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Q: Compact digital cameras ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Compact digital cameras
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: marfox-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 16 Dec 2002 22:37 PST
Expires: 15 Jan 2003 22:37 PST
Question ID: 125854
Which are the five highest rated compact digital cameras with a
minimum three megapixels, and selling under five hundred dollars?
Subject: Re: Compact digital cameras
Answered By: lot-ga on 17 Dec 2002 02:57 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hello marfox-ga

5 rated cameras extrapolated from review sites below:

Canon S45 - sells at lowest price of $459
The original Canon S40 used the same technology as the rated Canon G2
to produce outstanding photos transplanted into a smaller body. The
new Canon S45 which does the same and is based on the new Canon G3

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Reviews at
DP review
"The others may cost more but the S45 is the best subcompact four
megapixel currently available."
DC resource
"The photo quality on the S45 was impressive"
Consumer reviews of first generation model S40 at

Nikon 4500 - sells at lowest price of $454.99
Nikon quality in digital format with a unique twist.
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Reviews  at
DC resource
"Even with the negatives, the CP4500 is one of the best 4 Megapixel
cameras out there."
Steves Digicams
"As with all cameras -- image quality is the thing and the Coolpix
4500 will not let you down in that respect."
Image Resource
"All in all, I think the 4500 will prove to be a very popular
DP review
"the Coolpix 4500 is an excellent package which offers quality build,
excellent features, flexibility and image quality. If you're serious
about your digital photography then the Coolpix 4500 should be on your
Consumer reviews

Olympus Camedia C-50 - sells at lowest price of $504.99
which is $4 dollars over, but expect that to drop over a few weeks as
this is the newest camera on the block. This buys you a whopping 5
mega pixels in a smart (pocketable) metal jacket!

Review at
Steves Digicams
"The bottom line - the C-50 Zoom is an excellent camera that produces
images equal to its much larger 5-megapixel peers."
Consumer reviews at

Canon S230 - sells at lowest price of $349.99 argubly all style and
substance, beautiful, small and perfectly formed design, sturdy
construction with image quality to match.
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Reviews at
DC resource
" the present time, the S230 is a 3 Megapixel camera that you
should definitely consider."
Steves Digicams
"For anyone that wants or needs a very portable and extremely durable
camera it's hard to beat one of the Canon Digital ELPHs. Canon was the
first to make these small but fully functional digicams and is still
making the best ones."

Sony DSC-P9 - sells at lowest price of $408
Stylish design, solid build, good image quality with a Sony badge.
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Reviews at
DC resource
"Excellent photo quality"
Steves Digicams
"The DSC-P9's performance is fairly impressive."
Imaging Resource
"Image quality is surprisingly good for a subcompact camera, better
than most I've seen, with excellent color and resolution."
DP review
"Overall the DSC-P9 does a commendable job, it fits its design
specification and can deliver very good images for users who are
simply looking for a high resolution pocketable point-and-shoot."
Consumer reviews at

There are two cameras which can take the top 2 positions, namely the
Canon G2 and the Sony S85, however they are slightly on the large side
to be classified as 'compact'. They are worthy of a mention due to
their outstanding image quality and should be included if they fall
into your definition of compact.

Canon G2 - sells at lowest price of $484
The Canon G2 is probably the best under $500. The G2 has become one of
the benchmarks in the prosumer camera segment.

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Reviews at
DC resource
"The photo quality has also proved to be top notch"
Steves Digicams
"Canon made the statement, "Virtually every other feature of the Canon
PowerShot G2 has been improved relative to the G1."  And they're
right. The PowerShot G1 is an excellent camera but it needed some
improvements and changes and Canon has incorporated most all of them
into the new G2 model."
DP review
"Excellent resolution (as good as the best at the time of writing this
Imaging Resource
"We were already impressed with the capabilities of Canon's PowerShot
G1. With the G2 though, Canon's improved performance in virtually
every parameter. Color is better, noise and tonal range are improved,
and the sharpness boost appears to be much more than just the 3 to 4
megapixel upgrade would suggest."
Consumer reviews at

Sony DSC-S85 - sells at lowest price of $394.99
One of the first prosumer 4 mega pixel cameras with a sharp Carl Zeiss

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Reviews at
Imaging Resource
"The S75 is about the sharpest 3.3 megapixel camera we've tested, but
the S85 easily bests it in the resolution department. Very
impressive!" (6/7/2001)
DC resource
"What can I say? The DSC-S85 is the first 4 Megapixel camera priced
for the masses, and it's excellent. The photo quality, features, and
price are all standouts." updated: Friday, October 26, 2001
Steves Digicams
"Sony appears to be sending a clear signal to the other camera makers
that it intends to dominate the digicam market"
DP review
"The S85 delivers everything we'd expect of a 4 megapixel and then
some, resolution is there as is overall image quality, colour balance
(more neutral than the S75). The S85 proves itself every time you pull
images off the Memory Stick"
Consumer reviews at

Search Strategy:
Steves Digicams
DP review
Imaging Resource
DC resource

I hope that helps.
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Kind regards
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