

Lowest price: $158.00 via Amazon.com Marketplace

Pros

  • 5x optical zoom
  • Backlight boost on excellent LCD

Cons

  • Spartan feature set
  • Proprietary USB cord and xD card
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The Optio P70 lacks a few frills, but it represents good value for a stylishly thin point-and-shoot.

Pros

  • Wide-angle 4X optical zoom
  • HD video capture

Cons

  • Lacks optical image stabilization
  • No HDMI connectivity
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For value, ease of use, looks, and image quality, the Coolpix L20 is one of the best bargain point-and-shoots we've seen.

Pros

  • Great image quality for the price
  • Extremely easy to use

Cons

  • A bit bulky
  • No manual ISO controls
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This solid entry-level camera has easy controls and good picture modes, but sharpness and portrait abilities are weak spots.

Price when rated: $140

Pros

  • Intuitive controls
  • Flexible, useful in-camera modes

Cons

  • Faces appear reddish in viewfinder
  • Auto Picture function is hit-or-miss
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For a bargain-bin camera, the Lumix DMC-LS85 offers nice stabilization, good images, a Leica lens, and great scene modes.

Price when rated: $120

Pros

  • Good stabilization and image quality
  • Convenient Intelligent Auto mode button

Cons

  • Hard to operate with one hand
  • Plasticky build and flimsy doors
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The Lumix DMC-FS25 serves up a wide-angle lens, fun features, a huge LCD screen, and great battery life for the price.

Lowest price: $250.00 via Amazon.com Marketplace

Pros

  • 29mm wide-angle Leica lens
  • Great picture quality and battery life

Cons

  • Mini-joystick navigation is finicky
  • Buttons are a bit small
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The slick DSC-W230 has a great LCD and neat in-camera features, but its image quality and stabilization could be better.

Lowest price: $99.00 via Amazon.com Marketplace

Pros

  • Excellent 3-inch LCD screen
  • Fun UI and slideshow features

Cons

  • Image stabilization not always effective
  • Proprietary USB connector
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A great value for the price, with better image quality than more expensive cameras and a nice feature set.

Price when rated: $200

Pros

  • Very good image quality
  • Sturdy design with simple interface

Cons

  • Mediocre LCD screen
  • Optical viewfinder shows 85% of scene
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The super-entry-level PowerShot A480 does offer good image quality, but the lack of any stabilization is a major drawback.

Price when rated: $130
Lowest price: $170.00 via Amazon.com Marketplace

Pros

  • Good image quality
  • Very easy to use

Cons

  • No image stabilization whatsoever
  • Very plasticky build
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The fashion-first Finepix Z30 backs up its looks with sharp images, but its design and rubber buttons won't please everyone.

Lowest price: $160.00 via Amazon.com Marketplace

Pros

  • Surprisingly good image quality
  • Very easy to use

Cons

  • Rubberized controls are very basic
  • No appeal unless you're a teenage girl
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