by Brad Soo on October 20 2008

Welcome to the Digital Photography Interface Buyers’ Guide page! If you’re looking for camera reviews, you’re probably shopping for a digital camera, right? I review a lot of digital cameras every year and for people looking for a camera, it can be a pain to wade through so many digital cameras in the market trying to choose “the best”. To make things easier, here’s a list of digital cameras you might want to consider:

Buyers’ guide list last updated on April 22nd, 2009:

Best sub-$100 camera:
Canon PowerShot A480
The new A480 succeeds Canon’s old entry-level offering and now packs 10 megapixels, a 3.3X zoom lens, 2.5 inch LCD, good image quality and is very fast (except continuous shooting). Movie mode has been improved and can now record VGA clips at a usable 30 FPS. Unfortunately, the A480 carries over the same low-resolution display and still lacks optical image stabilization.

Best sub-$200 cameras:
Canon PowerShot A2000 IS
Need a camera with lots of zoom (6X optical zoom), a big 3 inch screen and excellent battery life to carry around with you in your pocket? The Canon PowerShot A2000 IS fits the bill perfectly. Although you’d definitely need a tripod or bear with high ISO and noise in low-light, in other conditions, this camera is very capable at taking good quality photos.

Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS Digital ELPH aka Digital IXUS 95
A small camera that’s an all-rounder - it takes good photos, performs quickly, has above average battery life and a tiny design. Comes in 6 interesting colors too. Just watch out for some color fringing and there are no manual controls here either.

Olympus Stylus 1040 aka Olympus mju 1040
Ever fancied a stylish, thin camera that can take nice photos? The Olympus Stylus 1040 may fit the bill with its 10 megapixels of resolution, 2.7 inch LCD and non-extending 3X optical zoom lens. The camera is a little weak for low-light and sports shooting and has below average battery life, but for everything else, it performs decently; it even has built-in help and a face detection system that picks up to 16 faces in a photo. The camera’s design alone makes it look like it’s worth a lot more than the ~$180 price tag you’re paying.

Panasonic Lumix FS5
The Lumix FS5 may not be as thin as the Olympus Stylus 1040, but it can still fit into your pocket with ease. The Lumix FS5 is a nice all-rounder camera - it outputs good image quality in all sorts of conditions, offers a wide-angle lens, speedy performance, great battery life and optical image stabilization. Aside from smudging some of the finer details in photos and redeye, you’d appreciate everything else this camera does.

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