When digital cameras first came out, they were very expensive, and they were relatively large compared to many of today’s models.

Digital cameras use an image sensor in order to capture image data and save it to the camera so you can instantly see the photos that you have taken, as well as transfer them to computers and printers.

These days it is possible to get small digital cameras that work extremely well for between $200 and $600. Which compact digital camera is the best for you will depend on which features you find the most important.

Choosing the best camera for you from among the small digital cameras available will take some research. First you will have to decide which features are most important to you. Do you want to have a high resolution, a very compact camera, a good optical zoom, or some of the special features like smile recognition that some of the cameras offer?

Most compact digital cameras are point and shoot type cameras, although there are a few that have the option to manually change the settings. These are best for amateur photographers rather than professionals.

Then you will need to decide what price range you are comfortable with in order to help you narrow down your options. There are numerous websites available with reviews that you can use to get a better idea of the pros and cons of each camera that you are considering.

For those that want to get a compact digital camera that will let them take quality digital photos for less than $200, one of the better options is the Kodak EasyShare M1093 IS. This is a 10 megapixel camera with a short shutter delay, a 3 inch LCD screen, and a 3x optical zoom.

If you would prefer a really slim digital camera, the Sony Cyber-Shot T900 is one of the options you should consider. It is only a half inch thick, and very light. It has a touch screen for controls, 12.1 megapixels, and a 4x optical zoom. It does have a relatively short battery life though, so you might want to purchase an extra battery or two to have on hand.

One of the more popular options for people looking for small digital cameras is the Canon Powershot line of digital cameras. The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 20x Image Stabilized Zoom 25mm Wide-Angle Lens and 1080p Full-HD Video is shown on the right. It is an ultra compact camera that includes image stabilization and face recognition technology. It also has built in GPS tracker to record the coordinates where each photo is taken.

Another popular series for compact digital cameras is the Nikon CoolPix series, including the Nikon CoolPix S70. The CoolPix S70 has a 3.5 inch LCD screen with touch screen controls, 12.1 megapixels, image stabilization and a 5x optical zoom. It is also one of the smaller cameras, measuring 3.8 inches wide, 2.4 inches long, and .8 inches thick.

There are some cool features available with this camera, including the ability to tap on a subject to focus and shoot rather than always having to use the shutter button. The battery needs to be charged in the camera however, so you will want to have an extra battery.

If you are on a budget, the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W530 14.1 MP Digital Still Camera with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 4x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom Lens and 2.7-inch LCD is a best seller. You can find it online for just a few bucks over $100.

Small digital cameras continue to improve in quality. As technology continues to move forward, small sized digital point and shoot and sub sized digital cameras are gaining features and picture quality that only their big brothers, the DSLR’s, had at one time. Check out the various mini digital cameras and slim digital cameras and after a little research you’ll easily be able to find one that meets your needs and your budget.

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