PowerShot G9 digital camera

While it’s a worthy camera in most ways, the Canon PowerShot G9 doesn’t offer many compelling advantages over lower-priced competitors. It’s hard to recommend it as a reasonable value.

Casio Exilim EX-V7 digital camera

With some retailers selling the Casio Exilim EX-V7 at heavy discounts, you can get a lot of camera for your money. Just don't expect to develop a passionate attachment to it.

Review: Samsung NV11

If you can live with the Samsung NV11's portability constraints, it's an excellent choice for an all-around camera that's fun to use and equally accommodating of beginners and advanced shutterbugs.

Lumix DMC-FX100 digital camera

The Panasonic DMC-FX100K is streamlined enough not to baffle novice users, but even seasoned shutterbugs ought to consider this is as a backup to their SLR or DSLR.

Olympus Stylus 770 SW digital camera

If you plan to do most of your shooting on outdoor adventures and don’t want to schlep around high-end gear, the Olympus Stylus 770 SW will produce adequate snapshots and withstand all kinds of abuse. But if thrill-seeking is only a minor part of your lifestyle, you may want to buy a more capable point-and-shoot camera.

Nikon Coolpix S50c

If they had been more thoughtfully implemented, the Nikon Coolpix S50c’s Wi-Fi features might have been enough to compensate for its undistinguished image quality and ease of use. As it is, you’re probably better off choosing a more capable shooter.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T100

If style is a prime consideration and you plan to let the camera do all the exposure and composition work, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T100 is a capable enough shooter in a slick package. Those who care more about what’s under the hood, however, can find a lot more camera for the money.

Canon PowerShot TX1

Despite Canon’s ambition to combine the best of two worlds, the PowerShot TX1 has few compelling advantages as a camcorder or a still camera. And its high price and awkward configuration for still photography are serious drawbacks.