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Price when rated: $349

Pros

  • Intuitive menus and scene modes
  • Manual white balance
  • Supports external flash

Cons

  • Unimpressive movie mode
  • Noise and red-eye in images
  • No AF illuminator
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Price when rated: $349

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Traditional body style feels comfortable in your hands

Cons

  • No manual controls
  • Poor movie mode
  • Some red-eye
  • No AF illuminator
  • Help manual on CD
Olympus Corporation 225380
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Price when rated: $449

Pros

  • Supports underwater case
  • Tiny, all-weather metal body
  • Fast performance
  • Remote control included

Cons

  • Battery door opens too easily
  • No manual controls
  • Poor movie mode
  • No AF illuminator
  • Help manual on CD
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Price when rated: $399

Pros

  • Nice accessory options
  • Small metal body
  • Tracking autofocus system
  • Fast performance
  • Excellent movie mode

Cons

  • No manual controls
  • Poorly placed macro button
  • Battery life not as good as the DSC-P72’s
  • Red-eye problems
Sony Corporation DSC-P8
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Price when rated: $399

Pros

  • Superb value
  • Strong movie mode
  • Great performance
  • Full manual controls
  • AF illuminator
  • Supports add-on lenses

Cons

  • Diopter correction
  • Some purple fringing
  • Soft images will bother some users
  • Red-eye problems
Canon, Inc 8400A001AA
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Price when rated: $599

Pros

  • Small, beautifully designed metal body
  • Good movie and playback modes
  • Good movie body
  • AF illuminator
  • No red-eye problems

Cons

  • Back of camera not scratchproof
  • Limited manual controls
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Where to buy
Price when rated: $699
Lowest price: $200.00 via Amazon.com Marketplace

Pros

  • Good movie and playback modes
  • Full manual controls
  • AF illuminator
  • High-quality metal body

Cons

  • No diopter correction
  • No live histogram in record mode
  • Red-eye
  • Poorly designed four-way switch
Canon, Inc 8445A001
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Price when rated: $599

Pros

  • Small metal body
  • Easy to use
  • Some manual controls

Cons

  • Bundled software not OS X native
  • Red-eye and noise in images
  • Slow image-write speeds
  • No AF illuminator
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Price when rated: $599

Pros

  • Tracking AF system
  • Sharp images
  • Full manual controls
  • Compact metal body

Cons

  • Noise in some images
  • Noticeable shutter lag
  • Slow-moving lens
  • No AF illuminator
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