Comparing 11 of the most popular consumer models, he singles out the Canon A630 as having the best picture quality and the Fuji FinePix F30 (my point and shoot of choice) as having the best low-light pictures.
Those steps take you through the kinds of questions you should ask and things you should think about before you buy your next camera.
6. Optical Zooms are King
Not all ‘zooms’ are created equal.
When you’re looking at different models of digital cameras you’ll often
hear their zooms talked about in two ways. Firstly there’s the ‘optical
zoom’ and then there’s the ‘digital zoom’.
I would highly recommend that you only take into
consideration the ‘optical zoom’ when making a decision about which
camera to buy. Digital zooms simply enlarge the pixels in your shot
which does make your subject look bigger, but it also makes it look
more pixelated and your picture ‘noisier’ (like when you go up close to
Q: I want to photograph sports and nature (especially
landscapes and animals), and I want to spend under $450. Any compacts
fit the bill?
Here are the criteria they set for that sort of picture taking:
A: A lot of great compact digital cameras cost $450 or
less these days. But for sports and nature photography, you'll want a
model that has a long zoom lens with at least an f/2.8 aperture at the
wide end -- a must for existing-light photography and extended flash